At Caring Tree Children’s Dentistry, Dr. Kucera and the team are committed to sharing our dental and health-related knowledge. We want to keep parents informed and arm them with tools to help their families live healthy, happy lives. Our bi-monthly blog features articles about different oral health topics that affect growing kids, from what to pack in a healthy lunch to the links between gum disease and different health conditions. We hope the topics we choose help you make better all-around health decisions for your kids and to ask questions. Feel free to share, comment, and join the conversation!
Babies nearly all love their pacifier or their thumb – or both! The sucking reflex itself is instinctive. Babies would quickly starve and perish if they didn’t possess this strong instinct. Will thumb sucking affect my child’s teeth? Via ultrasound, babies have been observed sucking their thumb at about 28 weeks in utero. Thumb sucking is […]Continue Reading »
Spit out that pacifier! The drawbacks of pacifiers for your child are numerous. Little humans have a very strong sucking reflex. It is one of Nature’s ways of keeping them alive. Most babies and toddlers use a pacifier at some point in their development. These are considered a ‘transitional object’, and can help little ones […]Continue Reading »
How safe is your visit to the dentist? In light of the recent Tulsa, Oklahoma case of Dr. W. Scott Harrington, who is accused of potentially exposing over 7,000 patients to Hepatitis and HIV, many are left wondering ’Is it safe to visit the dentist?’ According to Tulsa World, Dr. Harrington, an oral surgeon and […]Continue Reading »
Are over-the-counter teething remedies safe? Your baby is teething. She is cranky, drooling, and may not sleep as well. Some will pull on their ears or rub their cheeks. How can you help your baby feel better? Are over-the-counter teething remedies safe to use? Teething remedies are sold over the counter. That means they are […]Continue Reading »
Is the Spinbrush dangerous for your kids? Use caution with the Spinbrush ®! As parents, we want our children to develop good dental hygiene. Part of this task is to make brushing a habit. The Spinbrush® is a tool many parents have used to make brushing more fun and help kids do a more thorough […]Continue Reading »
Your child’s dental health can affect his ability to learn! In a recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics, nearly 41,000 school age children in the United States were studied to assess the effects of dental health on performance in school. The data used was taken from the 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health. […]Continue Reading »