Fluoride Again!!

We wanted to expand on the topic of fluoride that we discussed two weeks ago. The photo to the left shows white spots caused by demineralization due too poor oral hygiene, primarily poor brushing.   What actually happens is that the acid produced by bacteria removes the minerals from the enamel, weakens the teeth thus allowing the […]

Braces Ready to Come Out?

“When do I get my braces off?” This is a great question and one that you should ask your orthodontist often, specially during the final or “bite phase” of the treatment.  At this point in time, the crowded, crooked teeth should be gone.  It is during this final phase that the bite is corrected so that the […]

How about Fluoride Toothpaste?

One of the questions that parents ask during their visits to Enchanted Forest has to do with the use of fluoride toothpaste.  Ingestion of toothpaste with fluoride in small children increases the risk of enamel fluorosis.  Don’t panic, enamel fluorosis in only a cosmetic problem which causes discoloration of permanent teeth once they come in […]

What About X-Rays for my Child?

Many people require regular X-rays to keep track of their oral health. How often should X-rays be done on my child? The answer depends on your child’s medical and dental history and the current condition of his/her mouth.  Some kids may need X-rays as often as every six months while others who visit the dentist regularly and […]

Dental Appliances… Should I get one at the Apple store?

Dental appliances have a strange name but they serve very important roles in your a child’s dental health: to prevent or to treat.  Some examples include: –  Space Maintainers (both fixed and removable) –  Thumb Sucking Appliances –  Expansion Appliances Pediatric dental appliances can also prevent injury to the teeth and may also reduce (or even […]

Time for the Tooth Fairy !!

Don’t panic if your child opens his mouth and you see a second row of teeth!!   This happens when the lower baby teeth haven’t fallen out yet but the permanent teeth come out anyway.  It not that uncommon for this to happen, it actually happened to my husband many, many years ago!! Typically,  erupting […]

When Should Children Begin Flossing?

Dr. Rojas suggests flossing as soon as any two of your child’s teeth touch each other.  Once a child’s teeth start to fit closely together, usually between the ages of two and six, parents should start to get their children in the habit of flossing daily.  As they develop dexterity, you can help them learn to […]