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Nitrogen Oxide is Safe and Helps Anxious Kids Get the Dental Care They Need Feb 15th, 2021

Nearly 25% of children and teens struggle with dental anxiety that’s severe enough to prevent them from getting the routine dental care they need. Their anxiety may begin when they hear others talk about negative dental experiences. Or they may have an anxiety disorder that overshadows many aspects of their...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 23rd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

When to take away a pacifier: How pacifiers effect your child’s teeth Oct 6th, 2020

It is no secret that millions of children all around the world love their pacifiers. For many parents this little device is the best way to sooth and calm a child when all else fails. One of the main reasons for this is that sucking on a pacifier or something...

How to make your child’s first dentist visit a success Aug 4th, 2020

A child’s first visit to the dentist can be a bit scary. More often than not, you as a parent are more scared than your child. However, if you educate yourself properly beforehand and therefore know what to expect, you will find out that it doesn’t have to be a scary...

You Won’t Believe The Amount of Sugar These Foods Contain Sep 9th, 2019

The processed food industry has made the job of cutting out sugar even more difficult for consumers.  Foods we wouldn’t necessarily consider full of sugar, even healthy foods, are often sugar bombs in disguise.  Reducing the amount of sugar your family eats is not only a great idea for keeping...

Here Are Four Reasons Gum Health is Important Sep 9th, 2019

When we think of oral health, our focus tends to be on teeth.  But that’s only half the story.  Gum health is an integral part of dental and oral health and can also play a significant role in the overall health of your body.  Taking care of your own gum...

Super Bowl Snacks Your Teeth Will Love Sep 9th, 2019

Are you ready for the Big Game?  A Super Bowl get-together demands super snacks but not at the expense of your teeth.  That’s why we’ve put together a few tasty game day snacking ideas with healthy ingredients.  Of course, these are snacks, and none of them are perfect.  Regardless of what...

Simple Mistakes that Cause Millions of Preventable Cavities Sep 9th, 2019

No parent wants their child to have cavities and the majority of us take special care to ensure that each dental visit ends cavity-free.  Yet, tooth decay remains the most common preventable childhood disease in the U.S. Here are a few simple mistakes that, if corrected, could save children from...

Four Tips For Sensitive Teeth Sep 9th, 2019

People of all ages can be affected by sensitive teeth.  Whether it’s biting into a cold ice cream cone or drinking a hot beverage, the pain that can come from hypersensitivity can be more than an inconvenience. What can cause sensitive teeth? Cracked or fractured teeth Missing or worn fillings Gum disease...

Should Children & Teens Get Tooth-Whitening? Sep 9th, 2019

Public awareness of tooth-whitening procedures and products has grown significantly in the past few years.  The number of questions our patients and their parents ask about tooth-whitening has also increased especially among parents concerned about their child’s self image and older adolescents/teens who want to look their best.  But are...

Tooth Surprise! This Common Food Can Be More Damaging Than Candy. Sep 9th, 2019

When we think of the foods most harmful to our teeth, we immediately think of candy.  Cavities are caused by bacteria in your mouth that creates enamel attacking acids. This bacteria feeds on sugars that exist in nearly everything we eat, and candy is one of the most obvious culprits. ...

Help! My Child is Afraid to Visit the Dentist! Sep 9th, 2019

One of our central goals is to help children have a more positive view of going to the dentist.  We feel that preventing and alleviating the fear associated with dental visits is important in encouraging future overall oral health.  Adults who are not afraid to go to the dentist are...

Four Ways to Get Your Kids to Brush More Consistently Sep 9th, 2019

It can be difficult for all of us to do something that we’re simply not in the mood for.  This is especially true for children, whether it’s bed-time or bath-time.  Maintaining good oral hygiene can be a challenge as well, so here are a few tips for motivating your children...

