When Can My Child Start Brushing On Their Own?

Hi, I’m Dr. Laura Mitchell at Frisco Mini Molars! One of the questions I often get from parents is “How old does a child need to be in order to brush adequately on their own?” The answer is pretty surprising, as children typically aren’t ready to start brushing on their own until they’re 7 or 8 years old! The reason? …

The Ugly Truth about Candy

Candy tastes great, but it isn’t a nutritionally sound snack that adequately fuels your child’s growing body. Additionally, candy can severely harm your child’s teeth and lead to cavities and oral health disease. But, not all candy effects teeth in the same way. In fact, candy has numerous ways in which it can damage teeth and lead to tooth decay. …

Your Child’s First Visit

Hi! I’m Dr. Laura Mitchell at Frisco Mini Molars, and today I want to talk to you about your child’s first visit to our office. One thing we tried very hard to do at Frisco Mini Molars is create a bright, cheerful environment starting with our kid-friendly waiting room. When it’s time for your child’s exam, we’ll invite them back …

How Did We end up with Gold Teeth? The Weird History of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns – or sometimes called dental caps – are prosthetic devices places over broken teeth to strengthen and improve their appearance. Crowns are used to prevent weakened teeth from fracturing, as teeth replacements, or to cover a root canal, dental implant or a weak tooth. Crowns help keep teeth functional, and prevent improper bite alignment from occurring. How – and when – did we start fixing …

Cool Down with these Mouth-Healthy Summer Treats

As the summer unfolds, your family will surely encounter long and hot days that seem to last forever. One way to fight the heat, and refresh your family is with some cold summer treats. Below are some of our favorite summer treats that will help cool you down and improve your oral health.   Yogurt and Fruit Popsicles Yogurt is high in calcium …

The Weird and Kind of Disgusting History of Fluoride  

The Center for Disease Control has called community water fluoridation one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. This is due to its effectiveness, and low cost. In fact, the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, US Public Health Service, and World Health Organization all advocate for fluoridating community water supplies. But, we haven’t always …

Top 3 Fruits for Teeth

Fruit and vegetables not only positively impact your overall health, but they also impact your teeth! In fact, certain fruits can even damage your teeth with acidic attacks, or sugar overloads. But, there are some fruits that boost your overall oral health, and taste delicious. By adding these three fruits to your diet, you can improve your oral health. Apples Eating apples can …

Should My Child Use Mouthwash?

Different types of mouthwash have different benefits like preventing tooth decay, reducing plaque, freshening breath, and reducing and preventing gingivitis. But, it’s tough to know which types of mouthwash are safe for your children to use. Never fear, parents! We’ve outlined some of the things you should look for when finding the right mouthwash for you and your child. Start With the Results First, …

Why Xylitol is the Mouth Healthy Sugar Alternative

Eating too much sugar can lead to tooth decay, but it can be difficult to find snacks or cook without sugar. However, there is an all-natural sweetener that can help clean teeth and still satisfy your sweet tooth. Today, we discuss how sugar can cause cavities, and how xylitol is the perfect mouth-healthy replacement for sugar. Sugar Fuels Cavities Sugar …

Does Your Child Play Sports? Their Teeth May be at Risk for Injury.

Each year, almost 25 million children in the United States will play youth sports, and 1 in 3 young athletes will suffer an accidental injury. Dental injuries account for nearly 20% of all sports related injuries. Did you know that your child is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to their teeth when they aren’t wearing a mouth guard? …