July 31, 2021
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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April 2, 2021
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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March 30, 2020
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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March 5, 2020
As you buy flowers and chocolates for Valentine’s Day, take
a moment to enjoy your little one’s precious smile! February is National
Children’s Dental Health Month, which makes it a great time to educate your son
or daughter about oral health. Unfortunately, convincing them to take care of
their smile on a daily basis can be challenging at times. If teaching your child
about oral hygiene feels about as fun as pulling teeth, try these 5 fun and
practical suggestions from your children’s
dentist in Duncanville!
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June 10, 2016
Brushing your teeth before bed helps protect them from plaque build-up and tooth decay. And don’t forget to floss! Cleaning between your teeth with floss helps you reach plaque that your toothbrush can’t reach.
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May 11, 2016
The success of Barefield Pediatric Dentistry is due in part to the overwhelming support we get from YOU, our patients!! We love hearing that patients and their parents feel safe and comfortable at our office. Please click the link below and vote for Dr. Barefield as a “Mom-Approved” Dentist so that other families in the metroplex might learn more about our office and experience the same treatment and care that you all receive. Thanks in advance!!
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April 15, 2016
When a child is about 5 years old, his/her teeth will begin to come loose. Let your child wiggle the tooth until it falls out on its own. This will minimize the pain and bleeding associated with a lost tooth. When your child does lose a tooth, be sure to ask us about our tooth pillows!!
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April 13, 2016
When it comes to brushing there are a few more things we should be doing to ensure that we are taking the best care of our teeth as possible– more than the twice daily brush. The ADA and the Council on Scientific Affairs provide the following toothbrush care recommendations:
Do not share toothbrushes. Sharing a toothbrush could result in an exchange of body fluids and/or microorganisms between the users of the toothbrush, placing the individuals involved at an increased risk for infections. This practice could be a particular concern for persons with compromised immune systems or existing infectious diseases.
Thoroughly rinse toothbrushes with tap water after brushing to remove any remaining toothpaste and debris. Store the brush in an upright position if possible and allow the toothbrush to air-dry until used again. If more than one brush is stored in the same holder or area, keep the brushes separated to prevent cross-contamination.
Do not routinely cover toothbrushes or store them in closed containers. A moist environment such as a closed container is more conducive to the growth of microorganisms than the open air.
Replace toothbrushes at least every 3–4 months. The bristles become frayed and worn with use and cleaning effectiveness will decrease. Toothbrushes will wear out more rapidly depending on factors unique to each patient. Check brushes often for this type of wear and replace them more frequently if needed. Children’s toothbrushes often need replacing more frequently than adult brushes.
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April 8, 2016
The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day to help remove plaque from the areas between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. This is important because plaque that is not removed by brushing and flossing can eventually harden into calculus or tartar.
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October 26, 2015
Barefield Pediatric Dentistry is excited to announce that we are having a Halloween costume contest again this year. It is always so much fun too see our patients dress up and take pictures with us at the office; we are looking forward to a week of fun and creative costumes. Here are the rules:
- Patients can wear a costume to their appointments all week (October 26-October 30) and have their photo taken for voting.
- Finalist will be posted on Monday Nov. 2nd and voting ends on Thursday Nov. 5th at 5pm.
- Winners will be announced Friday Nov. 6th and will receive a prize from Dr. Barefield!!
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