1. Starter Cavities

    What are "Starter Cavities"? For those of you who have been to our office you know that we strive to be practical and conservative in our diagnosis. The truth is we do not treat every little thing that we see in a child's mouth or on their x-rays. Not every little spot on a tooth is considered decay. If it is decay it may not be progressed enough to make it worth treating before a tooth falls out.…Read More

  2. Dental Emergencies Checklist

    Check out this fantastic checklist for Dental Emergencies created by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists! Click on the link to print a full-sized copy to hang on your fridge or give to your child’s caregiver! http://mouthmonsters.mychildrensteeth.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/active-kids-healthy-kids-english.pdf…Read More

  3. Nighttime Noises: Grinding!

    Picture this… Mom sitting by her little boy in the dental chair. She looks at doctor with big eyes and says: My child grinds their teeth and it is so loud! Is this your story? This is something we see daily at Alligator Dental. Not to worry! In fact, as the song says... Don’t Worry Be Happy. Grinding is very common in children, especially at night. Almost 100% of children grind at some point b…Read More

  4. Will it Hurt?

    A very common question is will my child need to be numbed? Will they get a shot? We have a unique and specific way to ensure our patients who need to be numbed for a dental procedure have a pain free injection. Here is our magic formula... 1-Smurf Jelly: This special anesthetic jelly is used to numb the gums around the area of the injection. After drying the area it takes 30 seconds of application…Read More

  5. Thumb Sucking

    The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists offers some great advice on helping an older child kick their thumb sucking habit. Check out their website for more information: http://mouthmonsters.mychildrensteeth.org/little-teeth-truths-is-thumbsuckinghurting-my-childs-teeth/…Read More

  6. Baby Teeth Placeholders

    So are baby teeth really that important? They do just fall out correct? It is actually very important to keep baby teeth healthy and cavity free. They serve three major purposes: 1- The health of baby teeth are the first indication of the health of the adult teeth. Cavities and infection from baby teeth will eventually affect adult teeth and cause them to have decay and problems if the baby teeth …Read More

  7. Amazing Kids – Thaddeus

    We love reading about kids who give of themselves to help others! Check out this story about 12-year-old Thaddeus who set up a nonprofit, the Heads Up Penny Foundation, to help encourage and reward kids in Tennessee for summer reading. Thaddeus had his first fundraiser at age 5 – raising $500 (with the help of his mom) to help children in need of cleft palate surgery through Smile Train. Since t…Read More

  8. Do People Get Extra Teeth

    I often get the question: “Do people get extra teeth?” They do all the time! I love extra teeth and talking about them and secretly wish I had one myself. The most common extra tooth is to have an extra wisdom tooth, which generally is removed when your wisdom teeth are removed. The second most common is to have an extra front tooth between your two front teeth called a Mesiodens, which looks …Read More