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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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Mouthwash comes in a close 3rd when it comes to keeping your mouth healthy – right behind brushing and flossing daily.  Here are 4 health benefits from using mouthwash: Freshens breath. Mouthwash kills the bacteria that causes bad breath. Prevents plaque build-up. Mouthwash can easily reach the places that toothbrushes cannot, like on your gums, […]

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Many parents of young children wrestle with the nightly challenge of getting their kids ready for bed and settled down to sleep. And one very important part of that battle includes convincing kids to brush their teeth the right way. Dental hygiene should be a priority for families, since training kids to take care of their health […]

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