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Ask Dr. Chan!

1. Why do the permanent teeth look so much yellower than the baby teeth? ANSWER: I get asked this question almost every day. Permanent teeth are normally more yellow than primary (baby) teeth, but they appear even more so because you are comparing them with the lighter, whiter baby teeth still in the mouth. They [...]

April 15th, 2013|Dr. Chan's Blog, Kids' Corner|

Oh No, My Child’s Tooth is Turning Dark!

Oh no, my child's front tooth is turning dark! What is going on? A child may have a primary baby tooth turn dark if he or she bumps and injures it. Usually this happens a few weeks after an accident. It will usually turn a gray or purple hue. In general, if the tooth is [...]

January 15th, 2013|Dr. Chan's Blog|

Dentists Weigh in on whether Toothpaste Matters

In a The Wealthy Dentist dental marketing survey, dentists were asked if they believe it matters which type of toothpaste dental patients use. Two-thirds of the dentists who responded agreed that some toothpastes can make a difference in oral health. Click to continue to article...

November 6th, 2012|Dr. Chan's Blog|

First Book

Dr. Chan is a proud sponsor of First Book, a non-profit organization that provides educational support to children. First Book provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy - access to books.

July 17th, 2012|Community Involvement|

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|