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What Are Those Things in the Dentist’s Office?

When you stop in for your twice yearly dental checkup (You are going twice a year aren’t you?) you probably spend some time in the chair wondering what all those tools your dentist uses are called.  You likely hear the whine of a nearby drill, and can see the assortment of tools laid out on […]

How To Know When A Mouthguard Might Save Your Teeth

If you live an active lifestyle there’s a good possibility your teeth could benefit from a mouth guard, but even if you don’t there are times when protecting your teeth with these devices is a good idea. Mouth guards come in a variety of sizes and styles, and there’s sure to be one that fits […]

The Perils of Long Time Pacifier Use and Thumb-Sucking

There was a great sense of comfort that came to us in the form of a pacifier, when we were children, but if our use of pacifiers or thumb-sucking continued past age 3, it could cause problems. These sucking habits are a natural thing we do related to our instinct to nurse, but parents need […]

When to Visit a Pediatric Dentist

When you have a new addition to your family, there’s likely going to be a lot of questions rolling through your mind.  Are these the right diapers? Is this blanket hypo-allergenic? Do I have all the doctor’s appointments made for the next year? Have I thought to make an appointment with their dentist?  If this […]

What is an Extraction?

If you overhear the dentist talking about an ‘extraction,’ there’s nothing to fear; they’re just talking about a standard tooth removal.  Sometimes teeth get broken, or there isn’t room for them to come in, or they just haven’t been taken very good care of, and it becomes necessary to take them out because they’re rotten.  […]

Dental Sedation for Children

It’s not unusual for children to have some degree of anxiety about dental procedures, especially if they haven’t had a lot of experience with the dentist prior to it. This has led some parents to wonder whether anesthesia or sedation dentistry is a good choice for their little ones.  While sedation isn’t explicitly required for […]

How Children’s Teeth Erupt and Fall Out

Children can be a real blessing, but during the earliest days of their life, they can also present us with some unique challenges. This becomes especially true after the age of six months when they begin the teething process and parents have to weather a whole new set of difficulties as they have an uncomfortable […]

What is a Composite Filling?

Whether through poor dental hygiene or misadventure, many people end up at a point in their lives where they’re in need of restoring their decayed teeth or merely improving the cosmetic appearance of their smiles.  One popular method of doing this can be found in Composite Fillings, a mixture of glass and plastic that is […]

Five Tips for Getting Kids to Brush

At times, it is no easy task to get kids to brush their teeth. Simply explaining the importance of brushing twice daily to avoid cavities and tooth loss is not enough motivation and often falls upon deaf ears. Rather, kids require a more interactive approach when it comes to convincing them to brush their teeth. […]

How Does Nitrous Oxide Work?

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a commonly used dental sedation method. In fact, it is probably one of the most popular methods. Like all sedation methods, nitrous oxide helps to reduce anxiety for the patient while undergoing dental procedures. But, what exactly is nitrous oxide and how does it work to reduce anxiety during […]

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