While many of our patients know to limit juice and soda as much as possible, many don’t realize that this recommendation includes sports drinks. Companies like Gatorade and Powerade have done a great job marketing their products so children and adults alike think the drinks have magical benefits for sports performance, while ignoring the extremely… Continue reading The Dangers of Sports Drinks
A protective coating called fluoride varnish that’s applied in the dental office twice a year is an easy, quick, cost-effective method for the prevention of cavities. We often call it “painting” the teeth at the end of our patients’ visits and it can be applied to primary (baby) or permanent teeth to help against the… Continue reading What We’re “Painting” on Your Child’s Teeth: Fluoride Varnish
We hope all our patients and their families had a fabulous Halloween! Our team gets pretty excited for Halloween because we look forward to dressing up together and sharing the fun with our patients. This year we dressed up as Toy Story characters which was a total blast: Beyond dressing up, Halloween is also infamous… Continue reading Halloween Candy Buy Back
A very common preventive pediatric dental recommended procedure is pit and fissure sealants, or as we like to call them – “power shields” for teeth! Any molar surface that forms with deeper pits and grooves would be likely to trap food and bacteria and so the likelihood that dental decay could begin in these difficult to… Continue reading How We Place “Power Shields” at Sweet Tooth
Many pediatricians recommend pacifiers for infants for a variety of reasons, including the prevention of SIDS and to “pacify” a cranky baby, as the name suggests. Every baby is different – some could care less about pacifiers, some find a pacifier helpful for winding down to sleep, and some babies are absolutely addicted to their… Continue reading Kicking the Pacifier Habit
Summertime brings all of our patients’ favorite outdoor activities – biking, swimming, and many visits to the neighborhood playground or splash pad. As much fun as these activities are, they can also bring about a lot of unwanted dental emergencies. In the past few weeks we have seen numerous patients with chipped and/or injured teeth… Continue reading Dental Trauma and Emergencies
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste twice a day for two minutes. But is that really what we expect parents to do for their little ones every day? Ideally, yes, but let’s dive into some background info, recommendations, and tips for your child’s daily routine that might not be… Continue reading Tips for Toddler Toothbrushing
The bacterial disease that causes cavities is called “dental caries”. Caries is what we refer to as a multifactorial disease, meaning there are a lot of factors that contribute to the disease and the reason there isn’t a simple solution for curing it. One of the main factors that we spend a lot of time… Continue reading Snack “Teeth-Smart”!
We spend a lot of time in our office reviewing the dietary habits of our patients, including what they’re drinking throughout the day. Although most parents in our office are well aware not to give their kids candy every day, the feelings about juice can be a bit more fuzzy. One this is for sure… Continue reading Organic? All-natural? No sugar added? Let’s talk JUICE!
For many children, and adults for that matter, getting the initial shot of novicaine can be the worst part of getting a filling or dental procedure done. Dentists nowadays don’t actually use “novicaine”, it’s usually lidocaine or septocaine in our office, but the name novicaine has stuck around to denote any kind of dental local… Continue reading Painless Novicaine for Kids: Dr. Erica’s New Magic “Wand”