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Why Maintaining Regular Dental Checkups is so Important

February 2nd, 2017

Chances are, you know that daily brushing and flossing are the cornerstones of a strong oral hygiene regimen, which is the foundation of a healthy smile. These habits remove unwanted food, debris, and bacteria from the mouth, protecting the teeth from harmful and corrosive habits. However, brushing and flossing alone are not enough to maintain a healthy smile. Keeping a beautiful smile also takes regular appointments with your dentist. These appointments help to fill in the gaps and provide the professional care your teeth need to grow in the right manner.

The Importance Of Professional Cleanings

On the one hand, professional checkups are an opportunity to get full professional teeth cleaning services. These cleanings provide a thorough, deep clean of your mouth, cleaning areas that are difficult or impossible to thoroughly clean with a toothbrush and floss alone. Deep cleanings provide a fresh start for your teeth and prevent the long-term buildup of plaque that causes cavities. Regular cleanings are critical to maintaining a healthy smile.

Checkups & Monitoring

In addition to cleaning, regular checkups allow an opportunity for a trained dentist to examine your mouth for dental decay, cavities, gum disease, or any other problems. Often, the symptoms of dental decay or disease begin so subtly that they're almost impossible to notice for an untrained layperson. It takes years of training and experience as a dentist to spot the early stages of dental decay and gum disease, and attending regular checkups allows your dentist to spot problems before they get too serious and treat them early on. This is particularly important for children, as they're in the process of dental development and setting the stage for a lifetime of smiles.

Contact Your Pediatric Dentist in Truckee Today!

At Truckee Pediatric Dentistry, we strive to help each of our patients develop a healthy, beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime. If you have any questions about your or your child's dental health, or you would like to visit us for an appointment, we would love to hear from you. Feel free to call us at (530) 550-9311 with any questions or reach out to us at our contact page. If you'd like to schedule an appointment, you can request one using our easy online form. We hope to hear from you soon!

Holiday Recipes

November 1st, 2016

Now that we’re heading into the fun-filled and busy holiday season, it’s time to plan on making some special holiday foods the whole family will love. The team at Truckee Pediatric Dentistry would like to share a few recipes with you here that we think everyone in your family will enjoy.

Easy Candy Cane Cookies

This recipe is so easy, kids can make these holiday cookies themselves (although we recommend adult supervision)!


  • One (18 oz) package of refrigerated cookie dough, softened
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • ½ teaspoon red food coloring


In large bowl, beat the cookie dough, flour and vanilla extract together until smooth. Then divide the dough in half and mix the food coloring into one half. Taking one teaspoon of each color dough, shape them into ropes about 6” in length. Then place the ropes side-by- side, press them together and twist carefully. Put the ropes on a ungreased cookie sheet and curve one end into a candy cane shape. Repeat with the remaining dough. Bake for about 10 minutes or until set. Cool for 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.


Gingerbread Waffles

There’s nothing like the smell of gingerbread baking during the holidays! These waffles infused with all the flavors of traditional gingerbread, are so delicious and easy to make. This is a braces-friendly recipe that your family members and friends undergoing orthodontic treatment can enjoy too!


  • 3 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 can of pumpkin puree
  • 1 ¼ cups milk
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted plus a bit to butter the iron


Preheat waffle iron. In large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt. In another bowl, beat together the eggs and brown sugar. Then add the pumpkin, milk, molasses and melted butter. Stir the wet ingredients into the wet mixture. Brush some of the melted butter in the waffle iron then scoop the waffle mixture into the iron, close and cook each waffle until done. Serve with syrup, fresh fruit or whipped cream.


Cranberry Nut Loaf

If you have cans of cranberry sauce leftover like many people do, this recipe is perfect! This is a sweet bread that’s great for breakfast or a quick pick-me- up snack in the middle of the day.


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups canned whole berry cranberry sauce
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup chopped pecans


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two 8x4 inch loaf pans with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl mix together the sugar, eggs, cranberry sauce, milk and oil. Then add this to the dry ingredients and beat until just combined. Mix in the pecans.

Put the batter into the pans and bake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the loaves ‘rest” for five minutes before removing them from the pans and placing on a wire rack to cool.

Contact Us Today With Any Questions!

We hope many of you will try these recipes over the holidays! Your local Truckee pediatric dentist, Dr. Gustafsson, and his staff would like to wish all our patients and their families a fun-filled and joyous holiday season!

