Enamel What??? – Enamel Hypoplasia Q & A

Your child’s dentist just told you that your child has areas of enamel hypoplasia on their teeth. Here are answers to some of the questions you may not have thought to ask: Q: What is enamel hypoplasia? A: Enamel hypoplasia is a condition where teeth have less enamel (the outer, white part of the tooth) then they should. It can affect only a single tooth or multiple teeth, and it…

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Sneaky Cavities: How to Keep Them from Happening to your Teenager

“But she has never had cavities before!? And she brushes her teeth every night? I just don’t understand!!” – A bewildered mother in response to news that her teenage daughter has multiple cavities. Most teenagers relish the newfound freedoms they find themselves facing: the ability to drive, the use of a cell phone (usually a newer model then that of their parents), the opportunity to take care of their own…

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Tips for Preventing Dental Cavities

Establishing regular dental visits for your child, every 6 months starting at or before age 1 is very important to maintain good dental health and prevent cavities. It is important for the whole family to create a habit of good dental hygiene and regular dental visits. Families who receive regular routine dental care and lead by example, help prevent cavities. Mouth fact: Cavity bugs are contagious from tooth to tooth…

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Age One Dental Appointment – Why is it so important?

Getting your child started early with good oral hygiene and a regular checkup with her pediatric dentist is important for your child’s dental health and overall health.  The Drs. Atkins, Maestrello, Miller and Associates and all the wonderful staff make your child’s first dental experience pleasant, fun and educational. First Dental Check-up: Traditional guidelines recommended that the first dental appointment occur around three years of age. What we have learned…

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Tips for Making Bedtime a Little More Fun

“But Mom, I’m too tired to brush tonight!” No, you aren’t the only busy parent tackling this challenge tonight; this scene is common in households all over Virginia at bedtime. Here are some tips for helping incorporate brushing and flossing into your families normal bedtime routine. These have been suggested from our own patients and hopefully will help make bedtime a smoother, more fun process for you and your family!…

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Do children need dental sealants?

Dental sealants are a quick, easy, and relatively cheap solution for preventing cavities.  Although the idea behind sealants is not new, they’re quickly becoming the go-to treatment for kids that are at high risk for dental decay. “WHAT ARE DENTAL SEALANTS?” Sealants are a plastic material that is placed in the groovy pits and fissures of the chewing surfaces of your teeth, particularly the permanent molars at the back because…

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What is the best kind of toothpaste for my child to use?

Next time you’re in the grocery store or Target, wander down the toothpaste aisle and take a look at all the options there are for toothpastes for children. Combine that with all the press you’ve heard about fluoride, good and bad, and it’s no wonder it’s difficult to identify which toothpaste is best for your children. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the organization that your children’s pediatric dentist…

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What can my child eat after dental surgery?

Taking care of your child after dental surgery is no easy task. The hardest part is deciding what to give your child to eat or drink since they are now starving and need some much-needed nourishment. Choosing the right foods is important in helping their healing process go smoothly. Here are our Top 5 Foods to eat after you get home from dental surgery. Start with something good to drink.…

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Guess The Number Of Coins, Win A Prize!

It’s time for another contest! You can win these adorable stuffed bears by answering one simple question. How many wooden coins fit in this jar? Click the image below to see a larger version. Leave your answer as a comment on our Facebook page. A few simple rules: Answers will be accepted from December 2nd through 11:59pm on December 16th, 2014. Only votes left as comments on the contest’s Facebook…

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