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Why is a Dental Home important?

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Imagine how intimidating it can be for a child to see a dentist for the very first time.  The newness of the environment, and the many different people that your child will come to meet.  Now, multiply this for the case of a dental trauma, if for example the child has broken a tooth, we need to talk about the possibility of needing to take radiographs, or we may even need to restore teeth……Now imagine if the child has a Dental Home that has records of his health and dental history, and the best part is that he already knows the supporting team members and the dentist.  This information is valuable in that we will have established a dentist— patient– parent—relationship.  Parents can be at ease to know that the dentist are aware of how the family dynamics work best and further use the information to help treat the child. Here at CDDSPS, we strive to make each of our patient’s visits a pleasant one.

Office Closed July 4 & 5 for Independence Day Holiday

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Office Closed July 4 & 5 for Independence Day Holiday. Enjoy!

Look Who Won a Brand New iPad!

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And the winners are! Sisters Madison & Mikayla T. are the winners of our Referral Contest. They are the recipients of a BRAND NEW IPAD ! Madison is 10, Mikayla is 12. They have been patients since of Dr. Tsai since 2011 and referred 12 new patients from March 2013 to August 2013. A quick shout out to their dad, Michael, who is stationed at Camp Pendleton! Congrats to our two special winners!

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Welcome Dyane Perez!

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We want to welcome our new Treatment\Insurance Coordinator Ali! Ali comes from North Carolina and loves Carlsbad, CA. Enjoying the sun and beaches with her golden retriever and husband. Highly motivated to run insurance for patients and help families understand their treatment plan.

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August 2013 No Cavities Club Winner!

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Henry F. From Oceanside is our August 2013 winner of our No Cavities Club! Henry gets a $25 gift card of his choice – Toys “R” Us, movie theater, McDonald’s and more to choose from. Congratulations Henry – keep up with your brushing and flossing!

Our No Cavities Club is free to join, you just need to be cavity free! At your next visit, when Dr. Tsai gives you a clean, cavity-free bill of health, just fill out a raffle ticket and we will draw one winner at the end of each month. Good luck to our September 2013 No Cavity Club members!

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Have a Safe Back to School Week!

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As many of our patients trek back to school this month, we here at CDDSPS wish them all a safe and fun back to school week!

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10 Toothy Tips for Dental Health

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Dianna over at TheKennedyAdventures has 10 pretty good tips for keeping our pearly whites, well pearly white!

From flossing regularly, to changing your toothbrush and even what kind of toothbrush is best, check out these very important tips to keep your teeth in tip top shape!

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What Healthy Snacks Should I Pack for School?

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STRAWBERRIESIt’s back to school season, and we all want to pack something wholesome, healthy, nutritious and something the kids will actually eat! When it comes to snacks that are best for dental health, think “low sugar”. Sugary foods and foods high in carbohydrates feed the bacteria that cause tooth decay. We’ve listed out some snacks that are both kid and tooth friendly and perfect for a school lunch snack:

  • Cottage cheese with strawberries or blueberries
  • Plain or sugar free yogurt
  • Dill pickles
  • Fruits high in water content such as apples, grapes, pears and melons
  • Hard boiled eggs or deviled eggs
  • Hard cheeses such as cheddar, swiss, Monterey jack, cheese sticks or mozzarella
  • Lettuce Roll-ups — Roll deli meat, egg salad, or tuna and veggies in lettuce leaves
  • Deli Meat Roll-ups — Roll cheese or veggies in lunch meat
  • Low sugar beef or turkey jerky
  • Olives
  • Nuts – almonds, cashews, peanuts, walnuts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Salami or pepperoni slices
  • Sugar-free Jello
  • Tuna salad cupsFresh vegetables such as celery, carrots, edamame, broccoli, cauliflower and cucumber. A small container of ranch may help kids put  away those veggies!

 

As much as we would love to follow our children around to make sure they eat well, we do have to let them make their own decisions. But we can help them learn to make positive choices, and packing a few good lunch snacks can at least give us a little peace of mind and help them toward good oral health while they are away.

 

Tooth Inspired Apple Smiles – Too Cute Not to Share!

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Saw this this tooth-inspired snack and had to share. The marshmallows may not be 100% dentist approved, but the fun factor is! Very simple to put together  – apple slices, peanut butter and mini marhsmellows make for an easy and fun snack!

(From Disney Family)

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When should I bring my child to a pediatric dentist?

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As parents, we take care of our little ones in every way we possibly can.  We buy them the best multi vitamins they need, and we take them to see the Pediatricians when they are not well.  So it only makes sense that we take them to a Pediatric Dentist to help care for their teeth.   Many parents now a days will start to bring their children in before they develop “cavities”.  The best time to see your Pediatric Dentist is before any cavities form.  Prevention is the best medicine.  As recommended by the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the best time for this to happen is when the child is 1 yrs old or 6 months after the first tooth erupts.  These well care visits will involve a gentle examination, and a light cleaning.  The dentist will evaluate the surrounding structures for abnormalities and talk about anticipatory guidance of what to expect as more teeth erupt.  This is the time when the dentist will also help the parent with any concerns about cleaning or past trauma incidences.  Early detection of any issues can save you money, time and pain in the long run.

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