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People generally agree that good oral hygiene is essential to overall good health.  But do you know why? Unfortunately, many of us don’t.  We know there is a connection; we’re just not exactly sure how deep that connection is. This lack of knowledge has undoubtedly led to the childhood dental disease epidemic that is currently running […]

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A smile is priceless. (Remember that, Mom and Dad, when the first orthodontist bill arrives!) And a straight smile is one of the best things any parent can give their child. Now that your child has braces, here are a few tips & tricks for taking care of them and – more importantly – for […]

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Pediatric Dentistry of Ft. Myers, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD will sponsor the 3rd annual Kids Spring Carnival benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from Noon to 4 pm at the William “Bill” Austen Youth Center in Cape Coral. Tickets are available in advance for $5 per child […]

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 2, 2015) – Pediatric Dentistry of Ft. Myers, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD will be the exhibit sponsor for Future of Art at the Alliance for the Arts. Works of art created by elementary and middle school students across Lee County will be on display from March 30 to April 11 with an […]

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Anywhere between 50% and 80% of kids in the US are flashing metal-filled, rite-of-passage-to-teenagerdom smiles. But how many of those kids absolutely needed braces for medical reasons? It’s hard to say.  A thought-provoking article by Marc Ackerman, the Director of Orthodontics at the Boston Children’s Hospital, explained, “In simple terms, we orthodontists are able to […]

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As obesity runs rampant in the US, people are more acutely aware of how food affects their bodies in terms of fat content and calories, but do you know the effects food has on your body before it even reaches your stomach? We know that sugary foods are bad for our teeth, but why exactly? […]

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Gum disease doesn’t discriminate by age.  It’ll find any worthy victim who doesn’t have good oral health.  In fact, the primary cause of gum disease in kids is bacteria and plaque buildup that results from not brushing or flossing. Other causes of gum disease in children include genetics, gums drying out due to breathing through […]

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Lucky for you, cutting teeth doesn’t happen all at once. (So you have about three fussy years ahead of you!)  Transitioning from their gummy grin to a mouthful of pearly whites takes about three years to complete.  By the age of 3, your little one should have a complete set of chompers to care for […]

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Sugar is the prime cause of cavities. Myth, but almost a fact. In reality, bacteria in your mouth produces acid, which then attacks your teeth.  The bacteria is triggered by carbohydrates — including sugar.  Rice, potatoes, bread, and fruits and vegetables are also culprits. And it’s all downhill from there.  Once the bacteria eats through your […]

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Hopefully this falls into that “Things You Know but Hopefully Never Have to Use” category, but it’s better to be prepared for your child’s dental emergency than to scramble if it actually happens. First and foremost, it’s important to have a family dentist you can trust who also has emergency care after hours.  If you […]

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