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DENTAL SEALANTS GIVE EXTRA PROTECTION

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DENTAL SEALANTS GIVE EXTRA PROTECTION

What are Dental Sealants? Should my child get them? Dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth – usually the back teeth (the premolars and molars) – to prevent tooth decay. The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth. Although thorough brushing and flossing can remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth, they cannot always get into all the nooks and crannies of the back teeth to remove...

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FLOSS EVEN WHEN YOU’RE TIME-CRUNCHED

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FLOSS EVEN WHEN YOU’RE TIME-CRUNCHED

To Floss or Not to Floss. That is the question.   Q: Is it okay to skip flossing if I brush really well? A: NO! It’s tempting to skip the floss when you’re in a hurry and you have a fussy kiddo who is just not in the mood – haha – we’ve all been there! But flossing is not a step you should skip. Interdental cleaning helps remove debris and interproximal dental plaque, the plaque that collects between two teeth; dental floss and other interdental cleaners help clean these hard-to-reach tooth surfaces and reduce the likelihood...

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IS IT GONE YET? Thorough plaque removal

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IS IT GONE YET? Thorough plaque removal

A couple weeks ago, we touched on the subject of thorough plaque removal. In this article, we tell you about some of the risks associated with plaque build-up that might not be on your radar when it comes to your child’s oral hygiene. Plaque Causes Inflammation We all know that plaque can cause tooth decay and gum disease. What you probably didn’t know is that plaque can cause inflammation which is harmful to your entire body. As we age, inflammation and gum disease can cause problems you might not associate with oral hygiene. It may...

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JUST SAY NO…TO BACTERIA

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JUST SAY NO…TO BACTERIA

Keep Your Kiddo Smiling! Prevent Kids’ Tooth Decay   You can prevent tooth decay for your kids by lowering the risk of your baby getting the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Make sure you take good care of your baby’s teeth – this reduces the number of bacteria in your baby’s mouth. Decay Prevention Tips Don’t share saliva with your baby by sharing spoons, licking their pacifiers or pre-chewing their food. After each feeding, wipe your baby’s gums with a clean, damp gauze pad or washcloth. This will remove plaque. When your child’s teeth...

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HEALTHY MOUTH TIMELINE

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HEALTHY MOUTH TIMELINE

Make Sure Your Kids Have a Healthy Mouth! Brush Twice a Day For kids under age 3, as soon as your child’s teeth start to come into the mouth, brush using a children’s toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste in an amount no more than the size of a grain of rice. For kids ages 3-6, use a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste. Kids should use a soft toothbrush. The size and shape of the brush should allow them to reach all areas of their mouth. Replace toothbrushes every three to four months, sooner if the bristles are worn out or if your children...

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TEETHING AND WHAT TO EXPECT

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TEETHING AND WHAT TO EXPECT

When baby starts chewing on everything, She’s teething – dental care is right around the corner!   You know your baby is teething when she starts chewing on her fingers, her toes, her crib rails, basically anything she can get her hands – or gums on. She is feeling the urge from her baby teeth to break the surface of her gums and make their debut. Baby teeth usually appear when your baby is between 6 months and 1 year old. Dr. Dunne recommends your child have her first dental exam as soon as that first tooth pops up....

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BABY TEETH CAN DECAY TOO!

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BABY TEETH CAN DECAY TOO!

Baby Tooth Decay Is Real As soon as teeth start to make an appearance in your baby’s mouth, it’s possible for your baby to develop cavities. It is important to keep your baby’s gums and teeth clean to prevent tooth decay, even in baby teeth. Keep Baby’s Gums and Teeth Clean Begin cleaning your baby’s mouth during the first few days after birth. After every feeding, wipe your baby’s gums with a clean gauze pad. This removes plaque and food, and helps your baby become used to having his or her gums and teeth cleaned – and it will...

