Ouch!!! Thumb Sucking Can Hurt Your Teeth!!!

June 30, 2016

Prolonged finger or thumb sucking can lead to crooked teeth and bite problems affecting both baby teeth and permanent teeth that are developing, causing upper front teeth to tip outward and upper jaw to narrow in the back. If a child doesn’t stop on their own by the age of three, we do advise parents […]

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TAKING THE SCARE OUT OF THE DENTAL CHAIR

June 22, 2016

TAKING THE SCARE OUT OF THE DENTAL CHAIR Tip #1: Start Young The earlier a parent starts caring for their infant’s gums, the more likely the baby will recognize oral care as a normal part of their daily routine. The younger a child visits the dentist, the less likely he/she is to consider the “tooth […]

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EMERGENCY…EMERGENCY!!! What is a dental emergency?

June 17, 2016

Although accidents are part of the process of growing up, falling or bumping into hard objects can cause serious damage to both baby and grown-up teeth. If left untreated, dental injuries that result from these “misadventures” can lead to infection – in both the mouth and other places like the ears, sinuses and brain – […]

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Dr. Alvarez will work for food!

June 2, 2016

MY NAME IS DR. IVIS ALVAREZ AND I WILL WORK FOR FOOD! I usually limit my professional social media posts to four sentences or less on subjects related to children’s dentistry. I have, however, decided to take advantage of some social media venues to share an anecdote about my day yesterday that in a somewhat […]

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FLORIDA FOR SMILES DAY

May 21, 2016

FLORIDA FOR SMILES DAY…May 21, 2016…a day designated by Governor Rick Scott, with the assistance of The Smile Team, to create awareness for our kiddos born with CLEFT LIP/PALATE in the state of Florida. Few appreciate more, than these little one’s the value of a smile. My sweet one’s, today Safari of Smiles CELEBRATES YOU!!!

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WHAT ARE OUR KIDDO’S SO AFRAID OF?

May 18, 2016

The British Dental Journal (187, 408 – 412; 1999) five potential causes of dental fear. 1. Fear of pain or its anticipation 2. A lack of trust or the fear of betrayal 3. Fear of loss of control 4. Fear of the unknown 5. Fear of intrusion BritishDental Journal 187, 408 – 412 (1999)

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ACID ATTACK!!!

May 3, 2016

ACID ATTACK!!! Studies have shown that 50% of five-year-olds now have signs of damage to their tooth enamel caused by excess acid in their diet. One major cause includes the juices our children are drinking. How acidic is your little one’s favorite juice? DO YOU KNOW YOUR MOUTH’S pH? Cavities start to form at a […]

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PUT YOURSELF IN THEIR SHOES!!

April 27, 2016

PUT YOURSELF IN THEIR SHOES…Autism makes it hard for a person to deal with the world around them. A sound like the school bell ringing, which may not bother most children, may sound like nails on a chalkboard to a child with autism. A tag in a T-shirt might feel like a terribly itchy sweater. […]

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What is XYLITOL?

April 19, 2016

XYLITOL is a natural sweetener made from corn that is clinically proven to help reduce bacteria and fight tooth decay. It is a common ingredient in sugar free chewing gums, candies, mints, diabetes friendly foods and oral care products. Xylitol is 100% natural, safe, convenient to use, and it tastes great!

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Now ya’ know!

April 12, 2016

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