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Elizabeth Cook Miller, D.D.S., M.S. is a pediatric dentist at Atkins, Maestrello, Miller & Associates Pediatric Dentistry in Richmond, VA. She is a new mother, active runner and her favorite movie is “Finding Nemo”.

How to Help your Child Prepare for Dental Work

Your child has his/her regular cleaning/check-up and the dentist mentions that he/she has a cavity, or needs an extraction of a baby tooth. There are many hard times as a parent, and this is definitely one of them. The good news is that as the parent, you can help make this experience feel like “no big deal” with a few easy steps. Step 1: Explain only what is necessary for…

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10 Fun Dental Facts

Fun facts about the mouth and dentistry! The enamel that covers the top of your tooth is the hardest substance in the human body Children have 20 baby teeth and adults have 32 permanent teeth If you don’t floss your teeth, your are missing 40% of your tooth enamel The average American spends 38.5 total days brushing their teeth over a lifetime Children laugh about 400 times a day, adults…

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To Fluoride or Not to Fluoride: That is the Question

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there’s a good chance that your kids may be using too much toothpaste. In early February of this year, the CDC released a report which summarized a study of toothpaste and toothbrushing patterns among children and adolescents in the United States from 2013-2016.  The results showed that many children are using more than the recommended pea-sized amount when brushing, which can…

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What Should I do if my Child breaks or Loses a tooth?

Dental emergencies are very common in children and adolescents. Just like any first aid situation, knowledge, planning, and preparation are key to minimizing pain, discomfort and long-term damage. The most important way to prepare is to find a pediatric dentist for your child for regular check-ups. After establishing a relationship with your child’s dentist, you will have someone to call during the day and after hours when the need arises.…

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Brushing Your Toddler’s Teeth

How to set the stage for a lifetime of good dental hygiene. At the end of a hectic day, the last thing you want to do is worry about helping your toddler brush his teeth. Developing a routine for morning and evening, will help set the stage for a cavity free mouth and make it a fun time with your child. Like reading a book before bed, your child will…

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My Child’s Tooth is Loose! How do I get it out?

Nothing can be more frightening than realizing that your child’s tooth is loose and not knowing what to do about it. Do I pull it? Do I leave it to come out on its own? Should I call the dentist? Most people would rather unclog a toilet than pull their child’s tooth. So let’s talk about if and when you need to actually do something about the loose tooth. If…

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Should I come back for my child’s dental appointment, or should I stay in the lobby?

This is one of the most common questions we receive as dentists, and team members at our pediatric dental office.  Our top priority is making both the parents and the children feel as comfortable as possible during each dental appointment.  We want the dentist to be a FUN place to be, a place where children are excited to come and learn how important it is to have healthy teeth as…

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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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