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REWARDS FOR BRUSHING

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REWARDS FOR BRUSHING

Keep track of your child’s brushing routine with this Rewards for Brushing chart. Give rewards for jobs well done!   Reward systems are an excellent behavior modification strategy that quickly change your child’s behavior or help develop a new habit. A simple reward system can help her become more responsible for her behavior. Print out the Rewards for Brushing chart below and get some fun stickers that your child will love. Every time your child brushes her teeth, she gets a sticker, her reward for brushing, for her chart. Give...

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NAVIGATING HOLIDAY TREATS FOR TEETH

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NAVIGATING HOLIDAY TREATS FOR TEETH

Here come the holidays and the holiday treats! The holidays are such an exciting time. So much celebrating and gathering together! And while we celebrate, we munch away on all the amazing holiday treats. Who can resist? Unfortunately, as you enjoy the party in your mouth, all that sugar is wreaking havoc on your pearly whites. With Halloween not too far behind us and the biggest holidays of the year on the horizon, it’s good to know which sweets are the worst candy for teeth, and why. It’s also good strategy to have some healthy...

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THE IMPORTANCE OF FLOSSING FOR CHILDREN

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THE IMPORTANCE OF FLOSSING FOR CHILDREN

She brushes her teeth twice a day Does she really need to include flossing?   Every time you bring your child in to visit the dentist for a checkup or a cleaning, you’re likely to be asked: “Has she been flossing regularly?” For a lot of parents and patients, the answer isn’t always yes. While you may make a point of having your child brush her teeth twice a day, as the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends, you might think flossing is not that important – it’s such a small area after all, right? WRONG! If...

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WHITE DOTS ON TEETH

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WHITE DOTS ON TEETH

Those tiny white dots on your child’s teeth can indicate a big problem! It’s time to take action.   White dots on teeth are usually not cause for alarm. White dots that are smooth and shiny can just be disturbances on a developing tooth. But sometimes white dots are warning signs that the tooth is starting to decay. If they are chalky white, it means the tooth has lost its luster; some minerals have been lost. All efforts should be focused on bringing back lost minerals to the teeth before cavities set in. This is can be accomplished by:...

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KEEPING IT CLEAN – TOOTHBRUSH CARE

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KEEPING IT CLEAN – TOOTHBRUSH CARE

Toothbrush Care Cleaning, Storing and Replacement   Toothbrushing plays an important everyday role for personal oral hygiene and effective plaque removal. Appropriate toothbrush care and maintenance are also important considerations for sound oral hygiene. The ADA recommends that consumers replace toothbrushes approximately every 3–4 months or sooner if the bristles become frayed with use.   The ADA recommends the following toothbrush care tips: Do not share toothbrushes. Sharing a toothbrush could result in an exchange of body...

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REPAIR DAMAGED TEETH!

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REPAIR DAMAGED TEETH!

Repair damaged teeth! You can do that? Who knew!     Repairing damaged enamel Research has shown that the use of xylitol also helps repair damaged teeth by helping to strengthen the enamel. Saliva in itself protects the mouth and teeth. Stimulated saliva in particular contains all the components needed to repair early cavities. If sugar is only taken a couple of times a day, the saliva can do the job alone. But most people take sugar so often that the mouth’s own defensive tools are not enough.   Balance Saliva PH The dental...

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STRIVE FOR 5

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STRIVE FOR 5

We love Xylitol! New research shows that the more you use Xylitol throughout the day, the better.     How much Xylitol should I use? The older research with xylitol always specified an amount 6-10 grams as being the “sweet spot”. Newer research has actually shown better how to use xylitol, and that the quantity is not the most important, but the number of exposures throughout the day. We want to get at least 4-5 exposures of 100% xylitol spread throughout the day. When products that contain HSH, sorbitol, maltitol and other...

