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    What is fluoride and how can it help prevent tooth decay?

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water. Fluoridated water can be found in about two-thirds of cities and towns in the United States. Fluoride also plays an important role in today’s oral health care in preventing tooth decay.

    How does fluoride help prevent cavities?
    A process called “demineralization” refers to the loss of minerals from the tooth’s enamel. This occurs when acids formed from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth attack the tooth’s enamel. The good news is that the tooth’s enamel can be strengthened with the reverse process called “remineralization.” This can occur when minerals like fluoride, calcium and phosphate are redeposited to the tooth’s enamel. If the tooth’s enamel is experiencing too much demineralization, without the repairing benefits of remineralization, the unwanted environment for tooth decay is present.

    Fluoride is one of the most powerful minerals to help prevent tooth decay by making the tooth enamel more resistant to those attacking acids. It can also actually reverse very early decay.

    How can your family receive the cavity-fighting benefits of fluoride?
    Fluoride is found in certain foods (meat, fish and eggs) and in most cases, local drinking water. It can also be directly applied to the teeth through fluoridated toothpastes or mouth rinses. The mouth rinses containing a low strength of fluoride can usually be purchased over the counter, while those with a higher concentration of fluoride, may require a prescription. Many dentists, especially pediatric dentists, offer fluoride treatments in their office. These treatments contain a much higher level of fluoride and are applied directly to the teeth in the form of a gel, foam or varnish. Varnishes are generally painted right on the teeth, while foams are placed in a mouth guard for one to four minutes. Fluoride supplements are also available in liquid or tablet form with a prescription from your dentist or doctor. 

    Park View's Point of View
    At Park View Pediatric Dentistry we believe that sufficient fluoride is most important for children, to ensure extra protection against cavities in their developing teeth.

    We use fluoride treatments for patients who are at an increased risk of tooth decay, including those with:

    •   Poor oral hygiene

    •   Active cavities

    •   Eating disorders

    •   Poor diet

    • Tooth enamel defects

    Children may also be given fluoride supplements to take in small doses each day, especially if there is not a sufficient amount of fluoride in their regular water supply or if they only use store bought bottled water. Children may also be given prescription fluoride gel to use at home to decrease tooth decay. Fluoride treatments are often repeated every three, six or 12 months, depending on each patient’s individual needs.

    Contact us to learn more about fluoride treatments and preventative dentistry at:

    Park View Pediatric Dentistry

    Though cavities are still a #1 dental problem for children, most of the time they are preventable.

    Last updated 1 month ago

    During February, National Children’s Dental Health month, the AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) president often comes fourth with tips and advice for having children maintain cavity-free visits. This year was no exception and we’d like to share their highlights, plus our own important reminders, with parents.

    Park View's Point of View
    At Park View Pediatric Dentistry, we make it our mission to stay ahead of all of the latest advances in pediatric dentistry and incorporate them into our practice.

    Our goal here is to always report cavity-free visits and educate our parents and young patients on the necessary steps needed to create a lifetime of healthy smiles. We enjoyed hearing from the AAPD this February for National Children’s Dental Health Month, and no matter how many times we promote cavity-prevention, we must remember that it is not a once in a while routine, but an ongoing lifestyle.

    Here are some “must-do” steps and tips for having your child proudly walk out of the dentist office with a “no cavity” report.

    Start dental visits by the first birthday
    Many parents still wait until their child is 2 or 3 years old for the first dental visit and that is too late, as some may already have cavities that have been untreated. We have seen cases where toddlers come in for the first time with a mouth full of cavities and need to be treated with sedation. The earlier the parent brings in the child, the sooner the parent can understand all of the proper preventative measures to take. Many parents don’t realize that as soon as your teething baby’s tooth comes in, it is subject to getting a cavity. Also the earlier a child comes in, the less likely dental visits will be a source of stress and more of a normal, positive routine. Once your child goes to the dentist for their initial visit, it is important to return every six months for a cleaning and checkup.

    Baby teeth matter 
    Many parents have the attitude that baby teeth are going to fall out eventually and don’t place that much importance on diligent brushing and flossing. Dr. Edward Moody, current president of the AAPD says, “What parents don’t realize about baby teeth is that the first ones come in around 6 to 9 months and don’t come out until about 6 or 7 years of age. The teeth that come in at 2 or 3 years of age don’t come out sometimes until 12 or 13. A small cavity at age 3 or 4 will get bigger. The cavity is an infection, and it’s going to get worse. The tooth starts to hurt. The infection can get all the way into the nerve, the nerve could die, and the tooth could abscess.”

