Category Archives: Children’s Dentistry

Will a Pacifier Impact My Baby’s Tooth Development?

Will a Pacifier Impact My Baby’s Tooth Development?

When it comes to pacifiers, they are usually a baby’s favorite object. As soon as a baby starts crying, many parent’s first instincts are to hand a pacifier to their baby to calm them down. But did you know that overusing a pacifier can cause dental and oral issues for your child? Pacifiers used on young babies can help reduce oral pain they may have and also reduces the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. However, parents should know that overusing any pacifier can cause future oral issues. If you are curious about how pacifiers can negatively affect your child’s oral health, continue reading.

How Exactly Can a Pacifier Cause Oral Issues With My Baby?

The mouth of a developing baby is something that needs special attention from the parents or caretakers. Like any other developing body part, if there is something in the way of its growth, it will adapt to a new shape so it can continue to grow. Overuse of a pacifier can cause a baby’s teeth and jaw to start growing misaligned. The same effects are known in children who have a thumb-sucking problem. Their teeth usually grow outward and the misaligned jaw can cause bite issues. 

What Should I Do About My Childs Use Of Pacifiers?

You should remember that pacifiers are still great to use for babies if you do it in moderation. A child, less than one-month-old should never be handed a pacifier as it may affect their eating habits. After the one month mark, it safe to start having them slowly start using the pacifier until it becomes a normal habit. By the age of two, your child should be weaned off of using a pacifier. This is where the problem can arise where they will start sucking their thumb since they have been weaned off of their pacifier. This may seem like a normal habit amongst children, but thumb-sucking can actually bring worse issues for your child than a pacifier. Not only is it dirty because you don’t know where your child’s hands have been, but thumb-sucking can be even harder to wean your child off of since their thumb is attached to their body. 


Just because the overuse pacifiers can be bad for your child’s oral health, does not mean that you shouldn’t give or let your baby use a pacifier. Remember, pacifiers are great for other aspects of your child’s health and every doctor will recommend that you give your child a pacifier as they are growing. Just keep in mind that just like anything else, a pacifier needs to be used in moderation. If used in moderation, your child should not have any oral or dental issues as they continue to develop. If you have any questions or concerns about your baby’s teeth or use of a pacifier for your baby, you can visit our site Cute Smiles For Kids, or schedule an appointment with one of our pediatric dentists to ensure your baby’s teeth are on the right track.

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Shark Teeth in Kids: What You Need to Know

Shark teeth are a common issue in children, and one that often concerns parents and caregivers. Usually, shark teeth develop in children at around the age of 6 years old, but it is possible for them to develop as late as the age of 11 – 12 years old.  They are most common on the lower bottom teeth, but can also appear on the upper front teeth as well.

The Cause of Shark Teeth

The term “shark teeth” was a term developed by professionals in the dental industry to describe a child that has developed rows of teeth. This happens when the child develops their adult teeth before their baby teeth have fallen out, resulting in having multiple rows of teeth. There is no other underlying issue. 

Are There Any Treatments for Shark Teeth?

When it comes to shark teeth, tooth extraction is the only one way to treat it. Once the adult tooth fully grows into place, there is nothing to push or dissolve the root of the baby tooth. A dental surgeon will have to go and extract the baby tooth, so that the adult tooth can move into the right position. This could take weeks, sometimes even months. After extraction, the adult teeth may have further issues moving into their designated areas, warranting further treatment for tooth alignment. 


If your child has developed “Shark Teeth”, don’t worry. It is a common issue among children and teens throughout the world. Keeping up with your child’s dental visits is the best way you can keep up with any dental health issues. If you notice that your child is developing any extra teeth, or what appears to be rows of teeth, give us a call to seek dental assistance.

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What Is a Crossbite?

Every time you close your mouth, what should normally happen is for the teeth of the upper jaw to close over the top of the lower teeth. When there is misalignment between the upper and lower teeth, this could be a crossbite. 

What Is a Crossbite?

Some people have their upper teeth inside of their lower teeth. This misalignment is called a crossbite and can happen for just one tooth or a group of teeth. A trained orthodontist will be able to easily assess the problem and offer solutions.

What Causes a Crossbite?

There are many reasons why crossbites can occur. Some of these are natural while others are a result of human action. Genetics always play a role in teeth formation. Some children experience delayed loss of baby teeth, which can cause misalignment, or permanent teeth may erupt in an abnormal way. The habit of thumb sucking can also lead to a crossbite.

