Children’s Health

Children are not simply "little adults". Children's health involves the medical care of infants, children, and adolescents.

What is the earliest age for children to get braces?

It depends. If you are concerned about tooth alignment, bring your child to the regular dentist. The youngest they can do this is probably around 7-8 years of age but it depends. There are only really 2 cases that should be treated as early as possible. One is when there is an underbite, which is when the lower set...

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Is it possible to become immune to ADHD medication?

It's not about being immune. [It depends] on the demands of life on a person's attention. As a person grows into adulthood, the demands of attention may differ and you have to adjust the medication if the dosage is not enough. We do recommend medication holidays where the patients take a break from medication, which...

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Is it advisable for kids to floss their teeth?

100%. Please floss your teeth. Baby teeth have a lot of gaps and spaces. If there’s space that the brush can go through, they are not causes for concern. The back teeth are the ones that you should worry about, so you should not miss those areas. Flossing the teeth does not take too long and it is definitely a...

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Is bad breath in children caused by dietary habits?

Often, we get kids with allergic rhinitis or asthma. The chances of them getting bad breath are higher because their saliva dries out. Most of the time if their hygiene is good, they should not get bad breath.

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What is the prerequisite for a child to get braces?

They should not have tooth decay, or if decay has been treated over a period of one year, they should not have a cavity. If those are present, adding braces on top of that you are more likely to get a decay during treatment. The second criterion is that dental hygiene has to be good. With braces on, they may not be ...

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How do you stop a child from grinding their teeth in their sleep?

Grinding starts around 6 years old. Most will grow out of it by 11 years old, but some kids who usually grind teeth in sleep they might have some ENT problems like a blocked nose or sinus problems.

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How do you deal with children refusing to open their mouths during treatment?

You should prepare them even before coming to the dentist. Depending on the age of the child, talking to your child about what is going to happen at the dentist and assuring them is a good strategy. Always use positive words. I find other things that help are reading books or watching cartoons such as Peppa pig, whe...

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Are dental x-rays in any way harmful to a child?

No. The chances of harm are very low because dental x-rays have limited exposure and we always protect the children or adults before they take an x-ray. They will wear aprons and their neck will be protected as well. There is also a shield for certain x-rays that reduce the remission a person gets. The second thing ...

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My child is a picky eater and especially dislikes to eat vegetables. We are worried about her nutritional status and are considering kids vitamins. How do we choose a good one?

Many parents are concerned when their children tend to avoid certain food items. These children are known as “picky eaters”, but this does not always correlate to vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Before considering supplementing the child’ diet with a multivitamin tablet, it will be important to s...

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Can I continue to give my child vitamins/supplements while he is on medication?

Herbs, vitamins, and other dietary supplements may augment or antagonize the actions of medications prescribed by your doctor.  What research has shown is that in adults,  St. John's wort is the supplement that has the most documented interactions with drugs.  There could be serious consequences when ...

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