KidSmiles Dental & Orthodontics Blog

Questions for Your Child’s Orthodontic Appointment

April 4, 2023

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teen with braces sitting in a dental chair

Dentistry can be a little bit intimidating for kids, and orthodontics is even more so. Whether your child is on the young side or well into their teens, you will probably have to help them get to know their orthodontist and find the right specialist just for them.

Your first orthodontic consultation is the beginning of a years-long relationship with a dental professional, so you should take the time to really get to know them. If you’re wondering how to do that, here are some questions you may want to ask.


A Brief History of Pediatric Dentistry

March 6, 2023

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Dentistry is a lot older than people realize. While many modern dental techniques are fairly recent, there are archaeological records of some dentistry being done as far back as 5000 B.C.!

However, when you look at pediatric dentistry as a specialty, its origin is significantly more recent than that, beginning as late as the 20th century. If you’re curious about the history of the field, here’s a brief summary of how it came to be.


3 Tips to Get Through the First Few Days with Braces

February 7, 2023

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Portrait of someone with braces smiling

Getting braces is a big life change for people of any age; it can be intimidating, but it’s also the best way to get a smile that you can be proud of. When you first get them put on, however, they can be pretty uncomfortable.

Just about every patient struggles with the first week or so of having braces. Here are a few tips to help you get through the first few days of orthodontic treatment.


3 Reasons Why Your Teen Should See a Pediatric Dentist

January 20, 2023

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a teenager smiling while visiting their pediatric dentist

Many things change as your little one enters their teenage years. They want to hang out with their friends more and desire a lot more freedom. One thing they also may want to change is going to their pediatric dentist. While they will eventually change dental offices, continuing to see their pediatric dentist until they are 18 years old is best for their oral health. Read on to learn three reasons why.


Can My Child Get Gum Disease?

January 9, 2023

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Portrait of a smiling child

Gum disease is one of the most common oral health conditions there is; it’s estimated that around 50% of people over 30 in the U.S. suffer from it to some extent. That applies to adults, but what about children?

Let’s face it; children aren’t usually known for their immaculate oral health. But could that potentially put them at risk for gum disease? If you want to know a little more about gum disease in children, here’s a guide that can give you a little more information.


Why Your Child May Benefit from Phase 1 Orthodontics

December 20, 2022

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Many people get braces during adolescence to correct problems with their bite or alignment issues. They are considered a rite of passage for many and can give them straighter, more uniform smiles that helped them feel more confident in their pearly whites. If you are the parent of a child who has orthodontic issues, it can be difficult to know when they’re old enough to begin treatment. That’s where phase one orthodontics comes in. Continue reading to learn more about this treatment, the problems it can correct, and if your child is a good candidate for it.


How Can I Safely Pull My Child’s Loose Tooth?

December 4, 2022

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child with pulled tooth

It can be an exciting time for your child when their baby teeth start to loosen and they envision the tooth fairy making them rich, but when a tooth hangs around too long, it can become bothersome. It’s important not to try to pull their tooth before the proper time, but when it’s on the verge of falling out, there are ways to help usher its departure. Keep reading to learn some safe methods to help your child remove a loose tooth from a pediatric dentist in Flower Mound.


3 Stocking Stuffers for your Child with Braces

November 24, 2022

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A young woman wearing braces and smling

Your child may not be the biggest fan of their braces, but for most people, orthodontic treatment is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The holidays are the perfect time to commemorate this occasion by giving your child gifts that’ll get them excited about taking care of their teeth.

It can always be a little bit difficult to come up with stocking stuffers, especially for children with braces. If you can’t give them the usual caramels and candy canes, why not get them gifts that will make their orthodontic care easier? Here are a few stocking stuffers you could try.


What Are Healthy Snacks to Sub for Cavity-Causing Foods?  

November 4, 2022

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Nutritional habits developed during childhood can stay with you into adulthood. That could pay dividends for your child for years to come, but in the near future, these smart choices can mean a lot for their oral health. It’s easy for your child to end up eating too many items high in sugar and carbohydrates. Unfortunately, those tend to be cavity-causing foods. They supply fuel for bacteria to produce acid that attacks tooth enamel. Keep reading as a pediatric dentist in Flower Mound helps you discover alternatives that will satisfy their snack cravings while not being so hard on their teeth.


Braces with Baby Teeth? All about Phase 1 Orthodontics

October 14, 2022

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child who needs braces with baby teeth or Phase 1 orthodontics

When you look at your child, you marvel at how much they’ve grown and yet how small they still seem to you. They’ve lost some baby teeth, but they have plenty more to go. During one of their dental checkups, your pediatric dentist strongly recommends meeting with an orthodontist to start what’s called Phase 1 orthodontics—basically braces with baby teeth. It’s natural to wonder whether it’s too soon. Before you begin this treatment, you should know more about it, why and how it works, and the benefits of starting early for some kids.

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