Top 6 Foods for Spring Clean Teeth

Posted by on April 4, 2017 at 11:50 pm


Top 6 Foods to Spring Clean your Mouth


Spring cleaning is about more than just your home. Our mouths deserve the same rejuvenation from time to time. And there is no better way to brighten that smile than by eating a healthy diet. Here are the top 6 foods that clean teeth naturally, often acting as natural abrasives to polish those pearly whites. Most of them, with the exception of green tea perhaps, will be useful for you and your children!

  1. Tea – Herbal teas, like green tea, contain polyphenol antioxidants that reduce plaque and prevent cavities and gum disease. Tea also contains fluoride, which helps strengthen tooth enamel and eliminates bad breath.
  1. Cheese – Cheese contains natural cavity-fighting agents, as well as vitamins that strengthen teeth. The calcium and phosphate in cheese helps balance pH levels in the mouth, preserves tooth enamel, produces saliva, and kills bacteria that cause cavities and disease.
  1. Fruits – Fruits, such as apples, strawberries and kiwis, scrub your teeth when you eat them. When the natural fibers of the fruits combine with saliva in the mouth, they help wash away food particles and stain-causing bacteria.
  1. Vegetables – Crunchy vegetables such as carrots, cauliflower, broccoli and cucumbers can help clean your teeth and gums by removing food particles that can build up into plaque.
  1. Fresh herbs – Chewing on herbs, like parsley, cilantro, and mint helps decrease odors caused by a buildup of bacteria.
  1. Water – Water cleans the mouth and produces saliva that deposits essential minerals that build tooth enamel. Water also keeps gums hydrated and washes away food particles from teeth.

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How do I get my child to eat a healthy school lunch?

Posted by on August 19, 2016 at 4:18 pm

dr-bryans-tooth-station-kids-making-their-own-lunchTeaching Kids To Make Their Own Lunches

Busy, working parents face many hurdles in that early morning rush to get their little ones out the door. One of the biggest challenges? The daily packing of school lunch. What to make? Will they even eat what we make?  

You may have heard that the more kids help with shopping and cooking a meal, the more likely they are to eat it. We encourage you to test the theory!

A Few Tips for Prepping Ahead

1. Take the kids shopping.
Give them choices in the produce section for the upcoming week’s lunches. Shop the bulk bins and have them pick out the type of dried fruit, trail mix or grains they want to try. They might surprise you!

2. Have the right containers for the job.
Many kids like storing their lunch in multiple containers. Imagine grapes in one container, cheese cubes in another, carrot coins and cherry tomatoes in yet another, and hummus and pita triangles on the side. The next day it will be a different combination.

3. Prep extra staple ingredients while making dinner.
Make another chicken breast for shredding, slice more bell peppers, or cook another cup of rice or greens for your child to incorporate into lunches.

4. Avoid the morning rush hour.
After dinner, start an assembly line on the dining room table, which may be easier for smaller kids to work on than counter tops.

Easy and Fun Food Ideas

• Lunchbox Quesadilla is an easy make-ahead lunch that older kids can prepare in one pan, and it’s a delicious way to use up leftovers.

• Deli-style rollups with ham, sliced chicken, or turkey. Easy and bread-free for a change of pace.

• Tuna or egg salad with whole grain crackers.

• Make a rice bowl Start with brown rice or quinoa (or both). Add a protein such as leftover chicken or cooked beans. Add veggies. Top with a sauce or dressing.

• Do the dip. Have your child package up single servings of salsa, dip or hummus and grab veggies, crackers or pita chips for dippers.

• Avocado, Lettuce and Tomato Pita Pockets packs whole grain pitas with a mixture of greens, tomatoes and mashed avocado for a satisfying and colorful midday meal.

• Pasta Salad using Leftovers Add veggies and voila!

• Apple Sandwiches with Granola and Peanut Butter Use Sunflower spread instead for a great nut-free alternative.

• Don’t forget the apple! They can be sliced at home and held together with a rubber band to decrease browning from oxidation.

While at first, you’ll need to be close at hand, making sure they’re packing the essentials (protein, fruit, veggies, whole grain, etc.) and to take over any sharp knife or stove activities, we believe the future payoff is worth the initial time investment.


And the bonus? An amazing smile with no cavities! We always love that. 

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What kind of toothpaste should I buy?

Posted by on July 28, 2016 at 1:55 pm


Tips For Toothpaste Buying

So often we go to the store looking for toothpaste and find ourselves overwhelmed by all those red and blue boxes promising things like whitening! minty fresh! kills plaque! The question is, what actually makes a good toothpaste? What are the key ingredients and properties to look out for? Here is a handy guide to help answer those very questions.