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HANDLING A DENTAL EMERGENCY

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HANDLING A DENTAL EMERGENCY

Can You Handle A Dental Emergency? Oral injuries during the toddling years and beyond   The toddling years: a thrilling time for the child and the parent, although in vastly different ways. For toddlers, it’s all about exploration; learning to crawl and walk and being on the move as much as possible. Which can be a recipe for a dental emergency. For parents, though, it’s often a fine line between celebrating their child’s accomplishments one minute, and fretting over their safety the next. As children begin to walk, they become more...

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TONGUE PIERCING – IS IT REALLY COOL?

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TONGUE PIERCING – IS IT REALLY COOL?

Oral Tongue Piercings in Teenagers Oral piercing of the tongue, lip and cheek may be trendy among teenagers, but the side effects can be dangerous to their teeth and mouth. If you’re thinking about giving permission to you teen to pierce their lip, cheek or tongue, be advised that such piercings come with significant risks. Many teenagers might not take the time to learn about the risks associated with oral piercings. Infection and Swelling Infections from tongue piercings are common because the tongue is covered with bacteria. Your mouth...

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GOING TO THE DENTIST IS FUN!

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GOING TO THE DENTIST IS FUN!

Creating a positive dental experience for your child is very important. After all, it’s an association that will last her lifetime. Help her understand that going to the dentist can be fun. A lot of adults don’t like going to the dentist, mostly because of a bad experience they had as a child. It’s important not to let your child see this. Saying negative things like “I don’t like the dentist either, but we have to do this” may seem supportive, but will only scare them even more. Remember to keep things positive and to let your child...

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SUGAR-FREE FUN FOR EASTER

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SUGAR-FREE FUN FOR EASTER

We have collected some fun non-candy ideas for filling your kiddo’s Easter basket. Along with a chocolate bunny, these teeth-friendly items are sure to please!   The Golden (Wooden) Egg Take the drama out of your Easter egg hunt by giving everyone their very own golden egg. Paint a solid wood egg (craft stores sell them) with non-toxic paint, your chickadees will really feel like they hit the jackpot with this one. Rockin’ Bunny Jams Why should Christmas pajamas get all the glory? Bring a little life into your kiddo’s sleeping...

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AN APPLE A DAY?

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AN APPLE A DAY?

10 Foods You Didn’t Know Were Damaging Your Teeth Everybody knows that candy and other sugary foods damage teeth, but how about apples?   You’ve heard time and again that brushing & flossing is the best way to keep your teeth healthy. But some foods can cause enough damage to warrant extra cleanings. There are two main elements of food that damage your pearly whites: sugar and acid. Sugars, especially sucrose (table sugar), feed the millions of bacteria already in your mouth. Bacteria feast on your plaque buildup and produce lactic...

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HOW FLUORIDE WORKS

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HOW FLUORIDE WORKS

What does fluoride really do for teeth? It makes teeth stronger and even repairs small cavities!   Have you ever wondered how fluoride works – what it actually does – to protect your teeth and make them stronger? Here we explain just what happens when you apply fluoride to your teeth, as well as, how it works when ingested.   How fluoride works Acids from plaque cause the loss of minerals from the tooth (a process called demineralization), resulting in tooth decay. The formation of small cavities, or carious lesions, can...

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TOOTH ERUPTION IN PRIMARY TEETH

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TOOTH ERUPTION IN PRIMARY TEETH

How cute is that first baby tooth? Especially when your she flashes you that sweet little smile!   You might not think of a newborn as having teeth. However, at birth the crowns of the 20 “baby” or primary teeth are almost completely formed, and they are hidden from view in an infant’s jawbones. The primary teeth gradually erupt through the gums during the first 2 1 ⁄2 years of life. The four front teeth—two upper and two lower— usually erupt first, beginning as early as six months after birth. Most children have a full set of primary...

