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September 2019

How To Make Dental Visits Stress Free

Dental visits can be stressful for both parent and child — they can also cause children to experience a great deal of anxiety! Fortunately, there are things that you can do to keep your little ones calm before heading into an appointment.

How to Cut Sugar Out of Your Kid's Diet

This is weird at first, but quickly becomes second nature. It is shocking how many products have added sugar…salad dressing? Bread? Ketchup? Pasta Sauce? A lot!!! Try to choose products that do not have any added sugar. Be aware of the different sources of sugar.

Dental Trauma and Emergencies

Spring time brings all of our patients’ favorite outdoor activities – biking, swimming, and many visits to the neighborhood playground or splash pad. As much fun as these activities are, they can also bring about a lot of unwanted dental emergencies. In the past few weeks we have seen numerous patients with chipped and/or injured teeth due to accidents around their own backyards and pool decks. It’s important to enforce strict rules around the pool for children, but it’s also important to have some basic knowledge about different types of dental trauma and what to do if your child bumps a tooth this summer!

Benefits of Sealants

Preventive dentistry is extremely important in pediatric dentistry. We are given the chance to help mold the oral health habits of young children so they have a future of healthy smiles their entire lives. One of the tools we use to help ensure a cavity-free future is dental sealants. Some parents may remember getting sealants themselves as children (or even in adulthood!) but there are many people who are still unfamiliar with this easy and effective preventive dentistry technique.

Fluoride Varnish

A protective coating called fluoride varnish that’s applied in the dental office twice a year is an easy, quick, cost-effective method for the prevention of cavities. We often call it “painting” the teeth at the end of our patients’ visits and it can be applied to primary (baby) or permanent teeth to help against the battle of tooth decay.

Tips for Toddler Toothbrushing

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste twice a day for two minutes. But is that really what we expect parents to do for their little ones every day? Ideally, yes, but let’s dive into some background info, recommendations, and tips for your child’s daily routine that might not be so overwhelming.