Essential Tooth Tips for the Parents of Infants & Toddlers Sep 9th, 2019

More than 40% of children have cavities by the time they reach kindergarten.  In fact, The CDC reports that tooth decay is the most common preventable disease in children and while the cavity rate in children of older age groups has been slowly declining, the rise in cavities among those under...

3 Mouth-Happy Memorial Day Dips Sep 9th, 2019

Memorial Day is right around the corner and we’re excited to celebrate! We’re ready to hang out with our families, play some outdoor games, and maybe even watch some fireworks. But we’re most excited about our Memorial Day dips, which are delicious and promote good oral health! Below are a...

Urgent! 5 Special Visits to the Dentist Sep 9th, 2019

Taking your child to the dentist every six months is a great way to prevent common dental issues from occurring. The regularly scheduled check up lets your dentist identify and treat cavities, perform a deep cleaning of plaque and tartar buildup, and provides you with a road map to better...

Why Flossing Matters Sep 9th, 2019

Flossing is an important part of getting a healthy smile and keeping cavities and gum disease away. Yet, a recent study conducted by the American Dental Association (ADA) revealed that just over %50 of Americans floss daily, while nearly %19 don’t floss at all. But why is flossing so important?...

Taking Care of a Mouth after a Pulled Tooth Sep 9th, 2019

Baby teeth are meant to be lost so that the incoming adult teeth can erupt without issue. Most of the time, baby teeth are lost naturally, or due to an impactful force common in childhood. However, sometimes a baby tooth must be pulled to make room for the incoming adult...

Chewing Sticks? A Quick History of the Toothbrush. Sep 9th, 2019

Toothbrushes are man’s best friend – sorry dogs. In a recent study, voters unanimously chose the toothbrush as the one great invention from recent history that we cannot live without, beating out the microwave, automobile and television. So, where did the toothbrush come from? Have we always brushed our teeth?...

How to Find the Perfect Toothbrush for Your Child Sep 9th, 2019

One of the most important tools in your child’s mouth-health arsenal is their toothbrush. Often overlooked and under considered, it is vital that you take the time to buy the right toothbrush for your child. Below are some smart shopping guidelines to consider when buying your child’s next toothbrush. Bristles...

Start the School Year off Right with a Dental Checkup Sep 9th, 2019

A recent study concluded that students with poor oral health were three times more likely to miss school due to dental pain. On average, dental issues cause children to miss just over two days of school every year. Absences from school can lead to lower grades, and constant oral pain...

Should Your Teenager get an Oral Piercing? Sep 9th, 2019

Piercings are a trendy way for teenagers to fit in with their friends and express themselves. Teens can pierce just about any part of their body, but it can be particularly concerning when your child gets an oral piercing. Tongue, lip and cheek piercings can damage teeth, gums and cause...

The Crazy (and Disgusting) History of Mouthwash Sep 9th, 2019

For as long as humans have been using tools, we’ve been cleaning our teeth! From toothbrushes made out of sticks, to dental floss made out of horse hair, we have always been mindful of our oral health. But what about mouthwash? When did we start swishing liquid around hoping for...

Teeth are for Chewing and Smiling, Not Opening Bottles Sep 9th, 2019

People use their teeth in surprising – and sometimes destructive – ways. We’ve all used our teeth as tools at some point in our lives, but did you know that you can crack or fracture your teeth if you use them improperly? In fact, cracked and fractured teeth are the...

Tooth Travel Kits are Perfect for Kids on the go Sep 9th, 2019

The school year demands a lot of time commitments from both students and parents. Between altering morning commutes, trucking kids to and from extracurricular activities and unexpected overnights, schedules change and time seems to slip away. Sometimes, a jam-packed schedule can leave us with less time to take care of...

The Sweet History of Halloween Candy Sep 9th, 2019

Did you know that Halloween hasn’t always involved trick-or-treating for candy? Actually, Halloween used to be undertaken as The Festival of Samhain, which celebrated the harvest and the Celtic New Year – which started on November 1st. So, how did Halloween turn into an all out candy grab? Well, it...

