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Don’t Take a Vacation from Good Brushing Habits

Here in the Phoenix metro area, school's out for the summer. While this will be greeted with pool parties and family vacations, there might be a problem when it comes to oral health. These problems arise if schoolgoers put dental hygiene and healthy diets on vacation. Dental Routine During Summer Break Summer break represents a break [...]

By | May 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|

When Do Kids Need Dental X-Rays?

In general, pediatric dentists discourage parents from taking their children for routine dental X-rays. Over a lifetime, the less you are exposed to radiation (including X-rays), the better. However, there are times when a dental X-ray is necessary to diagnose oral health issues in children. According to the American Dental Association, high-risk preschoolers should have [...]

By | April 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Tips to Keep Your Child’s Gums Healthy

Healthy gums are the foundation of healthy teeth, so it’s important to keep your child’s gums healthy and happy! Here are a few tips to make sure your child has healthy gums for years to come. Keep an eye on the baby bottle Baby bottle tooth decay (also known as bottle rot) occurs when sugary liquids, which can include formula, milk, breast milk and juice, are left in your baby’s mouth for an extended period of time. The result can be tooth decay, but there are ways to avoid it, and protect not only their teeth but their gums as well. Try not to let your baby go to bed with a bottle; this is one of the more frequent causes of baby bottle tooth decay as they fall asleep with a bottle in their mouth. Instead, feed when they’re awake and put them to bed having already gotten their fill. Here are a few more tips to avoid baby bottle tooth decay: […]

By | March 27th, 2017|Gum Health|

What Parents Need to Know About Tongue and Lip Ties

Most parents have never heard of the term “tongue and lip tie” or “tongue-tie” so when a pediatric dentist or pediatrician mentions their baby has it, it can be very overwhelming. It’s important for parents to understand what it is and how to treat it, so the article below explains what parents need to know about tongue and lip ties. […]

By | March 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Banking Baby Teeth for Dental Stem Cells

Scientists have used stem cells from umbilical cord blood and bone marrow to treat diseases, metabolic and immune disorders, and blood cancers for years, but there is a newer trend where parents are banking baby teeth for dental stem cells, and the practice shows great promise. What are stem cells and why are they important? Stem cells are capable of changing into different cell types. They can also aid in the healing of damaged tissue. Scientists and doctors are so excited about the growing role of stem cells to treat disease, injury, and the deterioration of tissue due to aging. Dental stem cells are adult stem cells found in baby teeth as well as wisdom teeth and are able to differentiate into bone, dental tissue, cartilage, and muscle, and neural tissue. Many experts believe there are even uses in regenerative dentistry. There is great promise in stem cells and in particular, dental stem cells, and many professionals recommend banking the valuable stem cells found in baby teeth. […]

By | February 23rd, 2017|Baby Teeth|

What Kids Eat Can Harm Their Teeth

Making sure that kids brush and floss their teeth every day is a fantastic way to keep your child’s smile healthy, but did you know that what they eat can impact their dental health? While a few foods might be obvious, there are some foods that are surprisingly hard on kid’s teeth, and many parents are unaware that what they give their kids for snacks may be bad for them. What kids eat can harm their teeth, so understand which snacks to avoid and a few great alternatives. […]

By | February 9th, 2017|Dental Health|

Fluoride and Your Child’s Dental Health

There is a lot of information out there that talks about fluoride; some is positive, some isn’t and some is downright confusing! Busy parents need to know what’s best for their kids, so I’ve taken the time to provide some information below so you can know all the facts about fluoride and your child’s dental health. Kid’s teeth need fluoride This is a simple fact! Fluoride, which exists naturally in water sources, is derived from fluorine, a common element in the Earth’s crust. It is well-known that fluoride helps prevent and even reverse the early stages of tooth decay. How exactly does fluoride help combat tooth decay?It protects teeth when it comes in contact with the surface of the teeth and it kills the bacteria that causes cavities. In other words, your child’s teeth benefit from fluoridated water as well as fluoride toothpaste. […]

By | January 30th, 2017|Dental Health|

Creating Healthy Smiles for Children with Special Dental Care Needs

When you’re the parent of a child with special needs, the challenge to keep your child healthy in every way can be exceptional challenge. Oral health is no exception to the rule. Making a trip to the dentist enjoyable This might sound impossible to do, but you can make going to the dentist fun! For a child with special needs, new places can be very intimidating, so it’s a good idea to reach out to your pediatric dentist about bringing your child in for a short visit, just to get familiar with the surroundings. This is an important first step to ease any fears they may have. Find a dentist that will take the time to get to know your child and what will make them comfortable for their first visit. […]

By | January 12th, 2017|Special Needs|

Starting the New Year with Healthy Dental Habits

Children are no different than most of us this time of year; they eat more sweets and snacks than usual, and healthy habits are at risk of falling by the wayside. When the last of the holiday candy has been consumed, here’s how to focus on starting the new year with healthy dental habits for the whole family. Break the sweet tooth cycle With all the holiday treats your kids have likely been around, starting with Halloween and ending with the last candy cane in December, your child has likely developed a strong sweet tooth that can wreak havoc on their teeth if not controlled. So how do you tame your child’s sweet tooth to keep those teeth healthy going into the new year?  It’s not as easy as you may think! Children are biologically programmed to prefer a higher level of sweetness than adults do, says Daniel E. Lieberman, Ph.D., chair of the department of evolutionary biology at Harvard University. And that craving doesn’t start to slow down until the teenage years so it’s important to get a handle on it. Watch how much sugar your child is consuming, and slowly try to cut it back. Introduce fruits as a “dessert” to help your child swap out that sugary candy or cooking for something more healthy. […]

By | December 29th, 2016|Dental Health|

Do My Kids Need to Floss Their Teeth?

There have been a few articles out lately that put into question whether flossing is still an important part of a daily routine for healthy teeth. Parents are confused by these conflicting articles and often ask, “Do my kids need to floss their teeth?” The answer is YES!  Read on to learn why. What started the confusion about flossing? Much of the conversation about whether flossing is important started when the federal Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion failed to include flossing from its dietary guidelines, which coincided with a report by the Associated Press that determined the evidence was “weak” for flossing being important in preventive oral health. However, not long after this report, many in the dental profession disputed the claim, and provided clarification on the role flossing plays in in overall oral health. […]

By | December 15th, 2016|Dental Health|