Are you looking for a pediatric dentist in Wheat Ridge, CO? At Kid Focus Dentistry, our child-centered dentists provide care for kids of all ages. All too often, we see parents who are concerned about their children's dental [...]
Preventing Tooth Decay in Children: Tips for Parents
We have some bad news: tooth decay is one of the most common diseases to affect children. The good news is that it is preventable with proper oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups! At Kid Focus Dentistry in [...]
Thumb-Sucking: Understanding the Habits and How to Break Them
Thumb-sucking, finger-sucking, and pacifier use are all common habits in young children. While it may seem harmless, these oral habits can actually have negative effects on their teeth, jaw development, speech patterns, facial profile, and oral health. As [...]
Sports and Dental Safety: Protecting Your Child’s Teeth While Participating in Sports
Sports are a great way for children to stay active and healthy, but they can also pose a risk to their dental health. Dental injuries are common among children who participate in sports, and it's important for parents and caregivers to take steps to protect their child's teeth. As spring and summer sports start to ramp back up, families may find that their child is at a higher risk of a traumatic oral injury. Fortunately, wearing a sports mouthguard can reduce your chances of making any trips to the emergency room or pediatric dentist’s office. Most Common Sporting Injuries Some of the most common injuries in children who participate in sports include things like broken or chipped teeth, knocked-out teeth, and injuries to the lips, gums, and jaw. These injuries can be caused by a variety of factors, including contact with other players or equipment, falls, stray balls, and collisions (like an elbow to the mouth.) Concussions are another type of sport-related injury that’s common in children. Fortunately, sports mouthguards can help prevent—or at least lower the severity of—most of these injuries. Including concussions in children! Importance of Mouthguards in Sports Mouthguards are an essential piece of protective gear for children who participate in sports. Some teams may even require that the athletes wear them during games and practice. But even if your child is involved in a solo sport like gymnastics or riding their bike, a mouthguard is a smart investment to have. These special appliances work by cushioning the teeth and gums and preventing injuries to the mouth as they buffer bumps and hits. By creating a barrier between your child’s lips and teeth, having them wear a mouthguard can reduce things like busted lips, knocked-out teeth, and broken bones. Where to Find Athletic Mouthguards for Children It's important to note that not all mouthguards are created equal and that the American Dental Association recommends the use of custom-fitted mouthguards for the best protection. [...]
New Year’s Resolutions for Kids’ Healthy Teeth and Gums
Take a moment this new year to evaluate your children's oral care habits. Are you concerned about them or think their oral hygiene could be better? It's easy to forget about our oral care routine with our busy [...]
Why Can’t Children Get White Fillings?
Have you ever heard a dentist say that a child can’t have white fillings? There’s a lot more to it than that, actually. Yes, children can have white fillings, but there are certain criteria to meet. White vs. [...]
What Should I Do After My Child Experiences a Tooth Fracture?
What Should I Do After My Child Experiences a Tooth Fracture? A child’s tooth fracture is one of the most common emergencies our Wheat Ridge dentists treat. If your child is experiencing an emergency, is in pain, or [...]
MYOBRACE FOR KIDS – Straighten Teeth the Natural Way
Your child’s facial shape, tooth alignment, and overall oral development depends on things like genetics, thumb or pacifier habits, tongue movement, and the way they swallow. Myobrace for kids is an early intervention treatment that guides teeth and [...]
How Does A Dentist Remove A Crown To Replace It?
Does your child have pediatric dental crowns on one or more teeth? You may be wondering if the crowns in pediatric dentistry can be removed or upgraded as your child gets older. While some of the crowns in [...]
Saving Teeth First – The Truth About Root Canal Treatment
Does your child need to see a root canal specialist in Wheat Ridge? If they have a painful, abscessed tooth, there are root canal procedures for kids to prevent tooth loss and discomfort. The process is a bit [...]
When Does a Child Need Dental Fillings?
One of the most common questions family and pediatric dentists (Wheat Ridge) hear from parents is, “Why do children need fillings if their baby teeth are going to fall out anyway?” If you’ve wondered the same thing about [...]
How to Help Kids Overcome Fear of the Dentist
If your children are scared to visit the dentist, you aren’t alone. Dental phobia in children is quite common. Especially if you’ve had bad experiences in the past or have a sensitive gag reflex. Kid Focus Dentistry in [...]
Why are Pediatric Dental Cleanings Important?
Is it important for your child to have a kid’s dental cleaning every six months? Absolutely. The importance of pediatric dental cleanings expands far beyond just having a brighter, fresher smile. These visits are essential for helping your [...]
Types of Pediatric Dental Crowns
Dental crowns, sometimes called “caps”, are protective covers that go all the way around and over a tooth. Almost like an outer shell. We use them when there isn’t enough tooth structure to support smaller restorations, like a [...]
What are Dental Sealants?
What if there was a way to prevent cavities in some of the most decay-prone areas of your child’s mouth? With dental sealants, you can! What is a Dental Sealant? A dental sealant is a protective coating that [...]
When Will My Child’s Wisdom Teeth Erupt?
If you have a teen, you might be wondering how to watch for signs of wisdom tooth eruption. Knowing what to look for can help you keep your child's teeth healthy today, when they head off to [...]