Understanding Baby Teeth

How Many Baby Teeth? The average adult certainly does not remember losing 20 baby teeth. That’s kind of crazy seeing how much importance kids (and some teachers) put on losing a baby tooth. It is a very tangible sign to a child and everyone one she knows that we are growing up. Here are a… Read more »

Halloween Candy Buy Back at Big Grins

Halloween Candy Buy Back at Big Grins A spooktacular holiday is here and with it, sweets and treats are usually left in its wake. This year, why not trade in your candy for cash to keep your smile happy and healthy. Give us a call if you have questions and would like to participate! This… Read more »

What is in that Toothpaste?

Toothpaste sales are a billion-dollar industry, so the competition and marketing are fierce to capture your attention and money. With few exceptions, almost all kinds of toothpaste are ADA (American Dental Assoc.) approved for safety and effectiveness and contain the same basic ingredients: Abrasives- Hydrated silica or calcium salts help scrape plaque off teeth with… Read more »

My Grandmother’s Scrumptious Pumpkin Cookies!

Fall time has arrived! I love walking through the stores, seeing the fall decorations, and smelling the many aromas of autumn. One of my all time favorite things to do during the fall was to bake with my grandmother! I can still smell her pumpkin cookies while they were cooling. I’m breaking all the rules… Read more »

Why Do We Put Fillings in Baby Teeth?

As we get back into the routine of the school year, I thought we could get back to basics in dentistry. I had a parent recently ask, “If baby teeth are just going to fall out in a few years, why do we need to fill a cavity in a baby tooth?” That question comes… Read more »

Oral Health Treatment Focus Plan: Brushing Your Tongue

Have you ever asked yourself if it is necessary to brush your tongue while you brush your teeth? The answer is yes because most of the bacteria in your mouth reside on your tongue. Although children can be easily assisted in making sure they brush twice daily, it is imperative to remind them or assist… Read more »

The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry for Your Child

Happy June! As summer gets underway, we are really getting booked up! If you are planning on coming in later this summer, please call now to get a good spot (they are all good!). This blog is about Nitrous Oxide. I was talking to a mom this morning as her daughter happily collected her toy… Read more »

Protect Your Mouth From Trauma

Hey Sports Fans! April is Protect Your Mouth From Trauma Month! Did you know that sports cause one third of all dental injuries, and that approximately 5 million teeth are knocked out every year? Since the Super Bowl, (second quarter) I have replaced, removed, stitched up and splinted dental injuries from trampolines to baseballs. I’ve… Read more »

March Minutes From Big Grins

With a little bit of green on the trees and some tulips in the ground, we’re excited about the seasons changing and things blooming again at Big Grins! March was a busy month for Big Grins, both in and out of the office. We closed over spring break for some new flooring, and also to allow staff… Read more »

Information on Kovanaze

Thank you for tuning into my Big Grins Pediatric Dentistry Blog. We will soon be releasing two videos on Kovanaze, the new dental local anesthetic, which is sprayed into the nose rather than injected. That’s right, no needles! The videos will introduce parents and dental practitioners to the drug and its uses, then we will… Read more »