Monday, February 27, 2017

My Child Has a Toothache. Should I Call the Dentist?

“Growing pains” are part of childhood, and teething can be the cause of some discomfort in your child’s mouth. ADA dentist Dr. Maria Lopez Howell reveals one thing to check for before taking your child to the dentist for a toothache.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

What Is the ADA Seal of Acceptance?

There are so many dental care products on the store shelves, how do you decide what’s best for you and your family?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Conquer dental anxiety once and for all
Do you or does someone you know suffer from dental anxiety? We understand how difficult it can be to overcome anxiety to receive necessary dental treatment. Fortunately, new research shows that just 5 sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy can help you conquer dental anxiety. Learn more:
Child meditating

Monday, February 20, 2017

How to help a child quit thumbsucking

Young children often suck on pacifiers or their thumbs to soothe themselves. However, pacifier use and thumbsucking can cause problems with the growth and development of the mouth, including the alignment of teeth. Thumbsucking can be a difficult habit to break. Here are some tips:
* Provide alternative comfort to your child if he or she is thumbsucking for comfort.
* Praise your child for not thumbsucking.
* Involve older children in developing a plan to stop.
* Ask us for help explaining how thumbsucking affects teeth at your child's next visit.

Learn more:

Baby with pacifier

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Make Valentine's Day a little sweeter

Happy Valentine's Day from your dental team! We love providing your dental care. Don't forget to show your smile some love by brushing and flossing daily.
Tooth loves toothbrush

Monday, February 13, 2017

Empower adults to teach kids about dental health

Happy National Children's Dental Health Month! We want to help you help the children in your life establish good oral hygiene habits. Early education helps set children up for good oral and overall health for life! Check out for great teaching resources.
Happy National Children's Dental Health Month!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

What causes a toothache?

Today is National Toothache Day. Toothaches can have a variety of causes, including clenching or grinding, decay, a damaged filling, a fracture, an abscess or a gum infection. Call us if you have a toothache that lasts longer than 1-2 days, severe pain, an earache, fever or pain when you open your mouth.
National Toothache Day

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Would you stop drinking soda because of a tax?

Would a tax on soda and other sugary drinks deter you from buying and drinking them? Mexico implemented a 10% nationwide tax on sugar-sweetened drinks in 2014 to combat high rates of diabetes, heart disease and obesity, and several United States cities and counties have followed suit. Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

Would you stop drinking soda because of a tax?

Monday, February 6, 2017

How modern diets affect our teeth
Have you ever wondered if our human ancestors had the same dental health issues we have today? Anthropology professor Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg studies how changes in human diets have affected our teeth and jaws over time. Learn more:

Bowl of pesto bow tie pasta with tomatoes

Friday, February 3, 2017

Tom Brady makes dental hygiene epic

Who's excited for the Super Bowl this weekend? Tom Brady stars in a funny Intel commercial that makes even everyday activities, like brushing his teeth, look epic. Watch it here:
Ah, yes, the time of year everyone loves. Wait, what? Playoffs? No, I’m talking…

Thursday, February 2, 2017

What's causing your sore throat?

Cold and flu season is here, and you may find yourself suffering from a painful sore throat. Sore throats can have a variety of causes, including colds, streptococcus bacteria and inflammation of the tonsils. Get help identifying the cause of your sore throat from WebMD:

Cup of hot tea with box of tea bags

5 Super Snacks for the Big Game

Are you ready for the Big Game? A championship get-together demands super snacks but not at the expense of your teeth. That’s why we’ve put together a few tasty game day snacking ideas with healthy ingredients.  Of course, these are snacks, and none of them are perfect. Regardless of what you eat, don’t forget to brush!
Cheese and meat tray