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Seven Tips to Avoid Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Cavities – they're not just for adults. Streptococcus mutans, the bacterium that contributes to tooth decay, is a rather indiscriminate little purple menace, and is quite fond of teeth no matter if they're in your mouth or the mouth of your baby. Keeping their mouth as clean as you keep your own can help you [...]

February 15th, 2018|Dr. Chan's Blog|

Can Gummy Vitamins Harm Your Child’s Teeth?

Kids hate vitamins – we know. That’s why gummy vitamins will rank as one of the best kid inventions of all time.   Kids love ‘em!   Kids want more of ‘em!   Kids steal them and bring them to school!   Wait. What?   Gummy vitamins are a fantastic way to get your kids [...]

February 8th, 2018|Dr. Chan's Blog|

Should Your Child Use Mouthwash?

Choosing a mouthwash (also called a mouth rinse) can be a lot like deciding on a new cereal - the choices seem endless and can be confusing enough to forgo choosing anything at all. So how does one decide? And, really, aren't all mouthwashes essentially the same? Well, the fascinating thing about mouthwash is – [...]

January 25th, 2018|Dr. Chan's Blog|

Why Dogs Don’t Get Cavities

Have you ever wondered why, despite all the dental care you receive throughout life, it’s still possible for you to end up with cavities, while your pet (who has never been to a dentist), doesn’t seem to have a single tooth concern whatsoever? Well, the truth is, your pets can and do get cavities, but in far [...]

January 11th, 2018|Dr. Chan's Blog|

How to Weave Healthy Habits Into Your Kids’ Daily Lives

Being a parent is a job of unfathomable responsibility. At its most basic level, it’s a position that literally requires keeping another human alive: keeping them fed, free from harm and healthy. Then there are the more ill-defined requisites, like nurturing a growing personality, instilling good habits, and developing a strong moral compass. And, that’s just the [...]

December 28th, 2017|Dr. Chan's 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|