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Bonding, But Not James Bond-ing

When people talk about bonding at this time of year, it’s usually related to the type that revolves around the Thanksgiving dinner table or the tinseled tree. Or, it’s the kids watching the James Bond Marathon on TBS during break. But at the Drs. of Smiles, while we’re all for family bonding, we’re more enamored […]


Dental Emergencies

Dental Emergencies and What to Do

If you were a kid in the 70s, you may remember a dumb TV show, Emergency!, where they went around every week zapping hapless victims with the defibrillator for any conceivable injury. Heart attack. Zap! Indigestion? Zap! Hangnail? Zap! At Drs. of Smiles we’re not prone to overreacting, but we do want our patients to […]


loosing tooth

Should I Pull My Child’s Loose Tooth?

When do baby teeth fall out? Children generally start to lose their baby teeth around age six, and most of them will have fallen out by age 12. They usually fall out in the same order they came in, and typically the front teeth will come out first. what to do when your child’s tooth […]


Teeth Grinding in Children

Teeth Grinding in Children

Grinding teeth, or bruxism, is a common condition in children, and most teeth grinding takes place during the nighttime hours. Depending on the intensity and frequency of the grinding, bruxism puts your child at risk for a variety of dental problems. In most cases, children who grind their teeth don’t even know they’re doing it, […]


Help Your Child Kick These 5 Dental Habits

Help Your Child Kick These 5 Dental Habits

Getting your child to brush can feel like a battle of wills. There may even be days where you consider letting it slide just to avoid a fight. But don’t give in. Children can develop cavities in their baby teeth as early as age two, so it’s important to instill good oral hygiene habits in […]


Toddler Tooth Decay

Fighting Toddler Tooth Decay

Now more than ever before, children are eating more processed foods that are high in carbohydrates, along with an increase in juice and soda. These foods can lead to sugar-feeding bacteria on teeth, causing the enamel to erode and ultimately leading to a cavity. Tooth decay can happen in children who are still toddlers, so […]


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3 Tips for Making Flossing Fun

We all know the importance of daily brushing to prevent tooth decay. Flossing falls under this category too, although it may not be quite the daily habit that brushing is when it comes to your child’s oral hygiene. Nevertheless, it shouldn’t take a back seat to brushing. Flossing helps remove food trapped between teeth, which […]


What Is Plaque?

What Is Plaque?

You know that soft, sticky film your teeth have when you first wake up in the morning? That’s plaque, and it contains millions of bacteria. Preventing plaque through regular brushing and flossing is essential; if not properly prevented, it can lead to a host of other, more serious problems. The Serious Effects of Plaque When […]



Root canal

Questions about Root Canal

What is a Root Canal? A root canal is a procedure performed to save a tooth that has become infected or developed an abscess. The inside of your tooth, called the pulp, contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. An abscess is a pus-filled pocket that develops near the end of the tooth’s root when the pulp […]


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