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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!

H2 Contact Your Local Truckee Pediatric Dentist Today!

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!


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!

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