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SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR

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SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR

This Thanksgiving, Be Thankful for Modern Dental Care Not to mention just the humble toothbrush During the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims and American Indians harvested, hunted, and feasted on a great deal of food. We know from history that many people had poor dental health in those times. In fact, some may have had only a few teeth or possibly no teeth due to tooth decay and gum disease. Today, we have ways to prevent many dental care problems and to treat issues when they develop. Five Advances in Modern Dental Care Toothbrushes: The...

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DENTAL SEALANTS – PROTECTING THAT SMILE YOU LOVE

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DENTAL SEALANTS – PROTECTING THAT SMILE YOU LOVE

As parents, we all want to protect our children, and protecting that smile you love to see everyday, is a part of that. Dental sealants may be able to help.   Dental sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities. They are a plastic material usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often. Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. But toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to...

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A NEW TWIST ON HALLOWEEN TREATS

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A NEW TWIST ON HALLOWEEN TREATS

Treats you don’t eat, can be really neat! Obviously, as your child’s dentist, we are big advocates of low-sugar and no-sugar halloween treats. Last week we shared a few yummy ideas with you to the traditional Halloween candy. This week, we are offering a radical idea. NON-FOOD TREATS! You might be wondering if kids really like the non-food option; they don’t just like them, they love them! Finding a unique treat at your house will be a fun surprise. Glow bracelets, for example, are a great option. They are inexpensive, kids can...

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HALLOWEEN CANDY CAN BE A FRIGHT!

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HALLOWEEN CANDY CAN BE A FRIGHT!

Sugar isn’t the only scary thing in your children’s Halloween candy. Halloween, 1950: Children became ill after consuming candies with food coloring Orange No. 1, which became subsequently banned in the United States. But that doesn’t mean mass-market Halloween candies aren’t still seriously scary. Possibly the worst additives in commercial candies are artificial colors, which are considered by many to be toxic, and even possible carcinogens and contributors to ADHD. Orange No. 1 isn’t alone on the ban list. Red No. 2...

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PROTECT THOSE PEARLY WHITES OUT ON THE FIELD OR ON THE COURT

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PROTECT THOSE PEARLY WHITES OUT ON THE FIELD OR ON THE COURT

A custom-fit mouthguard is a necessity for a child who plays sports According to the American Association of Orthodontists, research indicates that 80% of trips to the emergency room, related to sports injuries, are for children between the ages of 5 and 14. Your child does not need to contribute to this misfortune. This statistic can be drastically reduced, in your family, by properly worn mouthguards, along with other safety equipment while sports are being played. Soft plastic mouthguards can be used to protect a child’s teeth, lips,...

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LABOR DAY IS ON IT’S WAY

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LABOR DAY IS ON IT’S WAY

Picnics, Barbecues & Camping, oh my! The Labor Day Weekend is upon us. Labor Day is right around the corner. Sharing food and late-summer fun with family and friends is always a fun way to see out the summer season. However, some of the most popular items consumed during the labor day holiday are actually the worst for your teeth. We’re talking CORN ON THE COB, SODA & RIBS! While your taste buds might be shouting for joy, your teeth are a little less excited. Unfortunately, corn and rib meat easily gets stuck in between your...

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YOU WANT TO TAKE AWAY MY WHAT?!

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YOU WANT TO TAKE AWAY MY WHAT?!

Cold Turkey: How to Convince Baby It’s Time to Part from the Pacifier Tips on weaning your child from the pacifier, including different approaches that can reduce stress for both kids and parents when trying to “ban the binky!” Many parents are thankful for the invention of pacifiers that can help calm and soothe fussy babies. Infants often use a pacifier or suck on a thumb for comfort, security or simply as a method to make contact with the world. In fact, some babies begin to suck on their fingers or thumbs even before they are born! The...

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BABY’S FIRST TRIP TO THE DENTIST

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BABY’S FIRST TRIP TO THE DENTIST

My baby only has one tooth! Does she really need to go to the dentist yet?   This is a common misconception. Although your child only has one or two teeth on her first birthday, it is still necessary to bring her in for her first appointment. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have a dental check-up at least twice a year, beginning on their first birthday. It might seem like overkill to bring your baby to the dentist on her first birthday, after all, she only has one or two teeth. You might think it more...

