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…

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…

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…