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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.


Drinks That May Not Be The Best For Your Children’s Teeth

June 7, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Royse @ 6:42 am
child drinking juice

A lot of the time, it can be really hard to get kids to eat or drink just about anything. They’re particular, which leads parents to often lean on some staples that they’re sure their kids will like.

However, this can unfortunately lead to kids drinking a lot of liquids that aren’t so good for their teeth.  One 2018 study conducted by the UConn Center for Food Policy and Obesity found that 62% of children’s drink sales were heavily sweetened, which spells disaster for their oral health.

If you want to help your child drink something a little more healthy, here’s what to avoid and what you should urge them toward instead.


6 Tips for Making Dental Care Fun for Your Kids

May 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Royse @ 1:07 am
family smiling while brushing teeth together

Teaching your child about the importance of caring for their smile can feel tricky at times. If your child is resistant to brushing and flossing their pearly whites, don’t worry! There are ways that you can make it more engaging for them. To help you and your little one care for their smile, keep reading to learn about six fun and effective tips to make oral hygiene an enjoyable experience for them.


Why Does My Child Need a Tooth Extraction?

April 5, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Royse @ 9:48 pm
child missing teeth

Tooth extractions can be a little bit intimidating for people of any age, so if you hear that your child may need one, it’s understandable to be nervous. Thankfully, there isn’t anything to worry about—there are plenty of good reasons that your child may need an extraction, and a pediatric dentist will make the process as easy as possible for you.

If you want to know more about pediatric tooth extractions, here’s why they’re necessary and what you can do to make them as easy as possible for your family.


Are Dental X-rays Safe for Kids?

March 28, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Royse @ 6:10 am
child getting a dental x-ray

As a parent, it’s natural to be a little nervous anytime your child goes to see the dentist. Many aspects of dentistry look intimidating and sound even more so when your dentist tells you what’s going on.

Dental x-rays are one example of a procedure that sounds like it might be too much for kids, but they’re actually an important and routine part of pediatric dentistry. If you want to learn a little more about how x-rays are used for children, here’s more information about the purpose they serve, and their safety.


6 Books to Help Prepare Your Little One for the Dentist

January 28, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Royse @ 1:45 am
Mother and child reading children's book

Is your child growing increasingly nervous about their first visit to the dental office? This is completely understandable. Many children and adults feel uncomfortable and anxious when it comes to trying new things, especially when they don’t know exactly what to expect when they get there. Fortunately, children’s authors know the struggle. A children’s dentist in Hillsboro has some book suggestions that may help your little one feel less anxiety about their first dental visit.


How to Help Your Child with Autism Feel More Comfortable at the Dentist

December 4, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Royse @ 4:01 pm
young boy smiling at his special needs dentist in Hillsboro

Taking your autistic child to the dentist can be traumatic for them. Not only do they have to deal with a stranger putting their hands and other instruments in their mouth, but the bright lights and strange sounds can overwhelm their senses. While dental visits will probably never be their favorite activity, there are some steps you can take to prepare your child with autism for a more positive experience. Here are some tips from an expert in special needs dentistry in Hillsboro.

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