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Classic Teething Toy Soothes Baby's Sore Gums

You may have used a Sophie teether when you were a baby. Credit: Amazon
Developed in France in 1961, Sophie the Giraffe has been a part of babies' lives for more than 40 years. Made of 100 percent natural rubber from the Hevea tree, this...

Breaking the Binkie Habit

Sometimes pacifiers suck. Credit: Corbis
Pacifiers are a mom's best friend, until they're not. Whether binkie, blanket or thumb, babies need an outlet for their natural urge to suck. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as it enables infants...

British Kids Have The Best Teeth, New Study Shows

Kids in the United States lag behind the British when it comes to oral hygiene. Credit: oskay, Flickr
Americans needs to keep their collective mouths shut about the British and their teeth. Turns out that kids in England have better dental...

Grandma Bites Baby

It's an old joke -- "Dog bites man" isn't news; "Man bites dog" is. In a similar vein, a baby biting her grandmother is no big deal, but a grandmother biting her infant granddaughter -- well, that's news. And so we have the case of Penny L. Huston...

Halloween hauls -- how to handle?

Do you let your kids actually eat their Halloween candy or do you whisk it away in the name of oral hygiene? The bad news for snacking moms and dads is that it's actually okay, dentally speaking to let your kids pig out on their candy, on a special...

DailyDish - Brushing teeth is as easy as A-B-C

Make sure your kids brush their teeth long enough with this simple trick...

Could fluoride cure England's bad dental rep?

The British have long had a reputation for bad teeth, but now the government has a plan that may address that in future generations -- they want to add fluoride to nearly half the nation's water supply. (There's no word on how they'll keep it...

Teen's braces save his life

Most kids wear their braces grudgingly. The pay-off for the pain is usually a long time coming and teens aren't known for their patience. But there is at least one kid who got more than he bargained for from his braces, and he didn't have to wait...

The big mouth in the sky

A while back, Ellie's dentist informed us that she had a bad tooth. One of her baby teeth had cracked and could potentially lead to infection and pain. We didn't have it pulled right away because it wasn't bothering her and we hoped we could get away...

Jared's new revenue stream

One of the many things I've done for a living over the years was working as a technology application consultant -- identifying new sources of revenue and new products based on a company's existing products. I'm thinking Jared and I could be partners...

Halloween candy trade-in

I got an e-mail from the kids' dentists recently letting us know about their Halloween Candy Trade-in program. Basically, kids who bring in their candy can trade it in for a "special toy". Now, everyone knows how bad all that Halloween candy is for...

Why our tooth-fairy is so generous

Unlike Angelina Jolie, we are not counted among the uber-rich. Heck, we're not even what you'd call wealthy, let alone independently so. So why does our tooth fairy hand out five-dollar bills for what was once a twenty-five-cent tooth? It turns out...

M is for Molar

So Jared had his big day at the dentist on Wednesday. He needed to have a tooth pulled because of an abscess in his gum between the baby tooth and permanent tooth. I picked him up at 10am for his 11am appointment, less than half an hour after school...

What to do with a very loose tooth

Ellie came home from school one day last week with a dangling tooth. It had been a little wiggly for weeks, but a snack-time apple wrenched it almost completely out of her mouth. But not quite. The tooth was hanging by a thread, easily pushed to a...

Coming soon: chocolate toothpaste

In what might just have children everywhere dancing in the streets as they rub candy on their teeth, researchers at Tulane University has discovered that chocolate may just be better for your teeth than fluoride toothpaste. Okay, not quite. An...

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