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Good Oral Health Leads to Success

Studies have shown that poor oral health can lead to poor overall heath and poor performance in school. Getting your pediatric patients examined before the school year starts will help ensure that every child has the best possible chance at success. With the craziness of the summertime and the “back-to-school” in our offices, dentists and hygienists can provide certain tips and guidelines to parents

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Little Teeth Truths: Why should X-rays be taken if my child has never had a cavity?

I believe that all pediatric dentists are super heroes but, unfortunately, we were not given the power of X-ray vision! Parents will often ask why we recommend their child, with a healthy and beautiful smile, have X-rays taken of their teeth.  The explanation is simple! There are many parts of a tooth and its supporting structures that are hidden by either close contacts or

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Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly: Dental Anesthesia

NBC News – Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly: Dental Anesthesia Many of you may have seen the program, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, on “The Risks of Dentists Giving Children Sedatives.” The segment ran for approximately 11 minutes.  Interestingly, the President of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) was interviewed by the correspondent, BUT none of his part of the interview was even

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Why Baby Teeth Are Important

One of the most common questions I get asked is:  Why do we need to fix them?  They are just baby teeth! Baby teeth are just as important as adult teeth. Here are some of the reasons why: 1) To Chew their food, 2) To Speak their words, 3) Give their face shape, and 4) To Hold space for their adult teeth. Keeping your

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How Sugar Sneaks In and Sabotages Your Teeth

The American Heart Association recommends that women eat no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar/day and men no more than 9 teaspoons/day.  Americans on average eat 22 tsps/day = 350 calories/day = 1 pound every 10 days.  Where is all this sugar coming from?      Processed Foods! 1 cup tomato sauce = 4 tsps sugar.   Make your own….none. 1 serving fruit yogurt = 8 tsps

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