Foods That Clean Teeth as You Eat Sep 9th, 2019

There are foods that are bad for teeth, and foods that are good for teeth, but did you know that there are foods that clean your teeth as you eat them? Here are a few foods that clean your teeth as you eat them. Apples Eating apples can help cleanse and clean...

How did Native Americans and Pilgrims Care for Their Teeth? Sep 9th, 2019

As Thanksgiving approaches, we look back to the discovery of the new world and observe how two cultures came together to share in their humanity and celebrate the harvest over a great feast. We know about the meal – but what about the clean up? Did the Native Americans or...

Is Your Child at Risk for Baby Bottle Tooth Decay? Sep 9th, 2019

Tooth decay is the most widespread diseases among children today – and it’s almost entirely preventable. Tooth decay is called early childhood carries (cavities) when it occurs in children ages 6 and younger. Tooth decay is 5 times more common than asthma, 4 times more common than childhood obesity and...

Tooth Friendly Stocking Stuffers Sep 9th, 2019

Those of you celebrating Christmas are quite familiar with stockings, and have surely filled them with little gifts on more than one occasion. This year, we suggest balancing out some of the candy and tiny treats with some mouth-healthy stocking stuffers! Toothbrush Toothbrushes should be replaced every 3-4 months, depending...

Easy Mouth-Healthy Options in 2017 Sep 9th, 2019

This year, try helping your child get a healthy smile by packing their lunch with mouth-healthy items that can help keep their teeth clean and strong. Cheese Cheese is high in calcium, which promotes strong teeth. But the benefits of cheese don’t end there. It also contains a protein called...

The Tooth-Shattering History of Mouthguards Sep 9th, 2019

We didn’t always have mouthguards to protect our teeth during high impact sports. But, like most inventions, mouthguards were created out of necessity. In fact, one pugilistic sport is responsible for getting mouthguards off the ground, and helping other protect their teeth in times of peril. Below, we’ll discuss how...

These Superbowl Classics are Terrible for your Teeth Sep 9th, 2019

The Superbowl is a time for football, family and most importantly – food. However, lost in the tradition of overeating, complaining about the referees and admiring the advertisements is oral health. In fact, oral health is most likely the last thing on the minds of those watching the big game...

Celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month by Drinking Water Sep 9th, 2019

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and the theme this year is “Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile.” National Children’s Dental Health Month is organized by the American Dental Association (ADA), and brings together dental professionals, healthcare providers and educators to promote the benefits of oral health to...

Stop! Don’t Floss Until you Read This Flossing Guide! Sep 9th, 2019

Flossing is a key part of getting a healthy smile and keeping cavities and gum disease away. Yet, a recent study conducted by the American Dental Association (ADA) revealed that just over 50% of Americans floss daily, while nearly %19 don’t floss at all. Added to that, mouths come in...

Keep Your Child’s Smile Sparkling this Spring Break Sep 9th, 2019

Spring break is upon us, and with it comes a much needed respite from school and work. As exciting as spring break can be, sometimes we fail to adequately maintain our oral health. Luckily, there is an easy and effective way to stay on top of your oral health while...

From Eggshells to NASA – the Fascinating History of Toothpaste Sep 9th, 2019

Did you know that toothbrushes used to be made of bone and horse hair? Oral health care has a long and weird history that stretches back centuries and includes numerous ingredients and tools that have helped carve the path for modern dentistry. Today, we look at the origins of toothpaste...

Ten Fun Facts About Your Mouth! Sep 9th, 2019

Your mouth is a fascinating place full of stories! For as long as humanity has existed, we’ve studied and minded our oral care. Below are some fun facts about your mouth, and the tools we use that keep our smiles healthy! 1 – Tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the...

