Dental Health Basics for K-6 Kids

The years when kids are in elementary school are very important, in terms of setting the stage for a lifetime of good oral health. Baby teeth are replaced by permanent teeth, many kids are actively engaged in sports, and the sphere of influence in kids’ choices broadens dramatically. So let’s look at a few common…

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Dental Health Basics for Toddlers

“I can do it myself!” Parents of toddlers are familiar with this announcement as their children progress into the age of self-awareness and growing independence. Even so, children need assistance with oral hygiene. Your child’s dentist is a valuable resource for developing an effective daily oral care routine that also embraces your toddler’s enthusiastic independence….

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Dental Health Basics for Babies

Parents often ask when they should start taking their kids to the dentist. We follow the guidelines of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: the first visit should no later than the child’s first birthday and then at regular intervals as recommended by your child’s dentist. Why so early? The…

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What is CTX4, and why should I use it?

CTX4, formally known as Phlourigel, is a 1% sodium fluoride gel that contains xylitol. Fluoride and xylitol are important in the prevention of dental caries.  It has a neutral pH balance and is superior to many over the counter brands of toothpaste. The primary goal of CTX4 is to prevent tooth decay. Your Distinctive Dentistry…

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Oral Health and Cardiovascular Disease

What is Cardiovascular Disease? Cardiovascular disease is any type of problem or disease that affects the heart; this can range from high blood pressure to arrhythmias, to heart failure. Some patients may take medications for their heart condition; this does not mean that the condition is not present- it means that the condition is being…

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