Grand Rapids Dental Blog

What to Expect During Tongue Tie Laser Surgery

Does your baby have a narrow strip of tissue connecting the tip of their tongue to the bottom of their mouth? If so, they may have a treatable condition called tongue tie. A tongue tied baby may have difficulty breastfeeding, preventing him or her from thriving. Fortunately, our pediatric dentist uses a laser to free the tongue with minimal bleeding and recovery time...

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How Do Dental Sealants Prevent Cavities?

Dental plaque and tartar love to hide where toothbrush bristles can?t reach. If your child often gets cavities, their pediatric dentist may recommend dental sealants. A tooth sealant covers the grooves and divots on the chewing surface of molars where plaque accumulates. Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease for American children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

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5 Tips to Relieve Your Child's Dental Anxiety

Does your child have dental anxiety? While it?s normal and expected for young children to feel apprehensive, it?ll be up to you and your child?s pediatric dentist to set a good first impression. Our pediatric dentist has years of experience treating children and is here to offer his professional tips for how to relieve your child?s dental anxiety...

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3 Types of Children's Sedation Dentistry

Does your child dread going to the dentist? While most children grow out of dental anxiety, some may benefit from being sedated so they can receive the dental care they need for a healthy smile. Our pediatric dentist offers laughing gas, oral sedation, and IV sedation...

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What is Special Needs Dentistry?

Everyone smiles in the same language. Unfortunately, it can be difficult finding a pediatric dentist with the experience to treat a child with special needs. If your child has a medical, physical, developmental, or cognitive condition that prevents them from getting the dental care they need, schedule an appointment with our office as soon as possible...

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How Diabetes Affects Your Child's Oral Health

About 15% of Americans living with type 1 diabetes are children, according to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. However, more and more children also are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. If you suspect your child has diabetes, you?ll need to schedule an appointment with their primary care provider as soon as possible...

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How to Remove Dental Plaque from Teeth

Did you know tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in the United States? Since dental plaque is invisible, most parents don?t know if their children are at higher risk for cavities or gum disease...

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Why Your Child Shouldn't Use Their Teeth as Tools

It?s tempting to use our teeth as tools. However, using your teeth to tear tape, crack nuts, or do anything other than eat food is a quick way to fracture teeth. As a parent, it?s your responsibility to help your child form good oral health habits that will last a lifetime. This means speaking up if you see your child using their teeth for anything other than eating...

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3 Benefits of Dental Sealants for Children

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease affecting American children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fortunately, our pediatric dentist can recommend dental sealants for children at higher risk for cavities. Even if your child brushes and flosses every day, they could be leaving behind dental plaque on back teeth where it's hard to reach...

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How General Anesthesia Works for Pediatric Dental Patients

Whether your child is scheduled for a major dental procedure at a local hospital or you are concerned with making sure your special needs child receives quality dental care, it?s important that you know how general anesthesia works. Below, you will find information on what you can expect if your child needs to go under general anesthesia for a dental procedure...

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Benefits of Pediatric Laser Dentistry for Childrens Oral Health

Laser dentistry is an FDA-approved treatment for patients with cavities, gum lesions, or tongue tie. At Kingma Pediatric Dentistry, we understand that making the best decisions for your child?s oral health is important to you. This is why we provide all the information on what you can expect from laser dentistry and how it could help treat your child?s oral issues...

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Is Laughing Gas Safe For My Child?

Does your child have a dental phobia? If so, you may want to consider asking their Grand Rapids pediatric dentist about the benefits of nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide (also called laughing gas) helps to relax patients of all ages during procedures so they can get the dental care they need...

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How to Help Your Child Overcome Fear of the Dentist

While it?s not uncommon for people to dread a dentist appointment, children may need extra help getting over their fear of the dentist. Our best advice is to start dental treatment for children early so that they accept trips to the dentist as a normal part of life...

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5 Ways Pediatric Dentists Prevent Cavities in Baby Teeth

No one wants to see their child in pain from a toothache, which is why it?s important to ask a Grand Rapids pediatric dentist how to prevent cavities. The first step to preventing cavities is to make sure you schedule your child?s first dentist appointment within 6 months of getting their first baby tooth (age 1 by the latest)...

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How Do Pediatric Dentists Treat Childhood Cavities?

Did you know that the number one chronic childhood disease in the United States is tooth decay? For this reason, it?s important to know how your child?s pediatric dentist treats cavities so your child can enjoy a beautiful healthy smile...

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Why Should I Take My Child to a Pediatric Dentist?