Are My Child’s Baby Teeth on Schedule? Sep 9th, 2019

Your darling three-month old is crying and fussy—can she be teething already? Or, your happy baby boy has just celebrated his first birthday—with only one tooth in that beautiful, gummy smile. Is this normal? Probably! While baby teeth do typically erupt (come in) in the same order for all babies,...

Does Your Child Play Sports? Their Teeth May be at Risk for Injury. Sep 9th, 2019

Each year, almost 25 million children in the United States will play youth sports, and 1 in 3 young athletes will suffer an accidental injury. Dental injuries account for nearly 20% of all sports related injuries. Did you know that your child is 60 times more likely to sustain damage...

Why Xylitol is the Mouth Healthy Sugar Alternative Sep 9th, 2019

Eating too much sugar can lead to tooth decay, but it can be difficult to find snacks or cook without sugar. However, there is an all-natural sweetener that can help clean teeth and still satisfy your sweet tooth. Today, we discuss how sugar can cause cavities, and how xylitol is...

Should My Child Use Mouthwash? Sep 9th, 2019

Different types of mouthwash have different benefits like preventing tooth decay, reducing plaque, freshening breath, and reducing and preventing gingivitis. But, it’s tough to know which types of mouthwash are safe for your children to use. Never fear, parents! We’ve outlined some of the things you should look for when finding the right...

Top 3 Fruits for Teeth Sep 9th, 2019

Fruit and vegetables not only positively impact your overall health, but they also impact your teeth! In fact, certain fruits can even damage your teeth with acidic attacks, or sugar overloads. But, there are some fruits that boost your overall oral health, and taste delicious. By adding these three fruits to your diet,...

The Dangers of Oral Piercings Sep 9th, 2019

Oral piercings are popular among teenagers, and are surprisingly common. Surveys of adolescents and young adults (age 13 – 29) report that 25% to 35% have a body piercing at a site other than the ear lobe. Despite the trendiness of body art, oral piercings can cause a variety of serious...

Cool Down with these Mouth-Healthy Summer Treats Sep 9th, 2019

As the summer unfolds, your family will surely encounter long and hot days that seem to last forever. One way to fight the heat, and refresh your family is with some cold summer treats. Below are some of our favorite summer treats that will help cool you down and improve your oral...

How Did We end up with Gold Teeth? The Weird History of Dental Crowns Sep 9th, 2019

Dental crowns – or sometimes called dental caps – are prosthetic devices places over broken teeth to strengthen and improve their appearance. Crowns are used to prevent weakened teeth from fracturing, as teeth replacements, or to cover a root canal, dental implant or a weak tooth. Crowns help keep teeth functional, and prevent improper bite alignment...

The Ugly Truth About Candy Sep 9th, 2019

Candy tastes great, but it isn’t a nutritionally sound snack that adequately fuels your child’s growing body. Additionally, candy can severely harm your child’s teeth and lead to cavities and oral health disease. But, not all candy effects teeth in the same way. In fact, candy has numerous ways in...

3 Quick Tips to Cavity-Free Kids Sep 9th, 2019

Childhood cavities are the most prevalent childhood illness in the United States, and they are almost entirely preventable. While treating cavities is more effective and comfortable now than ever before, some kids still experience anxiety when visiting the dentist. By following a few simple steps, you can help your kids keep...

4 Fun Ways to Encourage Your Child to Brush Their Teeth Sep 9th, 2019

As a parent, it’s your job to make oral healthcare fun, and as approachable as possible by mitigating fear and anxiety, and replacing negative feelings with optimism and instruction. A great place to begin encouraging your young child is at home. Try making oral healthcare fun and informative with these fun...

5 Ways to Prevent Daily Acid Attacks on Tooth Enamel Sep 9th, 2019

A recent study found that just over 41% of children in the United States suffer from acid erosion – which is an acid attack on tooth enamel that can lead to cavities and tooth decay. But, you can keep your children’s enamel strong, and prevent cavities with a few simple...

