EEK! BOO! Halloween is Coming!

I have a hard time believing it is October! Summer flew by, and bam-Halloween decorations! I know my kiddos are most excited about which neighbors give out the best candy, which sibling gets their bucket the most full of candy, and the trading rules of good candy that need a lawyer to negotiate all the… Read more »

Missing School for Dental Appointments

As a working mother of two school-aged children, I juggle busy work schedules, school schedules, after school enrichment schedules, and sporting event schedules just to name a few of the things that fill up our monthly calendar. When my children have dental appointments, I understand that it is difficult to go pick up your child,… Read more »

A Feeling of Community

As the mornings get chilly, it seems Fall brings about a feeling of community for those around me. At least that’s the excuse I am using for getting “talked into” being secretary of the high school lacrosse boosters! From its inception, Big Grins has strived to be a community partner. In October, look for us… Read more »

Ditch the Flossing?

Every time we go to the dentist, we leave with a new toothbrush and a sample of floss approved by the American Dental Association, also known as the ADA. I know for myself, I always feel the need to floss really well the few weeks prior to my appointment, so I don’t hear, “everything looks… Read more »

A Heartfelt Thank You from Pathways Hospice

We just got a heartfelt thank you letter from Pathways Hospice for partnering with them for Camp Braveheart. They had a nice camp for their kids this year who have suffered a loss. Combined with our trip and donations to Guatemala, we are up to $31,000 in donations and charity events for the year! Like… Read more »

Guatemala Lessons

Last month my daughter, Grace who is 17, and I did a dental charity trip to Guatemala with Global Dental Relief. GDR is a homegrown charity out of Denver that arranges for dental groups to set up mobile clinics in Mexico, Nepal, Cambodia, and of course Guatemala. They take care of all lodging and even… Read more »

Wisdom Teeth

Well, my daughter Grace got her wisdom teeth out last week. I thought I would share my experience as a father rather than a dentist this time. You need an evaluation by an Oral Surgeon to determine the best time to remove wisdom teeth. The fact is, most all wisdom teeth need to come out… Read more »

Dental Debt Can Affect Treatment Decisions

After speaking to the CSU Pre-Dental Club in Fort Collins on pediatric dentistry, I began mentoring pre-dental students through Big Grins. It’s great fun because those students are so eager to learn. One thing I learned is the staggering debt these students accumulate! Dental school now ranges in cost from $280,000 to over $400,000, and… Read more »

The Ultimate Guide to Preventive Resins (AKA Sealants)

Preventive Resin Restoration (PRR) is a term used to describe a composite filling material placed into the deep groove on the top side of a tooth to prevent cavities from forming in the groove. Preventive Resin Resotrations are often referred to as Sealants but differ in two significant ways. The first is the tooth grove… Read more »

When do I take my kid to the Dentist?

Posted on August 15, 2014 When do I take my kid to the Dentist? Since 2003 both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry have recommended a child see a dentist by the age of one. Wow, that seems early, or does it? The average child will see his or… Read more »