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Is your child grinding their teeth during sleep?
In my dental practice, I do see many young families and their children. Lately, I have had a question asked by many of the parents – and that is: My child grinds his/her teeth! What should I do? Bruxism (the formal name for grinding or clenching of teeth) is... Read more
Sensitivity can be a good thing… except when we’re talking teeth!
I consider myself to be fairly *sensitive*. While I don’t think sensitivity is necessarily a bad thing… I consider it to be quite an awful thing when we’re talking about our teeth! Up until a few years ago, I had never experienced the mind-numbing pain of a sensitive tooth.... Read more
7 tips for staying ‘tooth healthy’ this Halloween
Halloween night brings lanterns, costumes, trick-or-treating and… lots of candy! There’s no way to prevent your children from eating sweets at this time of year. So learning a few tips to keeping your children’s teeth safe can go a long way. Here are some great toothy tips that really... Read more
Why is there a white spot on my child’s tooth?
White spots on your child’s teeth can mean one of three things…. Firstly, it can be a white spot called Enamel Hypoplasia. This is a very common white spot that is formed during tooth development. The defect can be milky white, yellow or brown in color.  There is nothing... Read more
Dental Tips for Back to School
Dental Tips for Back-To-School With over 10 million school hours missed per year due to dental problems, it’s safe to say that taking steps to prevent dental problems and dental emergencies in school age children is a smart idea. Here are some back-to-school dental tips that will help ensure... Read more
How to get your kids to floss? by Dr. Melissa Skinner
How to get your kids to floss? I wish there were some magical tips I could provide to parents on flossing.  It’s an extremely difficult habit to form for all parents. The earlier you start forming the habit, the easier it will be to integrate into the daily oral... Read more
Baby Teeth- What if they erupt crooked? by Dr. Melissa Skinner
Baby teeth – what if they erupt crooked? by Dr. Melissa Skinner (Third St. Dental) ‘Baby teeth’ are essential to a healthy child’s growth and development. It allows your toddler to eat comfortably, learn to speak well and esthetically be proud of their smile. Also, ‘baby teeth’ need to... Read more
Pregnancy Gingivitis by Dr. Melissa Skinner
Pregnancy Gingivitis Hormonal changes during pregnancy and breastfeeding affect the health of our mouths as well.  A common concern I see in practice is pregnant women reporting swollen, red and tender gums that bleed when flossing or brushing. About half of moms-to-be have these symptoms – a condition known... Read more
Snacks & Mouth: Healthy Tips from Dental Health Expert Dr. Melissa Skinner
We are so happy to announce that Dr. Melissa Skinner has joined the North Shore Mama Expert panel as our resident Dental Expert.  This is the first of many informative posts that Melissa will be sharing with us.  Welcome to the team, Melissa ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Snacks & Mouth Healthy Tips... Read more