Types of Crossbite

There are different ways for a crossbite to occur. This classification is purely based on the position and direction of the misalignment.

Anterior Crossbite

When the upper front teeth sit behind the lower teeth, it is called an anterior crossbite. This can happen if the lower teeth are crowded and push forward, if the upper jaw is not wide enough, if thumb sucking in childhood has caused the upper jaw to become too narrow, or if the patient has had a cleft lip surgery.

Posterior Crossbite

A posterior crossbite is just like anterior crossbite but it happens at the back of the mouth. This form of misalignment is comparatively easy to treat if caught early.

Buccal Crossbite

When upper teeth develop and move toward the cheek and create a misalignment, it is called a buccal crossbite. The misalignment will expose the biting surface of the teeth, which you can feel with your tongue when you close your mouth.

Lingual Crossbite

When upper teeth develop inward towards the tongue, it results in a lingual crossbite. In this case, you will also be able to feel the surface of the biting area of the misaligned teeth with your tongue when your mouth is closed.

Unilateral and Bilateral Crossbite

A crossbite is also classified based on whether or not it affects both sides of the mouth. If it impacts only one side, it is called a unilateral crossbite and if it affects both sides of the mouth, it is called a bilateral crossbite. 

Single Tooth and Segmental

When just one tooth is misaligned, it is called a single tooth crossbite. When a segment of the jaw, i.e., a group of two to three teeth, is misaligned rather than all the teeth, it is called a segmental crossbite.

How to Fix a Crossbite

Braces is the most common way of treating crossbites. It can be used to put teeth in proper alignment and even help widen the upper jaw. If you don’t like the look of metal on your teeth, there are other options, such as invisible aligner braces and clear braces.


A Children Dentist Can Help to Prevent the Need for Braces

shutterstock_153764189-300x200If you are worried that your child may need braces, visit a children dentist. We can examine their teeth and let you know if it is likely that they will need an orthodontic treatment at some point.  Many parents want to know this early so that they can start to plan for it.  While this is understandable, there is no set way to know if a child needs braces until their adult teeth have come in.  There are, however, risk factors such as genetics that make it more likely that they will need orthodontics.  For example, if you or your spouse has a small palate and needed braces or oral surgery, your child is likely to need some sort of orthodontics treatment as well.
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Our Children Dentistry Review of Teething Gels & What You Need to Know

pediatric-dentistry-300x200-1In our children dentistry office, we recommend that patients use natural solutions whenever possible. Medication has its place and can be very helpful.  The challenge is that using medication on a baby can have unintended consequences.  They are so little that they can’t tell you if something is wrong and by the time you notice it may be too late. Continue reading

Tips From Our Children Dentistry Office for Keeping Your Kids Away From Sugar This Halloween

2954_happy_smiling_halloween_tooth_with_toothbrush-640x610-300x285The sugar season is here and in our children dentistry office; we can keep your kids’ teeth in good health.  Halloween brings bags full of candy treats that can often last until Thanksgiving.  This marks the beginning of a sugar-filled three months where everyone’s teeth are in jeopardy of being harmed by an increase in sugar.  Start the holiday season by having your children’s teeth cleaned so that you know they are going into it healthy.
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How Children Dentistry Can Help to Prevent the Need for Braces

Kid-Dentist-300x200Did you know that children dentistry may prevent your child from needing braces down the road?  It is extremely common for kids to need braces in order to straighten their teeth and to make sure that their smile looks amazing as they grow.  When necessary, this is an important step for your child’s health.  The challenge is that orthodontics is expensive and can be uncomfortable so if you can prevent the need for them – your child will be better off.
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New Trends in Children Dentistry

Pediatric-Dentistry-300x200Working with children and children dentistry are a true specialty.  In addition to requiring comprehensive medical training, it also requires the ability to connect with young patients and help the to feel comfortable and safe at all times.  Many professionals are simply unable to accomplish this. Fortunately, Cute Smiles 4 Kids only works with children and our team of experts is able to help them feel right at home during every office visit.
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The (Not So) Secret Way to Brush and Floss

Your mission, should you choose to accept it (and being parents, you already have) is to help inspire your child to brush and floss their teeth correctly. We have appropriated the best equipment for the job: a fresh toothbrush, floss, and approved toothpaste. Failure in your mission will result in tooth decay, potential gum disease, and the end of the world.

Okay, so maybe not the end of the world. But your child’s smile will certainly feel the impact. Here are some tips to help you in your mission:
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