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All About Flossing

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Let’s keep it short and sweet, one of the most frequently asked questions Dr. Brown receives by patients and parents has to do with flossing, so we are here to give you all the answers. Q: Why it’s so important to floss? A: According to the American Dental Association (ADA), flossing is essential when cleaning your teeth and gums Floss can remove plaque that can lead to cavities or gum disease from the areas where a toothbrush can’t reach. When you don’t floss, you’re at risk for dental issues such as Gingivitis, and cavities between your teeth both can cause … Continue reading

First Dental Visit

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Your child’s first dental visit is to help your child get used to being at the dentist and to help them feel comfortable. The first visit is usually 30-45 minutes. This time allows Dr Brown and her staff to get to know your child and any concerns or habits that they might have. Dr Brown will examine their teeth, jaw and gums for normal growth and development. We will also review and demonstrate brushing and flossing techniques. If needed, a gentle cleaning can be done to remove plaque, tater and stains. We then follow up with fluoride to help protect … Continue reading

Teeth Healthy Snack Options

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Life is busy, and sometimes families need to snack while away from home. But, you don’t have to sacrifice your oral health just because you’re snacking on the go. Here’s our favorite handy snacks for those eating away from home. Nuts Nuts are another handy snack that promote a healthy mouth. Nuts are rich in protein, which helps to build stronger teeth. Chewing nuts promotes saliva production that naturally protects and cleans your teeth by clearing the mouth of debris and acid buildup that can lead to cavities. Nuts are a great healthy alternative to potato chips, or other salty … Continue reading

Orthodontics: What you and your child should know!

Children Orthodontics

1. Is Ortho always necessary? Although, many believe the reasoning behind considering orthodontic treatment is solely based on physical appearance, it has much more to do with self-esteem, overall health and comfort. The way you feel about how you look also plays a major role in your quality of life. Over time, it may become a larger issue than it once was in your childhood and can cause you to feel the need to hide your smile and cover your mouth while talking or laughing. As patients see their appearance changing, they typically show a progression in confidence even before treatment … Continue reading

What is Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)? Is it right for your child?

Baby teeth

What is Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)?: Silver Diamine Fluoride is an FDA approved, noninvasive, antibiotic liquid applied to arrest lesions and caries, prevent tooth decay and bacteria from spreading to other teeth and to painlessly treat areas where extensive dental treatment might be necessary in the future. It is an excellent alternative to a routine fillings and general anesthesia. Who is Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) ideal for? SDF is ideal for patients who are too young to receive dental treatment under general anesthesia, uncooperative in the dental chair, special needs patients, and/or patients who have small/few caries lesions and is … Continue reading

More Chocolate, No Cavities!

No Cavities!

A comprehensive, completely practical book on how to care for your child’s teeth from in the womb to age 18. Written by a biochemist/pediatric dentist/father of three who shows the science of why focusing on snack foods is the most important thing to do, and is actually less work instead of more. Learn how to spend the least amount of energy possible, and get the best results, and none of your friends will think you are crazy! Dr. Lucas is a six time winner of “Best Kids Dentist” Golden Teddy Award in Seattle ParentMap Magazine and helped thousands of families stay … Continue reading

Why it’s Important to Take Care of Baby Teeth

Baby teeth

You’ll experience many “firsts” with your baby. One of them will be a first tooth, which will arrive sometime between 6 months and 1 year. By the time your child turns 3, they’ll have a full set of 20 baby teeth. You may think these teeth are not important because they’re just going to fall out and be replaced by permanent teeth — and a gift from the tooth fairy — but these teeth play a vital role in your child’s development. Here are five reasons why caring for your child’s baby teeth is as important as caring for their … Continue reading

5 Tips to Help Children Overcome Dental Anxiety

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There are few things that instill as much fear and anxiety in your children as a trip to the dentist, but a visit to a skilled and compassionate chldren’s dentist doesn’t have to fill them with dread. As a parent, you can prepare your children to help them feel less anxious about a dental visit. The truth is, even adults are anxious about dental work, but there is really very little to fear about the dentist other than a fear of the unknown. With laughing gas (nitrous oxide) and numbing medicine (lidocaine) options, there’s not much pain involved with a … Continue reading

What is Laughing Gas?

Teenage girl in dental office

What is Laughing Gas? Dental anxiety is a real concern for adults and children alike. A single bad experience as a child can create a lasting, yet needless, impression of trips to the dentist — an inauspicious start to lifelong oral hygiene habits. Modern dentistry is actually essentially painless, but dulled nerves don’t help when new experiences are intimidating. Nitrous oxide — better known as laughing gas — not only lessens pain, it can create a positive and comfortable experience without anxiety, and it gives you an option that wears off almost immediately after the mask is removed. Let’s learn … Continue reading

The Sweet Tooth Gene

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These days everyone knows that a sweet tooth is bad for their teeth. Avoiding sweets is harder for some people than others and it’s not just a lack of willpower. New research published in the Journal of Appetite Feb 2014 examines the genetic variants of the dopamine-4 receptor in pre-school age children on their food preferences. The research shows that the seven-repeat DRD4 allele affects the brain’s dopamine pathway when sugar is ingested in susceptible individuals. This is the same pathway linked to happiness and it seems to make certain foods taste better and more desirable to certain people and is why some people have a … Continue reading

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