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Unlike traditional dentistry, cosmetic dentistry refers to procedures and treatment that improve the overall appearance of teeth. Branches of cosmetic dentistry, such as orthodontics, and procedures, such as teeth whitening, have improved the oral well-being of children in particular.

In 2015, more than a million North Americans had braces. This is good news for family dentistry, especially for children, and both parents & kids are more open to cosmetic dentistry now. A good cosmetic dentist in Sarasota is not hard to find, for instance, Simply Smile Sarasota, which provides dental care for kids from the first year itself.

Here's looking at why cosmetic dentistry for children is on the rise.

Oral Hygiene Tends to Get Overlooked

Parents often tend to neglect oral hygiene and early tooth-brushing in kids. The general perception is that dental problems come up later in life, since children anyway have lost all their baby teeth by age 12-13. However, the truth is that problems like tooth decay and cavities occur early in life. Dental implants for kids are fast becoming a reality to replace decayed or broken teeth. Cavities can also be filled with tooth-colored fillings now.

Enamel erosion is another major pediatric problem that cosmetic dentistry can address. Veneers that boost whitening can help with tooth discoloration.

The Need for Improving Children's Self-Esteem

Problems with self-esteem start early in life, and dental caries are a commonly experienced pediatric dental disease. Foods like candies, fizzy drinks, cookies, and even fruit juices can cause significant tooth decay. Porcelain crowns are a good option when seeking family dentistry for children & older kids.

Acidic foods and drinks can cause staining of the teeth. As children grow older, they grow more conscious of their appearance, and one's teeth are one of the most visible parts of the body. Cosmetic dentistry can let them express themselves fully with smile makeover programs and dental laminates.

Tendency to Develop Protruding 'Buck' Teeth

Thumb-sucking is a common habit that is otherwise harmless, but if continued for a long time, can cause problems with teeth alignment and even biting. Children can also have naturally crooked or unevenly spaced teeth, which will eventually require cosmetic dentistry. With modern techniques like Invisalign, where aligners are customized for each wearer, these problems can be successfully corrected.

Protrusive or unevenly spaced teeth are not just a cosmetic problem, but one that can interfere with one's ability to bite and chew properly. Orthodontics can prevent tooth extractions later in life, also because straight teeth are less vulnerable to tooth decay and periodontitis.

Injuries to Teeth are Common in Childhood

The rise of cosmetic dentistry for children is also due to its effectiveness at dealing with dental emergencies. The teeth are one of the most important organs in the body, and toothache from sensitivity or decay, or broken teeth from a freak injury, can make a child miserable.

The trauma can get to the jaw and cause facial swelling, which can worsen into an infection. If a child has a chipped or broken tooth, implants can solve the problem and treatment should be sought immediately from services for family dentistry for children & older kids.

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back to schoolSummer festivities are still in full swing, but back to school time is right around the corner.

When you go shopping this time of year, you'll likely notice a change in the atmosphere. Instead of bathing suits and red, white, and blue picnic plates, there are lists, glue, and paper. The stores are stocking up on all of the new pencils, notebook paper, planners, and backpacks. The smell of new pens waiting to be opened, pencils ready to be sharpened, and the feeling of a perfect folder, all shimmery in the plastic – it’s intoxicating.

Childless adults might lament on the passing of time and remember childhood, but luckily, you don’t have to have children to take advantage of all of the back to school sales and specials. Even if you don't have children, here are some ways you can take advantage of back to school sales.

Office Supplies

Now is the time to stock up on the basic must haves for your home office! Just because you don’t have children of your own, doesn’t mean you don’t need a fun folder or binder to spice up your office. Also, by taking advantage of these sales you can purchase school supplies and donate them to a local shelter or school program that gives away backpacks full of supplies to those children in need who can’t afford to get their back-to-school basics. This will make your donation dollars stretch further.

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entrepreneurLike most teenagers, I had summer jobs and worked after school so I could have some spending money and save for college. I didn't really consider myself an entrepreneur, but I guess I was.

For the most part, they were jobs where I worked for a small business owner. Except for selling newspapers outside a subway station, I wasn’t an entrepreneur and didn’t work for myself. Even the newspaper gig required me to rely on a big company to provide the product I sold.

Being an entrepreneur and working for yourself — as I’ve done since being laid off as a newspaper editor in 2008 — is a job skill I’ve grown into and enjoy. I only wished I learned about it back when I was in school so that I could at least be a part-time entrepreneur during my working life. At the very least, it could serve as a backup or secondary income.

It’s a skill set that I think all children should at least have a taste of so they can decide if it’s something they’d like to do.

The first taste of entrepreneurship for most children is a lemonade stand. Even if their parents pay for the sugar, lemons, cups and other supplies, a lemonade stand can be an hourly lesson in how to set prices and make change, and show the importance of having a great location and product.

But after that, unless kids find the entrepreneurial bug on their own, they may lose the drive to work for themselves. Here are some ways to teach your kids to be entrepreneurs, or at least get started thinking about it:

Point out benefits of working for themselves

For children who don’t like being told what to do, this can be one of the first benefits worth pointing out to them about being an entrepreneur. By working on their own, they’ll be the boss and can determine what gets done when. No more taking orders from someone else.

Let them take things apart

If your child can build almost anything with Legos, or likes to take apart old phones, remotes or anything else you let them work on, it could be a sign that they could make a good entrepreneur.

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