Baby's First Teeth The 20 (primary) teeth your baby has at birth play a crucial role. Normally the front four teeth will appear, or erupt as we call it, within six months to one year. The late blooming other teeth
Baby Tooth Decay We always warn you adults of tooth decay. However, even babies are susceptible to tooth decay in their developing years. The most common form of tooth decay in babies is, “Baby babies is,
Children and Dental Exams The dreaded first dental exam! So much anxiety, fear and stress about dentists start at a young age. So when should your child come in for their first exam? We believe children should start
Child's Introduction to Dentistry We get that life is busy, and that you have commitments. Lately some patients have trouble finding trustworthy people to watch their child during their check-up. We provide
Dental Care During Pregancy Many women fail to seek out oral care or mistakenly think it's dangerous, even though pregnancy itself may lead to gum inflammation. In addition, many pregnant women are refused treatment by their dentist.
Fluoride and Your Child There are so many questions about Fluoride right now. What is it? What does it do? Does it work? Here are the basics of fluoride and your child. Fluoride is a mineral that combines with the tooth's enamel.
Kids Corner! Being a kid has never been easier when it comes to dental care! Major breakthroughs over the last five decades mean fewer cavities in adults and children. We recommend that your child visit our
Thumb Sucking Sucking is a natural reflex in infants that allows them to take in nourishment. This continues as your baby develops into a young child, most often shown through sucking on fingers, pacifiers,
Antibiotics With the discovery of antibiotics, we have been able to control, and in some instances eradicate, infections caused by a myriad of bacterial pathogens. Unfortunately, over the past eighty or so years of use,
Bad Bites/Malocclusion Malocclusion, or a bad bite, involves teeth that are out of alignment, crooked, or crowded. Often this begins between the ages of six and twelve, as the permanent teeth emerge. Bad bite is the result of
Calcium and Your Teeth Ok parents, for younger growing patients the key word in nutrition is calcium. Adequate calcium intake is essential for strong teeth and bones. You too need calcium in your diet as well. But since
Dental Sports Injuries "No I’m OK… It just feels a little loose, nothing to worry about.” Wham! Your jaw just smashed into your teammates' elbow and of course, you weren't wearing a sportsguard! So what? Your tooth feels a little
Dental X-rays Dental x-rays are essential for a healthy smile and mouth. With x-rays, we can discover cavities, tumors, and bone disease. Otherwise, these problems would go unnoticed until you feel discomfort or worse.
Dry Sockets A common worry for patients facing a tooth extraction is the dreaded "dry socket." While dry sockets do occur, they are far from inevitable and often avoidable with proper care. When a tooth is removed
Teeth and Your Overall Health Vaccines control small pox, chicken pox, German measles, hepatitis A and B, and many other diseases. Most think disease prevention involves a shot in the arm, hygienic conditions, or antibodies in our
Fear of Dentistry Do you get that sick, uneasy feeling when thinking of your next dental visit? Well do not worry you are not alone. Nearly half of the population avoids the dentist until they experience severe discomfort
Hand Washing! Do you know the simplest, easiest, and most economical way to prevent infection? Wash your hands! Think about what we do with our hands. We shake other people's hands, touch public surfaces
Oral Cancer Exam Your health is our number one concern. That’s why every regular dental check-up includes an oral cancer examination. Though rare in the general population, smoking, excessive alcohol, and chewing
Periodontal Disease Most of us are told growing up that tooth loss is commonly caused by cavities. This is more of a tactic used by parents to get their children to brush or stop eating sweets. Tooth loss is the result of a painless and
Replacing Aging Crowns Our office is often asked if it is advisable to replace 30-year-old dental crowns after the age of 60 in order to avoid more serious problems or replacements in later years. Gold crowns do not need to be replaced
Root Canals The dreaded root canal can be a patient’s biggest fear. The mere mention of the procedure causes fear. Root canals actually relieve pain and discomfort by removing the nerve tissue located in the center of the
Snuff Most patients recognize the health risks associated with smoking, but few know the risks of smokeless tobacco. Chewing tobacco and snuff are just as dangerous to your health as smoking cigarettes.
