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 them grow and mature. I... 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 the brush. Moisturizing agents- Glycerin... 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 up all the time from... 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 them every time they brush... 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 also made dozens of Mouthguards... 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 have a longer video showing... read more »

Our X-Ray Machines Are Certified as Low Dose Compliant!

Exciting News! We believe in the partnership with our parents in helping you raise happy and healthy children. We have always prided ourselves on how little radiation we expose your child to. This is extremely important to our office. In fact, we recently had our x-ray machines verified and extensively tested to assure we are using the lowest dose possible.... read more »

Preventing Gum Disease Can Keep Your Smile Healthy

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is the process of tissue decay caused by unhealthy bacteria in your mouth. Preventing gum disease can keep your smile and your child’s smile healthy. Don’t let gum disease ruin your child’s oral health. As long as you take the necessary steps to fight it, gum disease can be prevented. Here are tips... read more »

Avoid Cavities During the Holidays

As you probably know, the holiday season typically spans from Halloween to New Years. Typically, this season is a time of fun and family. During this season, you’ll probably find yourself surrounded by more sweets than you normally are and let's face it, this is a fun time of year! Pumpkin and spices fill the air, and the night of... 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, get to their appointment, (while... read more »