What the best toothpaste has

• Calcium carbonate and silica – These two abrasive agents work on removing food, plaque, bacteria and stains from your teeth. But consider the level of abrasiveness. All ADA-approved toothpastes fall within certain limits, but the range is quite wide. Some dentists advise erring on the side of low abrasiveness.
• Enamel protection – Since the body cannot regenerate enamel, which is the thin covering on your teeth that keeps them healthy and protected from hypersensitivity, it’s important for your toothpaste to strengthen your enamel and protect it from acid damage.
• A pleasant taste and consistency – Long-lasting freshness and the texture of toothpaste is important. A medicinal taste or goopy consistency won’t make you want to brush those pearly babies.


Before you head to the store, here are some good things to know

• Use a Fluoride toothpaste – Experts say fluoride is important for preventing cavities and maintaining oral health. The label may list this as stannous fluoride, sodium fluoride or monofluoride phosphate (MFP). Be sure to read about our recommendations on fluoride for toddlers.

• The ADA Seal of Acceptance – Look for any toothpaste with the ADA (American Dental Association) seal to insure it’s been proven safe and effective.

• Most whitening toothpastes are over-hyped – Whitening toothpastes don’t whiten your teeth in the same way, say, take-home kits or cosmetic dentists do. Mostly, they do what other toothpastes do: remove stains from the surface of your teeth. When used twice daily they can make teeth appear whiter, but will not affect, long-term, any stain that goes deeper than a tooth’s surface.

• Sensitive formulas can help those with mild mouth pain – These work for mild cases of tooth hypersensitivity, but expect to wait 4 to 6 weeks before you feel any results. Also, keep in mind that these won’t work for tooth pain caused by cavities or tooth problems other than receding gums. If you’re in real pain, see a dentist!

• Avoid SLS if you have sensitive teeth or are prone to canker sores – Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) can irritate the gums and lining of the mouth in some people. If you are prone to mouth sensitivity or canker sores, dentists recommend choosing a fluoride toothpaste that does not contain SLS.

• A little goes a long way – A pea-sized amount of toothpaste is all you need to get the job done. For kids, even less. Which means, more time between your next trip to the store!

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Top 5 Reasons Now is the Time to Get Your Teeth Cleaned

Posted by on June 1, 2016 at 6:38 pm

 Top 5 Reasons Now is the Time to Get Your Teeth Cleaned

Summer, that delightful time of year when the sun is shining and the beach is calling your name, is just around the corner. Just thinking about those vacation days spent reading in hammocks and sipping on fresh lemonade has us smiling. In preparation, we’ve come up with the top five reasons Summer is the ultimate smile season and why there’s no better time to make an appointment to get your pearly whites ready for their close-up! Call us at 916-984-6747 pay to get your whole family smile ready or request an appointment.


  1. Weddings!

Talk about moments immortalized forever. Whether you’re the, bride, the groom, or a guest, you’ll surely want to get your smile camera ready.

  1. School’s Out!

Say goodbye to alarm clocks and homework, and hello to pool parties and popsicle making fun. Seeking further inspiration for summertime adventure? We’ve got you covered.

  1. Vacation’s In!

Whether you prefer drifting tranquilly on a lake or frolicking beneath ocean waves , there is nothing more welcome than an outdoor summer vacation. For suggestions on fun and affordable ways to celebrate the joys of summer with your little ones look no further:

  1. More time to Read!

“I wish I had more time to read.” If you’ve ever uttered these words than you know summer is your chance. More free time equals more opportunity to escape into those books patiently awaiting you on your nightstand. Bound to make you happy!

  1. More Beach time!

Of all the places you’re sure to find a bevy of smiling faces, the beach would be top of that list. A place to relax, play, contemplate, and simply breathe deep, warm sands and flowing waters are a key part to any happy summer.


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Grow Some Healthy Teeth on Earth Day

Posted by on April 19, 2016 at 2:04 pm

dr-bryan's-tooth-station-earth-day-healthy-food-teethGrowing Your Own Veggies Is Good for the Earth and Healthy for Your Teeth

One of the first things to spring to mind when you think of Earth Day is probably not healthy teeth. But really, there is no more perfect time to introduce your kids to the wonders of gardening and growing your own food. Start by planting some veggies that are good for both your teeth and your body.

Two excellent options are carrots and celery. These hard, fibrous vegetables do much to stimulate the gums and, as we know, strong, healthy gums are super important to maintaining healthy teeth. With their high beta carotene content, which your body needs to create vitamin A, they contain the nutrients essential for healthy tooth enamel. Carrots also act as natural abrasives, helping to eliminate dirt and plaque, as well as triggering a lot of saliva, which helps to scrub away stains on your teeth.

Packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, beta carotene, phosphorus, calcium and magnesium, leafy dark green vegetables, such as, lettuce, kale, broccoli and spinach, are another great route to a happy, healthy mouth. Because phosphorous is stored in the teeth (and in your bones), these minerals are instrumental in helping your body maintain balance.

Furthermore, you should end every meal by chomping on some raw fruits and vegetables as their high water content naturally helps keeps your teeth and gums clean.

