Children’s Teeth

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.

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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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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Children

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Injuries to teeth can occur any time. However, now that summer is in full swing, we do see a spike in dental injuries at our office. The most common types of injuries are the results of toddlers falling down and children and teens injured while playing sports.

The peak period for trauma to primary, or baby teeth, is between 18 to 36 months –- a time when children are most curious, yet uncoordinated. For permanent teeth, sports accidents are the most common cause of dental trauma.

If a baby tooth has been knocked out, and you can find the tooth, do not try to reposition the tooth. Clean the child’s mouth gently with water and use a cold compress to reduce swelling. The most important thing is to make sure the child does not have any lacerations or cuts that needs to be sutured. As the lip area is considered a cosmetic area, it is best to bring your child to the ER for a plastic surgeon to handle the suturing. Once the child calms down and the bleeding is controlled with firm pressure holding over the area with gauze, an immediate dose of Tylenol is always helpful. If the tooth is not accounted for, please call Dr. Tsai for guidance.

If it’s a permanent tooth, it’s critical that you put it right back into the socket as soon as possible, ideal time is less then 60 minutes to avoid serious nerve damage. Even if you’re a bit squeamish, you must get the tooth back into the socket. If for some reason you can’t get the tooth back in, place it in milk or the child’s own saliva. These liquids help protect the delicate cells around the root much better than water. The next step is to call Dr. Tsai for guidance. The important thing is to keep the tooth moist but avoid washing or rubbing it, and avoid touching the root. This is another reason why It’s important to have a dental home — a dentist dedicated to your child’s oral health — and to maintain regular visits. You don’t want your child’s first visit to the dentist to be for a potentially frightening situation such as this.