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My Child Has Bad Breath, What Can I Do?

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We hear this question a lot. Rest assured, this is not an unusual concern. In fact, a study published in Pediatric Dentistry showed that 23% of young children had halitosis (bad breath). Why? The most common things that cause bad breath are tongue coating, gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and tooth decay. Here’s the bottom […]

When To Begin Orthodontic Treatment

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Is my child too young for orthodontics? When should I make an appointment for their first check-up? These are important questions to consider because teeth and jaw problems can become more serious over time if left untreated. According to the American Association of Orthodontics, children should first see the orthodontist no later than age 7. […]

Do Braces Increase The Risk Of Cavities?

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Straightening crooked teeth can have a profoundly positive impact on your oral health, as well as your confidence. Unfortunately, while highly effective, wearing orthodontic braces also affects your daily routines, like eating and brushing your teeth. By making dental hygiene slightly more difficult, braces can increase a patient’s risk of developing dental issues that result […]

How Can Baby Teeth Get Straightened?

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Crooked baby teeth can cause many health complications for your child. These complications include things like increased risk for gum disease, tooth wear, increased risk of tooth injuries and bad breath. Not to mention chewing difficulties, difficulty cleaning the teeth properly and a decrease in self-esteem. Once you’ve called us and scheduled a cleaning and […]

Busting The Top 3 Orthodontic Myths

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“Braces set off metal detectors.” “I’ll have a higher chance of getting hit by lightning.” “Treatment takes, like, ten years.” You’ve probably heard a few of these orthodontic myths, which thankfully are not true (people with braces have the same chance of getting hit by lightning as those who don’t – one in 700,000!) We’re […]

The Importance Of Dental Care For Babies

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Our pediatric dental offices in Kansas City and Overland Park, KS, are frequently asked about oral care for baby teeth. At Starting Point, it’s our mission to provide you with the best care possible for your little ones. To help you succeed, our pediatric dental team has put together this guide on how to care […]

Is Invisalign Faster than Braces?!

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In the year 2000, when Align Technology began its commercial production of custom computer-generated clear aligners – the product known then and now as Invisalign, the orthodontists of the nation were skeptical (and we include ourselves among those skeptics at the time). In fact, our skepticism was entirely justified. At the time it was introduced, […]

Pediatric Dentist Kansas City | Pacifiers and Teeth Development

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One of the best ways to calm fussy babies is by giving them a pacifier. However, as babies grow this can be a difficult habit to break. The use of pacifiers can cause improper mouth development which leads to abnormal tooth growth and additional complications later in life. Here’s what you need to know about […]