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Dr. Jean Chan and Dr. James Jesse

10 Things you Don't Know about Tongue Tie The medical term for tongue tie is"ankyloglossia" which literally means "anchored tongue." 1.  Tongue ties affect much more than breastfeeding.  Tongue ties can also affect jaw growth, proper positioning of teeth, and speech.   2.  Where the frenulum attaches at the floor of the mouth can have as [...]

March 21st, 2014|Dr. Chan's Blog|

Healthcare Reform

Covered California is California's health insurance marketplace, developed to comply with the federal Affordable Care Act. Dental benefits are one of the required health benefits for children. Families who need dental coverage for their children can shop for it on this website. The California Society of Pediatric Dentistry also has resources that would be informative [...]

October 22nd, 2013|Dr. Chan's Blog|

We have gone Digital!

Digital and dental x-rays   - Immediate viewing of the digital images on the computer as soon as they are taken. - Better communication and transfers of digital images when needed between offices. - Digital x-rays also reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays. - Special kid size sensors [...]

September 5th, 2013|Dr. Chan's Blog|

Caries Risk Assessment

Caries is the bacterial infection that causes cavities, which occurs when the oral environment is out of balance due to risk factors for the infection and an increase in cavity-causing bacteria. The CRA form is a questionnaire for Caries Risk Assessment that helps parents, patients, and dental professionals indentify if a patient has a risk of [...]

August 1st, 2013|Dr. Chan's Blog|

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|

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|