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Pregnancy & Your Child’s Developing Teeth

By: Larry Caldwell, DDS Friday, February 2, 2018 9:19 AM

At Larry Caldwell, DDS & Associates, it’s our mission to offer efficient and effective pediatric dentistry services to all our patients in and around Sugar Land and Wharton, TX.

This compassionate dental care doesn’t just begin in childhood; it begins even before birth!

Many people don’t realize that even though a newborn’s teeth aren’t visible, they still exist beneath the gums. Children’s primary (baby) teeth actually start forming during the sixth week of pregnancy and mineralize during the third or fourth month of pregnancy. Proper dental care should start even before a baby is born, which is why, as your trusted pediatric dentistry, we’d like to help you make sure that your future child’s teeth are as healthy as they can be.

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Proper Oral Hygiene for Kids

By: Larry Caldwell, DDS Friday, December 15, 2017 9:00 AM

Beautiful, bright smiles are great, but seeing a dentist is not the sole way to ensure you attain them. As a pediatric dentistry in Sugar Land and Wharton, TX we often have parents come into our office wanting to know more about how to properly take care of their children’s oral hygiene. Teaching your child the right brushing and flossing techniques early in life instills those practices on to adulthood. If you’re not sure how you should be cleaning and showing your children how to clean their teeth, our pediatric dentists in Sugar Land, TX have some tips for you.

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Extractions

By: Larry Caldwell, DDS Friday, November 17, 2017 2:59 AM

The pediatric dentists and staff at Larry Caldwell, DDS & Associates make it their number one priority to care for their Sugar Land, Wharton, Richmond, and Rosenberg patients using the latest technology and oral health initiatives. That includes keeping kids’ mouth free of disease and preserving their original teeth. However, there may be a time when your child will need to have a tooth removed, perhaps due to tooth overcrowding, damage, a stubborn baby tooth, or future orthodontic treatment.

When this occurs, you can count on our trusted pediatric dentistry to provide high-quality, professional service that will efficiently and expertly remove the tooth in question.

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How to Avoid & Prevent Baby Bottle Decay

By: Larry Caldwell, DDS Thursday, October 5, 2017 12:15 PM

Our teeth are important throughout our lives, even at their initial formative stages. Baby teeth are as significant as fully developed adult teeth and we must treat them as such and protect them from harm. One of the greatest forms of harm baby teeth are at risk for is baby bottle decay.

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Toothpaste

By: Larry Caldwell, DDS Friday, August 25, 2017 2:05 PM

Toothpaste: it's something most people use every day, but rarely give much thought to—except, perhaps, when choosing from the brands that line the drugstore shelf.

When facing that daunting shelf and presented with the dozens of products boasting different benefits (“whiter teeth,” “fresher breath,” “prevent gum disease,” etc.) you may start to ask yourself some important questions, like:

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Tooth Sensitivity

By: Larry Caldwell, DDS Wednesday, May 31, 2017 9:40 PM

All parents want their children to have beautiful smiles, but pediatric dental care goes beyond helping teeth look good. At Larry Caldwell, DDS & Associates, we're proud to provide expert, exceptional pediatric dentistry services to children throughout the Sugar Land and Wharton, TX area. We believe every child deserves a smile he or she feels proud of, and our pediatric dentists and their highly trained staff work with patients to customize treatment plans that meet their needs. While much of the care we provide focuses on preventing cavities or repairing damaged teeth, sometimes we need to address other types of dental problems, including tooth sensitivity.

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Dry Mouth

By: Larry Caldwell, DDS Sunday, May 21, 2017 12:31 AM

Everybody gets dry mouth now and then. Sometimes temporary mouth dryness can be brought on by dehydration, stress, or a normal reduction in saliva flow at night. However, if your child’s dry mouth persists long past the norm, they may have a chronic condition known as xerostomia.

What is Xerostomia?

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Xerostomia is a condition that develops when salivary glands, which normally keep the mouth moist by secreting saliva, are not working properly.

A prolonged lack of saliva has significant implications. First, it causes bad breath or halitosis. Second, it can be harder to eat with a dry mouth. Tasting, chewing, and swallowing may also become difficult. As a result, your child’s nutrition could be negatively impacted. And third, a dry mouth creates ideal conditions for tooth decay to grow. This is harmful to your child’s dental health. Saliva plays a key role in keeping decay-causing oral bacteria in check and neutralizing the acids these bacteria produce. It is this acid that erodes tooth enamel and starts the decaying process.

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What is Gum Disease?

By: Larry Caldwell, DDS Wednesday, May 3, 2017 6:57 PM

Gum Disease

Periodontal disease - more commonly known as gum disease - ranges from simple gum inflammation to serious disease symptoms that result in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth.

People usually don’t show signs of gum disease until they are in their 30s or 40s. Men are more likely to have gum disease than women. Although teenagers rarely develop periodontal disease, they can develop gingivitis, the milder form of gum disease.

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Mouthguards

By: Larry Caldwell, DDS Sunday, April 16, 2017 9:58 PM

You will often hear your child’s pediatric dentist stress the importance of protecting your child’s teeth from the harm of decay and disease. However, it is just as important to protect your child’s teeth from external force and trauma—everything from teeth grinding to obtaining an injury during a sporting event. For best protective measures in these types of situations, the pediatric dentists of Larry Caldwell, DDS & Associates recommend the use of mouthguards.

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Dental Sealants

By: Larry Caldwell, DDS Wednesday, March 15, 2017 3:31 AM

At Larry Caldwell, DDS & Associates, we strive to provide expert dental care in a fun, friendly, and easygoing environment.

Our pediatric dentists work hard to treat every patient on an individual basis, creating comprehensive, personalized treatment plans that achieve great dental health and confident smiles.

Since we specialize in safeguarding the smiles of young patients, we do a lot of work watching out for dental development; sometimes that means applying dental sealants.

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