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Bruxism in Children: Impact, Identification, Prevention

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the general risks of bruxism, or the grinding of the teeth, in children. While this condition is more common in adults than in children, it may still happen to many kids, and can be particularly damaging to developing mouths. Bruxism is one

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Bruxism in Children: Numbers, Causes and Impact

There are certain dental conditions that, while they more commonly affect adults, will also impact a portion of children, sometimes in slightly different ways. A good example here is known as bruxism, which is the medical term for the reflexive grinding of the teeth that many people take part in. At Southridge Pediatric Dentistry, our

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COVID-19 Office Policy Update

Dear Patients and Families, We would like to thank you for complying with our COVID-19 office guidelines during your visits with us this past year. We appreciate your efforts in doing all you can to protect yourself, other patients, and our dental team from possible transmission of COVID-19. This weekend, Governor Cox will lift the

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Importance of Tooth Space for Utah Children

For adults, the presence of significant space between the teeth is generally not a desirable outcome, and teeth that are aligned properly fit together quite well. However, for children, especially those still transitioning from baby teeth to permanent adult teeth, there are many situations where a little space present isn’t a negative – and, in

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Correcting Myths on Baby Teeth and Their Care

A child’s first teeth, or baby teeth, are extremely important for several areas of oral health and development. This is why it’s unfortunate, then, that a number of myths have arisen over the years regarding these baby teeth and their care, many of which revolve around misunderstandings about the purpose of these teeth. At Southridge

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Fruit Juice, Natural Sugar and Child Teeth Protection

While most parents are well aware that too much sugar is a bad thing for their child’s teeth and overall health, there can still be some confusion within certain areas here. One of these areas: Do ostensibly healthier items like fruit juice, which contain more natural sugars rather than processed sugars, create some of the

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Child Tooth Enamel Importance and Conditions, Part 1

For both children and adults alike, a vital area of oral care revolves around tooth enamel. Important for protecting the outer surface of teeth from several potential risks, enamel unfortunately doesn’t always develop properly in children, leading to potential vulnerabilities like tooth decay, stress fractures and others. At Southridge Pediatric Dentistry, we’re proud to offer numerous children’s

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Weak Tooth Enamel: Causes, Prevention and Treatment

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on child tooth enamel, why it matters and some of the conditions that may arise if it’s not properly cared for. Enamel protects the teeth from various threats, but not all children develop optimal enamel – and may require specialized care. At

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Understanding Child Tooth Misalignment and Headaches

If your child has been experiencing recent headaches and you’re struggling to locate the cause, one area you may not have considered is improper tooth or jaw alignment. Also known as malocclusion within the dental world, this sort of misalignment is possible in a few ways in both children and adults, and often leads to

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Making Flossing Easier on Young Children

There are too many Americans who do not floss their teeth on a regular basis, and for many, this behavior begins at a young age. Too many children are not taught how to floss properly and reminded why it’s so important, but you can ensure this doesn’t happen to your child by taking the proper

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How to Care for and Maintain Baby Teeth

At Southridge Pediatric Dentistry, we’re proud to serve as your comprehensive children’s dentist in South Jordan and surrounding areas. We offer services ranging from basic checkups and preventive care to fluoride treatments, dental X-rays and care for child dental emergencies, ensuring your child’s mouth is healthy and developing properly as they grow. One particular group

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Themes for Choosing Your Child’s Pediatric Dentist

Like with many other personal services, parents of children preparing for their first dental appointment should be canvassing several pediatric dental offices to find the best one for them. It always pays to do your research in areas like these, ensuring the office you choose has all the proper facilities and staff to meet your

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Child Dental Terminology and Vocabulary to Utilize

For parents looking to soothe any dental anxiety or remove fears of the dentist in young children, one of the best tools at your disposal is information. Helping kids understand why the dentist is important and what’s being done during their appointments may not solve every one of their issues, but it tends to go

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Art Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in our April Art Contest!  It was so fun to see all of the things you created.  We were so impressed with your skills! Here is a list of the winners (the red numbers were for voting purposes only to keep it anonymous):   Overall Office Favorites: McKinnlee (age

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Tips for Preventing Child Dental Phobias

It’s common for young children to have some apprehension or anxiety in several new or unfamiliar environments, and the dentist is a good example for some children. Not only will a first dental visit be a potentially major event for them, the idea of a stranger working on their mouth often isn’t one they’re able

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APRIL ART CONTEST!

