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Barefield Pediatric Dentistry Blog

Is Dental Sedation Safe for Children?

January 11, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_donna @ 5:14 pm

Young boy undergoing a dental procedureIf your child struggles with dental anxiety, requires dental work, or has a unique situation, their pediatric dentist may recommend sedation dentistry. You don’t want your child to be uncomfortable in the dentist’s chair, but it’s normal to have some concerns before agreeing to dental sedation. Don’t worry. Your pediatric dentist will explain everything and address any concerns. Rest assured, sedation dentistry is safe for children.

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Dental Development: 3 Reasons to Take Your Child to the Dentist Early

November 14, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_donna @ 6:11 pm
Dentist examining a little boy's teeth with dental instruments

One of our biggest responsibilities as parents is tending to the physical well-being of our children until they grow enough to take that role on for themselves, and that includes their oral health. While many parents assume their children can’t develop any issues until all their baby teeth grow in, that’s simply not true. Dental concerns like gum disease and tooth decay are relatively common but are thankfully preventable with the right care. Keep reading to learn about 3 of the advantages of taking your little one to the dentist earlier rather than later!

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Why It’s a Smart Choice to Replace Metal Dental Fillings

September 6, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_donna @ 8:35 am
closeup of a metal filling

When it comes to dental health, many people have experienced the need for fillings at some point in their lives. Dental fillings are essential for treating cavities and preserving the integrity of our teeth. However, traditional metal fillings have long been a cause for concern due to various issues, including their mercury content and aesthetic drawbacks. In this blog, we will explore why it’s a wise decision to replace metal dental fillings with more advanced and patient-friendly alternatives.

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Watch Out for the 3 Sneaky Signs of Dehydration!

July 27, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_donna @ 8:35 am
A little boy experiencing signs of dehydration

Like most parents, you probably want your kids to enjoy this summer. They only get so much time before returning to school. Still, be careful of letting them face the seasonal Texas heat. Children’s oral health suffers when they become dehydrated. From there, they’d have a lower quality of life. Luckily, your Duncanville dentist is here to prevent these outcomes. To that end, here’s how fluid loss harms oral health, the sneaky signs of dehydration, and ways to keep kids hydrated for summer.

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Are Teething Rings Safe?

May 26, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_donna @ 12:58 am

Baby chewing on teething ringNothing is more exciting than seeing your little one’s first baby tooth poke through their gums. However, it can mean many sleepless nights, fussiness, and tears waiting for it to emerge. Teething rings are a go-to solution to soothe gummy smiles, but are they safe? Many teething items are recommended by pediatric dentists, but some can be harmful. Here’s how to choose the best one for your bundle of joy.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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!

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