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Does My child Need Braces ?

Your dentist will tell you if your child will need braces or not. He/She is the best person to tell you if your child will benefit from seeing an orthodontist regardless of the age.

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Some of the things that indicate that your child  is likely to benefit from seeing an orthodontist  include the following :

  • Early, late or irregular loss of teeth
  • Mouth breathing
  • Difficulty in chewing or biting
  • Thumb or finger sucking
  • Biting the cheek  or roof of the mouth
  • Teeth that meet abnormally or  do to meet  at all
  • Crowded , misplaced or blocked out teeth
  • Jaw that shift, make sounds , protrude or are recessed
  • Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion  to the rest of the body
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    October 20, 2019 | 1:47 31    By oohs N coos     Comments

    Tonsils : Having Your Child’s Tonsils Removed

    Should my child’s tonsils come out ?

    Tonsils are one of the immune systems first line of defense. They trap airborne bacteria and virus particles as they are inhaled. This keeps them from entering the respiratory or GI ( Gastrointestinal ) systems. However the body has many layers of immune defense . This means that if your child needs to have her tonsils removed, it wont be a problem.

    Surgery to remove the tonsils known as tonsillectomy is very common. There are two reasons why your child’s tonsils may be removed.

    • Airway obstruction  and sleep apnea :When the tonsils are too big, they can obstruction and partially block the child’s airway. This is the  primary reason why children between the ages of 2 and 5 may need to have their tonsils removed . Symptoms to look out for include the following :
      • Snoring and pauses in breathing – Enlarged tonsils can result in turbulent flow in children which results in snoring and pauses in breathing .
      • Restless sleep – This will be seen in a child who is in bed all night and appears to be sleeping but wakes up very tired.
      • Bedwetting – If your child is suddenly in a pattern of wetting the bed, it could be a sign of sleep apnea.
      • Difficulty paying attention in school – If your child is  having difficulty concentrating in school or has behavioral problems,  it could be a sign of not having enough sleep.
      Recurrent tonsil infections : Strep throat is the most common tonsils infection but there are other causes too. These criteria need to be met before surgery is considered.
      • Severe infections in one year.
      • Five infections each year for 2 consecutive years.
      • Three infections each year for 3 years in a  role

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    October 20, 2019 | 1:47 31    By oohs N coos     Comments

    Common Triggers of Headaches in Children

    Headaches are a common problems for young children of all ages. The pain of headaches can be triggered by a number of factors.

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    Most common triggers of headaches in children

  • Dehydration : Not drinking enough fluids is one  of the leading causes of headaches. This is especially true when the weather get warmer and kids are more active outside  and lose fluid through sweating.  In this case the best cure is simply drinking water.
  • Stress : Children and teen go through stress from time to time. If your child is under a lot of pressure at school or going through a big change at home such as divorce or a big move, a headache can result.
  • Vision problems : If your child is straining his eyes to see faraway, this is known as eye strain. This can be interpreted as headaches even though it is different from recurrent headaches . An  eye test can be used to determine whether your child’s  eyestrain is caused by vision problems.
  • Diet : Skipping meals can trigger headaches. It is also important to make sure that your child is eating a balance diet with lots of fruits and vegetables.
  • Sleep : It is important that your child gets the right amount of sleep each time. Not sleeping enough at night can cause headaches.
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    Reducing Added Sugar in Your Child’s Diet

    Most food and beverages have extra sugar and syrup added to them when they are processed or prepared. These added sugars have different names such as corn syrup, corn sweetner, brown sugar, dextrose, fructose, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, lactose, malt syrup, maltose, molasses, raw sugar, and sucrose.

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    Children who drink more that 10% of their daily calories from added sugar are more likely to have abnormal cholesterol levels, including higher bad LDL cholesterol , high triglycerides and lower heart protective HDL. These kids are also at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes . read more

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    October 20, 2019 | 1:47 31    By oohs N coos     Comments

    2019/2010 Flu Season

    The flu season is here again. Many don’t realize how dangerous the flu can be. It causes thousands of deaths in the United States every year. It is important as parents to protect your children from the flu by getting them vaccinated  before the flu starts circulating in your community. Everyone around  kids should be vaccinated too.

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    What types of influenza vaccines are available ?

    There are 2 types of vaccines available for the 2019-2020 flu season. The first one is what many people call the flu shot and the second one is the nasal spray. All the vaccines available this year contain all the four influenza viruses , two A and two B  viruses. Vaccines for adults will contain three or four viruses. read more

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    October 20, 2019 | 1:47 31    By Jeannette Abayie     Comments

    Pregnancy and Oral Health

    Are pregnant women really at higher risk of gingivitis ?

    During pregnancy , the body goes through complicated changes. Most pregnant women notice that their gums are sore, puffy and prone to bleeding. These are symptoms of gingivitis which is an infection of the gum tissue. Anyone can develop gingivitis but pregnant women are at higher risk because of hormonal changes. Left untreated , gingivitis can lead to serious gum infection and in turn lead to teeth loss.

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    Does an unborn baby really steal his/her mom’s calcium ?

    This is not true. During pregnancy , a woman risk for tooth decay increases because she  eats  more to prevent nausea. You can prevent tooth decay. However if left untreated , tooth decay can cause toothache  and lead to tooth loss. read more

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