Eight Wonderful Things About Spit (aka Saliva)

15th Oct 2016

Your body starts digesting food in your mouth, thanks to enzymes in your saliva that break down starches. Swallowing would be terribly uncomfortable without saliva to help us move our food down. You wouldn’t be able to taste your food if you didn’t have saliva. As food mixes with saliva, it carries it to the taste buds that are embedded on your tongue. Your body makes 4 – 8 cups of saliva every day! It is constantly flowing into your [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Experimenting with Drinks

30th Jun 2013

Its summer and an ice-cold drink sure hits the spot! What’s your favorite drink on a hot day? Maybe its lemonade, apple juice, soda, or a sports drink. I bet one of those could be found in everyone’s fridge about now. Which drink do you think is the favorite for your teeth? Teeth like drinks with low sugar and that aren’t very acidic. I bet you can think of the one drink that fits that description best: WATER! It is [...]

Qualities of a Good Pediatric Dentist

31st May 2013

Qualities of a Good Pediatric Dentist Many dental offices advertise themselves as family dental clinics or even pediatric dental clinics, but that doesn’t actually mean they have a pediatric dentist. A pediatric dentist has a specialized education and desire to work with kids. Before you take your child to a dental clinic, be sure to ask if the dentist is a pediatric dentist. Once you arrive at the office, be on the lookout for these signs that you are in [...]

Tooth Brushing Troubleshooting

30th Apr 2013

It can be incredibly frustrating for a parent to be told by the dentist to brush their kids’ teeth for two minutes twice a day and then face the reality of a non-cooperative child at home. We understand – really, truly we do! We want to help you establish a healthy routine for your children, so let’s brainstorm some troubleshooting tactics for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers! Babies really like to stick things in their mouth, as long as they’re the [...]

Brushing Basics for Babies and Kids

31st Mar 2013

WHEN TO START: It is important to start the brushing routine as soon as your baby’s first tooth appears. It doesn’t hurt to start the routine before you see the first tooth since bacteria are already moving into your baby’s mouth. HOW TO START: If you’re baby still has a toothless grin, just wrap a soft washcloth around your finger and wipe gently along the gums after each feeding or twice a day. Once that first tooth appears, use a small, soft [...]

The Parade of Teeth

28th Feb 2013

It’s an exciting thing to see your baby’s first teeth! However, many parents upon seeing the first teeth of their first child will ask, “Are those teeth supposed to come in first? Are my baby’s teeth normal?” There is one important thing that every parent needs to remember: “Every child is different.” That being said, let’s go over the common order that teeth emerge. Most children get their lower central incisors first – those are the bottom front teeth. Then [...]

Go for the Gold!

31st Jan 2013

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and this year’s theme is “GET A GOLD MEDAL SMILE”. Our office wants to celebrate along with the American Dentistry Association by helping your child make sure their smile is worthy of a gold medal! Wouldn’t it be great if your child brushed and flossed their teeth with the same enthusiasm as an athlete training for the Olympics? We think so! Sometimes, you just need something fun to get the message across to your [...]

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Kids’ Teeth

31st Dec 2012

A new year is on its way! All of us adults have decided to join a gym or eat less chocolate to keep ourselves healthier in the year to come. We tend not to worry about our kids because they’re still ahead of their prime! They have active little bodies, bright white teeth, and lots of time before they have to worry about their health . . . right? Actually, keeping those baby teeth healthy prevents future dental problems, as [...]