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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

Boy in dental office

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

Smiling boy

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

Dental Emergency facts you need to know

Mother and daughter brushing teeth

Toothache: Clean the area of the affected tooth. Rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge any food that may be impacted. If the pain still exists, contact your child’s dentist. Do not place aspirin or heat on the gum or on the aching tooth. If the face is swollen, apply cold compresses and contact your dentist immediately. Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek: Apply ice to injured areas to help control swelling. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a gauze or cloth. If bleeding cannot be controlled by simple pressure, call … Continue reading

Xylitol candy is dentist approved for Sweet Tooth emergencies

Children brushing teeth

Last week we had a mom ask us what she could do because her daughter had a small cavity and would constantly “sneak” sweets even though she would try to stop her. We told her to give xylitol candy. The little girl was previously playing and ignoring our conversation, but suddenly seemed very interested! WHAT! Did my Dentist just tell my mom to give me candy!? YESSSS!!! There is a lot of information floating around about xylitol and its benefits, but it seems that people may be a little confused as to how to use it “therapeutically”. There is a system … Continue reading

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