Thumbs, Fingers, and Pacifiers, Oh My!

Are pacifiers always bad? No! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes that thumb-sucking, finger-sucking, and pacifier usage is very normal for infants and young children. The habits provide comfort and security by allowing the young child to interact with the world. In fact, did you know that babies begin to suck their fingers and thumbs before they’re even born? …

Keep Hydrated, Do you know what’s in your drink?

Keep Hydrated, Do you know what’s in your drink?

We all know in this Florida heat, it’s important to stay hydrated. Our body is made of 60% water and drinking enough water keeps you hydrated & healthy, while allowing your body to properly absorb and dispose of nutrients. Did you know water also helps with other dental-related concerns? Staying hydrated with water has many benefits. With every sip of …

Sugar, Ah Honey Honey

Sugar, Ah Honey Honey

Did you know that not all candy is made equal? Dentists enjoy candy too and we understand you and your child are not always going to be able to avoid every temptation. But did you know that certain candies are “better” for your teeth than others? For example, research shows that it is better for your teeth to eat a …

Ice, Ice, Baby

Ice, Ice, Baby

Has your dentist ever asked if you have any bad habits? The most commonly recognized bad habits are fingernail biting, thumb-sucking, tongue thrusting, grinding teeth, clenching, amongst others. But have you ever thought about how chewing ice is also a bad habit? It’s surprising just how many people think chewing ice is good for your teeth. As dentists, we often …