Homer Sedighi, D.M.D., P.C., Pediatric Dentistry Blog

You Asked, We Answered: Is Thumb-Sucking Bad For Your Child’s Oral Health?

September 30, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — kidsdentistry @ 8:22 pm
Closeup of child sucking their thumb

Does your child suck their thumb? If you’re reading this article, then the answer is most likely “yes.” First, it’s important to know that it is a very common self-soothing behavior in young children. In fact, some babies even begin this habit in utero! With that being said, it is natural to wonder about the effects of thumb-sucking on your child’s oral health. Will it negatively impact their smile? Does it increase their risk of tooth decay? Keep reading for the answers.


Here’s How You Can Help Your Child With Autism Feel Comfortable at the Dentist

Filed under: Uncategorized — kidsdentistry @ 2:15 pm
Closeup of child smiling during dental checkup

An unfamiliar environment can be overwhelming for a child with Autism. Now throw in the strange sounds, unfamiliar tastes, bright lights, and occasional discomfort that accompanies going to the dentist, and the situation becomes downright traumatic. However, as a parent, you know just how important routine checkups and cleanings are. So, you’re in a bit of a predicament. The good news is that there are a few tips for special needs dentistry you can implement to make the experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible for you and your little one. Keep reading to learn what they are!


The Different Dental Crowns Used to Restore Your Child’s Smile

August 14, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — kidsdentistry @ 2:41 pm
a young boy after seeing a pediatric dentist in Chesterfield

If your child is dealing with a severely decayed or damaged tooth, a filling may not be enough to adequately fix it. Instead, their pediatric dentist in Chesterfield may recommend a prefabricated dental crown to better protect their vulnerable smile. By using this method of treatment, your child’s tooth can regain its structural integrity over time, allowing them to enjoy a healthier smile until it’s time for their permanent tooth to erupt. Read on to learn more about the different types of dental crowns used and how they can be beneficial to your child’s oral health.


First Dental Visit: What You Can Expect

July 25, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — kidsdentistry @ 6:56 pm

If your child has yet to visit the dentist for the first time, it’s natural to be a bit apprehensive. Fortunately, many pediatric dentists understand the slight fear and nervousness expressed by both parents and their children. This is why most websites include information about a child’s first dental visit. If you are ready to learn what you can expect during their initial dental checkup and cleaning, read the following article.


Why Children with Special Needs Are at Risk for Oral Health Problems

July 11, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — kidsdentistry @ 6:34 pm
girl with special needs playing with a toy

It’s not uncommon for children of all ages to be at a much higher risk for tooth decay and cavities. However, when a child is living with behavioral, physical, or mental special needs, the potential for worsening oral health problems dramatically increases. No matter the reason, it is important to find a dentist who offers special needs dentistry, so your little one can get the optimal care they need. Read on to learn about the various dental challenges these children face and what you can do to ensure the health and longevity of your child’s smile.


4 Tips to Help Your Child with Special Needs Practice Good Oral Hygiene

June 28, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — kidsdentistry @ 6:21 pm
girl with special needs in Chesterfield

Do you have a child with special needs? Do you struggle to get them to brush and floss their teeth regularly? This is a common problem among parents, and it can feel as if the normal morning and nighttime routines are an uphill battle. Depending on your child’s physical, behavioral, or mental disability, these simple tasks may be quite challenging, but they don’t have to be. A pediatric dentist who offers special needs dentistry is here to offer 4 tips that will help your child practice good oral hygiene at home.


Does My Child Need Dental X-Rays?

June 8, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — kidsdentistry @ 5:51 pm
child receives dental x-rays in Chesterfield

When learning your child needs dental x-rays, there are likely two questions that come to mind. “Are they necessary,” and “are they safe?” You’re not alone in your concerns, especially if you grew up with your dentist using traditional methods to capture images of your smile. Fortunately, dental technology has come a long way and now offers safer solutions that produce clearer images. Read on to hear from a pediatric dentist who shares the importance of dental x-rays and why you have nothing to fear when it comes to your child’s safety.


4 Key Facts You Should Know About Your Child’s Oral Health

May 22, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — kidsdentistry @ 3:04 pm
a little girl wearing her hair in pigtails and showing off her smile in Chesterfield

As you help your child develop good oral hygiene habits, you may begin to wonder if there is more you can do to ensure the health and longevity of their smile. While finding a trusted dentist who offers children’s dentistry services is a key component, there are also many other important facts that will help to guide how you care for your little one’s teeth and gums as they grow and develop. Here are 4 facts every parent should know when it comes to their child’s dental health.


4 Tooth Fairy Myths to Help Your Child Get Excited About Their Upcoming Visit

April 25, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — kidsdentistry @ 4:30 pm
a woman wearing a crown and holding a big tooth and looking like the tooth fairy

Has your child recently lost a baby tooth? Getting them excited about a visit from the Tooth Fairy isn’t always easy, especially if they appear fearful or nervous about the idea. When it comes to someone or something coming into their room at night while asleep and leaving a gift under their pillow, your little one may feel more scared than excited. To help minimize their fears and instead, get them excited about their upcoming visit, here are 4 tooth fairy stories from other parts of the world you can share.


How Face Masks Can Better Protect Your Child When Visiting the Dentist

April 5, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — kidsdentistry @ 2:37 pm
a little girl wearing a gray polka dot mask out in public

COVID-19 has changed the way people work, go to school, and even visit the dentist’s office. With both adults and children having to wear face masks anytime they are out in public, these additional accessories are becoming hot ticket items anywhere you go. Having trouble finding one that will fit your child? A local pediatric dentist shares how making a face mask for your little one at home can ensure their health and safety the next time they come in for a dental checkup.