Archives for Fluoride

I Just Ate a Candy Cane.  Now What?!?

I Just Ate a Candy Cane.  Now What?!? November 28, 2018 It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  It could also be the sweetest.  Are you like Buddy the Elf?  “We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup.”  While we love Buddy and that beloved Christmas movie, we’re not so sure about his nutritional advice.  While you and your family are enjoying the sweet treats of the season, keep these tips in mind to ward off “sugar bugs” (the cutesy name we use for the bacteria that cause cavities).
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Don’t Let Halloween Treats Give You a Jackolantern Smile!

Don’t Let Halloween Treats Give You a Jackolantern Smile! October 10, 2018 The temperatures are dropping, and Halloween is just around the corner.  Fall is everyone’s favorite season, filled with football, cute scarves, and lots and lots of candy.  Don’t let your daily Pumpkin Spice Latte and all that Halloween candy give you cavities! This blog will give you some tips to avoid the bad report from your dentist after Halloween is over. Indulge Only in Moderation We don’t want to ruin all of your fun.  You certainly can enjoy a PSL every once in a while with no ill
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What Exactly is Preventive Dentistry?

What Exactly is Preventive Dentistry? August 8, 2018 There are many different categories within the realm of dental treatment.  In our opinion, the most important category is PREVENTIVE dentistry. At Prosper Family Dentistry, we are committed to practicing conservative and preventive dentistry.  We believe those two go hand in hand.  In order to be as conservative as possible, we need to help each and every patient prevent dental problems.  Big dental problems require extensive dental treatment.  By being preventive, we either intercept developing dental problems early or completely prevent them from happening! Why is Preventive Dentistry So Important? It Saves
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Your Child’s First Dental Visit

  Your Child’s First Dental Visit February 7, 2018  At Prosper Family Dentistry, our goal is for every dental visit to be a good one.  We understand that setting the right expectations can help us meet that goal. When it comes to kids, not knowing what to expect can generate fear, anxiety and/or misbehavior.  Here is what to expect from your child’s first dental visit. When to Make the Appointment The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have a dental evaluation by their first birthday or within 6 months of getting their first tooth, whichever comes first.  The
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Caring for Teeth While in Braces

Caring for Teeth While in Braces October 18, 2017 Best Day Ever The day you get your braces off should be the best day ever. After months, maybe even years, of hiding your metal mouth and constantly digging food out of the brackets and wires, you will feel a newfound sense of freedom and won’t be able to pass a mirror without smiling at yourself. The end result of orthodontics is always worth the time, money, and effort you put into it. Not only are straight teeth beautiful; they are actually healthier than crooked teeth. There are two reasons straight
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Back to School

Back to School August 9, 2017  For many people, this time of year is more than just back to school.  It is back to daily and weekly routines, back to bedtimes and alarm clocks, and back to good habits that may have gone by the wayside in the easygoing days of summer.  Add this to your list of daily activities as you get back into the swing of things: taking great care of your teeth!  There are many things involved in pursuing a healthy mouth.  Here are some tips to getting that oral hygiene routine back on track. Brushing In
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Product Highlight: Silver Diamine Fluoride

Product Highlight: Silver Diamine Fluoride March 27, 2017  What is SDF? Last June, the New York Times published an article on a new dental material called Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) that excited all of its readers and everyone who saw it shared on Facebook!  (New York Times article) Correction: it’s not new.  It’s been used in Japan for decades (approved by their ministry of health in the 1960’s), but it’s new to the US.  This material, which is a clear liquid that looks like water, can stop tooth decay in its tracks.  That’s pretty exciting! The Food & Drug Administration has
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Back to School

  Back to School! September 6, 2016 For many of our patients, this time of year is more than just back to school. It’s back to a routine, back to bedtimes and alarm clocks, and back to good habits that may have gone by the wayside in the lazy days of summer.  One of the most important good habits we should all have is taking care of our teeth.  There are many things involved in pursuing a healthy mouth.  Here are some tips to getting that oral hygiene routine back on track.
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FAQs for New Moms

  FAQs for New Moms April 19, 2016 When do the teeth break through the gums (erupt)? Normal eruption of the first tooth is generally around 6-7 months of age +/- 6 months. This means that it is normal for a baby to be born with teeth (6 months old minus 6 months = birth) or to have no teeth until they are 1 yr old (6 months old plus 6 months = 1 yr old). You can see that “normal” encompasses a pretty wide range. If your baby’s first tooth is later than the average, you can expect them
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Product Highlight: PhosFlur

Product Highlight: Phos-Flur March 1, 2016 What is Phos-Flur? Phos-Flur is a fluoride mouthrinse originally manufactured as a prescription-only product to help prevent cavities and white spot lesions on the enamel of your teeth. The mouthrinse has been clinically proven to promote healing of the enamel after the acid produced by the bacteria in plaque has begun to erode away the outer surface of enamel (called demineralization). It is safe for most ages, sugar-free, alcohol-free and comes in three flavors. It is now available over the counter in the toothpaste aisle.
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