What should I do to take care of my child’s teeth?

Pediatric Dentistry in Middletown, IN

  Q. What should I do to take care of my child’s teeth? A. I get this question often.  Below are the recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Best Practices for Pediatric Home Oral Care: Infants Practice good oral hygiene and seek dental care to avoid parental bacterial transmission. Minimize exposure to foods that can… Continue reading

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What if I can’t hold a toothbrush?

Q.  My husband has been dealing with Parkinson’s Disease for a couple years and I’ve noticed lately that it is getting harder for him to grip things like forks and toothbrushes.  What can I do? A. Complete and regular removal of plaque is the single most important factor in preventing dental disease. Many patients, and not… Continue reading

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When should I floss?

Q. My daughter came home from school today with a quiz over dental health.  The only question she missed was on flossing.  Should you floss before or after you brush? A. Flossing does between your teeth what brushing does on the easier-to-reach surfaces. Using food debris as fuel, bacteria form microscopic colonies on the surface… Continue reading

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Toothbrush 101

People have been brushing their teeth for a long time.  Primitive versions of the toothbrush have existed for around 5000 years!  Thankfully, we have come a long way since the days of hog bristles and handles of wood, ivory, or bone.  Today’s brushes are virtually all made of plastic with nylon bristles.  But that’s often where the similarities stop. … Continue reading

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New Year, New Habits

“…you don’t know how hard it is to quit smoking! Yes I do. As hard as it is to START flossing. You’re looking kinda jittery. Yeah, I’m about to floss.” – comedian Mitch Hedberg Habits.  Most often we think of habits as being negative…  as bad routines that we must try to overcome (ie. smoking, over eating,… Continue reading

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