What to do for a Broken Tooth Sep 9th, 2019

It can be scary when your child gets hurt or has an accident. As a parent, you’re equipped to handle a bruise or a scrape, but what about a broken tooth? Do you know how to handle a lost permanent tooth? Parents can take a few steps to help their...

The Spirited History of Halloween Sep 9th, 2019

Halloween is a great time for families to celebrate the fall season, and get to know your community through local festivals and trick-or-treating. But, how long have we been celebrating Halloween, and what does the holiday represent? Below, we’ll tell you about the original traditions associated with this festive holiday.   A Look at Old Ireland Halloween is over 2000 years old and originates in Celtic Ireland with...

Just How Long Have Humans Chewed Gum? Sep 9th, 2019

Did you know that humans have used animal hair to make toothbrushes, or that we’ve crushed shells to use as toothpaste? Over the years, humanity has had its ups and downs when discovering and designing medical technologies – especially oral care. But what about chewing gum? How long have we chewed gum, and has it ever...

Everything Parents Need to Know about the 4 Layers of Teeth Sep 9th, 2019

Teeth are a lot of fun to learn about, and understanding teeth can help children enjoy going to the pediatric dentist! Did you know that teeth are composed of four primary layers? Each layer plays a pivotal role in supporting a strong smile and a healthy mouth. Try reading this article with your...

4 Steps to Keep Kids Cavity-Free in 2018 Sep 9th, 2019

2017 is almost over and the holiday season is underway. As families visit relatives near or far, oral health is probably the last thing on the minds of many parents. But, you can use the holiday down time to make a few changes in your child’s routine to get them...

Sneaky Tooth Killers Your Kids Should Avoid Sep 9th, 2019

Most parents know the importance of a proper oral health routine, and regular visits to the pediatric dentist. But, there are some silent tooth killers that parents need to recognize and avoid, to get their children a healthier smile. Chewing Ice Ice can be an awesome accompaniment to any drink, but to the surprise...

The New Mom’s Guide to Your Baby’s Mouth & Teeth Sep 9th, 2019

Being a new mom is a great challenge, and an amazing responsibility. As a new parent, you’re probably searching for the best ways to raise a happy, healthy child. One great way to improve your child’s overall health is by paying attention to their oral health at an early age. Here’s...

Is Chewing Ice Bad for Your Teeth? Sep 9th, 2019

It’s incredibly common for people to mindlessly chew ice. Unfortunately, chewing ice can cause a myriad of oral health issues, and even cost you an expensive trip to the dentist or orthodontist. Here’s some of the real damage caused by chewing ice. Chewing Ice can: Damage Tooth Enamel Tooth enamel...

Kids and Starbucks – Should Parents be Concerned? Sep 9th, 2019

As a parent, you have the world on your mind when it comes to raising your child. A healthy diet is one of the primary concerns of most parents, and can go a long way in helping children get healthy teeth. Unfortunately, some of your child’s favorite drinks at Starbucks...

How to Make a Fast food Trip Mouth-Healthy Sep 9th, 2019

As a parent, time is often in limited supply. That can lead you to foregoing making a meal, and instead choosing fast food to fuel your family. If you MUST eat fast food, then try making the meal a little healthier with these tips. Choose Your Drink with Care  A...

How to Baby-Proof Your House Sep 9th, 2019

New and expecting parents have a million things on their mind, all aimed at creating the healthiest environment possible for their young child. Today, we discuss how parents can baby-proof their house to prevent potential injuries to their babies and toddlers. First: Get on Their Level to Identify Problems Before beginning,...

3 Healthy Mouth Habits You’re Probably Ignoring Sep 9th, 2019

There are some tried and true methods to get a healthy smile like avoiding sugar, brushing your teeth twice per day, and visiting your dentist twice per year. But, there are some more subtle actions that you can take to get a healthier smile that you may be ignoring. 1...

