Xylitol is a sugar derived primarily from forest and agricultural materials. Many studies have shown Xylitol reduction of the incidence of caries and improvement in oral health.
In Pediatric Dentistry, we recognize that children vary greatly in their cognitive and emotional development, medical conditions, and responses to pain and interventions.
The public has become more aware of advances in cosmetic dentistry and due to news stories and advertisements, the desire for dental whitening in pediatric and adolescent patients have increased.
Not only can orthodontic treatment transform your smile, it can also restore function to your teeth and mouth that will improve both your oral and general health.
A composite filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
Dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surface of teeth - usually the back teeth (the premolars and molars) - to prevent tooth decay.
A stainless steel crown, commonly called a "cap", are prefabricated crown forms that are adapted to individual teeth and cemented with biocompatible luting agent.
Developing malocclusion, or bad bites, can be recognized as early as 2-3 years of age. Often, early steps can be taken to reduce the need for major orthodontic treatment at a later age.
Early childhood cavities, is caused by allowing infants to drink from a bottle of juice/milk for long periods of time. Tooth decay caused by baby bottles is preventable.
Arizona provides the all year round opportunity for enjoying the great outdoors. However, some popular sports - such as swimming and soccer- can expose your teeth to danger.
When it comes to dental procedures, tooth extraction - or having teeth "pulled" - is among patients' most dreaded prospects. It involves removing a tooth from its socket in the jaw bone.
"Wisdom teeth", a rather curious name for teeth if you think about it, is the folklore name for third molar teeth, which usually make their appearance later in life.
Early Childhood Caries (ECC) is a persistent health problem around the country; prevalent in young preschool children. About 60% preschool children will form a dental decay.
Although, we don't usually think of a newborn as having teeth, at birth the crowns of the 20 "baby" or primary teeth are almost completely formed, and they are hidden in an infant's jawbones.
Dealing with the behavior of young, immature and sometimes frightened children as well as those who may be physically or mentally challenged is an area that is unique to pediatric dentistry.
Mouth guards, also known as sports guards or athltic mouth protectors, are crucial pieces of requirement for any child participating in injurious recreational or sporting activities.
Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen inhalation is a safe and effective technique to reduce anxiety, produce analgesia and enhance effective communication between PVPD doctors and our patients.
Pulp is found at the center of each tooth, and is comprised of nerves, tissue, and many blood vessels, which work to channel vital nutrients and oxygen.
When a tooth is missing, the other teeth shift to fill the gaps. This can take up space that permanent teeth would normally occupy when they descend.
Is it OK for teens to reach for the bleach in their quest for a "perfect" pearly white smile? What parents need to know first. The short answer is: Yes!
Though many parents think of "teenagers" when presented with the term "dental appliances," the use of such appliances in young children is very common.
Fluoride application has become easier and more comfortable with fluoride varnish. It is comparative to a thick liquid that gets painted on your child's teeth.
Panoramic x-rays (also known as Panorex) are wrap around photographs of the face and teeth. They offer a view that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye.
Dental x-rays, known as radiographs, are essential diagnostic tools for the prevention of serious dental diseases and complication. Patients often ask if dental x-rays are safe.
Although dental injuries and dental emergencies are often distressing for both children and parents, they are also extremely common, where handling time is of the essence.