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Barefield Pediatric Dentistry Blog

Is Cosmetic Dental Bonding Treatment Permanent?

September 6, 2022

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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!

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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.

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What’s Behind the Increase in Tongue Tie Treatments?

July 8, 2022

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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. 

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Can School Lunches Lead to Cavities?

June 9, 2022

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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.

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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 Reasons to See Your Dentist Before Summer Vacation

April 12, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_donna @ 8:09 pm
person on summer vacation smiling on a beach

After another year of working hard and saving up PTO, you’re finally ready to go on a much-deserved vacation with your family. Though you’ve prepared by putting in your request for PTO months in advance, making hotel reservations, and collecting all the items you’ll need while traveling, have you considered having your dentist take a look at your kids’ smiles before you leave? Read on to learn why it’s a good idea to visit your pediatric dentist before you and your little ones set off on summer vacation.

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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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