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Feb 21
2013

Teeth Whitening/Bleaching

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 chemicals that polish off surface stains such as those caused by drinking coffee or smoking.  It is generally safe to use everyday but will not change the natural color of teeth ...

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Feb 21
2013

Six Months Anniversary…

Our Las Vegas pediatric dental office has officially been open for six months now.  I've met so many nice families in the community since I have started my business and it gives me great pleasure to see all the happy smiles on my patients' faces as they leave the office.  Most children that come surprise their parents in how wonderfully they handle everything that goes on during the dental visit.  Of course, we do get little ones from time to time that hate coming to the dentist.  After a co...

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Feb 21
2013

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 0-2 instead of the pea-size amount that's recommended for children 2-5.   Smear Size vs. Pea Size Most toothpastes on the market ar...

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Feb 21
2013

Growth Chart…Is it really that Important???

I went to visit Dr. Duddy, our new pediatrician last week.  After plotting the Bianca's height and weight the doctor is a little concerned.  For a 4 months old, her height is in the 40th percentile but her weight only 10th percentile.  We have been feeding her 4oz per serving 6 times a day and she usually loses interest in eating towards the end.  I had tried feeding her more but she always vomits if I stuff her too much. Dr. Duddy would like us to start supplementing her formula wit...

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Feb 21
2013

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 the child is able to cooperate which for most children happen around the age of 3.  The images allow us to evaluate the location and presence of developing perm...

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Feb 21
2013

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 the permanent tooth pushes from underneath, the roots of the baby tooth gradually resorbs (becomes shorter and thinner) until they eventually dissolve completely.  When there is no mo...

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