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TOOTH DECAY – NO WAY!

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TOOTH DECAY – NO WAY!

Your child’s dental hygiene starts from day one, as soon as that first tooth erupts!   Tips to inhibit tooth decay in your little ones: Avoid letting your child walk around using a bottle of juice or milk as a pacifier. Avoid prolonged use of pacifiers and do NOT dip the pacifier in honey, sugar, or syrup. Begin teaching your child to drink from a cup at around 6 months of age. Try to stop using a bottle by age 12 – 14 months. Limit juice to fewer than 6 ounces per day during meals. Whether you are breastfeeding or...

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IS IT SUMMER YET?

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IS IT SUMMER YET?

While it isn’t officially summer yet, the beginning of June kicks us all into summertime gear!   Summer means a lot of things; swimming pools, lemonade stands, family vacations, popsicles, the list is pretty long. Most of all, at least for us Oregonians, summer means sunshine – that alone is enough after being rained on for nine months! Sunshine equals hot temperatures and hot temperatures equal cold treats. We have gathered together a couple of healthier alternatives to the traditional cold treats of sugary popsicles and ice...

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MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND TIPS

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MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND TIPS

It’s Memorial Day weekend! A fun time to gather with friends and family celebrating and realxing. With all the fun activities, comes all the delicious party food. One of the most popular items consumed during the Memorial Day holiday is actually the worst for your child’s teeth. What is it, you may ask? The answer is SODA! Soda gets continuously sipped, providing a steady supply of pure sugar to your kiddo’s vulnerable teeth. This holiday, opt for water. And just in case you think water is far too boring, here are a couple of ideas to...

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SIGNS YOUR CHILD ISN’T BRUSHING THEIR TEETH

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SIGNS YOUR CHILD ISN’T BRUSHING THEIR TEETH

If there’s one thing that parents often wish for, it’s eyes in the back of their head. At least that’s how the expression goes. As a parent, what you really mean is that you wish you could keep close watch over your children, protecting them at every turn and optimizing their well-being. Tooth brushing is often the first responsibility you give to your child and it is also frequently the task your child may choose to use to assert his or her independence. When your little ones are home all day, it’s easy to monitor their dental care habits;...

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HOORAY FOR TOOTHPASTE!

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HOORAY FOR TOOTHPASTE!

We’re lucky that we know so much now about taking care of our teeth. Long ago, as people got older, their teeth would rot away and be very painful. To get rid of a toothache, they had their teeth pulled out. Finally, people learned that cleaning their teeth was important, but they didn’t have toothpaste right away. While you’re swishing that minty-fresh paste around your mouth, think about what people used long ago to clean teeth, before toothpaste was invented: Ground-up chalk or charcoal mixed with soap Lemon juice Ashes...

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SPRING CLEANING FOR YOUR TEETH

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SPRING CLEANING FOR YOUR TEETH

Spring has Sprung! Spring cleaning is a ritual that we all try to take part in this time of year. Getting things tidied up and cleaned out is a great feeling everybody relates to. As the weather turns, flowers bloom and the sunshine starts brightening things up, it feels so good to make a fresh start yourself! As you’re cleaning stuff out and freshening things up, we’ve got a few tips on how to refresh your child’s smile! Replace your child’s toothbrush As a general guide, it’s a good idea to replace your child’s...

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TEETH GRINDING IN CHILDREN

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TEETH GRINDING IN CHILDREN

What’s That Sound? When you look in on your sleeping child, you want to hear the sounds of sweet dreams: easy breathing and perhaps an occasional sigh. But some parents hear the harsher sounds of gnashing and grinding teeth, called bruxism. Many children grind their teeth with a loud, grating sound while asleep. Teeth grinding is very common, particularly in toddlers and preschoolers. In most children, it goes away by 6 years, but some continue to grind their teeth into adolescence and even adulthood. Teeth grinding doesn’t mean that...