Teeth Grinding Your body responds to stress in multiple ways: ulcers, backaches, sleep insomnia and even upset stomachs. Did you know that stress also results in jaw pain? Temporal Mandibular Disorder
Tongue Piercing Believe it or not, tongue piercings continue to grow in popularity! So are visits to our office because of them. Seemingly harmless, tongue piercing can have serious consequences for your dental
Tooth Sealants Dental sealants provide a clear protective coating for your teeth. By keeping out plague and food, the chances of tooth decay decrease dramatically. Sealants are great for children with emerging
Gingivitis Naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth forms a sticky film coating the teeth called plaque. The developing toxins in the plaque cause gum irritation, or gingivitis. Symptoms include red, swollen
Bad Breath Nearly everyone has a story or experience with bad breath. Bad breath is caused by three compounds collectively called volatile sulfur compounds (VSC). The major source of volatile sulfur
Brushing Your Teeth I know it's confusing; there are so many different opinions, brands and advice. When you come in for your next cleaning and check-up, I'll gladly demonstrate the proper way to brush. For now, make sure to use a soft
Electric Toothbrushes Minute for minute, electric toothbrushes are more effective at removing plague than a manual toothbrush. In particular, studies have shown that electric toothbrushes remove the bacteria Porphyromonas
Dental Insurance Dental care is crucial to your health, appearance, and wellness. For some, the cost of care is enough to stay away. This increases the danger of serious and expensive dental care in the future.
Knowing Your Dental Plan Dental plans like medical plans can be confusing and frustrating. Every dental plan has basic features concerning procedures and fees. Be sure to focus on co-payments, exclusions, and limitations.
Dentistry With Out Dental Most employees receive a dental plan as part of their benefits, yet for the growing population of self-employed or unemployed, this is not an option. How do you acquire dental coverage as an individual?
Anesthesia Breakthroughs in pain management now leave drilling and tooth extractions nearly painless. The cause? New local anesthetics and application methods. Back in 1884, cocaine was common
Bad Bites/Malocclusion Malocclusion, or a bad bite, involves teeth that are out of alignment, crooked, or crowded. Often this begins between the ages of six and twelve, as the permanent teeth emerge. Bad bite is the result
Choosing Porcelain or Gold Caps, technically known as crowns, come in two forms: gold and porcelain. Gold crowns trace back to ancient Egypt, and are still in use today. Porcelain commonly restores the front teeth by providing
Cracked Teeth Before you even think of biting into crab, lobster or any other delicious shellfish. STOP! Your tooth is a poor choice at breaking through the shell. Stress on your teeth causes cracks in the enamel.
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Dental Unit Waterlines Whether we are cleaning patients' mouths, or cleaning and sterilizing dental instruments, water is a crucial part of our practice. The water in our dental office goes through state-of-the-art sterilization
Empress Crowns In the world of crowns, looks are everything. Commonly used for front teeth which are most visible, patients want that natural look. Typically, porcelain crowns bond the porcelain to a metal support
ezlase ™ diode laser Therapy At the office of Dr. Derrick Chan, DDS, we focus on providing the latest in laser technology in order to make your dental visit a positive one. Our newest laser, the ezlase ™ diode laser, was created by Biolase
Full Mouth X-Rays Sometimes the correct thing is to put a rectangular film into a round mouth, but not always. While intraoral imaging does an excellent job for some applications, it is only part of the picture.
How Teeth Develop From birth to age twenty-one, your teeth develop and emerge. Below is a chart listing the major changes during development. At birth, a baby usually has twenty primary (baby) teeth. Between six months to one year
Laser Periodontal Therapy The Laser Periodontal Therapy Treatment procedure for diseased gum tissue has removed the need for scalpels and sutures. The entire treatment is done by utilizing a tiny, hair thin, laser filament
Mechanical Tooth Brushes Are you tired of trying to get every inch with your old toothbrush? Or your kids can’t brush well enough? Then consider an electric toothbrush. The electric toothbrush is an amazing and highly effective
Periodontal Disease Most of us are told growing up that tooth loss is commonly caused by cavities. This is more of a tactic used by parents to get their children to brush or stop eating sweets. Tooth loss is the result of a painless
Silver or White Fillings Silver (called amalgams) and resin (called composite) are two of the most common choices for filling materials. When considering which filling is appropriate, there are differences beyond the mere visual.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Do you suffer from recurrent apthous ulcers, commonly called fever blisters or canker sores. Recent studies suggest the possibility of recurring blisters and sores may be due to an allergic reaction
Sportsguards The American Dental Association recommends that children, teenagers and even adults who are active in sports wear custom fabricated mouthguards, also known as Sportsguards.
Stains - Bleaching Your Teeth Stains are the result of the food and drinks we regularly consume, including several we "can't do without.” The always-addictive coffee, dark tea, dark colored sodas, chocolates
Sterilization Do you ever wonder about those instruments on the tray? Body fluids like saliva and blood carry disease and infection. So how do I stay healthy? These are great questions and legitimate concerns
X-Rays Most of you know x-rays take pictures of your jawbone and teeth. But did you know that x-rays also enable us to examine oral cancers, sinus infections, and gum disease? Many of these