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Thumb Sucking

November 30th, 2018

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How Thumb Sucking Can Impact Your Child’s Dental Health


Many children suck their thumbs and fingers reflexively beginning while still in the womb. For infants and toddlers, it provides comfort when they are stressed and can help calm them when they are trying to sleep. Typically, children outgrow this stage or find a replacement object that provides that sense of security, such as a blanket or stuffed animal. Talk with your Truckee children’s dentist if you are concerned about the effect thumb-sucking may have on your child’s smile.


It’s a Hard Habit to Break


The longer the habit remains, the more difficult it can be to break. We recommend ending these oral coping mechanisms early by slowly steering them away from the practice and gently implementing other behaviors. Here are some tips to help you get started:


  • Take note of when your child tends to suck their thumb. Is it at a particular time of day or when a specific TV show is on? Provide activities that can distract them during that time.
  • Does the thumb get popped into their mouth during a melt-down or when getting ready to leave the house? Offer alternatives to dealing with stressful situations.
  • If your child is older and still resorting to thumb sucking, start a progress chart and offer a prize at the end of each week when progress is made.
  • Use their siblings or other people they know as examples of people who don’t suck their thumb.
  • Explain what may happen to their smile if they continue their habit.


Children need your understanding and support to put an end to their thumb sucking. Punishing them or pulling their hand out of their mouth could make them cling tighter to the habit and take longer for it to stop.


Schedule an Appointment Today


If you are concerned about your child’s oral health or if you have noticed a change in their speech or tooth alignment, visit Truckee Pediatric Dentistry. We can offer additional strategies to help curb the habit.



History of Dentistry

April 6th, 2018

A Little Dental History Insight From Your Truckee Pediatric Dentist


Many parents who visit our Truckee children’s dentistry office tell us how much dentistry has  changed since they were young. That’s why we’ve decided to take a quick trip through time to find out exactly how far dentistry has come. Below is a brief history of dentistry we think you’ll find find interesting.



Dentistry’s Earliest Known History


The earliest history of tooth-related problems dates back to 7000 BC when the Indus Valley Civilization shows evidence of treating the mouth for tooth decay. The first known method of treatment was done with a bow drill, which is a primitive tool used primarily for woodworking. Ouch!


Tooth Worms Were Blamed For Decay



Moving forward to 5000 BC, the Sumerians believed that tooth worms were the cause of dental decay. They actually believed that small worms moved from tooth to tooth, boring holes in the teeth while hiding out inside. There is even evidence that some doctors tried pulling out tooth nerves because they thought they were removing pesky tooth worms. It wasn’t until the 1700s that the tooth worm theory was proven false.


Tooth Extractions Were Performed By Barbers


During the Middle Ages, professionals performing tooth extractions were not medically trained individuals but rather barbers. The reason haircutters began pulling teeth is because the tools they used were similar to modern-day forceps. Imagine heading to your local barbershop for a trim and a tooth extraction. Yikes!

 The “Father Of Modern Dentistry”


A French physician named Pierre Fauchard is called the “Father of Modern Dentistry” because of all the improvements he made in the world of dentistry. After establishing his dental practice in Angers, France in 1700, Fauchard is credited with finding the link between sugar and tooth decay. He even recommended that people limit how much sugar they consume. Fauchard also invented the first braces once he discovered that teeth can be moved by applying pressure using metal wires and bands.


Modern Dentistry Was Ushered In During the 20th Century



During the 20th Century, great strides were being made which included things like developing the first modern dental crowns, formulating and marketing Novocain for pain-free dentistry, and adding fluoride to public water systems to help prevent decay. This is also when the first high-speed, air-driven dental drill was developed to increase treatment efficiency and improve patient comfort.


That Was Then, This Is Now



The modern era of dentistry we’re enjoying now is light years ahead of what dentistry used to be. Many procedures and treatments that used to be painful to endure and required several dental visits to complete, can now be done in a single, convenient and pain-free visit.


Contact Truckee Pediatric Dentistry Today!


Dr. Gustafsson and his professional team at Truckee Pediatric Dentistry are passionate about delivering gentle, technologically-advanced pediatric dentistry for children in a fun and caring atmosphere. If you’re looking for a pediatric dentist in Truckee to help your child achieve and maintain good oral health, we’d be thrilled if you’d choose us! Just call our office at (530) 550-9311 so we can help you set up an appointment time that’s convenient for you. We’re excited about meeting you and your child soon!

