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Why Your Young Athlete or Active Child Needs to Wear a Mouthguard

September 27, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Royse @ 2:52 am
Little boy holding custom mouthguard from Hillsboro pediatric dentist

As a parent of a young athlete or active child, you already know just how important safety equipment is for preventing serious injury. However, among all the helmets, kneepads, and other items, make sure your child is fully protected with a custom mouthguard as well! This little device is often overlooked and undervalued, but it is essential for protecting your little one’s smile and jaw. Read on as your Hillsboro pediatric dentist explains just how important it is for your son or daughter to wear a mouthguard while being active.


5 Ways to Use the Tooth Fairy to Teach Good Dental Habits

August 10, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Royse @ 5:43 pm
Excited girl with missing tooth smiles at her Hillsboro pediatric dentist

Just like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy is an age-old tradition that helps make childhood magical. For generations, young children have hidden their baby teeth underneath their pillows in hopes of a small gift from this mythical sprite. Not only is this tradition fun and exciting, but it also presents an excellent opportunity to teach your son or daughter about oral health. Your Hillsboro pediatric dentist shares five fun ways you can use the Tooth Fairy to get your little one invested in keeping their precious smile healthy!


Wondering If Nail Biting Affects Your Child’s Smile? Read This

July 14, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Royse @ 8:19 pm

Professionally referred to as onychophagia, nail biting is an oral compulsive habit that nearly 50% of children between the ages of 10 and 18 partake in. Whether it is a behavior associated with stress or just something your child does when they are bored, this seemingly innocent habit can wreak havoc on their teeth and oral health. To protect their smile, try to determine what triggers your child to bite their nails so you can help them stop. In the meantime, read on to learn how nail biting affects your child’s oral health and get tips from a pediatric dentist in Hillsboro on preventing this behavior!


How Your Child’s Dentist Is Using PPE to Protect Patients and Themselves

May 15, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Royse @ 4:59 pm
pediatric dentist in Hillsboro wearing extensive PPE

Everyone in your family has been diligently following the CDC’s social distancing guidelines, staying home whenever it’s possible. Then, one day, your child complains of a really bad toothache. You’re a bit nervous to visit a pediatric dentist in Hillsboro. Are dentists’ offices even safe right now? You can rest easy knowing that dentists across the country are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of their patients. One of those precautions includes wearing as much PPE as they can. Keep reading to learn more about what PPE is and how dental teams wear it to keep their patients and themselves safe.


7 Tips to Make Your Child’s First Dental Visit Great!

March 11, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Royse @ 7:12 pm
Smiling girl in examination chair high-fiving her Hillsborough pediatric dentist

Your son or daughter’s first dental appointment can be an exciting but somewhat nerve-wracking time for both of you. It’s important that they visit a pediatric dentist early to ensure their oral development is on track for a lifetime of happy, healthy smiles. However, the unfamiliar experience along the new sights, sounds, and friendly faces can sometimes be overwhelming for your little one. Here are seven tips to help make your child’s first visit to their Hillsborough pediatric dentist a great one.


How Your Child’s Favorite Drink Affects Their Dental Health

January 7, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Royse @ 4:09 pm
Child drinking from juice box

Did you know that tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease? According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, 60% of children in the U.S. experienced tooth decay by the age of 5. This shocks many parents and caregivers who routinely keep their son or daughter’s teeth clean or limit their exposure to sugary snacks like cookies candies, and other sweets. Unfortunately, one of the top sources of added sugars in their diet is often overlooked. Popular drinks like soda, sports drinks, and fruit juices all play a key role in the formation of cavities in your child’s smile. Read on to lean what your pediatric dentist wants you to know about your son or daughter’s favorite beverage.


Tips on How to Safely Pull a Baby Tooth

September 14, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Royse @ 3:25 pm
smiling child with a missing tooth

Have you ever wondered how to pull a baby tooth? There’s no need to panic or call up your dentist if you notice that your child has a loose tooth around the age six or seven. While it’s fun to make a game out of a situation that may be scary for someone small, there are certain precautions to take to avoid any complications. Read on to learn how to remove your child’s loose tooth safely to avoid an unexpected visit to the pediatric dentist


How to Stop 3 Unhealthy Dental Habits in Children

August 20, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Royse @ 6:18 pm
little kid sucking thumb

Taking care of your kid’s oral health can be a bit of a challenge. You have to watch out for when their teeth start coming in and eventually prepare for visits from the tooth fairy when their baby teeth fall out. In addition, there are bad dental habits to watch out for that can cause serious problems if they’re not dealt with soon enough. That’s why your children’s dentist has put together this guide on how to combat 3 unhealthy habits for children.


Why You Should Schedule Your Child’s Dental Appointments Over the Summer

June 19, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — tntadmin @ 6:16 pm
kid wearing patriotic glasses

Summer is here, and that means more time to spend with your kid. No school or homework means more time for family activities like swimming, playing sports, or going on vacation. Another benefit of summer break is that your child won’t have to miss school to go to their regular checkup at the dentist. Keep reading to learn why it’s so important to schedule your child’s dental appointments in summer, and how you can spend the extra time teaching them to take care of their smile.


Watch Out for These 3 Red Flags in Your Children’s Oral Health

May 8, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — tntadmin @ 7:31 pm
close-up kid holding jaw in pain

As a parent, you already know there is a lot to watch out for when it comes to the oral health of your kids, such as when their baby teeth start coming in. Taking them to their pediatric dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings is a great way to ensure that their smile starts developing correctly. However, in between those appointments, keep an eye out for these 3 red flags that your children’s oral health might not be at its best.

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