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  • Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Make Your Child’s First Dental Appointment

    When was the last time you took your kids for their first dental exams or had them take care of their first tooth brushing themselves? If you're lucky enough that your children haven't started teething, you don't need to worry too much about their teeth and gums until they have problems. But the good news is that they will need regular checkups and dental visits once they get those first baby teet...
  • 3 Habits to Ensure Proper Oral Health for Your Child

    As a child, losing teeth is an exciting reality. Although it is natural for children to lose baby teeth to make room for their permanent, adult teeth, oral health care is important from the start. Instilling good oral care habits in children while they’re young is the best way to set them up for success. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 20% of ch...
  • Back to School Season Is Coming: Here’s How to Make Sure Your Child Eats a Healthy Lunch

    Summer is coming to an end, and it won't be long until the school season starts and parents have less control over their children -- specifically, their diets. It's one thing if you pack a lunch for your child each day, but if they're eating food from the cafeteria, it's important to be wary of each day's choices. Eating the wrong foods can hurt not only your children's overall health, but their d...
  • 3 Top Tips to Prepare Your Child for Dental Sedation

    As dental professionals like those at Smilez Pediatric Dental Group have gained advanced training in the proper ways to employ and monitor the use of pediatric dental sedation, its practice is becoming more widespread. Today, as many as 250,000 pediatric dental sedations are performed each year. That being said, it's important for parents to understand their role as well when it comes to pediatric...
  • The World’s First ‘Smart Toothbrush’ Can Improve Dental Hygiene

    Smilez Pediatric Dental Associates of Loudoun is always on the lookout for new and upcoming technologies for our practice. We want to let our family, friends and patients know about anything that can help them maintain exceptional dental hygiene.  This new toothbrush is pretty cool; especially for our technically savvy kids and parents. We bet a lot more toothbrush makers will start producing th...
  • Sports and Energy Drink Consumption Damages Tooth Enamel

    While they may sound refreshing, especially after participating in sports activities or after a jog, recent studies suggest that energy and sports drinks can damage tooth enamel, thus elevating your cavity risk. These drinks are especially popular among our younger patients. In the study, researchers analyzed the fluoride content and pH levels of 13 sports and nine energy drinks by soaking toot...
  • Halloween: Candy, costumes, and more!

    All Hallows' Eve, more commonly known as Halloween, is a yearly event celebrated on October 31, and one that is anticipated by the young and young at heart all over the world. Some scholars claim that Halloween originated from Celtic festivals that honored the dead or that celebrated the harvest, while others doubt that there's any connection at all to Samhain (a Gaelic harvest festival.) Regardle...
  • Five Tips for Taking Tots to the Dentist

    Toddlers are notoriously balky about strangers. But their first dental visit should not be cause for fear and tears. Nor should you assume that getting your toddler to Smilez Pediatric Dental Group is going to involve a full-blown tantrum or Mafia-style bribery. “Honey, don’t worry. We’ll go get ice cream after…” sort of defeats the purpose of making that first dental appointment. The...
  • How can parents help prevent tooth decay?

    Children are born with a set of primary teeth – 20 to be exact – that help them learn to chew and speak, and develop enough space in the jaw for the permanent teeth that will appear several years later. Kids are especially susceptible to decay, which can cause pain and tooth loss – a problem that could interfere with oral development. As a parent, it is important that you take proactive step...
  • Periodontal Disease in Adolescents

    Dr. Amante and our team at Smilez Pediatric Dental Group know that periodontal disease isn't something exclusive to adults. It can affect adolescents as well. Gingivitis, which is a milder form of periodontitis, is a form of periodontal disease, and a warning that more serious problems may arise. Untreated gingivitis can develop into full-blown periodontitis. The American Academy of Periodontol...