While most children are treated by the family dentist, other children may need specialized dental care that can only be provided by a pediatric dentist. For example, children with dental anxiety may do better seeing a pediatric dentist with experience in helping children feel at ease...

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How to Have a Tooth-Friendly Halloween

According to USA Today, Americans are expected to spend approximately $2.7 billion on Halloween candy this year. While indulging in sweets every once in a while is okay, make sure your child continues to brush their teeth and follow our other tips for how to have a tooth-friendly Halloween...

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Dental Hygiene Tips for Toddlers

If you are a first-time parent, it can be stressful learning the right ways to help your child grow up happy and healthy. We understand and are ready to help. Below, you will find information on how to properly care for your toddler?s emerging teeth...

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Dental Tips for Your Child During the Summer

It's summertime, which means your child will most likely be eating more cavity-causing foods such as pop, popsicles, and ice cream to stay cool. However, during all the summer fun, make sure that your child is taking care of their teeth so that come...

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When Should My Child Change Their Toothbrush?

Your child's favorite toothbrush has been around for awhile. The characters on the toothbrush are from a movie that came out a few years ago, yet your child refuses to throw it away. Does this sound familiar? It's only normal for children to cling onto...

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How Do Sugary Foods and Drinks Cause Cavities

Did you know that the most chronic childhood disease in the United States is tooth decay? The good news is that childhood cavitiescan be easily prevented by taking your child to a pediatric dentist every 6...

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3 Ways Flouride Protect Your Child's Teeth

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease of American children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thankfully, your child’s pediatric dentist at Kingma Pediatric Dentistry can remove...

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Importance of a Child's First Dental Visit

Dental fear and anxiety usually begin during childhood and tend to worsen with time if not taken care of. This is why a child's first dental visit is so important. It paves the way for how your child will feel towards dentist appointments all throughout their life....

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Encouraging Healthy Dental Habits for Children

Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly is a great way to safeguard the health of not only your mouth, but your entire body. Passing on these healthy oral care habits to your children is a great way to give them the tools to live a healthy life....

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What to Do for Your Child's Traumatic Dental Injury

As a parent, you hope that your child never has to experience the pain of dental trauma. However, with how much children like to run around or roughhouse, this can sometimes be unavoidable. The best thing you can do as a parent is....

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Tongue-tie Laser Surgery FAQ

If your baby has tongue-tie, it?s important that you consult with your primary care physician or qualified pediatric dentist as soon as possible. They can help you determine if your child?s case is severe enough to warrant tongue-tie corrective....

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How Your Child's Diet Can Affect Their Teeth

To keep your children?s teeth healthy and strong, make sure that you are fueling them up with the right foods. If you would like to learn more about how your child?s diet can affect their teeth....

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How General Anesthesia Works for Pediatric Dental Patients

Whether your child is scheduled for a major dental procedure at a local hospital or you are concerned with making sure your special needs child receives quality dental care, it?s important that you know how general anesthesia works....

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Benefits of Pediatric Laser Dentistry for Children's Oral Health

Laser dentistry is an FDA-approved treatment for patients with cavities, gum lesions, or tongue tie. At Kingma Pediatric Dentistry, we understand that making the best decisions for your child?s oral health is important to you. This is why we provide....

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Benefits of Using a Laser for Frenectomy or Newborn Baby Tongue-Tie

Are you having difficulty with breastfeeding? Has your pediatrician or lactation consultant said your baby has a possible tongue-tie or lip-tie? You may benefit from a consultation with Dr. Brett Kingma to asses the need for a frenectomy on your baby....

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Dental Tips For Halloween

Did you know Americans spend over $2 billion on Halloween candy a year? That?s over 600 million pounds of candy! While the majority of the candy is not for themselves, but other people?s children, candy is all over the place around this time of year. If your children are part of the 40+ million trick or treaters come October 31...

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Avoiding Sugary Drinks

It’s a hot summer day and your kids are begging and pleading for you to buy them sodas — but your dentist has taught you that water is a better thirst quencher and won’t damage their teeth in the process. While dentists — and most parents — know that sugary soda is bad, many parents do not rea...

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The Benefits of Regular Dental Visits

Visiting your dentist regularly and having your teeth professionally cleaned makes a drastic difference in your overall health. A clean mouth not only reduces cavities, but also can greatly improve the health of your entire body. Healthy teeth allow you to eat the food you need, while also reducing the amount of harmful bacteria you swallow. While...

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Avoiding Time in the Dentist Chair

There are many people who don't like the dentist and yet, take such little care of their oral health that they end up having to make frequent trips to the dentist to repair damage to their teeth. So the very thing they fear becomes something that is now part of their life — for a very long time. Since teeth ...

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