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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|

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 www.aapd.org. 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|