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Barefield Pediatric Dentistry Blog

Why & How to Praise Your Child for Brushing Their Teeth

May 11, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_donna @ 2:52 pm
Child brushing his teeth

Getting a child to brush their teeth on their own can be difficult. They might whine, procrastinate, throw a tantrum — anything that lets them avoid the chore. What’s a parent supposed to do? Wait around until the urge strikes them?

New scientific research might have an answer: Praise them! More specifically, praise your children for brushing their teeth by themselves. Read on to learn more!

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4 Tips for Giving Your Child’s Smile a Spring Cleaning

March 18, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_donna @ 12:59 pm
Child standing outside and smiling

It’s spring cleaning time again, which for many people means organizing their closets, cleaning out their junk drawers, or sweeping out the corners that often get overlooked. But spring can also be a good time to take a second look at your child’s oral hygiene products and see if there’s anything that needs to be addressed. Do you want your child to have a bright, newly refreshed smile? Here’s a few things you can do to help them.

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3 Reasons to Be Happy about Your Child’s Tooth Extraction

February 5, 2022

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young girl with brown hair playing and smiling on a jungle gym

Every dentist’s goal is to help their patients keep their natural teeth healthy and beautiful for a lifetime. But, no matter a patient’s age, having it extracted may actually be a good thing. If your child has a tooth that is severely decayed or injured, it may be time to consider removing it. Keep reading to learn the top three benefits of tooth extraction. 

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What Makes a Child a Good Candidate for Phase 1 Orthodontics?

January 23, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_donna @ 6:36 pm
little girl with orthodontics

There is a common misconception that braces are only used to help teenagers straighten their teeth. In many cases, young children can benefit from Phase 1 Orthodontics, which is an early form of treatment designed to fix one complex issue in an effort to reduce the potential for more extensive services later on. As a parent, however, you may wonder if your child is eligible for this type of care. A pediatric dentist is here to share what signs often indicate a child’s candidacy for early braces treatment.

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Why Are Tooth-Colored Fillings Tough to Beat?

December 4, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_donna @ 8:04 pm
composite filling material

Pick any given person you walk past, now if you look into their mouth – okay let’s keep this theoretical so you don’t get into trouble. If you were to investigate their teeth, there’s a decent chance you’d see some amalgam dental fillings. As the years go by, however, this obvious visual will probably become less frequent as tooth-colored fillings, aka composite fillings, continue to rise in popularity.

Many people appreciate the low-key nature of these fillings since other people likely won’t be able to see them. There’s more to selecting this variety of cavity repair than appearance, however. Keep reading to learn some advantages of choosing tooth-colored fillings from your pediatric dentist in Duncanville.

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4 Ways to Ensure Your Child’s Swift Recovery After a Tooth Extraction

November 10, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_donna @ 7:23 pm
young girl asleep in bed after tooth extraction

Is your child preparing to have a tooth removed? Although they may be thinking more about the actual procedure, you’re probably focused on what to expect once the procedure is complete. Since it is necessary they undergo some downtime following this type of dental surgery, here are four ways you can take better care of them and ensure a swift and successful recovery after your child’s tooth extraction.

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5 Ways to Help Your Child Avoid Cavities This Halloween

October 21, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_donna @ 4:44 pm
children trick-or-treating during Halloween

October is officially here – and do you know what that means? Halloween is right around the corner! Children everywhere look forward to dressing up in costumes and trick-or-treating around the neighborhood, only to return home with big bags of free candy. Unfortunately, the sugar-filled holiday makes tooth decay a serious risk for your little one. But don’t worry – here are five ways your child can remain cavity-free this season.  

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The Link Between Your Child’s Oral Health & Academic Success

July 31, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_donna @ 3:17 pm
Child smiling while completing work in classroom

From coordinating carpools to purchasing classroom supplies, back-to-school season comes with a long list of to-dos. So, while summer is still in full swing, it’s a good idea to start preparing now. After all, the first day of school will be here before you know it! Just remember to include time for your child’s checkup and cleaning when organizing your calendar. Keep reading as a children’s dentist explains the important link between oral health and academic success.

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Help Loved Ones with Autism Fight Off Oral Health Issues

April 2, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_donna @ 10:29 pm
Young boy smiles during World Autism Awareness Day

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day! Did you know that the CDC estimates that about 1 in 54 children in the US have an autism spectrum disorder? If your child has autism, it’s important you know that they may be at a higher risk of certain oral health issues. Thankfully, there are plenty of resources and tips to help you keep that precious smile safe! Read on as we go a bit more into depth about how autism can influence your little one’s oral health and what you can do about it!

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Children’s Emergency Dental Prevention Tips for COVID-19

March 30, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_donna @ 1:19 pm
bored child looking out their window

As a parent, your greatest concern during the COVID-19 pandemic is probably to make sure that your child stays safe, especially since younger children are so vulnerable and active. Even though you may feel scared and worried, with proper preventive care recommended by the CDC, you can keep your child safe. Read on to learn the best ways to protect your child from the virus and how to reach your emergency dentist if you experience any type of urgent oral situation while self-isolating.

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