Toss Homeopathic Teething Gels and Tablets for These Safe Home Remedies

baby-teeth-6485868Recently, the FDA released a warning against homeopathic teething tablets and gels. According to their September 30 report, these products, sold by the likes of CVS and Hyland’s, may cause a risk to infants and children. Seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, constipation, and other issues are some of the problems the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research have discovered. The FDA will continue investigating the issue and reporting on the results, but in the meantime, please toss any homeopathic teething tablets or gels you may have at home.

If your child is teething, there are many ways to soothe their discomfort without such over-the-counter remedies. Here are some that we recommend: [Read more…]

10 Interesting Facts about Baby Teeth

Photo: Wikipedia Commons

Photo: Wikipedia Commons

Baby teeth are a critical component of every child’s development. Many parents have questions about the way their children’s teeth look and grow, or how they should be cared for. Here are 10 facts to unveil some of their mystery:

  1. Your baby is not toothless at birth. Babies are born with all 20 primary teeth in the jaw. The full set will erupt by the time your little one is about 3 years old.
  2. Some parents think baby teeth are not as important as adult teeth, and going to the dentist is not important. However, baby teeth are just as important for chewing and speaking, as well as holding a place for the adult teeth to come.
  3. Baby teeth should be brushed as soon as they appear.
  4. Baby teeth can have braces. Read here about the 3 conditions that may require early orthodontic treatment.
  5. No two mouths are the same. Baby teeth come in many shapes and sizes. Some chompers may seem a bit peculiar to parents, but rest assured we’ve seen them all, including two-headed teeth, fangs, and double rows, and they are all quite normal.
  6. Don’t let the sounds of gnashing from your child’s bedroom worry you. Studies show that 2 out of every 10 kids younger than 11 grind their teeth, and most will outgrow the habit by the time they reach adolescence.
  7. Moms can help their baby’s teeth come out healthy—from as early as pregnancy. Read here to find out how.
  8. Drooling is good for baby’s teething process. It helps to moisten the gums and reduce inflammation.
  9. Extended bottle feeding not only contributes to baby bottle tooth decay, but childhood obesity too.
  10. Lisping is common up until the age of 7½. There are many reasons why a child may lisp. A dentalized lisp is caused when the tongue pushes against the front teeth, producing the |s| and |z| sounds.

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Three New Year Firsts

There’s a first time for everything. Parents are blessed with the privilege and joy of watching their children experience many firsts throughout their early years. It’s a New Year, and if you have young children in your household, chances are they will encounter one or more of the following firsts in 2016. [Read more…]

6 Things You Never Knew about the Tooth Fairy

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tooth fairy

No one knows much about the mysterious Tooth Fairy. An expert at remaining hidden, the busy Tooth Fairy keeps her secrets to herself. This leaves parents with few answers to the many questions kids have about the magical being who regularly collects the baby teeth from underneath their pillows.

Fortunately, the author of Fairies: A Magical Guide to the Enchanted Realm, has done the research for us. Here are six Tooth Fairy facts the kids have likely never heard: [Read more…]

Learning from Lenticulars

Kids love visuals, whether they’re pictures in books or graphics to go with a lesson at school. In addition to being fun, pictures help kids to learn. While the spoken words disappear and can be forgotten, visuals give them time to process and remember.

Such is the idea behind the educational art displayed at Oakland Pediatric Dentistry. Our large, animated lenticulars, or holograms that change to other pictures as a viewer’s perspective changes, are no ordinary visuals.

Designed as part of a National Institutes for Health project with the assistance of our very own Dr. Jeremy Horst, our lenticulars give kids a better understanding of cavities and help parents feel more comfortable bringing their kids to the dentist. Our dentists and assistants refer regularly to these beautiful and interactive holograms to teach kids the basics on taking care of their own teeth.

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With multiple images that progress as one moves back and forth, the lenticular art demonstrates important subjects, such as: [Read more…]

Warning: Teething Gels Are Bad for Baby!

Teething is a normal part of every baby’s development. If teething’s giving your baby the grumps, you may consider purchasing an over-the-counter pain medication, such as a topical gel. Think again, because the FDA has just issued a warning against topical pain relievers.

According to the FDA, these numbing products can be unsafe for the baby’s gums. Here’s why:

  • Babies can easily swallow teething gel by accident. Also, parents who believe teething gels are safe may apply the gel repeatedly, put it in baby’s formula, or soak their pacifier with it. All of this can lead to accidental overdose. [Read more…]

Baby’s Teething Timeline

baby-teeth-6485868Parents are full of questions about teething. When will my baby get her first tooth? When will my baby lose her first tooth? How long does it take for all of the permanent teeth to come in? To answer these questions and more, we thought the following teething timeline would help: [Read more…]