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Why Thumb Sucking Can Affect the Growth of Your Child’s Teeth

A child sucking their thumb is a normal part of being an infant. Infants may even begin sucking on their thumb within the womb, and it is fine for them to carry on doing so until they are about 6 months of age. After this particular age, the impulse to carry on has disappeared, but the problem is the fact many babies still suck their thumbs well after this time and it might prevent their teeth from growing in a healthy manner.

A child sucking their thumb is a normal part of being an infant. Infants may even begin sucking on their thumb within the womb, and it is fine for them to carry on doing so until they are about 6 months of age. After this particular age, the impulse to carry on has...

Combating Smelly Breath in Children and Teens

Any time a child has smelly breath, it could be quite upsetting. Each time a kid is teased for having bad breath, they can start having poor self-esteem or other self perception issues.

Preventing bad breath begins with understanding what causes it. Here are some common sources of bad breath in children and teens.

Any time a child has smelly breath, it could be quite upsetting. Each time a kid is teased for having bad breath, they can start having poor self-esteem or other self perception issues. Preventing bad breath begins with understanding what causes it. Here are some...

Baby Juice Bottles

Parents who come into my Portland, Oregon pediatric dental practice often tell me, “My baby loves juice and I just cannot take it away, so I water it down.”

These parents love their babies and want them to have all the good things in life.  Juice is sweet and delicious and healthy too.  Right?

Parents who come into my Portland, Oregon pediatric dental practice often tell me, “My baby loves juice and I just cannot take it away, so I water it down.” These parents love their babies and want them to have all the good things in life.  Juice is sweet...

Treating Portland Pulps & Root Canals

“Root canal? Ouch!”  That is what most of my Portland patients tell me, but luckily root canal treatments take away toothaches to make you feel better.

Usually dentists prefer to treat infected root canal pulps before they start to hurt because this is the most comfortable way to go.  Waiting for a tooth to hurt before starting root canal treatment is usually less comfortable.

Permanent teeth with infected pulps need root canal treatment. 

“Root canal? Ouch!”  That is what most of my Portland patients tell me, but luckily root canal treatments take away toothaches to make you feel better. Usually dentists prefer to treat infected root canal pulps before they start to hurt because this is the...

Gum Infections in Portland

A four year old boy from Portland came in with his mother, complaining of swelling around his baby molar.

When I looked at it, I noticed that there was an infection around the last molar, next to where the permanent tooth develops. 

Since it could be either an infection of the tooth that spread to the gingiva (gums) or an infection of the gums that could affect the developing teeth, we took an x-ray.

A four year old boy from Portland came in with his mother, complaining of swelling around his baby molar. When I looked at it, I noticed that there was an infection around the last molar, next to where the permanent tooth develops.  Since it could be either an...