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Today is Dr. Seuss’ birthday. We love him around here and want to recognize and honor his special day. Read on to learn a little more about him.   Geisel in 1957, holding The Cat in the Hat, which inaugurated his Beginner Books Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American writer and cartoonist. He was most widely known for his children’s books, which he wrote and illustrated under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss. He had used the pen name Dr. Theophrastus Seuss in college and later used Theo LeSieg and...

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DOES MY CHILD NEED TO SEE A PEDIATRIC DENTIST?

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DOES MY CHILD NEED TO SEE A PEDIATRIC DENTIST?

It’s a common question: “Why does my child need to see a pediatric dentist instead of a regular dentist?” While it seems to make sense to have your child just visit the family dentist, a pediatric specialist understands the perspectives and needs of children. Not only that, but there is a few years more training involved. Here’s some insight into the subject. SPECIALIZED TRAINING Pediatric dentists are trained to address the unique physiologic, emotional, and social needs of their young patients. Whereas most dentists are able to...

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ACTIVE KIDS, HEALTHY TEETH

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ACTIVE KIDS, HEALTHY TEETH

A handy guide to have on hand! This highly-visual, easy-to-follow guide can be printed and posted to refrigerators so family members and babysitters know what to do should a tooth be chipped or knocked out.   Print in English Print in Spanish       Resource: Article published by the American Academy of Pediatric...

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TREAT TIME AGAIN – THE HOLIDAYS

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TREAT TIME AGAIN – THE HOLIDAYS

5 Great Ideas for Dealing With Holiday Treats Back in October, we talked about setting up a Treat Time of day. it’s worth mentioning again now that the holidays are upon us. December is here, the mounds of Halloween candy that children have stored in various location around the house are probably starting to dwindle. But even though the candy is disappearing, the holidays are just around the corner — a fun-filled days of family, friends, food, parties and lots of sugar-laden treats. 1. Holiday Treats & Candy vs. Cavities: Don’t...

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THE TURKEYS ARE COMING!

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THE TURKEYS ARE COMING!

Everyone knows there’s more that one way to prepare a turkey. But did you know you could create one with veggies? And we don’t mean tofu! With Thanksgiving right around the corner, as we all know, that means lots of delicious foods. But if you are like most people, serving up the traditional meal, not all the dishes on that list are tooth-friendly. Foods like pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes covered in clouds of toasted marshmallows and soft buttery rolls, to name just a few. While opting out of serving these...

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BABY AND BRUSHING

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BABY AND BRUSHING

Teaching Toothbrushing When should you start brushing baby’s teeth? Dr Dunne recommends cleaning gums with gauze to remove plaque beginning when teeth first appear, usually around six-to-seven-months. Try the following brushing tactics. Model good dental hygiene Let baby watch you brush. Show excitement, capitalizing on “just like mommy and daddy.” Around his first birthday, get baby his own toothbrush and enjoy side-by-side brushing just for play. If you first get baby to enjoy imitating toothbrushing, it will be easier for you to get down...

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TIPS FOR BUSY PARENTS

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TIPS FOR BUSY PARENTS

This time of year can prove to be so busy establishing school, and all that goes with it, back into the routine of things again. Maybe you’ve settled into a nice routine with your family by now or maybe you’re still mourning the end of lazy summer days and figuring out how to deal with homework, after-school activities, household duties, work schedules, the list goes on. If you are like many parents these day, there is a lot to juggle. Here are a few helpful tips for busy parents to make things just a little easier: Start Off The School Year...

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SNACK TIME

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SNACK TIME

It’s that time of year again…school snacks are in season. Pack healthy snacks in your child’s lunchbox like fruit, veggies, cheese and nuts instead of refined carbs and sugary treats. Your kiddos will have more energy and super-charged brain power, not to mention very happy teeth!

