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How Can You Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

August 24, 2020

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a baby wearing a diaper and lying on its back while holding a bottle full of milk

Do you frequently give your baby a bottle before putting them down for a nap? Don’t worry, you’re not alone if you say “yes.” Many parents find that their babies are calmer and more willing to doze off if provided a warm bottle of milk or juice. Unfortunately, this seemingly innocent habit can lead to cavity formations over time. So, what can do you to prevent it from happening to your child? How can you appease your little one without the bottle? A pediatric dentist shares helpful tips that will keep your baby’s growing smile healthy and free of decay.

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Is Thumb-Sucking Bad for a Child’s Oral Health?

August 11, 2020

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a little girl with pigtails sucking her thumb

Does your child suck their thumb? This common habit is normal when they are a baby or even a young toddler, but did you know the longer it goes on, the higher the risk for serious oral health problems? While it may be a comfort mechanism for your little one to sleep easier or soothe their anxiety when away from you, it’s best to find alternative ways to replace this type of non-nutritive habit. Read on to learn why allowing thumb-sucking in Katy can have negative consequences down the road as well as what you can do to curb this habit before it’s too late.

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4 Ways Your Dentist is Staying Safe While Improving Smiles

July 1, 2020

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a dental hygienist wearing a face shield, gloves, and protective eyewear while care for a young patient

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is now a widely-used term among the public these days. Once only heard of in healthcare settings, everyone is donning some form of PPE, the most common being a face mask. Fortunately, a facial covering is only one form of protection your child’s dentist will be wearing during their next appointment. For proper COVID-19 safety in Katy, you will find there to be at least 4 types of protective equipment worn by both the dentist and their team members. Read on to find out what you can expect to see when arriving for your appointment.

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Common Oral Health Problems Found in Children with Special Needs

June 7, 2020

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a young girl with special needs playing outside

No matter the age, children are often more prone to developing tooth decay and cavities early on. Why? Their minimal dexterity when it comes to brushing and flossing can result in plaque and tartar accumulations because of their inability to clean hard to reach places within their mouth. While these common problems can occur in all children, those with special needs can experience more severe and damaging issues along the way. To better understand why this happens and what can be done to prevent this from happening in your child, hear from a dentist who provides special needs dentistry in Katy.

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How We Prepare for Your Child’s Visit during the Covid-19 Pandemic

May 28, 2020

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girl wearing mask going to an emergency dentist for kids in Katy

Before the Covid-19 pandemic started a few months ago, preparation for your child’s dental appointment was fairly straightforward. Your emergency dentist for kids in Katy, Dr. A, would simply wash his hands, put on a new pair of gloves, and grab a mask, ensuring he was ready to care for your loved one’s smile. Many things have certainly changed since then, but the importance of maintaining your child’s oral health hasn’t. At Happy Chompers Pediatric Dentistry, we’ve implemented some new protocols to enable everyone—patients and team members alike—to stay healthy throughout these turbulent times.

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April is World Autism Awareness Month!

April 28, 2020

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1 in 54 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC. ASD can occur in children of all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. Increased awareness and understanding can lead to earlier recognition and early intervention that can have improved lifelong outcomes.

Children with ASD struggle with oral health and dental visits. Dr. Adeel and the staff at Happy Chompers Pediatric Dentistry have gone through advanced training to treat children with Autism, ASD and sensory issues. We are here to help make your child’s visit successful and comfortable.

Here are some strategies that help us and our patients:

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Can Diabetes Affect My Child’s Teeth?

March 23, 2020

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a medical professional taking a child’s blood sugar levels by pricking their finger

On March 26, 2020, the team at Happy Chompers Pediatric Dentistry will celebrate American Diabetes Alert Day. Created to serve as a “wake-up call” and bring attention to the effects diabetes can have on a person’s wellbeing, this day will help you and your family better understand how this common disease can negatively impact your child’s teeth. Don’t understand the connection between the two? Not to worry. Your child’s pediatric dentist in Katy can offer insight that will help you become more aware of what you can do to ensure your little one’s smile remains healthy and strong for years to come.

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Oral Health and Your Kids: Best Practices for Brushing and Flossing

February 3, 2020

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a young girl brushing her teeth

If you’re one of the fortunate parents who has a child that gets excited about oral hygiene, consider yourself lucky. For most, the process can be difficult to say the least; however, there are ways to encourage your little one to take pride in their smile. But what if they aren’t brushing and flossing correctly? This is where your pediatric dentist in Katy comes in. During regular appointments, they will be happy to provide useful tips to help you and your child improve their techniques, resulting in a happier, healthier smile. Since it is National Children’s Dental Health Month, why not spend some time reading up on the best practices for brushing and flossing to help your child achieve optimal oral health?

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Cleft Lip and Palate: What You Should Know About These Birth Defects

January 5, 2020

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a young child with a cleft lip

It may be a bit surprising, but according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an estimated 4,440 babies in the United States are born with a cleft lip and a little more than 2,600 are born with a cleft palate. Considered to be two of the most common birth defects, they can pose serious problems for infants and children if left untreated. As we observe Birth Defects Awareness Month, a pediatric dentist in Katy provides a more in-depth look at each of these abnormalities and how they occur.

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5 Holiday Tips for Avoiding Dental Emergencies for Kids

December 6, 2019

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girl Santa hat teeth

You and your family are going to host your extended family for the holidays, and you’re all so excited! You’ll spend lots of quality time together doing fun activities, taking photos and selfies, and making memories that will last for years to come. The last thing you want to have to deal with is a dental emergency for your child, which can interrupt and put a damper on the festivities, not to mention the pictures! In this post, you’ll learn four things you can do this holiday season to avoid dental emergencies for kids in Katy.

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