Dr. Natalie Gardner Blog

Common Dental Issues for Children with Special Needs

January 3, 2024

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parent helping child with special needs brush teeth

As a parent of a child with special needs, you’re probably acquainted with the challenges of ensuring their health remains top-notch. The same goes for their oral health. Consequently, there are numerous dental concerns that are prevalent for children in this demographic, but luckily, there are ways to keep them at bay. Keep reading to explore these common issues and discover ways to assist your child in maintaining a healthy smile.

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3 Ways to Calm an Anxious Child with a Loose Tooth

November 8, 2023

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The anticipation of losing baby teeth is a common phase in a child’s growth, marked by the excitement of a visit from the tooth fairy. While this is a natural and expected part of their development, the prospect of a loose tooth can still trigger anxiety in some children. However, there’s no need for concern. Continue reading to explore three strategies to help ease your child’s apprehensions about losing a tooth, turning it into a positive and memorable experience.

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7 Must-Know Tips for Preventing Childhood Cavities This Halloween

September 6, 2023

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As Halloween approaches, the thrill of costumes, spooky decorations, and candy galore fill the air. But amidst the festivities, there’s a lurking specter: the risk of cavities. With an influx of sugary treats, it’s prime time for those pesky cavity-causing bacteria. But fear not! By following a few simple guidelines, you can ensure your child enjoys Halloween without compromising their oral health.

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What Every Parent Should Know About Their Child’s Baby Teeth

August 3, 2023

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As parents, it’s exciting to watch our children pass all of life’s milestones—their first words, the first time they take a step, their first day of school, and of course, the emergence of their very first tooth! Dental development is a significant and lengthy process that all kids will go through, some more easily than others—and understanding exactly what’s happening inside your kiddo’s mouth will allow you to provide the appropriate amount of support. Here’s some useful information from your trusted pediatric dentist about baby teeth and a few tips for helping you keep your little one’s smile in tip-top shape.

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Will a Pacifier Affect Baby Tooth Development?

July 20, 2023

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A baby sucking a pacifier

Like many parents, you might have occasionally given your baby a pacifier. That’s only natural – the device is a great way to soothe fussy infants and help them calm down. However, you might wonder, “Will a pacifier affect your baby’s teeth?” After all, one can easily think it’d alter a still-forming smile. Well, your Fort Washington dentist is here to answer your question. Read on to learn how pacifiers put baby teeth at risk and how to use them responsibly.

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Good Times! 5 Tips for Making Dental Care Fun for Kids

June 8, 2023

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child smiling while brushing her teeth

Like feeding themselves, walking, and potty training, your child has many skills to learn to become more independent. While other skills can wait until they get older, such as how to drive, brushing and flossing their teeth are essential to develop early on in life to protect their growing smile every day and give them confidence.

But for many kids, it can be struggle to get them to brush for a full two minutes. How can you make dental care a fun task, instead of a fight? Keep reading and try these tips from a pediatric dentist!

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