Fun Trip to Roos-N-More in Moapa Valley
Roos-N-More is a small zoo located in Moapa Valley (one hour Northeast of Las Vegas) which I had first heard about from reading the Review Journal. We finally made a trip out there a couple of weekends ago and I want to share with everyone what great fun we had there! A little background first: […]
First Dental Visit for Your Lil’ One…What to Expect?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends all children to be seen by a dentist no later than 12 months of age. Because baby teeth are vital for proper nutrition intake for the many years to come, it is important to have them evaluated periodically starting from a young age. The first dental visit for […]
Sugar and Cavities – How Does A lead to B
Most of us rush our little ones to brush their teeth after eating candy as we all know that excess sugar consumption can lead to cavities. Although we may attempt to control the frequency and the amount of sugar our children eat on a daily basis; it’s very natural, unfortunately, for kids to have a […]
Stainless Steel Crowns for Baby Teeth
When a baby molar (back tooth) has a large cavity or fracture, the standard of treatment, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, is restoring it with a stainless steel crown. Parents often ask me, “Why do we have to do a crown if it’s a baby tooth? Why can’t we just do […]
Teeth whitening has become more and more popular in the past two decades. These days, there are so many different types of dental bleaching available on the market that it can be confusing to decide which one is right for you. Here are the four basic types: Whitening toothpaste — These use special abrasives or […]
Infant Toothpaste vs. Fluoride Toothpaste
In 2009, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry changed their guidelines on infant oral care. Instead of using training toothpaste on infants and young children under 2 years of age, they now recommend using a regular toothpaste with fluoride. This amendment also emphasized that only a smear-size amount of toothpaste should be used in children […]
Dental X-Rays for Children: Why and When to Start?
Dental X-ray is an important tool that provides in depth, two-dimensional pictures of teeth, oral soft tissue, bone, and jaws. There are four different types of x-rays that are commonly taken for children: 1. Occlusal Xray — These are taken for the front teeth on both and upper and lower arch. They are recommended as soon as […]
Loose Baby Tooth — Wiggle It Around or Leave It Alone?
Tooth exfoliation is a natural process in a growing child’s mouth where permanent tooth comes in under the primary (baby) tooth and gradually push the tooth out. Our teeth are anchored into our jaw bones by their roots. Front teeth usually have only one root while back molar teeth have two or three roots. As […]
Safety of Dental X-rays
In a previous post I have described different types of x-rays that we take for children to diagnose potential problems in their oral cavity. A natural concern that a lot of parents have is the amount of radiation that their children become exposed to as a result of having their x-rays taken. For the average […]
Saying Bye-Bye to Binky and Thumb — Part I
Non-nutritive oral habits such as thumb sucking and pacifier use are very common for young children and these habits can often be challenging to break. Prolonged sucking can potentially lead to an “open bite” where there is a clear space between the upper front and lower front teeth even when the child bites together in […]