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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Electric Toothbrushes For Children

Electric toothbrushes are a great investment for everybody, even children! These appliances are easy to use while providing you with a superior brushing experience. At Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces, located in Phoenix, AZ, we often get parents asking about electric toothbrushes. That’s why we’ve created this short guide. To learn more, contact our office today.

Getting your child an electric toothbrush is a surefire way to make brushing fun and exciting. It guarantees a lifetime of healthy habits and superior brushing. Children over the age of three can use these appliances.

There are a few great benefits right off the bat. First, electric toothbrushes are super easy to use! It does all the heavy lifting for your child. It provides a thorough brushing throughout the entire mouth. Your child just has to move the toothbrush to the correct areas. Some even come with built-in timers! There is also the matter of plaque removal. Research shows that electric toothbrushes remove more plaque than manual ones. This is because of the consistency of the brushing and how easily it cleans the harder areas.

The best part about electric toothbrushes: they’re fun! Your child will enjoy the novelty and magic of them. They are sold in many colors, along with the styles of your child’s favorite characters. Ranging from Star Wars to Disney, the options are endless.

Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces are located in three offices in the Phoenix, AZ, area. For N. 75th Avenue, call 623-232-0749. For N. 24th Street, call 480-666-5984. Lastly, for E. Baseline Road, dial 480-405-4714. Learn more about our services by visiting our website at https://www.kidzconnextion.com/

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Healthy Snacks For Children

If you want to minimize your child’s exposure to cavities, provide them with a healthy diet! Sugary foods attract bacteria to the teeth. This then results in higher degrees of tooth decay. That’s why your Phoenix, AZ, pediatric dental practice, Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces, have put together this small guide of healthy snacks. When you eat healthily, you’ll feel healthy!

Everyone knows how had it is to get kids to eat healthily, even part of the time! There are other healthy snacks available if your child won’t go for broccoli or celery. Variety is the key. Your child needs a healthy balance of nutritional goodies. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends vegetables, fruits, low-fat dairy, whole grains, and healthier protein sources like nuts and lean meats. Here are a few examples of tasty yet nutritional snacks:

-Sliced watermelon
-Veggies with dip
-Apples and cheddar cheese
-Berries mixed with low-fat yogurt
-Coconut flakes and unsalted almonds
-Toasted whole-grain pita triangles with hummus

Pay attention to how much your child is snacking. Try to limit it, sticking to main meals only. A few snacks here and there won’t hurt, as long as you don’t go overboard! Your mouth needs time in between meals to wash away any debris and germs.

Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces are located in three offices in the Phoenix, AZ, area. For N. 75th Avenue, call 623-232-0749. For N. 24th Street, call 480-666-5984. Lastly, for E. Baseline Road, dial 480-405-4714. Visit our website at https://www.kidzconnextion.com/ to learn more.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Teeth Sensitivity After Filling

Getting a cavity removed is a scary event for a small child. Many experience uncomfortable and sensitive teeth afterward. This is because a filling is needed to replace the cavity. Here at Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces, we offer safe and comfortable pediatric dental services. There’s no need for apprehension before a cavity removal. Our qualified team will walk you through the post-filling care for sensitive teeth. Learn more by contacting our offices in Phoenix, AZ.



The more relaxed the child is, the easier the filling process. Explain the process to them in a non-threatening way. Limit how much your child eats and drinks up to six hours before the cavity extraction. This keeps any interference with the anesthesia to a minimum.



There are a few types of anesthesia available for the procedure. The most common types are local anesthesia and topical. Very anxious or nervous children can undergo general anesthesia. It’s important that you ask the right questions before everything begins. Ask about any pretreatment assessments. You should also verify the certification of the individual applying the anesthesia. This guarantees that your child is safe throughout the ordeal.



The entire procedure takes about an hour. Now comes the important post-care instructions. These help with the discomfort caused by the filling. It’s normal for pain and swelling to occur. Monitor how long the sensitivity lasts. If it remains after two days, contact your Phoenix, AZ, dentist right away. This could indicate an allergic reaction to the anesthesia or a bite adjustment.



Here are a few more tips for sensitivity after a filling:

-monitor your child’s diet and give them only soft foods

-don’t give them any sippy cups or straws while healing

-a cold compress can be applied for 15 minutes in the specific area

-prevent engagement in heavy activity after

-follow instructions for any pain medication



Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces is located in three different offices in the Phoenix, AZ, area. For N. 75th Avenue, call 623-232-0749. For N. 24th Street, call 480-666-5984. Lastly, for E. Baseline Road, dial 480-405-4714. You can also visit our website at https://www.kidzconnextion.com/

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Fluorosis

At Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces, we pride ourselves on quality pediatric dental care. That’s why we are available for any dental concerns you may have. This includes your child developing the condition known as Fluorosis. This occurs when a child encounters high amounts of fluoride, altering the appearance of the teeth. You’ll notice white lines or faint streaks on their teeth. Talk to your pediatric dentist in the Phoenix, AZ, area to learn how much fluoride is appropriate for your child’s age.

Your dentist at Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces is experienced with fluoride. This includes knowledge of how much fluoride is normal and what you can do to prevent fluorosis.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for children ranging from newborn to three-years-old. Breastmilk has all the nutritional value needed for a child. This makes it good for their teeth. Only when your infant’s teeth start to come in should you begin brushing. Never use an amount of toothpaste bigger than a grain of rice.

For children between the ages of three and eight-years-old, dentists recommend brushing twice a day. Make sure to monitor your child so that they don’t use more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Eating or swallowing fluoride products like toothpaste puts them at risk for fluorosis. You shouldn’t have a child younger than six-years-old use mouthwash for this reason. They may end up swallowing the product.

