Healthy Grins Blog

When Your Kids Have Allergies, Their Mouth Can Suffer Too

If you have a child who suffers from allergies or asthma, you’re probably well aware of the layers of complexity these maladies can bring to your life and theirs. You’re likely unaware, though, as to how these illnesses, and the treatment of them, may affect your child’s oral health. Everything from an increased prevalence of cavities, to [...]

December 14th, 2017|Dr. Chan's Blog|

The Tooth Fairy: How to Roll-Out the Red Carpet

It’s happened! Your child has finally lost her first tooth! She excitedly holds it out to you and asks, “Is the Tooth Fairy coming?” You pause. Of COURSE, the tooth fairy is coming – but exactly how is that going to work? She’s lost her first tooth and she is the oldest – you’ve never [...]

October 19th, 2017|Dr. Chan's Blog|

Back-to-School Check-ups: Tips for Success

The end of the summer is always a hectic time – vacations, camps, and family obligations are often wrapping up while back to school shopping and preparations have begun.  Parents often feel overwhelmed at this time of year, but you can ease the stress of taking your children to get their dental check-ups by following [...]

September 20th, 2017|Dr. Chan's Blog|

Your Child & Fluoride

Preventing cavities is one of the most important parts of great oral care for children, and fluoride plays a huge role in reaching that goal. Fluoride makes teeth stronger and more resistant to acid. Each person’s mouth contains bacteria, which feed on the sugars produced by food and beverages. The acid produced by these bacteria [...]

August 17th, 2017|Dr. Chan's Blog|

Choosing A Pediatric Dentist

Choosing great healthcare providers can often be overwhelming.  It’s important that your dentist, like your pediatrician, specializes in children’s dentistry. That’s why you need to schedule an appointment with a pediatric dentist. Once your child’s baby teeth start to emerge, they should begin regular visits.  Here are a few basic guidelines you can follow to [...]

July 20th, 2017|Dr. Chan's Blog|

Protecting Your Kids from Cavities

June is Oral Care Month and a great time to review your child’s dental routine and make sure you are following the right steps to protect your child’s smile from cavities.  The summer months can be especially hard because kids are out of their normal school routines, there are parties, cook-outs, and snacks galore (especially [...]

June 22nd, 2017|Dr. Chan's Blog|

Thumbsucking: Breaking the Habit

Thumbsucking is a common habit that children develop in their early years. It’s a natural reflex and often a source of comfort. Unfortunately, it’s not a harmless habit. Thumbsucking can cause many developmental problems for a child including speech delays and dental issues. From an oral perspective, according to the American Dental Association, thumbsucking can [...]

May 18th, 2017|Dr. Chan's Blog|

Mouth Guards: Protect Your Child’s Smile

As a parent, you do everything you can to protect your child from harm and injury.  April is National Facial Protection Awareness Month and a great time to remind parents of the importance of protecting a child’s teeth and mouth during physical activity – whether they are participating in organized sports or just playing outside.  From [...]

April 20th, 2017|Dr. Chan's Blog|

Five Dietary Secrets to Terrific Teeth

Not only is nutrition important for your child’s overall health, but it is also important for your child’s dental health. Foods that contain high levels of sugar, starch, and acid can cause tooth decay and other problems. The following nutrition tips will help parents teach their children good dental habits that will keep their smiles [...]

March 29th, 2017|Dr. Chan's Blog|