Breastfeeding’s Impact on Dental Health

The experience of breastfeeding is very special for many new moms as they consider that time a valuable bonding experience between the mother and newborn child.  Moms who are able to breastfeed also benefit for other reasons: they gain overall health benefits, oral health benefits, and cost-savings benefits.  This blog will help explain the many benefits, for both mom and child, of breastfeeding. It is important to remember that the…

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Startling Statistics About Kids’ Teeth

DID YOU KNOW that dental disease (cavities and gum disease) is the most common childhood disease – FIVE times more common than asthma? If that’s not surprising enough, here are some more startling statistics: 47.4% of 3rd graders in Virginia have or had a (untreated or treated) cavity experience. Students miss as many as 51 million hours of school each year because of dental problems. Adults miss 164 million hours…

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2012 Halloween Candy Buy Back

We are very excited to announce our second annual Halloween Candy Buy Back to benefit our overseas military troops! Last year we collected close to 500 pounds of candy from the children in our community! We enjoyed watching the children weigh each pound of candy and see their smiling faces when they received cash and prizes in return! How does the Halloween Candy Buy Back work? Children may bring in…

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Poor Oral Health Linked To Lower Grades

Summer is over and the kids are back in school. Hopefully they are happy to reunite with old friends, meet new teachers, and ready to work hard for yet another school year! With the school year come a lot of “extra” duties for parents – being the taxi driver to sports practice, helping with homework assignments, preparing lunch bags, the list goes on and on! As parents, we do everything…

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A Great Resource for Parents from AAPD

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) has recently put together a wonderful resource for parents who may have serious questions about their child’s teeth/dentist. We highly recommend you visit this website – as it is a great tool for parents who may be getting ready to make their first dental check-up for their child or a parent who wants to prevent cavities in their child’s teeth. http://www.mychildrensteeth.org/education/ If you look…

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Legend of the Pacifier: Break The Binky Habit

Now that we have covered why children become attached to the pacifier and how the pacifier can affect your child long-term, let’s discuss fun and useful ways to help your child cut the “binky” habit. Breaking your child’s pacifier habit will not be an easy task. Our recommendation to parents is the earlier you start talking to your child about quitting their habit, the easier it will be for YOU…

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The Legend of the Pacifier: Part 2

Note: This is Part 2 in a 3-part series on pacifiers, an ongoing series to answer parents’ questions about pacifiers. Part 1 explored why and how kids fall in love with their passies.  Now that we understand why children become attached to the pacifier, let’s try to understand how the pacifier can affect your child long-term. Since we are a pediatric dentist office, of course we are concerned with how…

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Video: Dr. Liz on Bottled Water

Thank you to Mark Tenia of WRIC TV 8 (ABC) for helping us educate the Richmond community about the pros and cons of bottled water. Pros: Convenience Cons: Most bottled waters lack fluoride and therefore don’t contribute necessary minerals that strengthen your child’s teeth Watch Dr. Liz explain the reasons behind our philosophy. As with most things, we recommend moderation. SOME bottled water is okay, but make sure your children get mostly…

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The Legend of the Pacifier

It’s a story many parents tell to their children’s dentist. My child won’t stop using the pacifier, what do I do? The story is usually followed by many questions. What effect does the pacifier have on my child’s teeth? When does my child definitely have to stop using the pacifier? Will my child need braces because they used the pacifier? The hardest question of all, (but to me the most…

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