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Time for a New Toothpaste?

Aug 13, 2014

Triclosan, an antibacterial chemical, found in Colgate Total Toothpaste is now under the spotlight… While it is FDA approved (1997), the toothpaste is currently under scrutiny due to triclosan’s potential link to cancer cell growth and disrupted development in animals (Bloomberg News). In light of newer research and consumer pressure, many companies (like Johnson & […]

Benzocaine Teething Medicine a Big No-No!

Jul 14, 2014

Recently, the FDA issued a new warning against the use of benzocaine gels and liquids for teething pain. (See HERE). These local anesthetics (found in over the counter products such as Orajel, Baby Orajel, Orabase, Anbesol, & Hurricane) are now NOT advised for any child under 2 years of age. The issue of using these […]

Tooth Fairy, Tooth Fairy

Jun 3, 2014

“What did the Tooth Fairy bring you?!” This is one of my most favorite questions to ask patients… And boy, have I been surprised by the things they say! I wrote a post about the Tooth Fairy last year (remember: your child will be losing 20 teeth… So plan accordingly!). But recently, I got to […]

Your Turn, My Turn

May 1, 2014

A lot of parents proudly tell me that their little one brushes all by herself! And while I don’t like to be a dream crusher, I do inform parents that their little one brushing solo at this age is probably not the best for preventing cavities.  Brushing well requires a certain level of manual dexterity […]

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