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What to Expect When Your Baby Starts Teething

The moment your baby gets their first teeth is one of their first important milestones, and those baby teeth look cute too! When Does Teething Begin? Usually, children begin teething about 6 months of age, but their first teeth can poke through any time from three months to a year. The first teeth to make an appearance are the lower front teeth, and these are followed a month or two later by the two upper front teeth. Gradually, all twenty baby or primary teeth will come through, and by age three your child will probably have their complete set of first teeth and can see a dentist in Newcastle for the very first time. What are the Symptoms of Teething? Your baby may be drooling more often, and this can cause a rash on their chin. They might be fussier than usual or could cry more frequently because their gums…

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Nov 30, 2018 by
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How to Help Your Kid’s Teeth Survive Halloween Candy

Halloween is almost here. The stores are full of pumpkins, and of course, lots of Halloween candy. If you have young kids, they will probably be looking forward to trick or treating. Halloween is about dressing up and having fun, but an overload of sugar can play havoc with young teeth. The reason why sugar is so bad for teeth is that it is loved by bacteria in the mouth which will eat the sugar too! Their way of saying thanks for the feast is to produce acid that weakens tooth enamel, eventually causing tooth decay in Newcastle. You can help to reduce the damage to their teeth by choosing Halloween candies carefully as some sweet treats have less impact on teeth than others, and by having a plan for how to approach the day. Have a Plan for the Day Before your child goes trick or treating, make sure…

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Oct 19, 2018 by
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Ensuring Your Kid Doesn’t Fear the Dentist

Feeling a little apprehension when visiting the dentist is pretty typical, even though we are all very friendly here at West Bowmanville Family Dental! However, more substantial dental fear and anxiety are unfortunately fairly common among adults and can prevent people from receiving the essential dental care they need. Quite often these fears may even have developed in childhood, and it is something we strive very hard to prevent. If you do have a young child who feels a bit nervous about the thought of seeing a dentist in Newcastle, then we have a few simple tips to help you prepare them. Preparing Your Child to Visit the Dentist Ideally, it is best not to wait for signs of problems before bringing them to visit us. Otherwise, your kid’s first dental visit could be when they are in discomfort or even pain, and it is an association that could potentially…

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Jul 6, 2018 by
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Let Us Help Your Child Grow Up with a Healthy Grin

As a family-oriented dental practice, we welcome patients of all ages but we all really enjoy seeing kids. It is especially gratifying when we are able to watch children grow up with healthy, cavity-free smiles and with absolutely no fear of dental visits. If you have a little one, we recommend you bring them to see us at age three. Our dental team will go out of their way to ensure your child has an enjoyable visit and we will make them feel as comfortable and as relaxed as we can. Everyone here is very gentle and we are extremely experienced in treating little patients. It is important to us that they have a positive experience, without fear and anxiety. Why is Early Dental Care So Important? When a child receives regular professional dental care from a very early age, it greatly reduces the risk of common childhood problems such…

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Feb 23, 2018 by
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Sports Drinks: What you need to know !

Many athletes use sports drinks to replenish water and electrolytes consumed during their physical activity. While they do have their purpose they should be used with caution. Many sports drinks contain high sugar and high acidity levels that can be very damaging to your teeth. When should someone use sports or energy drinks?  Sports drinks contain a combination of water, sugar and electrolytes that help replenish you after prolonged exercise. Water is often the best choice for hydration but in cases where the exercise is intense and lasts over an hour sports drinks are a useful alternative. For example in sports games where a player is under heavy hockey or football equipment and especially in hot or humid conditions.  When is a sports drink not recommended?  For regular consumption, sports drinks are as harmful as soda. They contain high sugar levels and high acidity levels that together can wear away…

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Apr 2, 2016 by
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