Do Your Kids Need Help Avoiding Cavities?

Adults in America are not the only ones suffering from dental decay in shockingly high numbers. Recent studies indicate that at least 30 percent of school-aged children in America are also being diagnosed with dental caries, or cavities as they are more commonly known. Though tooth fillings can often help treat cavities, it is best to avoid them altogether. Cavities are entirely preventable, too. It just requires a combination of at-home care and professional dental visits to help avoid them. For kids, parents play a huge role in ensuring they continue enjoying oral health. So, are you doing all you can, as a parent, to protect your kids from cavities? (more…)

What Is Silver Diamine Fluoride and Can It Help My Kids?

Have you spent way too much time at the dentist’s office, having your kids’ cavities filled? If so, you may already have taken steps to better protect their smiles, such as making sure they are brushing properly at least twice a day, and flossing between each tooth. You might also have cut down on sugar, as a family, to prevent plaque buildup. Making sure to take them for routine dental checkups and cleaning is another great measure. Fortunately, there is one other way your kids’ pediatric dentist might be able to help your kids avoid – or treat – any future cavities, and that’s through the use of Silver Diamine Fluoride, a substance that can both potentially prevent cavities, and also help to treat them. (more…)

When Will My Baby’s Teeth Start Showing Up?

Are you curious, or even worried, about your baby’s smile? Does it seem like she or he should have several teeth visible by now? At your baby’s last play date, were you shocked to find the other child seemingly miles ahead in the smile milestones department? Many parents worry about when their babies’ teeth should appear, and what they should be doing to care for them. The good news is, when you are ready to find out how much you actually know about babies’ smiles, and how you can best prepare for your child’s teething, your pediatric dentist can help! (more…)

Enjoy a Roaring Good Time at the Heard Museum in McKinney

Are you looking for a rip, “roaring” way to spend some time as a family in February? If so, why not take a few – or several – steps off the beaten path to enjoy the 11th Annual Dinosaurs Live! exhibit at the Heard Museum in McKinney? What will you catch during this exhibit, open through February 19, 2016? Well, there are a host of animatronic dinosaurs set up along the museum’s nature trail, including a T-Rex that is over 40 feet tall! Plus, this year’s exhibit is also debuting nine new dinosaurs sure to wow even longtime fans of the event! (more…)

Do Kids Really Need to See the Dentist?

Are your child’s baby teeth still in the process of erupting? If so, you might brush the teeth you can see occasionally, but feel tempted to neglect regular dental care until more of the teeth are visible. Sadly, this can be detrimental to your child’s dental health. Even babies can struggle with oral health threats, like baby bottle tooth decay. Yes, right from the start, your child needs preventive dental care to help develop and protect his or her healthy smile! (more…)

Can You Help Your Kids Prevent Cavities? Part Two

No parent wants to see his or her kids struggle with painful dental cavities. Even fewer like the idea of seeing their children require numerous restorative dental treatments, brought on by progressed dental decay. Over time, even minor erosion can advance to the point of painful infections that could require root canal therapy or even extraction. Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to help your kids prevent cavities, in the first place. That means spending less time and money on dental care. Perhaps best of all, excellent preventive care means you can spend less time worrying about your kids’ teeth and gums. (more…)

Can You Help Your Kids Prevent Cavities? Part One

Are you worried about your kids’ smiles? Many school-aged children struggle with cavities, which can require dental fillings or more extensive restorative treatment. Fortunately, there are several surprisingly simple steps you can take to help protect your kids’ smiles from tooth decay and other common oral health problems. That way, you can keep enjoying those silly smiles for years to come! (more…)

Worried About Your Baby’s Pacifier Habit?

Do you spend a lot of time worrying about your baby’s undying love for his pacifier? Does he go to sleep with it, cry for it when he wakes up, and freak out if it’s dropped for even a second? Maybe your child sucks his or her thumb religiously, instead, much to your chagrin. The good news is that, in most cases, the use of pacifiers or thumb sucking is not a cause for alarm. Many babies self soothe through these means, without any detrimental affects to their dental or overall health. That said, when it comes to your baby’s precious smile, any questions or concerns you have are best posed to your children’s dentist, who is the best ally you have in helping to protect your child’s teeth and gums, long-term. (more…)

Celebrate MLK’s Birthday in Dallas, Texas

Are you hoping to find a fun, family-friendly way to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this year? If so, there are lots of opportunities to do just that throughout Dallas and the metroplex. One of the biggest and best options is the 35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration, which will include a variety of events held throughout the weekend and on Monday, January 16, 2017. These events are being hosted by the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center Board and Staff. This year the group has chosen the theme, “Breaking the Chains of Injustice.” (more…)

What Is Xylitol and Is It Good for Your Kids?

Have your kids struggled with several cavities over the years? In fact, do they seem even more prone to dental decay than other kids their age? Genetics, hygiene habits, and diet can all affect a child’s likelihood of developing cavities. Fortunately, recent studies indicate that your children’s pediatric dentist might be able to help them prevent tooth decay through the use of a product called xylitol. Not only has this been shown to help minimize tooth sensitivity, it is now being studied as a means of preventing decay, in the first place. (more…)