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Why does your dentist recommend coming every six months?

November 3rd, 2016

Category: Dental Health

Have you ever wondered why your dentist recommends you come back every six months? “Six months is the ideal period for most of our patients to come back and see us” says Dr. Yokeca Watts. “This time frame really gives us the best chance to observe changes and spot potential issues that might arise further down the road.” And while visiting the dentist twice per year is recommended, there are times when a patient may need to be seen more frequently. “The six-month period is a general recommend... read more

Get To Know: Dr. Hall

June 1st, 2016

Category: Staff Spotlight

Dr. Billy Hall has been practicing dentistry for 34 years. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, he began his career as a family dentist in a small rural town in West Tennessee. After15 years in the private sector, Dr. Hall shifted his practice and began working for The Church Health Center, a non-profit organization in Memphis focused on providing dental care to the working uninsured population. In 2009, he partnered with Just Kids Dental to fill a void in the dentistry world by providing quality... read more

What is preventive dentistry and why is it important?

May 18th, 2016

Category: Dental Health,Tips

Preventive dentistry means a healthy smile for your child. Children with healthy mouths chew more easily and gain more nutrients from the foods they eat. They learn to speak more quickly and clearly. They have a better overall general health, because disease in the mouth can endanger the rest of the body. A healthy mouth is more attractive, giving children confidence in their appearance. Finally, preventive dentistry means less extensive and less expensive treatment for your child.  When should... read more

When Should I Start Brushing My Baby's Teeth?

April 25th, 2016

Category: Baby,Dental Health,Tips

This is a question that we receive often from first time parents, and understandably so. Most (probably all) of us do not remember the first time our teeth were brushed. That's okay, because we're here to help! It is very important to care for your child's teeth from the beginning. Here are some recommended tips for starting your child on the path to healthy oral hygiene: Begin cleaning your baby’s mouth during the first few days after birth by wiping the gums with a clean, moist gauze pa... read more

How Does a Cavity Form?

April 4th, 2016

Category: Children,Dental Health

How Does a Cavity Form? When you go to the dentist for a checkup, you hate to hear those four dreaded words: You have a cavity. No one wants cavities, but the average person has 13 cavities by the time he or she reaches ages 40-59. That sparks a natural curiosity about tooth decay: How do cavities form? And how fast do cavities appear? Let’s take a look at the life cycle of a cavity to provide greater insight. How Does a New Cavity Form? Tooth decay is caused by bacteria in food, which tur... read more

How safe are X-Rays?

April 4th, 2016

Category: Children,Tips,X-rays

How Safe Are X-Rays? Getting x-rays is a regular part of many dental visits, but some people have questions about the safety of these x-rays. You may wonder: Should children be getting dental x-rays? Will they have any cumulative effect over your lifetime? Can you get cancer from dental x-rays? Are there safer forms of x-rays? Let’s take a look at each of these questions one by one. Should Kids Get Dental X-Rays? Parents understandably get concerned about exposing their kids to r... read more

Why Is It Important to Floss Daily?

April 4th, 2016

Category: Children,Flossing,Tips

Why Is It Important to Floss Daily? A few minutes after you eat sugary or carbohydrate-rich foods, bacteria start to demineralize your dental enamel (outer layer of the tooth). Demineralization means the acidic condition caused by sugar leaches calcium and other important minerals from your teeth dentin and enamel. Bacteria responsible for a host of oral diseases thrive on common dietary sugars such as lactose, glucose, and sucrose. Because these sugars erode your dental enamel so quickly, it i... read more

I Haven’t Visited the Dentist in a While: What Procedure Should I Start With?

April 4th, 2016

Category: Children,Tips

I Haven’t Visited the Dentist in a While: What Procedure Should I Start With? In an ideal world, everyone would visit the dentist for their regular checkups twice a year. But dentists understand sometimes life gets in the way. Things get busy, and you skip an appointment — and then suddenly it’s been a few years since your child’s last dental visit. If your child hasn’t been to the dentist in a while, you may be wondering what dental procedures to prioritize. We often hear from patients who ... read more

How to Help Your Child Get Over Dental Phobia

April 4th, 2016

Category: Children,Tips

How to Help Your Child Get Over Dental Phobia Kids are scared of the dentist. In fact,  thirty percent of kids say they are scared to visit the dentist. You can help your child deal with a fear of the dentist by using these strategies. Don’t Pass on Your Fears to Your Kids The above survey found that kids whose parents are afraid of the dentist are much more likely to be scared of visiting the dentist than kids of parents who are not afraid of the dentist. While dental phobia isn’t ea... read more

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay (Early Childhood Caries)

March 30th, 2016

Category: Baby,Tips

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay (Early Childhood Caries)   One serious form of decay among young children is baby bottle tooth decay. This condition is caused by frequent and long exposures of an infant’s teeth to liquids that contain sugar. Among these liquids are milk (including breast milk), formula, fruit juice and other sweetened drinks. Putting a baby to bed for a nap or at night with a bottle other than water can cause serious and rapid tooth decay. Sweet liquid pools around the... read more