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Share the Care

Dr. Chan is also proud to participate with Share the Care, working in conjunction with the San Diego Dental Society in providing quality dental care for children in need. The Dental Health Initiative – Share the Care is a public-private partnership between the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, the San Diego [...]

July 17th, 2012|Community Involvement|

Fluoride Varnish… How Can it Help My Child?

Fluoride varnish is a professionally applied, highly concentrated fluoride product that has been widely used in Europe and Canada as a caries prevention agent since the 1960's. (3) Fluoride varnish applications 2 to 4 times a year have been shown to decrease caries in the permanent dentition by 38%. (2) Fluoride varnish can also reverse [...]

July 17th, 2012|Dr. Chan's Blog|

Latest From the AAPD Complications With Teething Gels

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received reports of methemoglobinemia, a rare but serious blood disorder that is associated with pain relievers, including teething gels, that contain benzocaine sold under the brand names Anbesol, Hurricaine, Orajel, Baby Orajel, Orabase and generic brands. Methemoglobinemia is a serious blood disorder that reduces the amount of oxygen [...]

July 17th, 2012|Dr. Chan's Blog|

The no-drilling, no-pain solution: Icon!

Icon is a new way your dentist can stop the progression of an early cavity before it needs to be treated using a drill. This breakthrough treatment fills and seals the tiny holes and stabilizes the tooth, offering may unique advantages: The treatment does not require drilling the tooth or anesthesia Healthy tooth structure is [...]

July 17th, 2012|Dr. Chan's Blog|

What do you do if your child knocks out a permanent incisor?

The best way to preserve a PERMANENT  TOOTH that has been knocked out is to put it back into its socket as  QUICKLY  as possible.  Re-implantation is BEST AT THE SITE OF THE ACCIDENT within 15 minutes to ensure a favorable outcome. You still must take the patient to  a dentist. If it's not possible to re-implant the tooth the [...]

July 17th, 2012|Dr. Chan's Blog|

San Diego County Dental Society – Fluoride

The San Diego dental society website is a great way to find information concerning you and/or your children.  A wonderful pediatric resource is the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and their website The AAPD is the membership organization representing pediatric dentistry and their mission is to promote optimal oral health for children.  Dr. Chan will be [...]

July 17th, 2012|Dr. Chan's Blog|

School Absence Policy for Dental Visits

The California Society of Pediatric Dentistry and the California Dental Association recognize the importance of regular school attendance and the effect of chronic absence on academic performance. As dental providers we try to work around school hours to minimize absence whenever possible. However, sometimes it may not be feasible to provide all the care children [...]

July 17th, 2012|Dr. Chan's Blog|

FDA Warns Spinbrushes are Potential Choking Hazard

The FDA issued a warning of serious injuries and potential hazards associated with the Arm & Hammer and Crest Spinbrushes. Reports warned that while turned on, the brush head has either "popped off" or broken off in the user's mouth or near face, causing cuts to the mouth and gums, chipped or broken teeth, swallowing [...]

July 17th, 2012|Dr. Chan's Blog|