The Perfect Oral Health Routine Sep 9th, 2019

Consistency is key to getting a healthy, bright smile. By getting into the perfect oral health routine, you can get a radiant smile that you’re proud to share. Brush Regularly This one seems like a no brainer – but you must brush twice per day for two minutes at a time. When brushing, be...

The Hardest Substance in Your Body is Under Attack Sep 9th, 2019

Tooth enamel is like a shield around teeth that helps protect them from tooth decay and cavities. But, that shield is under attack every day, leaving your teeth vulnerable to unhealthy bacteria. Here’s what you need to know about tooth enamel, and how you can keep your family’s tooth enamel...

Garden Goodies that Teeth Love! Sep 9th, 2019

June is hot, and the perfect time to add more garden vegetables to your mouth-healthy diet.  This month, try incorporating some of these gifts from the garden that teeth – and taste buds – love! Cucumber Cucumbers are light and refreshing vegetables that are super versatile and tasty. They are packed full of...

How to Keep Your Smile Healthy on Vacation Sep 9th, 2019

Summer time vacations can be a great time to get away with your loved-ones for some crucial family time. But, a jam-packed Summer schedule can leave us with less time to take care of our teeth at home, which is why we’ve decided to help families keep their smiles healthy while on vacation! Drink Water Water is...

The Weird History of Fake Teeth Sep 9th, 2019

Dental history is a winding story of tools and gadgets that helped humanity get healthier teeth. But, what happened when someone in the ancient world lost a tooth too soon? Here’s the odd history of fake teeth. Old Animal Teeth The oldest dentures ever recorded date back to around 2500 BC, and were found...

All About Spit: How Saliva Cleans Teeth Sep 9th, 2019

Spit may seem like a gross subject, but it’s actually quite fascinating! The truth is, saliva plays a pivotal role in cleaning teeth, and maintaining overall oral health, making it worthy of a further look. What is Saliva? Saliva is a liquid made of water, mucus, proteins, minerals, and an enzyme...

8 Fun Facts about Flossing! Sep 9th, 2019

Flossing is an important part of a proper oral health routine, but most people would rather go shopping for groceries than floss! To help make flossing fun, we found some of our favorite facts about floss to share with you! 1 – Flossing removes food debris and plaque that is wedged in...

Bruxism can Cause Major Tooth Damage – but It can be Beat Sep 9th, 2019

You’ve heard of cavities and tooth decay, but there’s a more subtle oral health ailment afflicting nearly 30% of children today – bruxism. Here’s what parents need to know about the problem, and how they can help their children beat it. What is Bruxism? Bruxism is more commonly known as teeth-grinding, and a surprising...

Are You Prepared for a Dental Emergency? Sep 9th, 2019

When it comes to raising children, parents have a lot on their plates. In order to help parents prepare for their rigorous duties, we’ve outlined a few common dental emergencies, and how you can handle them. How to Handle Your Child’s Dental Emergency First, stay calm and assess the severity of your...

Your Teenager Probably Isn’t Getting Enough Sleep – Here’s how to Fix That. Sep 9th, 2019

A good night’s sleep is absolutely important for your children’s health and academic performance. Unfortunately, most teenagers do not get adequate sleep during the week. Here’s what parents need to now about teenager’s sleep patterns, and how they can help their children get the sleep they need to succeed. The Facts about...

Which Mouthwash is Right for My Children? Sep 9th, 2019

We get many questions in our office about the best ways to help children get a healthy smile that last a lifetime. Today, we’re going to cover some key point about mouthwash, and how different types offer different benefits. Mouthwash is Versatile and Diverse First, you have to narrow down...

Try These Mouth-Healthy Halloween Treats Instead of Candy Sep 9th, 2019

Halloween is full of candy and treats for children and families to share and enjoy. But, most of the treats being shared on Halloween are packed with sugar, and are terrible for teeth. Here’s some mouth-healthy alternatives for parents to consider passing out this Halloween. Pumpkin Seeds Halloween treats don’t have to...

