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How Do Lip Ties Impact Toddlers?

April 4, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Royse @ 5:57 pm
a closeup of a toddler smiling

As parents, it’s important to be mindful of everything that can affect the health of our children – however, sometimes issues that seem innocent, small, or remain hidden end up being quite problematic! Lip ties, though often overlooked, can have a pretty significant impact on a toddler’s development and overall well-being. Here’s a closer look at what exactly this issue is, along with its potential impact and possible avenues of treatment.


Fortifying with Fluoride: Is It Safe for Children?

March 4, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Royse @ 3:39 pm
Notebook with "Fluoride F" on a table with chemistry vials

When you’re the guardian of a child, you’re responsible for their mental, emotional, and physical development which includes their teeth. As such, you probably already know there are some dental pitfalls you need to watch out for that could lead to cavities, like consuming too many sugary snacks or fruit juices.

Fortunately, you can also prevent problems using fluoride which can strengthen their enamel to reduce the risk of cavities. This naturally occurring mineral is often introduced into public water sources for this purpose, but is it truly safe for consumption? If you’re concerned that your little one has been overly exposed or whether it can harm them, keep reading to learn why you can set your mind at ease!


Reasons to Celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month

February 6, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Royse @ 12:55 pm
child at dentist smiling

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, sponsored by the American Dental Association to raise awareness about children’s oral health. Baby teeth, though temporary, play a crucial role in your child’s development. Surprisingly, over 50% of children will have at least one cavity, a rate higher than childhood asthma. Yet, tooth decay is mostly preventable. Start your child’s oral hygiene routine early to protect their smile.


How to Welcome Your Child’s Two-Year Molars Without Losing Your Mind

January 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Royse @ 8:40 pm
Baby smiles

Your child getting their baby teeth is a wonderful thing, but the process isn’t always pleasant. The two-year molars, also known as the second molars, are the last of the primary teeth to emerge and they can cause the child distress as they come in. In fact, the two-year molars receive much of the blame for the so-called “terrible twos.” Here’s how to tell if your child’s two-year molars are erupting, a few tips to help manage their pain, and how to know if your child needs help from a dental professional.


4 Smile-Friendly Stocking Stuffer Ideas

December 5, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Royse @ 6:33 pm
Three stockings full of gifts hung on a mantle

Being a parent during the holidays can be extra challenging. There are plays to see, concerts to attend, class parties to prepare for, and perfect gifts to purchase. It’s easy to forget that your child’s oral health needs to remain a priority with the extra treats they’re receiving throughout the season. With that in mind, we’ve put together the following list of stocking stuffer ideas that can help you little one prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Keep reading for 4 smile-friendly ideas!


Flu Fighters: A Healthy Teeth Guide for Parents During Cold Weather

November 24, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Royse @ 5:20 pm
A child having their temperature taken while their mother worries about their oral health

As the chilly winds announce the arrival of cold and flu season, parents gear up to protect their little ones from seasonal illnesses. While you focus on preventing sniffles and sneezes, don’t forget to safeguard your child’s oral health!

If you need a comprehensive guide to keeping your child’s teeth healthy during the season of sneezes, continue reading.


How to Keep Your Child Cavity-Free This Halloween

October 19, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Royse @ 2:58 pm
young children eating Halloween candy

Families across the country look forward to Halloween and all the festivities that come with it. Carving pumpkins, dressing up in costume, and going door-to-door for candy are just a few exciting seasonal traditions. Unfortunately, the number of treats that kids acquire during this time of the year can wreak havoc on their smiles. You can use this as an opportunity to teach children about the importance of healthy teeth and making good choices. In this blog post, you’ll learn a few tips to keep your child cavity-free this Halloween.


3 Facts For Parents About Their Child’s Dental Health

September 12, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Royse @ 4:44 pm
Man in tan shirt and little girl in pink shirt brushing their teeth together in a bathroom mirror

One of the greatest joys of being a parent is watching your child grow in new and wonderful ways with each stage of development. That said, it can also be intimidating because there’s no rule book that lets you know what to expect and what to do at any given point. This can be especially true in regard to your children’s teeth! Many new parents aren’t sure when teeth grow in or what appropriate pediatric dental care looks like. With that in mind, we want to provide you with three facts that can help you give your child a strong and healthy smile.  


How Good Oral Health Can Set Your Child Up for Academic Success

August 10, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Royse @ 10:01 pm
Laughing schoolchildren

It’s hard to pay attention in class when you have a toothache. In fact, studies have shown that children with poorer dental health often have less success in the academic world. So while you’re doing your back-to-school shopping and making sure your child stays on top of their summer reading, be sure to have them scheduled for a visit to their pediatric dentist. Read on to find out how good dental health can set a child up for academic success.


A Guide to Brushing Your Child’s Teeth

July 6, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Royse @ 2:48 am
child brushing teeth

Being a parent to a toddler, you may find yourself becoming more attentive to your child’s oral health once their baby teeth start coming in. Giving importance to dental hygiene and regular check-ups becomes progressively crucial at this point. A notable hurdle you’ll face is getting your child accustomed to toothbrushing. While getting a lively toddler to remain seated for two minutes might appear challenging, it’s entirely doable. To ensure the process goes as effortlessly as possible, here’s a step-by-step manual on how to easily brush your child’s teeth.

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