Kids Dentist Truckee | The Importance Of Mouthguards | Truckee Dentist

March 6th, 2018

The Importance of Mouthguards







At Truckee Pediatric Dentistry, our mission is to help children throughout the greater Truckee, CA area grow up to have beautiful, healthy smiles. While we're proud to provide comprehensive pediatric dental treatment to achieve that goal, we also strive to be a resource for dental health beyond the care we provide in the office. One of the most important preventive measures you can take to protect your child's smile is by getting them a custom-made mouthguard – especially if they play sports. Why? It's all a matter of safety.


Why Children Should Use Mouthguards


A protective mouthguard is vital to the dental health of any athlete, and that goes double for child athletes. Mouthguards offer a critical layer of protection to the teeth during practice and play, cushioning falls, insulating the teeth from impacts, and making sure the jaw stays immobile during physical activity. Without a mouthguard, the chances of a tooth injury go up more than 60 times over – so a mouthguard is essential for safe sports.


But mouthguards are extra important for children. That's because baby teeth aren't as strong as permanent teeth, making them more vulnerable to damage from trauma during sports. Kids' bones aren't as strong either, and while breaking an arm may be only a moderate issue, any injury to the jawbone can have lasting consequences. Mouthguards help to protect against all of these problems, ensuring your child can excel on the field while also protecting their teeth, mouth, and smile.


Get a Custom Mouthguard from Your Truckee, CA Pediatric Dentist


Some stores sell generic athletic mouthguards, but for maximum protection, we'd recommend having a mouthguard custom-made for your child – and we would love to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to have your child fitted with their very own custom-made mouthguard. It only takes one brief appointment to take the measurements, and we'll create a mouthguard specifically fitted to your child's teeth, providing superior protection. We can't wait to hear from you!


Dental Sealants | Truckee Pediatric Dentistry | Truckee Kids Dentist

October 8th, 2017

Truckee Pediatric Dentistry - Dental Sealants


We're Proud To Provide Pediatric Dental Care To The Truckee, CA Area. Contact Us To Find Out How Dental Sealants Can Help Prevent Cavities For Your Child!



Dental Sealants


At Truckee Pediatric Dentistry, we're proud to help children throughout the Truckee, CA area develop beautiful, healthy smiles that last a lifetime. While we offer a number of restorative treatments like dental fillings or laser dentistry, at our practice, we strive to focus on preventive care – and one of the most effective preventive treatments available is dental sealants. Many patients and parents aren't familiar with dental sealants or why they're beneficial, so for this blog, we wanted to explain what makes dental sealants such an effective preventive measure for so many children.


 What Are Dental Sealants?


Essentially, dental sealants are a lot like what they sound like: a thin, protective coating of plastic or resin that's applied to the teeth to "seal" them off, protecting them from corrosive bacteria and acids. The sealants act as a shield for the teeth, helping to prevent cavities by keeping cavity-causing substances off the surface of the enamel. Dental sealants are a simple, effective way to prevent cavities from forming in children and teenagers.


Should My Child Get Dental Sealants?


The reason dental sealants have become popular is that in most children who develop a cavity, the cavity forms in the chewing surfaces of the rear molars. That's because these teeth have countless nooks and crannies that are virtually impossible to keep clean through brushing – providing the perfect place for food particles, plaque, and bacteria to hide. Over time, these accumulations create acids that eat into the tooth enamel, causing a cavity.


While sealants are not mandatory and may not be right for everyone, we recommend that most parents strongly consider having their children get sealants. It's a simple procedure that's effective at preventing cavities, helping to preserve the health of the mouth and encourage healthy dental development.


The Dental Sealants Procedure


Thankfully, the procedure for dental sealants is a simple, routine, and convenient one. If and your child decide to get sealants, we'll bring them in for an appointment and perform a thorough cleaning of the rear molars. After removing any plaque, bacteria, and tartar, we'll then sterilize the area using antibiotics. Once completely sterilized, Dr. Gustaffson will apply a dental resin to the teeth, then cure the resin using a special light. Once the resin is cured and fully dried, your child is free to go – and their teeth will be protected from cavities for years to come!


 Contact Your Truckee, CA Pediatric Dentist


All in all, dental sealants offer a quick, convenient, and easy way to prevent cavities in your child and safeguard their dental development – and if you're interested in learning more or getting dental sealants for your child, we'd be happy to help! Call us today at (530) 550-9311 to learn more or schedule an appointment for dental sealants. We look forward to helping your child develop a beautiful, healthy smile and protecting their teeth with dental sealants!


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