    Parents should lead the way when it comes to brushing and flossing 
    Brushing and flossing keep tooth decay away. Since most young children do not have the proper motor skills to do an adequate brushing job, parents should brush their children’s teeth for them until age six or seven, depending on their motor skill development. The AAPD recommends the 2 x 2 formula—brushing two times a day, for two minutes. Parents should also floss young teeth as soon as the first two teeth touch with dental floss or kid-friendly floss picks.

    Diet makes a difference 
    There’s no getting around the fact that diets containing sugary snacks or soda contribute to tooth decay. Many parents often make the mistake of putting fruit juice in their baby’s bottles, which contributes to “Nursing Bottle Syndrome”, a mouth full of early decayed teeth. At Park View Pediatric Dentistry, we promote hydrating with water and offer nutritional advice and recommendations for healthy snacks, like popcorn, vegetable sticks and fresh fruit.

    We’re here for you 
    If you have not made a choice yet for you baby’s pediatric dentist, we’d be happy to meet with you for a consultation. Children love our warm caring all-female staff, subway–themed office, activity-filled waiting room, goody bags and more!

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    To chew or not to chew? Chewing gum with Xylitol may provide some positive answers!

    Last updated 1 month ago

    I’m sure we could all think back to a childhood experience of chomping on a big piece of sugary bubble gum and even blowing that big pink bubble. Though the memory most likely brings a smile to your face, chances are that gum habit could have been the cause of a few cavities to those young pearly whites.

    When our own children ask for gum, we now wisely choose sugar-free options, but did you know that chewing gum containing Xylitol actually has some oral health benefits? Unlike other natural or synthetic sweeteners, Xylitol is actively beneficial for dental health by reducing caries (cavities) to a third in regular use, according to some recent studies.

    Park View's Point of View

    At Park View Pediatric Dentistry, we promote oral health education at all times, including dietary advice. This often includes good alternatives to snacks or treats that contain sugar. The goal at our practice is to always report cavity-free visits and educate our parents and young patients on the better choices needed to create a lifetime of healthy smiles. We also try to make oral health a fun, positive experience for children, and rather than deny them of some of the little treats they crave, offer healthy substitutes.

    Therefore, we were pleased to educate you about the surprising benefits of Xylitiol, a sugarless, white crystalline substance that looks and tastes like sugar, and is now found in some chewing gum products.

    What is Xylitol?

    Xylitol is actually already right inside of us. Our bodies naturally produce between 5 to 10 grams every day from other foods that we eat, using our own energy paths. It is a natural, normal part of our everyday metabolism and not a strange or artificial substance. We can find in naturally in some of the foods that we already love like delicious fruits, berries, mushrooms, lettuce and corn on the cob. Xylitol has been researched for over 40 years, resulting in thousands of studies confirming its effectiveness and safety. Some people even cook with Xylitol, resulting in new recipe books, articles and videos.

    What are some benefits of Xylitol?

    Xylitol is also considered by many dental health groups as one of the newest and easiest ways that people can improve oral health, with its usage resulting in preventing tooth decay. It has the benefit of inhibiting the creation of acid in the mouth. This minimizes the damage to the teeth. Chewing gum containing Xylitol is something that tastes good and is good for you!

    In a recent paper published by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, they state the following:

    “Numerous clinical studies have demonstrated a decrease in caries (cavities) rates, increment, and/or onset among children who were exposed to daily xylitol use for 12 to 40 months. Long- term benefits on caries rates, increment, and/or onset also have been observed up to five years after the cessation of xylitol intervention.  Xylitol works most effectively on teeth that are erupting.”

    Though we agree that gum chewing has its time and place, if your child wants that occasional piece of gum why go sugarless, when you can go sugar-free with added oral health benefits.

    Contact us at:

    Park View Pediatric Dentistry

    "Absolutely Wonderful"

    Last updated 3 months ago

    "Dr. Lambert and Anaika and her wonderful staff at Park View Pediatric Dentistry are absolutely wonderful. They are the consummate professionals who go the extra mile in making sure your children feel good, comfortable, and happy when they go for their dental visits. The support staff are competent, friendly and always helpful. We've been going to them for 15 years and would recommended them without hesitation. "


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    "The hygienist was very good with making Ryan comfortable by talking to him through the cleaning."


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