Blog Archive

Baby Tooth Arrival: What’s Normal & What’s Not Dec 4th, 2018

When your baby’s first teeth come in, the first thing you probably do is reach for the baby book. After all, this is a momentous occasion! Baby teeth are so cute — so tiny and white. But not every baby develops temporary teeth in the best way. Not only that,...

Kids: Common Dental Problems Nov 30th, 2018

A lucky kid will never have a cavity, but cavities aren’t the only dental problems kiddos can be forced to endure. There are plenty of dental health problems little ones face, even before they’ve lost their baby teeth. Of course, it’s important to set the stage with positive habits before...

Are Gummy Candies Bad for Your Teeth? Oct 18th, 2018

Gummy candies are loved by millions – and what’s not to love? They are small, colorful, sweet and they come in the most unique and fun shapes and flavors. Unfortunately, they are also one of the worst candies for your teeth. Here’s a closer look at why gummy candies –...

Thumbsucking and Teeth: How to Help Your Child Stop Sucking Their Thumb Sep 21st, 2018

Thumbsucking may have been a convenient self-soothing technique when your child was a baby, but now that he or she is getting older, it’s time to kick the habit. Constant pressure against the teeth can affect the way they grow, resulting in a large orthodontics bill down the road. Surprisingly,...

Teeth Grinding in Children: Is It Normal? Aug 9th, 2018

It’s not at all uncommon for children to grind their teeth, particularly during the night. Upwards of 20% of children have the habit at some point in their childhood. Parents may notice their kids making grinding noises or movements when sleeping. Dentists call this bruxism. It can become a dental...

All About Xylitol Jul 27th, 2018

Lately xylitol has been getting a bad rap — it can be toxic to dogs, even in small amounts — but it has many medical uses for humans that are extremely important, and it prevents tooth decay. Xylitol is a natural sweetener, not artificial like aspartame and sucralose. Let’s take...

New Spring Office Opening in September Jun 14th, 2018

Dr. Scott Andersen and Dr. Tab Imdacha are excited to announce the opening of an additional pediatric dental office in September at the Legends Professional Plaza in Spring, TX. (30014 Aldine Westfield, Suite 101 Spring, Texas 77373) Woodlands Pediatric Dentistry will serve our patients with the same high levels of patient care,...

Vitamins & Minerals Kids Need for Healthy Teeth Jun 1st, 2018

There’s much more to oral health than simply brushing and flossing. In fact, the food you eat plays a large role in getting a healthy mouth. Here are some of the most important vitamins and minerals that contribute to optimum oral health. Vitamin A  Known for its role in healthy vision, vitamin...

Sealants for Children Apr 25th, 2018

When it comes to your kids’ dental health, you’ve likely got the basics covered. Some of the earliest things you probably taught your kids were how to brush, rinse and maybe even floss. But there’s a lot more you can do for your kids to ensure their dental health for...

When Should Kids Lose Their First Tooth? Apr 10th, 2018

“Mom, I have a loose tooth!” Where has the time gone? It probably seems like just yesterday your child’s very first tooth poked through and you were so excited about the big milestone. But those cute little baby teeth must fall out in order for permanent teeth to grow in....

What to Do When Your Child Chips a Tooth Mar 26th, 2018

You’re not alone if you cringe every time your daughter decides she wants to play catcher in a pickup game of softball or your son jumps on the sofa like he’s in Cirque du Soleil. No parent likes the idea of their child getting hurt, even if it only involves...

6 Green Toothbrushes that Save Smiles and the Planet Jan 17th, 2018

Since most dental professionals recommend getting a new toothbrush every three or four months, the average person will go through several in just a few years. Finding an environmentally friendly toothbrush is one more important thing you can do to help the planet. The following are six types of green...

Sports Drinks and Children’s Dental Health Jan 10th, 2018

The risk of obesity and tooth decay is rising among children and younger teenagers due to regular intake of high-sugar sports drinks. Something that most people seem to forget is that plain water is sufficient. Kids are playful by nature, and they’re bound to feel thirsty more often. The market today...

Books to Help Your Child Overcome Fear of the Dentist Dec 12th, 2017

If your child is struggling with fear and anxiety about going to the dentist, there is hope. Start with one of the best past times for children—reading books. There are so many books on the market written to help children overcome a fear of visiting the dentist. Here are five...

