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The holistic way to avoid crooked teeth

Every parent wants their child to grow up with straight, healthy teeth. Straight teeth boost our self-esteem and have been shown to influence how often a person smiles and how happy someone rates their life. That’s pretty substantial. There is plenty of information out there about what to do once your child’s teeth are crooked. […]

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How to help your child if they are being bullied in school

Watching your child being bullied is horrific. As a parent, your child’s suffering is your own and you would do anything to put a stop to it. But how? Read this blog to discover more. This topic is important because some kids get bullied because of the appearance of their teeth. At Riverstone Family Dental, […]

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Mouthbreathing simplified for mums and dads

Mouthbreathing: breathing through the mouth instead of the nose can have major effects on the growth and development of your child’s face. Did you know it can also affect your child’s overall health, their school results and how they behave? Read on to find out how. How do we breathe? Our nose is designed for […]

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Chalky Teeth – is this looming epidemic affecting your kids?

What are Chalky Teeth? 1 in 6 children’s teeth are affected by this condition So what is it? Chalky Teeth or Molar Hypomin (Molar Incisor Hypomineralisation – MIH) is a developmental condition. This means it affects the teeth in the early stages of life while they are forming. Hypo- means less of something -mineralisation – […]

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Falling asleep on the bottle

Q&A today is on Bottle Decay – an ENTIRELY preventable condition. New mums especially, this is one topic you need to know about. It affects about 15% of 2-3yo kids, however I have come across it in higher numbers. What is it?  While putting a child to bed with a bottle is okay for newborns, […]

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Where did my tooth go?

Losing baby teeth is normal. When you’re about 6 or 7 years old, your first tooth might be wobbly.   That’s okay! A wobbly baby tooth usually tells us that an adult tooth is underneath it. Adult teeth replace baby teeth. They are stronger and bigger and better for chewing. We need to look after […]

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4 whitening tips you need to know

The reason why I care about teeth whitening is because no one should feel embarrassed or self-conscious when smiling. Also, changes in teeth colour can give us clues about changes in diet and overall health. These clues can include: yellowing of teeth due to poor diet choices and thinning of enamel due to undiagnosed acid […]

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A new way to think about gums

Here’s what I explain to my patients: your gums are the foundation in which your teeth sit. Just like a house, if you have a bad foundation – it will not hold up the windows, doors and walls… everything will come crashing down. Similarly, your teeth rely on strong underlying gum tissue. Without this strong […]

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Kids’ Habits: mouth breathing

Welcome to a huge topic. For ease, I have listed the headings, feel free to skip ahead: Dylan’s Story (an example of a child suffering from mouth breathing) Getting to the root of the problem (I also discuss symptoms of mouth breathing here) Prevention Summary and Further Info   This week’s Kids’ Habits Blog scratches […]

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Why not all dentists are created equal.

When you find something you love and you have a strong reason for doing it, you find you are filled with energy and vigour that you never knew you had. Looking after my patients’ oral health gets me out of bed in the morning. More than that, it gets me working in areas such as […]

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