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The Dangers and Oral Health Hazards That Come with Being a Teen

The dangers and oral health hazards that come with being a teen are not easy. A teenager often faces many dangers due to the pressures of their social settings, but environmental factors also play an increased role, especially with their oral health. Due to the final adult teeth breaking through the gum line, malocclusions are… Read more »

Help Your Young Children with Their Oral Health Every Chance You Can

Help your young children with their oral health every chance you can. Their smile depends on you and the oral health care tactics and techniques you help them employ. The most important technique you should use for your child is brushing their teeth, which should be done twice every day, just as in full-grown adults…. Read more »

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay Can Ruin Your Child's Smile

Baby bottle tooth decay can ruin your child's smile. Although it is important to ensure a child is constantly fed, try to avoid using various sugary drinks for young children and infants, as they can easily lead to tooth decay and cavities. The reason is often due to the time the harmful ingredients are exposed… Read more »

How to Break Your Child's Thumb Sucking Habits

Improving your child's oral health includes breaking bad habits they may have. This includes leaving baby bottles in their mouth as they sleep, and as they age, preventing thumb sucking from occurring. Over time, sucking their thumbs can destabilize their teeth and even cause other teeth to grow in incorrectly or in the wrong position…. Read more »

Parental Tips for When Your Child Has a Cavity

If you have a child that has a cavity, you should know it’s not your fault as a parent. It’s very common for children to develop tooth decay in their baby teeth. Even if you make sure that your child brushes and flosses regularly, it’s easy for a child to miss places during their cleaning…. Read more »

A Headgear Manifesto

The word "headgear" doesn’t always conjure the happiest emotions for teens. If you’re in middle school or high school, you might know others who have it. You know it’s not considered to be "cool". The media doesn’t help with this as teen movies typically portray characters with headgear as awkward, strange or shy. Headgear may… Read more »

Tips to Help Maintain Good Oral Hygiene Habits for Your Child

As a parent, every aspect of your child's health is important to you. Here at Brent J Porter DDS, Dr. Brent Porter offers some of the following insights to help your child maintain a healthy mouth and instill oral hygiene habits that will last a lifetime. You should start brushing your child's first teeth once… Read more »

How a Pediatric Dentist Can Help Your Child

Most dentists recommend scheduling an appointment with your dentist twice a year for regular dental checkups, regardless of your age. In fact, your child should see a dentist for the first time six months after their first tooth erupts. We recommend scheduling this first appointment with a pediatric dentist since they are trained to work… Read more »

Fluoride Facts for Your Healthy Smile

At our dental practice, Dr. Brent Porter and our experienced team are pleased to help our patients in Santa Cruz, California achieve excellent oral health and preserve the smile you work so diligently to create. Today we want to discuss how fluoride works to protect your pearly whites and create a smile you can be… Read more »

The Harmful Treats to Avoid When You're Aligning Your Smile With Braces

As you straighten your teeth, it’s very important to take good care of your braces. If you don’t, your treatment could be delayed, which means it will take you longer to achieve your final smile. So, it’s best to take good care of your appliance, and one way to do so is to avoid eating… Read more »

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