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Parent’s Guide to Selecting a Pediatric Dental Professional

Choosing the right pediatric dentist for your kids can make a significant difference in how they view coming to the dentist’s office, equally now and later on in life. The dentist’s office does not have to be a frightening spot for kids. With the right children’s dentist, kids could even enjoy coming in for dental treatments…

Choosing the right pediatric dentist for your kids can make a significant difference in how they view coming to the dentist’s office, equally now and later on in life. The dentist’s office does not have to be a frightening spot for kids. With the right children’s dentist, kids could even enjoy coming in for dental treatments…  Read the...

Common Dental Hygiene Procedures Performed at the Dentist

Just what does a dental hygiene do? Have you ever wondered what dental hygiene procedures performed at the dentist are able to be performed by a dental hygienist? We have, and we’ve decided to outline a few of them for you here.

Common Dental Hygiene Procedures Performed at the Dentist

Just what does a dental hygiene do? Have you ever wondered what dental hygiene procedures performed at the dentist are able to be performed by a dental hygienist? We have, and we’ve decided to outline a few of them for you here. Common Dental Hygiene Procedures Performed at the Dentist  Read the...

The Best Toothpaste

There are so many types of toothpastes available that I often get asked by parents, “Which toothpaste should I use?”.

These basic types of toothpaste are available:

  • non-fluoridated
  • fluoridated
  • highly fluoridated
  • sensitive formula
  • tartar control formula
  • whitening
  • with or without sodium lauryl sulftate soap

All toothpastes have pretty much the same ingredients, but try to make themselves stand out in various ways.  The most common ingredients are:

There are so many types of toothpastes available that I often get asked by parents, “Which toothpaste should I use?”. These basic types of toothpaste are available: non-fluoridated fluoridated highly fluoridated sensitive formula tartar control formula whitening with or without sodium lauryl sulftate soap All toothpastes have pretty much the same ingredients, but try to make themselves stand out in various ways.  The most common ingredients are:  Read the...

Tears & Fears

As a pediatric dentist, I specialize in children and special needs patients.  Nevertheless, a large part of my job is overcoming parental fears.

Parents have an incredible influence on their children; both positively and negatively.

Kids are so tuned into parental non-verbal communication that even if a mother does not say anything negative about an upcoming dental visit, their own worries and fears will cause their child to worry too.

As a pediatric dentist, I specialize in children and special needs patients.  Nevertheless, a large part of my job is overcoming parental fears. Parents have an incredible influence on their children; both positively and negatively. Kids are so tuned into parental non-verbal communication that even if a mother does not say anything negative about an upcoming dental visit, their own worries and fears will cause their child to worry too.  Read the...

Autism & dental care

A recent national Pediatric Dentistry meeting had an excellent speaker, Dr. Cavan Brunsden, DMD, on Autism.  Here is some of the material he covered:

  • Autism is a developmental disorder of the brain that has no known cure and usually appears before age 3.
  •  Poor social interactions and communication with repetitive behaviors are indicators of Autism.
  • Autistic people have a genetic tendency to be more sensitive to toxins than other people because they cannot easily remove environmental toxins from their bodies.
A recent national Pediatric Dentistry meeting had an excellent speaker, Dr. Cavan Brunsden, DMD, on Autism.  Here is some of the material he covered:  Read the rest... Autism is a developmental disorder of the brain that has no known cure and usually appears before age 3.  Poor social interactions and communication with repetitive behaviors are indicators of Autism. Autistic people have a genetic tendency to be more sensitive to toxins than other people because they cannot easily remove environmental toxins from their...

Medical Emergencies

Our continuing education class on medical emergencies was held by the Clackamas Dental Society in Wilsonville, Oregon.  This class covered all the most common emergencies that dentists in Portland and Oregon City might see in their offices.  

The most common problem is fainting, followed by hyperventilation due to anxiety and fear.  Pediatric dentists are probably the best trained dentists to reduce fear of dentistry but we still have some hyperventilating kids; luckily not to the point of medical emergencies though.

Our continuing education class on medical emergencies was held by the Clackamas Dental Society in Wilsonville, Oregon.  This class covered all the most common emergencies that dentists in Portland and Oregon City might see in their offices.   The most common problem is fainting, followed by hyperventilation due to anxiety and fear.  Pediatric dentists are probably the best trained dentists to reduce fear of dentistry but we still have some hyperventilating kids; luckily not to the point of medical emergencies though.  Read the...