Creative Ways to Get Your Kids to Brush their Teeth Nov 8th, 2017

Brushing twice a day for 2 minutes is essential for your child’s good dental health, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), but getting your kid to brush for 4 whole minutes each day can be quite a feat. Here are a few creative ways to get your kids to brush their...

Why Gummy Candies and Treats are Harmful Sep 27th, 2017

Gummy candies are a treat that millions of children and their parents love. Unfortunately, they are also one of the worst candies for your teeth. Here’s a closer look at why gummy bears, gummy worms and even gummy vitamins can be a poor choice for your teeth. Gummy Candies and...

Your Child’s First Trip to the Dentist Aug 16th, 2017

The very first trip to the dentist might make your child – and even you – a little nervous. Luckily, Dr. Andersen and Dr. Tab know this and will take extra steps to ensure that your child’s first experience with dental care is a positive one. Our office, which specializes...

Early Childhood Dental Problems Jul 17th, 2017

Some parents may be surprised to learn that, according to The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a child is ready for her first pediatric dentist  visit when she’s a year old, or when she has her first baby tooth. Lack of proper hygiene or dental care for your child can...

Summertime and Sugary Snacks Jun 21st, 2017

Summertime calls for time spent outside in the sun. Whether at the pool, at the ballpark or just in the street, your kids are going to want a frosty (probably sugary) drink to cool down. Lemonade, sweet tea, Kool-Aid and Gatorade, all popular summertime drinks with kids, each contain loads...

3 Tips to Know About Summertime Dental Injuries and Your Child May 25th, 2017

Summertime is the time for fun and games, summer camps and recreational sports for your kids. Unfortunately, these activities can also result in injuries to your child’s teeth and mouth, resulting in the need to visit a pediatric dentist. Knowing how to prevent them can help you lower chances of...

Summertime is the Best Time for Dental Checkups Apr 28th, 2017

We know, we know … summers are for relaxing! They don’t call them the lazy days of summer for nothing … BUT summers are also the best time to schedule your kid’s dental checkups. Here’s why: No School – The best thing about summertime appointments is that your kids won’t have...

The Tooth Fairy Mar 13th, 2017

Ahh, the Tooth Fairy. Love her or hate her, almost every parent has a Tooth Fairy story. A close call, an IOU note, a run to the ATM in the middle of the night or that time her kid found a bunch of teeth in a drawer and asked “where’d...

Educate Your Kids for National Children’s Dental Health Month Feb 28th, 2017

February is National Children’s Dental Health month, so what better time to connect with your kids and teach them the importance of oral health? Oral health has been linked to overall health, so it’s important to take care of your mouth in order to maintain overall wellness. Oral health care...

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay Jan 31st, 2017

Baby bottle tooth decay is typically caused by frequent, prolonged exposure to drinks that contain sugar. As the name implies, a bottle filled with milk, formula or juice is often the main culprit. Particularly when a baby or toddler is put to bed with a bottle, the sugars collect around...

Tips for a Cavity-Free New Year Dec 30th, 2016

Unfortunately, cavities are extremely common in children. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, statistics show that an average of 1 in 5 children (ages 5-11) have at least one untreated cavity. These statistics are alarming considering that untreated tooth decay leads to more serious health and...

5 Kinds of Non-Candy Treats to Hand out this Halloween Oct 26th, 2016

Trick or treat, smell my feet…define something “good” to eat? I’m not so sure 2lbs of Halloween candy is “good” for anyone to eat – and let’s be honest – we all know our kids probably collect MORE than 2lbs. of candy trick-or-treating each year. So why not do everyone...

Dental Emergencies in Children Aug 31st, 2016

Hopefully you’ll never have to deal with a dental emergency, but as they say, kids will be kids. They rough-house, they play sports and “forget” to wear their mouth guards and they eat all sorts of things that are hard on their teeth. Trust us when we say that “Jawbreakers”...

5 Foods that are Surprisingly Bad for Kids Teeth Jul 29th, 2016

Everyone knows that sugar is bad for your teeth. We try to keep our kids away from the obvious culprits, like soda and candy, but what about the food and drinks out there that aren’t so obvious? Here are 5 surprising foods that can cause tooth decay in children: Granola...

