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Why It Might Be a Good Idea to Have Your Child Go To a Pediatric Dentist

Going to the dentist is something that everyone should be doing at least twice a year. Unfortunately, the dentist can also be quite a scary place for anyone to have to go to, especially children. Having your child go to a special children’s dentist, like our local Gastonia dentist office, can help them to establish good dental hygiene in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere that is specifically meant for them. The children’s dentist will be suited for kids of all ages, and is different than an adult dental office because of the people working there and the environment in general. Create...

Taking the Scary Out of the Dentist Office for Children

Going to the dentist office can be one of the scariest things for children. Even adults get scared to go and they are grown! However, dental hygiene is a crucial key to good health, not just having a healthy mouth. A few tips to take the fear out of going to the dentist office will be to find a local dentist office, locate a children’s dentist, visit the office ahead of time and one that has excellent reviews for dental hygiene bedside manners. Location First of all, make the drive as short as possible. The child will be riding in the car anticipating the upcoming experience. The key here...

Is Your Child Afraid of the Dentist?

Is the sound of a drill enough to make your child flinch or cringe? Does he or she worry about the twice-yearly dental checkup at our dental offices? Trust us when we say your child is not alone! To help eliminate that distress, our team put together five steps to help your child overcome his or her dental anxiety when visiting our dental offices. Ask your child what they’remost afraid of. Is it the sound of the drill? Do you have needle phobia? Has your child been traumatized by previous dental visits? Have children write down their fears, one by one, and talk about them. Don’t wait. The...

Can Children Be At Risk Of Periodontal Disease?

Our team hears this question a lot. While many people believe periodontal disease is an adult problem, studies have indicated that periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, as well as other serious infections such as gingivitis and periodontitis, are prevalent among kids and adolescents. First, let’s identify the differences between gingivitis, periodontitis, and periodontal disease. Gingivitis Gingivitis is a type of periodontal disease in which only your child’s gums are affected. Characterized by swollen and red gums that bleed easily, gingivitis causes an inflammation of the gums,...

Children Hate Brushing Their Teeth. But Our Gastonia Dentists Have Some Tips to Help

How To Make Teeth Brushing Fun For Your Child According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, your child should visit a dentist when his or her first tooth pops through the gum, or by time they are one year old. Children do not always want to brush their teeth. In fact, the average child has three cavities by the time they reach their third birthday. However, if you make brushing fun for them, they will look forward to it, and develop a lifelong habit of good oral hygiene. How to Make Brushing Fun Let them pick out their own toothbrush, like one with their favorite cartoon character....

Gastonia Pediatric Dentists Share Why Baby Teeth Are So Important

How Important Are Baby Teeth? Your infant’s first teeth will begin to appear around six to 12 months of age. You might wonder how important these primary teeth really are. After all, baby teeth are destined to fall out within a few years and be replaced by a full set of permanent teeth. However, baby teeth have important functions, and proper care can set the stage for excellent oral and overall health. Promote Better Nutrition The appearance of your baby’s primary teeth around six to 12 months of age coincides with changes in your infant’s nutritional needs. Beginning at six months, exclusive...

9 Tips from Our Gastonia Dentists to Get Rid of Bad Breath

Everyone wakes up with breath that is not fresh in the morning. This is because bacteria keep multiplying in the mouth at night and there is no continuous flow of saliva to get wash it away as is the case during waking hours. This is easily sorted out when the teeth are brushed and flossed. Eating specific foods such as onions, garlic and heavily spiced food can also leave one with bad breath. Again, this is easily taken care of with a toothbrush and toothpaste or some gum. If the problem goes beyond this for you and bad breath persists throughout the day, then it is necessary to take measures...

National Teen Self-Esteem Month is Happening Right Now

The month of May has the unique distinction of being National Teen Self-Esteem Month. What does that mean? National Teen Self-Esteem Month was created to raise public awareness about how low self-esteem can negatively affect teens. Especially during May, parents and guardians of teens are asked to be positive role models. If teens can receive positive re-enforcement and their negative images of themselves are improved, then their self-esteem has a better chance of developing in a positive direction. Our Gastonia dentists and team at Gaston Dental Associates know there are a lot of young adults...

Celebrate Earth Day with Our Gastonia Dentist Office

During the early days of the environmental awareness movement, those who demonstrated against pollution, toxic chemicals, and the general public health were known as hippies. The early 1970s were a time of change, and assertions that we needed to pay more attention to the Earth’s atmosphere were generally dismissed. But within a couple decades, it had become clear that the previous generation was right; the citizens of the world needed to become more environmentally conscious. Many people feel that they can’t make a difference if they don’t do something big. But caring for the environment...

As Parents, You Need to Keep Your Children’s Teeth Healthy

Your children’s teeth and oral health are an investment. Not just an investment to help maintain a beautiful healthy smile but also in investment in their happiness and a contribution to their quality of life. We all know that kid’s eating habits can be less than healthy sometimes, but with proper dental care and regular check ups we can help our little ones minimize the negative side effects of their food choices. You don’t want someone without experience, know-how, understanding or compassion to handle your investment portfolio or aid you in purchasing a home or car. The same goes for your...