April 2018 Mouth Guards

April fools is a good way to start National Facial Protection Month if you don’t have a properly fitted mouthguard for sports. Research has conclusively shown that a non-custom made mouthguard is no more protective than nothing at all. Still, the NCAA and high schools have yet to designate the type of mouthguard necessary to… Read more »

Teeth are for…. CHEWING (and Smiling!)

It is true what our mother’s told us. Teeth are for chewing food and that’s it. They are not scissors, an extra set of hands, or built-in nutcrackers. We often see children in our office for dental emergencies that put things in their mouth that they shouldn’t. When we use our teeth to… Tear tape… Read more »

Merry Christmas 2017

Wow, what a crazy year. My parents were right (again!), the years do get shorter the older you get. And your kids, growing up fast! I had more than a few young men and women graduate from the practice this year that were with me from way back. What a privilege it is to watch… Read more »

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 »