What NOT to say to your child before getting dental work

Everyone wants their child to have a good experience in the dental office, even if it is for something that we would rather not have to get done, like a filling or an extraction (pulling a tooth).  We want to prepare them so that everything goes well.  Sometimes, good intentions lead to opposite reactions.  In…

Candy that’s good for your teeth!!

Yes you read that right.  I’m happy to tell you that candy and dental health does not have to be mutually exclusive. You CAN have your cake (or in this case,  candy) and eat it too! How? By changing your candy to “good-for-your-teeth” candy!  And it tastes great,  not like medicine or something artificial.  All…

What to expect at your child’s first visit to our dental office

Wonder what the first dental visit will be like for your child? The mystery is about to be revealed! Kept super fun and informative, everyone leaves happy!   One of the most common questions I get asked is when a baby should have her first visit to the dentist. I recommend coming around the baby’s…

Is your water causing cavities?

I’m not talking about the fluoride content of your drinking water. That was briefly discussed in my fluoride article. No, I’m talking about the water itself could be dissolving your teeth. Never heard of this? It’s not widely known, but most (yes, most!) bottled water is acidic. The water, if at a pH less than…

Xylitol as an anti-cavity agent

I’ll just start with the elephant in the room, at least for those of us following xylitol research (lol!). Cochrane, one of my favorite sources for reviews of healthcare evidence, had stated in March 2015 that there was insufficient evidence to show that xylitol has an anti-cavity effect. They gave a weak endorsement of fluoride…

Fluoride is the vaccines of dentistry

Let’s be honest, this post is going to cause waves no matter what I say because fluoride use is the vaccination of dentistry. Take a deep breath, open your mind, and hear me out. Like most other integrative practitioners, I take the information from both the “pro” camp and the “anti” camp and look for a solution…

Why I’m a breastfeeding friendly dentist

I am a huge advocate of breastfeeding, and I’m dismayed by well-meaning dentists who are misinformed about the effects of breastfeeding on cavities. It breaks my heart when I hear someone is told to stop breastfeeding partially or completely for these reasons. The ones who end up on the losing end are the babies. Does…

Better you in 2017

There’s nothing like that new year feel! It’s full of possibilities of doing better, being better, changing for the better. I, for one, like the opportunity to examine my life and change to get closer to my vision of “perfect me”. (You know, that woman who isn’t on her phone too much, gets enough water,…

Should I remove my silver fillings?

I decided to tackle a behemoth in dentistry since it’s in the news again: amalgam fillings (also called silver fillings due to the color). Released early this month was this news: three EU institutions (European Parliament, European Commission and the Council of the European Union) have come up with a provisional agreement to ban amalgam…

Crunchy mama dentist?

What’s with this name? I’m sure many are familiar with the term “crunchy” or “granola” to describe those mamas who tend to engage in babywearing, attachment parenting, cloth diapering, baby led weaning, etc. I consider myself a crunchy mama and I naturally bring these philosophies to my dental practice.  I created this blog to give…