1. Allergies vs. Healthy Teeth

    It's that time of year again when allergies are hitting. Many children suffer from allergies or asthma, the third most common medical diagnosis in children. How do allergies affect your teeth? Allergy and asthma medications (steroids and antihistamines) are often designed to dry out a child's mouth, sinuses and airway. Generally they are very effective and reduce many of the side effects from alle…Read More

  2. Halloween Combat Sweets ADA Posters

    Halloween is around the corner! Help kids remember to balance extra sweets with healthy eating and to keep their teeth extra clean. A fun reminder is to print out these cute posters from the American Dental Association and hang them in their room! Click here to print your own copy! Kids poster: http://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Public%20Programs/Files/NCDHM/NCDHM2016_YouthPoster_8,-d-,5x11_English.pd…Read More

  3. X-rays

    Are Dental X-Rays Safe? The safety of dental x-rays is a legitimate concern that parents have! At Alligator Dental we value the well-being of the child first and foremost. We use cutting edge digital x-ray equipment to dramatically reduce radiation and ensure the highest safety of our patients. Are x-rays really necessary? Yes! X-rays are necessary for accurate diagnosis of dental cavities and pat…Read More

  4. Baby Teeth

    The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry shares some very important information about taking care of baby teeth! Check out the AAPD website for more information: http://mouthmonsters.mychildrensteeth.org/little-teeth-truths-is-it-necessary-to-fill-a-cavity-in-a-baby-tooth/  …Read More

  5. Teething: Amber Necklaces

    Teething is tough!!! There are lots of teething products and aids out there. Alligator Dental has a standard regimen that we recommend to work through the teething blues. Pain medication, teething toys and Orajel are our major lines of defense. However in recent years other items have come on the market. These include Amber necklaces. Do these things really work? You may have noticed lots of littl…Read More

  6. Phobias

    Can a child learn a phobia from their parent? We love this heartfelt account of a New Zealand mom who shared that her phobia of the dentist stood in her way of getting timely dental treatment for her son. Click the link to read her touching account. Spoiler: Her son was a champ when eventually did go to the dentist! :) http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/parenting/mums-life/83943785/i-was-scared-of-…Read More

  7. Healthy Food Ideas

    The first week of school is in the books! If you are like many of us moms at Alligator Dental we get pumped about the first few weeks when it comes to creative and healthy meals and snacks for our kids. As time goes on everything becomes routine and the instant, processed foods creep in until they have totally taken over. Check out this link for some kid (and teeth) friendly ideas to beat back the…Read More

  8. 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

  9. 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