Truckee Pediatric Dentistry – Teeth Safety Tips For Kids This Fall

October 31st, 2016

Teeth Safety Tips For Kids This Fall

Fall is here, and we know that means that many of our younger patients are enjoying getting back into the routine of class, social time, and extra curricular activities. But for student athletes, fall sports present an increased risk for trauma and damage to teeth. While sports are a fun way for kids to get exercise and develop key skills like teamwork, many contact sports are dangerous for teeth, as just one misstep can result in damage to the teeth. To help prevent damage and keep teeth safe this fall, here are a few tips for student athletes to protect their dental health.

How To Keep Teeth Safe During Sports

●      Oral Hygiene: If teeth are decaying to begin with, they're even more vulnerable to trauma from sporting activities. Dental decay weakens the structural integrity of teeth, increasing their susceptibility to chips, cracks, and damage from sports. To avoid this, make sure your child maintains a regular oral hygiene regimen to keep their teeth healthy and naturally strong.

●      Wear A Mouth Guard: A custom-built mouth guard is critical for dental health when playing sports, and studies have shown time and again that wearing a mouth guard during games and practice drastically reduces the chances of damage to the teeth. If your child doesn't have one yet, schedule an appointment with us so we can create a custom-made mouth guard to protect their teeth from damage.

●      Schedule Appointments Regularly: While some damage to teeth is plainly visible, trauma can sometimes be harder to spot - and that spells danger for teeth. Be sure to keep up with your regularly scheduled appointments and exams, as we'll use these as an opportunity to survey the mouth for any signs of damage or trauma and diagnose problems before they get too severe.

Contact Your Local Truckee Pediatric Dentist Today!

We hope you find these tips helpful in keeping your child's teeth healthy and strong this athletic season, and if you have any questions about the items on this list or want more tips for dental health, we are always happy to help. Feel free to call us at (530) 550-9311, reach out to us at our contact page, or schedule an appointment online at our Truckee, CA office. We look forward to hearing from you soon, and don't forget to check back to this blog for more tips on keeping teeth healthy, happy, and strong!

The Best Toothbrush For A Child’s Oral Health

August 25th, 2016

As your local Truckee pediatric dentist who wants his patients to achieve and maintain good oral health, Dr. Gustafsson encourages all his patients to practice good oral hygiene by doing a great job of brushing their teeth. In order to do a great job brushing, it is necessary that kids use good toothbrushes that can get the job done well. Here are a few choices for parents to consider and kids to use!

RADIUS Totz Toothbrush For 18-Month Olds & Up

An excellent toothbrush for children to use is the RADIUS Totz toothbrush, designed for kids aged 18 months old and up. This brush features extremely soft, vegetable-based bristles for precision brushing that is comfortable for small mouths. The oval head on this brush is curved so toddlers can brush alone without harming their delicate gums and teeth. The RADIUS Totz brush also features a smoothly tapered handle that is easy for small hands to grip.

Oral-B Pro-Health

The Oral-B Pro-Health brush is battery-operated with a rotating head that reaches, surrounds and thoroughly cleans the teeth. This brush features center-row bristles which are raised to help kids thoroughly clean all chewing surfaces. The Oral-B Pro-Health brush comes in many colors and designs featuring kids’ favorite cartoon and movie characters that encourage kids to brush their teeth as well.

Colgate Kids Power Toothbrush

Another great choice in a battery-operated toothbrush for children is the Colgate Kids Power toothbrush. This brush features a small, oscillating head with extra soft bristles to clean teeth and gently remove plaque. With a slim handle that is easy to hold and an easy on/off button, this brush is designed just for small hands. Plus the brush lays flat to make it easy for children to apply toothpaste, meaning there will be less toothpaste on the sink and more on the brush where it belongs!

Have A Question? Contact Us Today!

These are just three of the many effective toothbrushes for kids that are available for sale at most drug and department stores. It does not matter if children use manual or powered toothbrushes, as both can effectively and thoroughly clean the teeth. Our Truckee children’s dental office recommends always buying a toothbrush that carries the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Approval. This way, you can rest assured that the brush is safe to use and efficient in cleaning teeth and removing plaque.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (530) 550-9311 and one of our helpful, friendly staff members will assist you in any way they can. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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