We are holding a contest for the month of April and we want to see your artistic skills!  The theme for the contest is anything and everything DENTAL!  Use your imagination to come up with an original piece of artwork, then send us a picture.  It can be drawing, painting, sculpture…the possibilities are endless!  We

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Activities For Your Little Ones

We know that this is a difficult time for everyone.  We miss seeing our patients and caring for their smiles!  Here are a few printable activity pages to help not only pass the time, but also to remind your little ones just how important it is to take care of their teeth. For Younger Children

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***IMPORTANT Update for ALL PATIENTS***

Our office is committed to following the most current guidelines in fighting the spread of COVID-19.  The latest recommendation from the American Dental Association is that, “dentists nationwide postpone elective procedures for the next three weeks.” Effective immediately, we will be seeing patients who have urgent dental needs and dental emergencies only.  Our dental team

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An UPDATED Message About COVID-19

***Updated March 17, 2020*** Our highest priority has always been for the safety and well-being of our patients and families.  We are receiving updated information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Dental Association (ADA) regarding the recent spread of COVID-19. Based on the latest recommendations, both our South Jordan

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Providing Humanitarian Dental Aid to Guatemala City

At Southridge Pediatric Dentistry, while we pride ourselves on the absolute highest-quality pediatric dental services in Utah – from pediatric dental cleaning services and basic checkups to dental x-rays and emergency dental services when needed – we also take pride in our contributions to both our local community and others. Lending a helping hand to

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Risks of Children Brushing Teeth Too Hard

As a parent, one of the key areas you play a role in for a young child is helping them develop their oral care, namely brushing and flossing their teeth. Helping teach them how to brush properly, starting by helping them at a young age and eventually progressing to where they can brush for themselves,

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How to Respond to Child Dental Emergencies

Being a parent means being prepared for the unexpected, and the dental world is no exception. While we all hope our kids keep their mouths safe and protected at all times, the reality is that it’s always possible for them to deal with temporary or long-running issues that cause pain and other oral concerns. At

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Preventing Gingivitis, Periodontitis and Gum Disease in Children

There are a few unfortunate misconceptions out there in the dental world, and one such myth is the idea that periodontal disease (gum disease) and other infections like gingivitis can only affect adults. While these conditions do indeed impact adults regularly, they can also be found in adolescents and even younger children, and should be

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General Timeline for Baby Teeth Growing In

While the general timetable for when your baby will begin to see teeth erupting into the mouth is somewhat similar for most kids, every child is different when it comes to the details. The 20 baby teeth that will grow in for your child don’t come in at precise dates, but rather within a general

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Dr Farnsworth is great, very professional and kind to my kids. Has done great dental work and given my son 2 crowns. Staff has been great to work with too; helped write a letter for my insurance to cover the IV sedation my 3 yr old needed.

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We have seen Dr Roth for a few years and love the care we receive. Two of our girls have special needs and they are just great with them! Couldn’t recommend them any more!!

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Summer Sporting Activities and Child Mouthguard Use

With summer in full swing, many parents have children who are involved in seasonal sports or other activities. For those parents of children playing any form of contact or semi-contact sport, or even certain other activities where risks may be present to the head or mouth, one important dental area is a worthwhile consideration: Mouthguard

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Importance of Saliva for a Child’s Oral Care

Among both children and adults alike, spit can be something of a gross topic to discuss. But while it might not be the first area of conversation you bring up at the dinner table, spit and saliva are actually vital parts of oral care, especially for your children. At Southridge Pediatric Dentistry, we’re happy to

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Fruits to Promote to Supplement Child Dental Care

As all parents should know, what your child eats has a huge impact on their oral health. Items with high sugar and fat content can be big negatives due to the way they promote plaque and bacteria in the mouth, while areas like fruits and vegetables should be promoted for both general and oral health

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RESTORATIVE CARE

Teeth can be restored to proper function and aesthetics after cavities or accidents involving teeth.