5 Halloween Costumes that are All About Teeth Sep 9th, 2019

Halloween is such a fun time of year for communities to celebrate the changing season, and for children and families to get into costume. This year, we thought we’d share our favorite Halloween costumes that are all about teeth. 1 – Tooth Fairy  Our favorite dental character, the Tooth Fairy, makes...

How Native Americans Cared for Their Teeth before the First Thanksgiving Sep 9th, 2019

The toothbrush was first invented and popularized in Europe, so how did Native Americans care for their teeth before being introduced to the toothbrush? Healthy Dietary Practices The Native Americans were expert hunters and gatherers, and were able to survive completely off of the land. Their diet consisted mostly of corn (maize), beans, squash, fish...

The Ultimate Tooth Care Kit for Holiday Vacation Sep 9th, 2019

Thanksgiving gives families the chance to travel across the country to visit loved ones from afar, and enjoy collecting around a table to eat an incredible feast. If your family is traveling this Thanksgiving, be sure that everyone packs the right oral health kit to take care of their teeth while away...

5 Important Vitamins and Minerals for Healthy Teeth Sep 9th, 2019

You may wonder to yourself “what makes something mouth-healthy,” or, “how can I tell if something is healthy for my teeth and gums?” Well, below is a list of our favorite vitamins and minerals for healthier teeth and gums. Calcium Calcium is one of the most abundant minerals in the...

The Perfect Mouth-Healthy Stocking Stuffers Sep 9th, 2019

Stocking are usually hung with care and full of sweet treats that aren’t exactly great for teeth. But we have some recommendations for our favorite mouth-healthy stocking stuffers that can give your child a leg up on oral health this holiday season. Toothbrush Toothbrushes should be replaced every 3-4 months, depending upon...

4 Keys to a Healthier Mouth this Year Sep 9th, 2019

2019 is here, and with it comes a new year to tackle oral health success! Here’s our keys to a healthier mouth this year. 1 – Enjoy a Mouth-Healthy Diet  Fibrous fruits and vegetables actually scrub teeth as they are being consumed, which helps remove bad mouth bacteria that lead to cavities and...

How Can I Protect My Child’s Tooth Enamel? Here Are 5 Sure-Fire Steps. Sep 9th, 2019

The first line of protection for your child’s teeth is the enamel, which is the white, visible part of the tooth.  It’s also hardest substance in the human body, and yet it takes a lot of abuse.  Enamel can crack, chip and wear away.  What steps can you take to...

Can Gummy Vitamins Harm Teeth? Sep 9th, 2019

Gummy vitamins have become very popular in the last several years and even adults now have the option of getting essential vitamins and nutrients through a tasty gummy treat.  But while this can be a great way to get children to take their vitamins, gummy vitamins can harm your teeth....

Fun Dentist Approved Stocking Stuffers Sep 9th, 2019

Once the big gifts have been purchased, it’s time to buy the smaller stocking-stuffers.  A lot of times, these little items are enjoyed long after Christmas and can be more functional.  But functional doesn’t have to be boring and healthy teeth can be a fun part of Christmas.  Here are...

Four Ways to Show Your Teeth Some Love! Sep 9th, 2019

Your teeth are important!  Not only are they the first stage in eating and digestion, but a healthy set of teeth will keep you looking your best.  So perhaps it’s a idea good to say “Thank You” to your teeth for being so awesome.  Here are a few ways you...

Baby Teeth Are Temporary, So Are They Really Important? Sep 9th, 2019

We often hear people downplay the importance of primary teeth (also called “baby” or “milk” teeth).  The front 4 primary teeth generally last until 6-7 years of age, while the back teeth (cuspids and molars) aren’t replaced until age 10-13.  People mistakenly believe that since these teeth are temporary, that...

