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Redmond Kids Dentistry July 2018 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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Does It Matter if a Child Has Crooked Teeth?
Some children have crooked teeth naturally, while other children have incredibly straight teeth as they grow. Does it matter which kind your child has? Yes, it does matter. Crooked teeth can be a problem and lead to issues with their oral health as they age. If you want your child to be as healthy as possible, then you want to speak with us about managing your child's crooked teeth.

Dangers of Crooked Teeth

Teeth that are crooked pose problems for people of all ages. First, it can lead to increased instances of cavities. When the teeth overlap, even a little, it can leave debris beneath the overlap. Even if your child is very careful about brushing properly, it can still happen. This could lead to needing fillings at a very young age. Second, it can also leave the teeth more susceptible to damage. When teeth are crooked, the teeth come down together differently. If the bite is not even, it can lead to more chips and cracks as children play and run around. Kids are naturally clumsy, so we want to avoid any extra reason for dental damage.

Crooked teeth can be managed effectively, with the right intervention. Call our office if you want to speak with us about what options can best help your child's specific situation. We will have you both come in, do a full examination, and let you know what our recommendations are to give them the best oral health possible.

What Age is Right for Switching to a Sippy Cup?
Many parents wonder if they need to switch their child from a bottle to a sippy cup at a specific age for the best dental results. The truth is, yes, you should. Your child should be readily using a sippy cup right around his or her first birthday. Ideally, you want your child trying to use a sippy cup between 8 and 9 months, understanding that it is a process and will take time. You want them able to hold the sippy cup for themselves and able to use it exclusively by the time 12 months rolls around. That way, they can use the sippy cup at meals and snack times, to help keep hydrated as they become active toddlers. Milk may be offered at meals and water in between meals, to help keep food and sugar from sticking to the teeth.

Signs Your Toothbrush Has Seen Better Days
Do you know when it is time to replace your toothbrush? They say it is every three months, but that is not always a perfect way of knowing. For the most accurate determination, you need to look at your toothbrush. If you notice that the bristles are splayed out, this is a good sign for replacement. The bristles will also become more translucent in most cases. You want bristles that are straight and soft in order to get the most debris off of your teeth. If this is not what you have, it is time to invest in a new toothbrush or a new head if your toothbrush is powered.

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



 

 

 
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