It’s important to note that developing fluorosis isn’t a death sentence. Fluorosis only happens while the teeth are developing under the gums. Once your child’s teeth fully emerge, the chances disappear. Just remember that fluoride is a mineral that occurs in many sources, from dental products to your drinking water.

Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces provide quality pediatric dental care. We have three offices spread across the Phoenix, AZ area. Visit our website to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment. Call 623-232-0749 for our N. 75th Ave office, 480-666-5984 for N. 24th St., and 480-405-4714 for 7th St. and Baseline Rd.


Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Tongue-Tied In Infants

When most people say they are tongue-tied, they are being metaphorical. Many don’t realize that this is an actual condition. Tongue-tied, also known as ankyloglossia, is a condition present at birth. A tongue-tied baby has an abnormally thick or short frenulum, the tissue connecting the tongue’s tip to the floor of the mouth. This interferes with breastfeeding, eating, swallowing, and speaking. If your child is struggling with any of these activities, schedule an appointment with Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces today. We have three offices in the Phoenix, AZ, area.

Prevention is the key to a healthy life. Identifying and treating this medical issue in your infant is incredibly important. The earlier that intervention is provided the less chance for problems to manifest.

You’ll likely notice signs of your baby being tongue-tied right away. It has a direct response to your child’s ability to breastfeed. The most noticeable is problems with them drinking any of the milk supply. Without a properly working tongue, they will take in much less milk than normal. Your child will struggle to thrive, bond, and might even refuse to breastfeed. Physically it leads to problems digesting solids and even sleeping.

The mother experiences a handful of painful circumstances when trying to breastfeed. Their nipples become damaged or chapped, with bleeding even occurring. Many times the nipples end up distorted or blocked too. It’s also uncomfortable having your baby try to latch.

The best course of treatment is removing this abnormal tissue from the mouth. It’s a quick procedure done with a medical laser. It is a very fast procedure and we encourage parents to attend.

Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces is located in three offices in the Phoenix, AZ, area. You can visit our website to learn more about our services. We’re also available for appointments over the phone. Call 623-232-0749 for our N. 75th Ave office, 480-666-5984 for N. 24th St., and 480-405-4714 for 7th St. and Baseline Rd.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Sippy Cups

It seems like just yesterday you welcomed your child into your lives! Now they’ve graduated from using bottles to sippy cups! Between the ages of 12 to 24 months old, your child should be reaching this milestone. Your dentist at Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces has a few tips for this transitional period. Using an appropriate training cup the right way prepares your child for regular cups down the road. Contact our offices in Phoenix, AZ, to learn more!

The whole point of a sippy cup is that your child learns to sip instead of suck. Avoid buying “no-spill” cups for this reason exactly. What you want is a cup with a removable lid that contains a spout. Cups with valves aren’t any different from bottles. You should also only purchase cups with two handles. This gives your baby more stability and control when drinking. Lastly, a cup with a weighted base that avoids spills.

Like anything new, your baby will need time and patience to master a sippy cup. Be calm and consistent with the sippy cup usage. Many parents find success by starting small, using them while outside the home or between meals. Mealtimes are another great opportunity. You’ll want to start by only having a small amount of liquid in the cups. This minimizes spilling while making it easier to hold. Just be careful about letting your toddler walk around with their sippy cup. This results in oral injuries.

If you need a pediatric dentist or want to learn more helpful tips, contact Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces. Visit our website to learn more about our services. We have three locations in the Phoenix, AZ area. Call 623-232-0749 for our N. 75th Ave office, 480-666-5984 for N. 24th St., and 480-405-4714 for 7th St. and Baseline Rd.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Dry Mouth in Children

It’s normal to have a parched mouth before you give a big presentation or job interview. It’s only when your mouth is dry all the time that it becomes an issue. This doesn’t differ when it comes to children. If your child complains of constant dryness, contact Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces right away. It’s important that we get to the root of the issue before your child’s dental health is negatively affected. Call any of our three offices in the Phoenix, AZ, area.

Recognizing dry mouth symptoms in your child is key. Look and pay attention to any complaints of a dry tongue, parched throat, cracked lips, and overall staleness. Children are much more sensitive to these symptoms. They also don’t have the same level of communication skills as adults do. That means it’s up to you as the parent to be aware of these things. Keep on the lookout for increased oral pain, higher frequency of tooth decay, and difficulties eating, drinking, and talking.

Your Phoenix, AZ, dentist offers a few reasons your child has dry mouth. The most common are medications and certain autoimmune diseases. Other medical treatments, like chemotherapy, is another option. It’s also possible that it’s just a normal part of the growing process. Even if this is the case, it’s best to have them examined by a dental professional.

If you can figure out the cause, then a remedy is easily available. There are a few things you can do in the meantime to improve the dryness. First, make sure that your child is getting enough water. When your body doesn’t produce enough saliva, dry mouth is the result. The wetter the mouth is the more saliva is produced. You should also minimize how much caffeine your child is ingesting. Sugar is known for drying out the mouth. Lastly, sugarless gum is also a good way to stimulate your child’s salivary glands. Talk to your pediatric dentist about dental products that target dry mouth symptoms. Your child can benefit from specialized toothpaste and mouthwash.

Schedule an appointment with Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces right away. If left untreated, dry mouth leads to cavities and even gum disease. We have three offices in the Phoenix, AZ, area to choose from. Visit our website to learn more! We’re also available for appointments over the phone. Call 623-232-0749 for our N. 75th Ave office, 480-666-5984 for N. 24th St., and 480-405-4714 for 7th St. and Baseline Rd.