School Rules: No sugary treats

25th Aug 2014

This blogger is a mom with a kid about to start kindergarten. While looking up some basic info on my daughter’s soon-to-be school’s webpage, I noticed a post in the side bar about a new policy banning foods with high sugar content. I smirked at that policy because I already have pretty strict sugar rules for my kids. You won’t find any soda around here, no sirree. The candy is doled out in tiny portions, washed down with water, and [...]

Learning & Teaching – Dugoni School of Dentistry

2nd Jun 2014

Once upon a time, there was a young girl with a dream. Her name was Jamie. She didn’t dream of being a princess or a rock star. She dreamed of being a dentist and giving kids great smiles! If you think really hard you can guess who I’m talking about – that’s right, Dr. Sahouria! Not too long ago, she was studying hard at college. Then she went to dental school to learn all the right techniques for taking care [...]

Tooth Friendly Easter Baskets

14th Apr 2014

Chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, and Cadbury Eggs are the traditional part of Easter Basket fun. The National Confectioners Association says that Americans spend more than $1.5 billion on Easter candy each year, second only to Halloween candy! This is the equivalent of 25 pounds per candy per person! However, here at Sahouria Pediatric Dentistry, we have it on good authority from the Easter Bunny that there are many fun items you can include that are not filled with sugar. We [...]

What is Toothpaste made of?

1st Mar 2014

Sudsers, abrasives, humectants and binders? What are those? They are ingredients in your toothpaste! Can you name an ingredient in your toothpaste? I bet I can guess the first one that popped in your mind. Is it fluoride? That is probably the most famous ingredient, and yet it is not in every toothpaste (make sure your read the label when you’re toothpaste shopping!). When it does get in the mix, it is not a major ingredient because a little goes [...]

Give Kids a Smile Day

14th Jan 2014

Here comes February! It’s one of our favorite months since it is National Children’s Dental Health Month! Whoohoo! One of our favorite days is also coming: GIVE KIDS A SMILE DAY on February 7 Without fail, our team takes part in Give Kids a Smile Day every year since we opened. It is a day for dentists across the country and their communities to provide dental services to underserved children. The American Dental Association estimates that this special event helps [...]

All I want for Christmas…. Is braces?!

30th Nov 2013

Believe it or not, the special friends in our office are always asking Dr. Jamie to put braces on them. To help with this, our team expanded recently to include Dr. Paul Sauget, an orthodontist with an incredible background! Besides his dental pursuits, Dr. Paul was an Eagle Scout, played NCAA Division I tennis, served his country as a Fleet Marine Force Warfare Officer, competed in the 2012 Xterra World Championship triathalon, took 1st place in the 2012 Tour de [...]

Dental Health of the Pilgrims and Indians

31st Oct 2013

When the Indians and the Pilgrims shared the first Thanksgiving meal, who do you think suffered from the most cavities? You might be surprised to learn that the Pilgrims probably had mouths full of decay and gum disease while the Indians (aka Native Americans) had little problems with their dental health. Neither the pilgrims nor the Indians ever did much to clean their teeth. The pilgrims might have had hog’s hair brushes to scrape off the plaque and maybe would [...]

I want VAMPIRE Teeth

30th Sep 2013

If Vampires were real, which teeth would be their fangs? Most people would guess their canines because those are the pointy teeth on either side of our four front incisors. The canines do seem to be the teeth of choice for most vampire fans out there, but forums are filled with arguments about this little detail! For the parental generation, a few of our favorite vampires from the classic Lost Boys to the newer True Blood have their fangs on [...]

Breastfeeding and Good Dental Health

31st Aug 2013

Dentists like it when we all eat healthy – even babies! Breast milk is the first and only food that a baby needs for the first six months of life. It is has over 500 ingredients naturally provided in the perfect mix by the mother’s body. It changes from day to day to match a baby’s nutritional needs and helps fight off any germs that happen along! Like any other food, bacteria like to eat breast milk, too. Bacteria start [...]

Sugar bugs love sodas!

31st Jul 2013

Sodas have been called “liquid candy” and we all know why: SUGAR. That’s why we like soda, right? Well, those little sugar bugs in your mouth like soda, too. While the bacteria feasts on the sugars, the saliva in our mouths becomes more acidic. It’s the acid that corrodes teeth and leads to cavities. Whether someone drinks a sip of soda or the whole bottle, their mouth will suffer from its acidic affect for about twenty minutes after they finish. [...]