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If you think cavities are an inevitable part of childhood, think again; tooth decay, which is actually an infectious disease caused by bacteria, is completely preventable. This is a good thing, because tooth decay can be painful and interfere with a child’s ability to eat, speak, and focus in school. Parents have a big role […]

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What happened to these teeth!? Why does this little 2-year-old’s teeth look like this? These are cavities, and they are a result of what is called “Baby Bottle Tooth Decay.” One of the ways cavities can develop is when sweetened liquids or those with natural sugars remain on the teeth for prolonged periods of time […]

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Next to brushing and flossing, a regular dental checkup is the single most important thing you can do for a healthy mouth. It’s also one of the best lifetime habits you can instill in your child, a task that’s a lot easier if your child sees visiting the dentist as a normal, even enjoyable part […]

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Why are baby teeth important? Your child needs their baby teeth to be healthy to chew their food, speak, and keep the space needed for their adult teeth to grow in properly.  Sometimes when a baby tooth is lost, the teeth next to it can move into the empty space. When the adult teeth try to […]

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  FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 15, 2015) – Pediatric Dentistry of Ft. Myers, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD made a donation to the South Ft. Myers High School band boosters. Proceeds donated support the care and maintenance of instruments and uniforms. “We’re happy to have the South Ft. Myers High School Band as one of our […]

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For some children, getting braces is something they actually look forward to. For other children, there is a lot of fear and concern. Making the decision to get braces for your child can be especially difficult.  You may be concerned about whether your child really needs them, if they are ready for braces, and how to […]

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Are dental x-rays safe? Exposure to any source of radiation isn’t ideal, but fortunately the dose of radiation you get from taking x-rays is extremely small.  You can thank the wonderful engineers and scientists in the dental industry for that.  New, digital x-ray machines limit the beam of radiation to just the small area being […]

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It’s the most wonderful time of year! For both your child and the cavity-causing bacteria in their mouth. It’s hard to find a child who doesn’t love the holidays, and almost all of the holidays come with heaps of sweets and sugary candy.  You want your kids to be able to indulge a little in […]

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Baby teeth aren’t important. They’re just going to fall out anyway. It is true that none of your child’s 20 baby teeth will survive into their teenage years.  But if you want those 32 permanent teeth to come in shiny and straight, it’s absolutely essential to take care of their predecessors. Baby teeth aren’t here to stay, […]

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What should I use to clean my baby teeth? Before your baby’s teeth erupt, you should clean their gums with a wet piece of gauze or cloth.  Once a tooth comes through, switch to a soft-bristled, child-sized toothbrush with water.  Once your child can spit, you can switch to fluoridated toothpaste.  When two teeth come […]

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