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Why I Am Happy To Be A Hall Crown Dentist

Does dental treatment make your child anxious? The Hall Crown Technique may be the answer!

It’s been just about two years now since I sat front row in a lecture, completely captivated by the dentist who was speaking about minimally invasive dentistry for children.  The speaker had such a passion for the subject, her eyes shiny and bright with enthusiasm.    It turns out, I was just as enthusiastic listening to her, my ears hanging on to every bit of information she was providing, and my heart swelling with hope.

You see, it is absolutely no surprise that children don’t love getting dental cavities treated, and that is something that weighs on me emotionally.  Yes, pediatric dentistry is my passion, and I would not want any other ...

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A Guide To Leftover Halloween Candy: 11 Ideas That Don't Involve Eating

What to do with extra Halloween candy, ideas for the Mission Viejo and Orange County area

So, you have made the decision of what you want to dress up as for Halloween – but have you thought about what to do with the mounds of candy your house will accumulate over this holiday?  If you are looking for some great ideas of what to do with extra Halloween candy we have got some great ideas for you, many specific to the Mission Viejo and Orange County area!  Of course, Halloween means indulging a bit on our favorite treats, but here are a few ways you can use up that candy without adding calories to your body or sugar to your teeth!

Operation Gratitude

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Fluoride And IQ: Is There A Connection?

Does fluoride lower IQ in children? One study suggests so, let's break down the details.

You may have noticed an article circulating online about a recent study published by the Journal Of American Medical Association Pediatrics regarding prenatal fluoride exposure and child IQ. The conclusions of this study did show that there was an association between prenatal fluoride exposure and a lower IQ in those children exposed.  Scary and thought provoking right?  Well, let’s look at this in a but more detail.

 First of all, let me say that I find it very important to stay up to date with the latest research, and I am happy that more research is being done on fluoride.  With that said, I think that each research study needs to ...

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Pack This Not That: 9 School Lunch Swaps For Healthy Bodies And Healthy Teeth

Easy school lunch swap ideas that are healthy for both teeth and body.

Can you believe it is back to school time already?  I for one can not believe it at all.  I am also in disbelief that my girls will be starting kindergarten this year, but that is a whole emotional saga for another day.  Today, let’s talk about healthy food choices.  Let’s talk about how we can make healthy swaps in the everyday packed lunch routine that are suitable alternatives to traditional higher sugar content.  I know when it comes to packing healthy lunches it comes down to two things: cost and convenience.  Let’s also throw in a third contender and that would be child approval, because we all know that ...

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Do Babies Get Runny Noses When Teething? Answers To The Questions Every Parent Has About Teething

Answering some of the most common teething questions - runny nose, sequence, evening pain and more!

I would say that among every other dental topic, the questions I get asked most from my other mom friends is in regards to the dreaded teething phase.  I certainly know a thing or two about the topic and have seen several children (my own included) in the thick of the teething phase yet I will just come right out and say that there is no one EASY answer.  However, like most things, the more you know about something the better prepared you can be for it.  So today I will answer a few of the most common questions that I get asked about as a pediatric dentist.

Do Babies Get ...

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Is Nitrous Oxide Safe At The Dentist? 7 Important Things You Must Consider.

Important things to know if you are wondering if nitrous oxide is safe at the dentist.

If you have ever had a discussion with friends or family about dental work before, then chances are that you have heard a little something about a little thing called laughing gas.  While laughing gas (nitrous oxide) may certainly help calm a fearful or anxious patient, it is not indicated for use on every patient and there are some important things to consider first.  Fear not, though, laughing gas has an extremely safe track record and there have never been any reported deaths or severe complications associated with its use when utilized at the standard concentrations 6.

Let's first talk a little bit about what laughing gas is to better understand ...

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My Child Grinds Their Teeth At Night: What To Know And When To Worry

Does your child or toddler grind their teeth while asleep? Here is what you should know.

One of the most common questions that I get asked by parents is if their child grinding their teeth at night is worrisome.  Grinding occurs when someone forcefully rubs the surfaces of their teeth together (either consciously or unconsciously) and creates a type of gritty noise (usually quite loudly).  Many parents state to me that the noise can be so loud that they can hear it in another room and this of course concerns them that the child is actually damaging their mouth and teeth. It is also important for parents to know that, while the noise can certainly be unmistakable, it is possible for children to silently grind their ...

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