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Redmond Kids Dentistry November 2022 Newsletter
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Our treatment philosophy centers around each child's individual needs and concerns to create a gentle and caring approach that works for that child. We firmly believe that a positive, enjoyable dental experience will help children build confidence and knowledge that will create a lifetime of great dental health.
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How Can Stress Impact Your Child’s Smile?
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We have been told for years that stress is likely to increase the risk of developing hypertension and depression. However, how often do we imagine that stress can affect our smiles? Stress can impact our smile and that of our kids too. Children are just as vulnerable to stress-induced dental problems. Some of the oral issues linked to stress include teeth grinding, cold sores, canker sores, and TMD. Bruxism or teeth grinding is harmful to teeth. It begins with the wear of enamel and then loosening of the teeth, and ultimately loss of teeth. During this progression, other problems such as headaches, gum recession, and temporomandibular joint disorders may arise.

If you discover that your child is grinding their teeth, you should make sure that the condition is addressed as soon as possible. Besides stress, other factors can exacerbate or cause bruxism, including bad bite or malocclusion and prescriptions for anxiety and depression. Our dentist can prescribe an oral appliance to help protect your child's teeth and ensure their jaw remains in proper position while sleeping.

Because of stress, your child may not be able to keep up with their oral hygiene, which may contribute to problems such as gum disease and decay. Your child may miss brushing and flossing, especially when stress levels are high. This can harm the bite in different ways. Moreover, it is common for young people or even adults to crave sugar and snack frequently between meals if they are experiencing stress. This happens at a time when attention to oral hygiene tends not to be a person's first priority. So you can imagine the harm to oral health that occurs when you crave sugar or snack more often than desired and at the same time, you are not brushing and flossing or cleaning your mouth as required.

Find out more about stress and oral health by contacting us.


Don't Pull Primary Teeth Early
Although permanent teeth will ultimately grow after the baby loses their baby teeth, the first round of teeth plays an important role. The first teeth allow a child to be able to bite and chew. These first teeth also maintain space where the permanent teeth will later erupt. If the baby teeth get lost prematurely due to decay, it can lead to misalignment or alter the way the jaw develops. Although you may be tempted to want the teeth pulled early, it is usually best to restore them whenever possible, to let them do their job in guiding the permanent teeth in. Sometimes baby teeth do need help out early for different reasons, such as for severe crowding, and we can help determine those needs at the right time for your child.

Learn more about baby teeth and what you should do about your child's dental health. Contact us today!


Can Dental Issues Be Hereditary?
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Maybe you inherited your father's bone structure or your mother's beautiful eyes. It's also likely that you inherited their dental issues. Just like your other body features, your oral health can be influenced by your genes. Things like crooked teeth can be passed down from one generation to another. It is also possible that you picked up your dad or mom's poor oral hygiene habits during childhood. That being said, we cannot entirely blame genetics for the overall health of our gums and teeth. Your genes can contribute to a series of problems including overbites, overcrowding, gaps, and underbites. Tooth discoloration and decay can also be contributed to by your genes. You may realize that if one of your parents wore braces, you are also likely to wear them. Additionally, if your parents had persistent tooth decay, it can also occur for you.


Our treatment philosophy centers around each child's individual needs and concerns to create a gentle and caring approach that works for that child. We firmly believe that a positive, enjoyable dental experience will help children build confidence and knowledge that will create a lifetime of great dental health.



Redmond Kids Dentistry | redmondkidsdentistry.com | (425) 558-4562
16650 NE 79th Street, Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052



 

 

 
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