Easy Ways to Help Your Children Become Comfortable with Oral Care Sep 9th, 2019

Getting your child excited about visiting the dentist can be incredibly difficult, and many children feel stressed out about visiting for the first time. Here’s how parents can help their children overcome their fear of visiting the dentist’s office, and help them become more comfortable with oral care. Schedule a Stress-Free First...

Did the Ancient Egyptians have Dentists? Sep 9th, 2019

Oral health practices stretch back into early human history. Today, we look at how the ancient Egyptians took care of their teeth and discuss some of the contributions they’ve made to dental care. The First Dentist Oral care in Egypt dates back to 2000 B.C., and the ancient Egyptians were way ahead of their...

3 Handy Snacks for Healthy Teeth on the Go Sep 9th, 2019

Life is busy, and sometimes families need to snack while away from home. But, you don’t have to sacrifice your oral health just because you’re snacking on the go. Here’s our favorite handy snacks for those eating away from home. Nuts Nuts are another handy snack that promote a healthy mouth. Nuts...

What are Dental Sealants and How do They Help Teeth? Sep 9th, 2019

Dental sealants are very common tool that dentists use to help “seal teeth off” and prevent cavities. Here’s all you need to know about dental sealants, and about how they help teeth. How do Dental Sealants Work? Food left on teeth fuels bad bacteria that cause cavities by giving them the...

Common Dental Emergencies that Require a Trip to the Dentist Sep 9th, 2019

It can be scary when your child gets hurt or has an accident. As a parent, you’re equipped to handle a bruise or a scrape, but what about a broken tooth? Do you know how to handle a lost permanent tooth? When it comes to the following dental emergencies, it’s...

Can This Sweetener Promote Healthy Teeth? Sep 9th, 2019

Eating too much sugar can lead to tooth decay, but it can be difficult to find snacks or cook without sugar. However, there is an all-natural sweetener that can help clean teeth and still satisfy your sweet tooth. Here’s how sugar can lead to cavities, and why xylitol is a sugar substitute...

Pediatric Dentistry Q&A Sep 9th, 2019

Today, our team thought we would answer some of the most frequent questions about pediatric dentistry and oral health we hear from parents. What constitutes a “healthy, balanced diet” for my child? A healthy, balanced diet contains all the nutrients your child needs to grow, including one serving each of...

Summer Sports and Mouthguards Sep 9th, 2019

School’s out and you’ve emptied your gym locker until next fall. But while you’re stowing away the football gear, the basketball warm-ups, the field hockey sticks, and all the other equipment you’ve collected over the school year (that’s where that other shoe went!), be sure to keep one item handy:...

Limit These Thanksgiving Foods for the Sake of Your Teeth Sep 9th, 2019

Thanksgiving is here, and with it comes a swath of seasonal treats that are usually enjoyed just once a year. Besides visiting family, Thanksgiving is a time for eating, and eating well. As your family enjoys this time together, keep your eyes out for a few Thanksgiving dishes that can harm your teeth, and turn your...

Is Starbucks OK for Children’s Teeth? Sep 9th, 2019

Starbucks is incredibly for adults and adolescents alike. While adults tend to drink coffee without a lot of added sugar, some of the drinks that children enjoy are loaded with sugar, and terrible for teeth. If your child enjoys Starbucks, take a closer look at what they are drinking. The...

Periodontal Disease In Adolescents Sep 8th, 2019

Our team knows that periodontal disease isn’t something exclusive to adults. It can affect adolescents as well. Gingivitis, which is a milder form of periodontitis, is a form of periodontal disease, and a warning that more serious problems may arise. Untreated gingivitis can develop into full-blown periodontitis. The American Academy...

5 Foods Swaps For Healthy Teeth Sep 8th, 2019

When it comes to taking care of our teeth, striving for perfection is unrealistic. Rather than completely cutting out foods that may harm your smile, try swapping them for less damaging alternatives. Below are 5 easy food swaps you can make for clean, shiny teeth! Swap sticky candies or dried...