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Barefield Pediatric Dentistry Blog

The Rise of Pediatric Dentistry

March 6, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_donna @ 9:19 pm
children sitting in the dentist's chair

Dentistry has a long and storied history; depending on how you define the field, there have been dentists treating people’s teeth since 5000 B.C.! However, if you’re looking specifically at pediatric dentistry, this wasn’t considered a specialty unto itself until the early 1900s.

If you’re curious about how pediatric dentistry came to be, and when it began to take hold across the country, here’s a brief summary of the history of this field.


How Safe Is Nitrous Oxide?

January 4, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_donna @ 4:19 am
dental patient receiving nitrous oxide

If you hesitate to schedule dental appointments because you are nervous about receiving treatment, you may be thinking about choosing a practice that offers nitrous oxide sedation. After all, it can help you relax and doesn’t involve needles. Seems like a good deal, right? Still, you might wonder if nitrous oxide is safe. The good news is that for the vast majority of patients, this form of sedation poses little-to-no risk. Read on to learn more from a pediatric dentist in Duncanville about it and its safety considerations.


Who is a Good Candidate for Nitrous Oxide?

December 20, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_donna @ 12:14 am

Young woman benefiting from nitrous oxide sedationBrushing and flossing aren’t enough to keep your teeth and gums healthy. The American Dental Association recommends a cleaning and checkup every 6 months. However, 22% of adults delay dental care because they are concerned about pain. Whether your palms sweat when you walk into the office or you need dental work, you may be a candidate for nitrous oxide sedation. 


OTC Nightguards VS Professional Nightguards for Pediatric Bruxism

December 5, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — dr_donna @ 1:47 am

Hand holding a nightguardIf your little one has a habit of grinding or clenching their teeth, a nightguard can help. Not only can it protect their teeth from damage, but it can also improve jaw pain, headaches, and other symptoms of bruxism. You could drive down to the local drugstore to purchase one, but your child’s smile deserves the best protection. While they may look similar, here’s what you need to know about the differences between an OTC and a professional nightguard.


Simple Math: Nutritious Foods and Tips to Add to Your Child’s Dental Health

October 6, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_donna @ 5:55 pm
child eating an apple

Being a parent is a full-time teaching job. You are teaching them everything from kindness towards others to basic math facts. There are so many important things to learn so they can grow to be thriving, healthy adults. This includes how nutritious foods and good eating habits can help their oral health. Your pediatric dentist is here to add it all up for you so your child has the most beautiful, healthy smile!


Is Cosmetic Dental Bonding Treatment Permanent?

September 6, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_donna @ 2:54 pm
a young patient undergoing dental bonding in Duncanville

Is your child struggling with minor dental flaws in their permanent teeth? One of the most cost-effective and convenient ways to fix their smile is dental bonding. With this cosmetic treatment, they can conceal small imperfections like chipped, stained, or misshapen teeth to create more appealing pearly whites. However, you’ll likely want to know if this procedure provides a permanent solution for your child’s smile. Read on to learn what to expect from the lifespan of dental bonding and how you can help prolong the results!


4 Myths About Tooth Extraction That Simply Aren’t True

August 4, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_donna @ 9:14 pm
Cartoon image of a tooth being extracted with forceps.

Your teeth are the best tools at your disposal for biting, chewing, talking and more; meaning that you should take good care of them! But sometimes things happen to your pearly whites that require treatment, and a tooth extraction might become necessary for the overall well-being of your mouth. That said, there are many myths floating around about tooth extraction that deter people from going through with it! Keep reading as your dentist debunks four of these myths.


What’s Behind the Increase in Tongue Tie Treatments?

July 8, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_donna @ 1:29 am

Young baby on sofaHave you noticed an increase in the number of babies diagnosed with lip or tongue tie? You’re not imagining it. Approximately 5% of all newborns are born with the abnormality. The condition occurs when a tight or thick band of tissue prevents normal lip or tongue movements. Although it may seem like more infants are being diagnosed with the condition, it isn’t a new issue. Instead, awareness about tongue tie has contributed to the increase in treatments, and here’s why. 


Can School Lunches Lead to Cavities?

June 9, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_donna @ 10:02 am
children eating school lunches

You can’t always watch over your children while they’re at school. Unfortunately, that means they could get into mischief, mayhem, and other antics. However, you can help them eat mouth-healthy foods during the school day — especially when it comes to lunch. That said, here’s a summary of how different school lunches affect your child’s oral health.


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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