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KIDISM OF THE MONTH

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KIDISM OF THE MONTH

Over the years I have heard so many wonderful words of wisdom, hilarious stories and all kinds of fantastical tales from my sweet patients. As well as engaging and entertaining conversations, like the one I am sharing here. I call them “Kidisms”, prepare to smile… So the enthusiastic 5-year old with a stuttering habit says to his dad, “S- s-s-s-so guess what flavor toothpaste I’m gonna have? W-watermelon. And it’s gonna be made of cherry!” 5 is the best! – Dr....

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TOOTH TIMELINE

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TOOTH TIMELINE

From Teething pain to a winning smile. Figuring out teeth may be easy for some, but for others, it can be a real task. If you need any help with this tooth “puzzle”, be sure to let us know. Just give us a call or send an email. Sincerely, Dr. Dennis Dunne   A rough timeline of when baby teeth fall out and permanent ones come in:   BABY Even before your baby was born, tooth buds were developing under his/her gums. Some babies are even born with teeth! 4 to 7 months Teething begins. Your baby’s gums may be swollen...

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CHILD’S FIRST DENTAL APPOINTMENT

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CHILD’S FIRST DENTAL APPOINTMENT

New parents often ask, “When should my child first see a dentist?” The short answer is “first visit by first birthday.” That’s the view of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. We, here at Dr.Dennis Dunne’s office, agree. The idea of such early dental visits is still surprising to many new parents. However, national studies have shown that preschool-aged children are getting more cavities. More than 1 in 4 children in the United States has had at least one cavity by the age of 4. Many kids get...

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DO YOU HAVE A DENTAL HOME?

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DO YOU HAVE A DENTAL HOME?

As apparent as it may sound, a dental home is vitally important to the well-being of children. What is a dental home, you may ask? It is as obvious as it sounds, yet more uncommon than it seems. A dental home is an ONGOING relationship between the dentist and the patient–in this case–the child and parents. It includes ALL aspects of oral health care. This is achieved COMPREHENSIVELY, and CONTINUOUSLY. It is accomplished utilizing all means that are accessible and coordinated in a family-centered way.  For example, a child that is...

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COMMON DENTAL PROBLEMS

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COMMON DENTAL PROBLEMS

There are a number of problems that affect the oral health of children, the good news is, most are common, many are not serious, and all have a solution. Here we discuss a few of those issues. Sucking Habits Sucking is a natural reflex and infants and young children may suck on thumbs, fingers, pacifiers and other objects. It may make them feel safe and happy or provide a sense of security at difficult periods. Since thumb sucking is relaxing, it may induce sleep. Thumb sucking that persists beyond the eruption of the permanent teeth can...

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TAKING THE FEAR OUT OF FLUORIDE

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TAKING THE FEAR OUT OF FLUORIDE

Cavities used to be a fact of life. But during the past few decades, tooth decay has been dramatically reduced.

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THUMBSUCKING

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THUMBSUCKING

You may be concerned about your child’s thumbsucking and wonder if it is harmful, at what age your child should stop,

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MOM, I’M HUNGRY

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MOM, I’M HUNGRY

Snacktime and lunchtime can be tricky to navigate. How many times a day do we hear, “Mom, I’m hungry!”?

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BABY BOTTLE BLUNDER

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BABY BOTTLE BLUNDER

One serious form of decay among young children is baby bottle tooth decay. This condition is caused by frequent and long exposures

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SUGAR WOES

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SUGAR WOES

Sugar does, at times, seem more like a demon than the fun and enjoyable treat that we so often associate with the white stuff.

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THE BENEFITS OF XYLITOL

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THE BENEFITS OF XYLITOL

It’s true. A tablespoon here, a few packets there, a cube or two with your afternoon tea. It adds up faster than you might imagine.

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