Preparing For Your Child’s First Dental Visit Jul 1st, 2016

To a small child, visiting an unknown place can be scary. Strangers are strange. Add a weird chair, people poking in your mouth and loud noises – its no wonder some kids are afraid of the dentist! Although a trip to the dentist will never compare with Disneyland, with preparation...

The 5 Most Common Dental Problems in Children May 13th, 2016

According to the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation, tooth decay is the number one chronic childhood illness. Often we tend to overlook our children’s oral health needs – after all, those aren’t their permanent teeth anyway, right? What a lot of us fail to realize is that pediatric dental problems can...

Kids and Flossing Apr 29th, 2016

As with brushing, it’s important for kids to develop proper flossing habits early on. Flossing helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease by removing the pesky food and plaque that settles between the teeth. Starting young sets the stage for lifelong good oral hygiene habits. Statistics differ, but most studies...

Fluoride – How Much Do Kids Need? Apr 1st, 2016

Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that is found in the Earth’s crust, as well as bodies of water all over the world. For the past few decades fluoride has been proven to prevent and reverse the beginning stages of tooth decay. When used in the right amounts it is...

Is it Necessary to Fix a Cavity in a Baby Tooth? Feb 15th, 2016

Even though they are small and will be replaced by permanent teeth, baby teeth (or primary teeth) play an important role in the overall health of young children. They serve multiple purposes, including saving space for and guiding proper eruption of permanent teeth. Regular brushing and flossing should be maintained...

Top Tips for Taking Care of Toddler Teeth Jan 29th, 2016

We’ve all heard people joke about toddlers – referring to two year olds in the ” terrible twos” or a three year old acting like a “threenager” – and if you’re a parent you know there’s good reason for it. Have you ever tried to floss a toddler’s teeth? It...

Finger and Thumb Sucking in Children – Why Break the Habit? And How? Feb 10th, 2015

Many babies and toddlers suck their thumbs or fingers. In fact, it’s a completely normal, healthy way for small children to self-soothe and comfort themselves.  Finger-sucking serves a purpose at a very young age, but can cause problems if the habit lingers later in childhood. The majority of young children...

AAPD Guideline on Adolescent Oral Health Care Jan 16th, 2015

Did you know that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) has written a Guideline on Adolescent Oral Health Care? It was initially written in 1986, but it has been revised four times since then, most recently in 2010. Here’s a link to a copy of the 2010 version. Here are...

Two minutes, Twice a day Dec 11th, 2014

Have you taken your children to the dentist recently only to be told that they aren’t brushing well enough? How long should they brush and how often? What IS well enough? The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that kids, as well as adults, brush their teeth in a soft, circular...

Just how important are baby teeth? Nov 14th, 2014

“They’re just baby teeth, right? They’re gonna fall out anyway! Dental care is not necessary at this young… it’s just another way for dentists to make more money off of us.” I have heard SO much debate about this topic. Here’s the deal, parents. Sure. They are baby teeth that will...

6 Tips for Helping Your Child Overcome a Fear of the Dentist Jul 9th, 2014

Many kids are afraid of going to the dentist. Whether it’s the fear of the unknown, or perhaps a previous bad experience, the anxiety can make the experience uncomfortable for everyone involved. However, most of these fears are unfounded, and there are steps you can take to help your child...

Mouth Guards in Sports – Does My Child Really Need One? Jun 17th, 2014

The short answer: yes. Particularly in high contact sports, mouth guards are a necessary piece of equipment. They protect the teeth and can prevent injury to the lips, cheeks and gums. Just as a helmet protects the brain and padding protects the bones, mouth guards play an important role in...

The Importance of Smiling and Laughing for Overall Health May 19th, 2014

Most people, kids included, feel better when they smile – and rightfully so. Science proves that smiling or laughing provides multiple benefits to overall health at any age. Here are four important reasons smiling is good for you: Increases Confidence – A healthy smile can make you feel more confident. If...

What Is A Pediatric Dentist? Apr 14th, 2014

A pediatric dentist is a dentist that treats kids! That’s the simple explanation. To be more formal, you could say the following: pediatric dentists are dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teen years. Pediatric dentists have the experience and qualifications necessary to understand and care...