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Did You Know Cavities Can Be Contagious?

It’s not uncommon for the dentist to hear some variation of this line:  “My child got her bad teeth from her (fill-in-the-blank) side of the family.”  Usually, when I hear parents say this, I just smile and don’t further acknowledge it. While I understand where it’s coming from, the sentiment discounts the personal role [...]

By |2020-02-18T17:55:05-05:00February 18th, 2020|Dental Advice|Comments Off on Did You Know Cavities Can Be Contagious?

How Much Toothpaste Should You Use?

Last week I was browsing on the internet and stumbled across this public health article. The aim was to educate parents about how much toothpaste is the right amount for young children. It got me thinking that if this is being addressed in large newspapers, then it might be a good idea to highlight [...]

By |2019-05-13T17:02:44-04:00February 15th, 2019|Dental Advice|0 Comments

How Parent Behavior Affects Children at the Dentist Office

Note: The following story is for illustrative purposes and isn’t meant to refer to any specific patient. Rather, it’s a combination of multiple patient encounters distilled into a single event to simplify the story and protect patient privacy. A 9 year old child was brought to the office for dental treatment with general anesthesia. [...]

By |2018-12-21T13:50:36-05:00December 21st, 2018|Dental Advice, Tips & Tricks|0 Comments

Dental X-rays – Should I Be Worried?

As parents, we all want what’s best for our children. We want them to be happy, healthy, and safe. One of the specific concerns in the dental arena is radiation exposure from dental x-rays. Certain populations are at an increased risk to radiation, and unfortunately, children are at an increased risk for susceptibility to [...]

By |2018-10-12T15:59:40-04:00October 12th, 2018|Dental Advice|0 Comments

An Easter Candy Alternative

Greeting, friends. Easter is nearly here, and perhaps because of the recent snow storm on the first day of spring, I can sense the excitement around the Children’s Dentistry of Charlottesville office for spring to finally get here. We’re ready for warmer weather, picnics, blooming flowers, breezy days for flying kites, spring break, and [...]

By |2021-03-22T17:26:16-04:00March 22nd, 2018|Community, Dental Advice, Tips & Tricks|0 Comments

New Year, New You, New Toothbrush?!

Happy New Year everybody! We hope and trust that you had a fulfilling holiday season to finish 2017 strong. With the passing of another year, people often reflect on the accomplishments and their goals. I used to be one of those people who considered “New Year’s Resolutions” to be a waste of time, as [...]

By |2021-03-22T17:23:59-04:00January 25th, 2018|Dental Advice, Dental Habits, Toothbrushes|0 Comments

Finally, a Dental Home for Teens: The Complexities of Teenagers and Oral Health

Hello world. It’s blog time and this month we’re talking about dentistry for teenagers. You know – that messy time of life where everything is awkward and awesome all at once. In a lot of ways, being a teenager is like being caught in No-Man’s Land. You’re not a child anymore, but also not [...]

By |2018-07-23T18:50:49-04:00December 7th, 2017|Dental Advice, Dental Habits, Dentists, Tips & Tricks|0 Comments

Three Habits That Can Help You Avoid Cavities

I read a book earlier this year called The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg. I read it hoping to gain some insight into creating better habits for myself. My goal was to optimize my routines and become more productive and efficient in my daily life. The book was a fascinating read, and I [...]

The Problem with the Dentist

Wasn’t Today Just Supposed to Be a Cleaning?! There’s a certain type of anxiety every patient experiences when going to the dentist. No, I’m not talking about the discomfort associated with dental treatment, the sound of the drill, or even the sting of the local anesthesia. I’m talking about the anxiety and disappointment of [...]

By |2018-07-23T18:53:40-04:00August 14th, 2017|Community, Dental Advice, Tips & Tricks|0 Comments

How Dental Insurance Is Like a Community Pool

I recently got a request to write a blog about finances! My head almost immediately started to spin. Not personal finances, although that topic might have been an easier sell, but instead a blog about insurance, deductibles, and financing dental work. I know, right? Before you run for the hills and scroll onto the [...]

By |2018-07-23T18:59:29-04:00July 10th, 2017|Dental Advice|0 Comments
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