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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!

 

Truckee, CA Pediatric Dentistry | Dentist-Approved Summer Snacks

August 2nd, 2017

Every Kid Deserves To Enjoy Some Special Treats During Summer – But They Don't Have To Cause Cavities. Try These Delicious Dentist-Approved Summer Snacks!

Dentist-Approved Snacks For Summer

Summer is here, and we know that means kids everywhere are getting ready to soak up the sun, enjoy their free time, and have a truly awesome vacation! Unfortunately, though, many kids also associate summer with sugary candies and sweets – and while those may be fun in the short run, they can lead to dental decay and cavities that are anything but smile inducing. To help your child enjoy the summer without hurting their teeth, here's our list of favorite dentist-approved summer snacks!

Fun-Cut Fresh Fruit

Nothing beats a cool slice of watermelon or a juicy, delicious strawberry on a hot summer day – but even though these delicious fruits make excellent snacks, many kids reject them outright in favor of candy. To help make fruit the awesome summer snack it truly is, try cutting it into fun shapes like stars, balls, or even a character from your child's favorite movie or TV shows. You can even buy a set of specially-shaped cookie cutters to make this snack even easier!

Cheese Cubes

Ever had a slice of cool cheddar or lively pepper jack on a summer afternoon? It's truly a match made in heaven, and the calcium-rich cheese is great for teeth! Try cutting your child's favorite cheese into cubes or other fun shapes to create a fun, calcium-rich snack that's easy to eat on the go.

Frozen Banana Soft Serve

We'd be criminals if we said we didn't enjoy ice cream during the heat of the summer, but ice cream is packed with sugar that can eat away at teeth. Instead, peel and dice a few bananas, then stick them in the freezer and let them get completely frozen solid (8+ hours). Toss them into a food processor with a spoonful or two of peanut butter and a dash of milk, blend until smooth and creamy, and serve this devilishly delicious and tooth-friendly banana soft serve as a summer treat. Your child won't believe it's not ice cream!

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We hope these dentist-approved snacks put a little more tooth-friendly fun into your summer, and if you ever have more questions about eating right for your teeth or want to bring your child in for a teeth cleaning, we're always here to help. Give us a call at (530) 550-9311 with any questions on keeping your child's teeth healthy, and feel free to request an appointment online at our Truckee, CA office anytime. We can't wait to hear from you, and we hope you enjoy these delicious summer snacks!

PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR A CHECKUP BLOG

July 28th, 2017

Preparing Your Child For Their Next Dental Checkup

At Truckee Pediatric Dentistry, we're proud to provide expert pediatric dental care to children all throughout the Truckee, CA area. We believe the best way to achieve a healthy smile in the long term is to prevent problems before they happen, which is why we place a strong focus on preventive care and regular dental checkups. To help your child achieve the best smile possible, there are a number of things you can do at home to prepare your child for their next visit to our office.

Some Tips & Practices To Keep In Mind

A dental checkup is a chance for us to check in on your child's dental progress, and regular checkups are a critical part of developing a healthy smile. Here are a few tips to help your child make the most of their next visit to our office:

●      Establish an Oral Hygiene Ritual: The best thing you can do for your child's teeth is help them build a habit of daily brushing and flossing. Make a morning and nightly ritual of brushing and flossing your teeth together – building this habit early on will help it last a lifetime, protecting your child's teeth for decades.

●      Talk & Listen: Sometimes, kids have feelings of anxiety or fear surrounding the dentist's office – and that's ok. While we work hard to make every appointment a pleasant experience and have years of experience helping kids overcome their anxiety about the dentist, you can help as a parent, as well. Talk openly with your child about their feelings, and listen carefully to how they express themselves. Offer calm, reaffirming support, and treat their feelings as valid – but also explain that the dentist is nothing to be scared of.

●      Be Mindful of Your Tone: Children look to their parents for reassurance and to understand how to feel in a given moment, so it's important for you to model calm, reassured behavior for your child. Even if your child is feeling anxious, seeing you acting calm and happy will help them relax and understand that there's nothing to worry about.

●      Brush & Floss Before Your Appointment: Be sure to have your child brush and floss their teeth before coming into their appointment. This removes any superficial bacteria or food particles, letting us focus on any underlying plaque or calculus.

Contact Your Local Truckee Children's Dentist Today!

We hope you found these tips helpful, and if you have any other questions on preparing your child for a checkup, we're always here to help. We're proud to have helped countless kids throughout the Truckee area achieve a healthy, beautiful smile, and we strive to keep our office as friendly and welcoming as possible so every appointment is a success. Feel free to give us a call at (530) 550-9311 or reach out to us at our contact page with any questions on your child's appointment or dental health, or if you'd like to schedule a checkup for your child, you can do so using our easy online form. We wish you luck in preparing your child for their next checkup, and we hope to see you back at this blog for more tips on helping your child achieve a beautiful, healthy, lifelong smile!

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)!

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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.

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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!

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

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.

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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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

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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