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SEDATION

A child should see a dentist by either the first birthday or 6 months after eruption of the first tooth, whichever comes first, in order to maintain good oral health from the start.

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Top Vitamins and Minerals for Child Oral Health

At Southridge Pediatric Dentistry, you could broadly categorize our children’s dental services into two categories. The first is our in-office services, which include everything from tooth cleanings to sedation dentistry and much more. The second, and one we’re proud to offer, is the expertise and tips we can pass on to parents for maintaining strong child

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Understanding and Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Many parents, particularly new parents, may not realize the risks of tooth decay in their children. Tooth decay is one of the single most widespread diseases among children – it’s five times more common than asthma and over 15 times more common than diabetes, for instance. At Southridge Pediatric Dentistry, our pediatric dental services include

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Understated Avoidance Areas for Child Oral Health

As a parent, chances are you’re already locked into a good oral health routine for your child. Things like brushing twice a day, flossing regularly and avoiding too many high-sugar foods are fairly well-known elements here. At Southridge Pediatric Dentistry, our dentists are here to help you promote and enhance these basic habits, but also

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Making Fast Food More Mouth-Healthy

For most parents, child dental care is all about striking a proper balance. We all want our children to enjoy themselves and not be restricted on a regular basis based on things like food limitations, but at the same time, the habits ingrained in your kids at an early age can set the baseline for

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Jessica W

We love it here. They are kind, gentle, and very receptive to our child and her specific needs. We will definitely be coming here for as long as we can and will recommend to other.

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Sara I

We love Southridge Pediatric Dentistry! Everyone is so nice and they make my kids feel comfortable. My kids think it is fun to go to the dentist! Dr Farnsworth is awesome and even made getting cavities filled a positive experience. We also love all the dental assistants. We would highly recommend Southridge Pediatric Dentistry to anyone!

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Holly G

I have two kids that go to Southridge Pediatric Dentistry. They make the experience so wonderful! They are seriously the best with kids! Even when there is a procedure that needs to be done they make it the best possible situation and make the kids feel as comfortable as possible. I highly recommend them!!!

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Jennifer T

We love Southridge Pediatrics! We love both the dentists and the whole staff. They are friendly, kind, and very good with kids. The dentists are very knowledgeable and I trust them both. My kids love it here! They put the children at ease as well as the parents. I couldn’t recommend them more!

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Michelle T

We love Dr Roth! He is gentle and kind with my kids. My kids look forward to going to the dentist. AND, I never have a long wait. They are always on time. A huge bonus!

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Dangers of Sports and Energy Drinks

At Southridge Pediatric Dentistry, we’re here to provide a full range of services to keep your child’s teeth healthy. From basic cleanings up to kidsdental X-rays and much more, we’ll help with all the preventive care areas that keep the teeth in great shape before any major issues can come up. One product that’s becoming

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Identifying and Stopping Thumb Sucking

For a great number of children, thumb sucking or finger sucking are general habits at a young age. Nearly a third of all children will suck on their thumbs or fingers within the first year of their life, and while this may seem harmless, it’s actually not. At Southridge Pediatric Dentistry, we’re here to help.

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Parental Readiness for Common Child Dental Issues

There are certain parts of our children’s lives we simply can’t control no matter how careful we are, and one of these areas relates to dental emergencies. Kids are active and occasionally reckless, and there are times where the teeth bear the brunt of this load. At Southridge Pediatric Dentistry, we’re here to help. We

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Choosing Proper Child Toothpaste

As a top children’s dentist in South Jordan and Tooele, we at Southridge Pediatric Dentistry are experienced when it comes to toothpaste for kids. With over 16 million children dealing with tooth decay issues each year, the kind of toothpaste children use can make a huge difference. What are some of the considerations you should

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Basics of Newborn Oral Care

Becoming a new parent is a huge life event, one that comes with numerous questions and a whole bunch of new learning. One area where you’ll discover plenty of new realities is within dental care. At the offices of Southridge Pediatric Dentistry, we’re here to help. We’re a children’s dentist office that helps kids of

Let’s discuss how we can help your child improve their oral health.