So, this Earth Day, plant some yummy vegetables to fill your tummy and brighten your smile!

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Modeling good dental habits may include drinking green tea!

Posted by on March 18, 2016 at 4:08 pm

green tea dental health benefits We all want our children to have healthy habits that last a lifetime. The best way to ensure they do that is to model them ourselves. With the preponderance of evidence demonstrating the negative effects of soda and sport drinks on teeth and overall health, we would be well-advised as parents to follow a different route.

A beverage that has been shown to have great positive effects on dental and overall health is green tea. According to a 2009 study, drinking at least one cup of green tea a day can offer protection against gum disease, helping to decrease both gum recession and bleeding. The researchers suggested that the antioxidants found in green tea may be responsible for slowing down the effects of gum disease, as well as helping lead to a lower instance of periodontal disease.   It is believed that antimicrobial molecules called catechins present in green tea are what provide the benefit. Catechins have been shown to kill mouth bacteria associated with tooth decay and gum disease.

If that’s not enough encouragement, drinking green tea may also lower your chances of oral cancer. By analyzing the results of 19 recent studies, a 2014 meta-analysis found a significantly lower risk of oral cancer among participants who drank green tea.

Adding this warm beverage to your daily routine may not only provide you with a calming experience in your busy day, it will improve your overall health and that of the next generation!

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It’s Fun to Brush My Teeth!

Posted by on February 16, 2016 at 8:00 pm

dr-bryans-tooth-station-childrens-dentist-folsom-national-dental-monthFebruary is National Children’s Dental Health Month

In honor of that, we bring you the top 5 Ways to Make Brushing Teeth Fun!

It’s the perfect time for you to start teaching your kids great brushing habits that will last them a lifetime. It’s also an excellent opportunity for parents, themselves, to learn more, about the paramount importance of good dental hygiene. For instance, did you know?

  • Children in the U.S. miss more than 51 million hours of school every year due to dental issues.
  • Tooth decay – while entirely preventable- is the most common chronic disease in children.
  • About 17 million children go without dental care each year.

And since maintaining optimal dental health all begins with proper brushing here are five great tips on how to make taking care of those peepers fun for you and your little ones!


Get a Fun Toothbrush
Get your child a cool toothbrush that he or she is excited to try. You may be able to do the same with toothpaste too, depending on what your child likes. There are plenty of children’s toothbrushes out there made to look like Disney characters, race cars, dinosaurs, and more. Let your kid come with you to the store to pick out his or her toothbrush.


dr-bryans-tooth-station-childrens-dentist-folsom-brushing-gameMake a Game out of Brushing Teeth
Remember that little line from Mary Poppins? “In every job that must be done there is an element of fun. Find the fun and *snap*, the job’s a game!”  A simple “I wonder if I can brush my teeth better than you” might get your kid amped to try!


dr-bryans-tooth-station-childrens-dentist-folsom-brushing-happy-toothSet up a Rewards System                                                                We’re not suggesting that you pay your child to brush his teeth. However, you might set up some sort of rewards system that directly connects to dental care. Maybe your child will get to stay up an extra 30 minutes if he brushes his teeth and takes a bath before bed. Maybe 30 days of constant brushing will lead to some sort of big prize. The reward itself is entirely up to you, but try to come up with an incentive for your child to strive for.

dr-bryans-tooth-station-childrens-dentist-folsom-sesame-street-brushing-teethTurn Tooth Brushing into a Story                      
Have you heard? The evil plaque monsters are invading Smile Kingdom, and the only way to get rid of them is to use the powerful Brushomatic 9000. Sounds like fun, right? All it takes is a little story line like that to get your kids to see dental care in a new light. It’s not just good oral hygiene – it’s an action adventure film brought to life.

dr-bryans-tooth-station-childrens-dentist-folsom-brushing--teeth-with-childBrush Your Teeth at the Same Time         
When all else fails, make an effort to lead by example. Show your children that brushing their teeth is a key component to a healthy life. Your kids naturally want to be like you, so you might as well take advantage of that. Spend some quality time with your children and show them the benefits of a bright, healthy smile.

dr-bryans-tooth-station-childrens-dentist-folsom-visit-dentist-brushing-teethSchedule regular cleanings at the dentist!
Along with practicing great oral hygiene at home be sure to take your kids to the dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings, insuring they’ll always be proud of their radiant smiles! Call us whenever you’d like at 916-984-6747 or schedule online!

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How to Pull a Loose Tooth

Posted by on January 25, 2016 at 6:28 pm


We love seeing our kids with great gap-toothed smiles and parents often ask us to tell them the best way it to remove a loose tooth. 

As you have likely noticed, children usually lose teeth in about the same order they get them. The front teeth go first, usually around age six or seven. Though we accept this as part of growing up, what is actually happening when kids lose their teeth? Here’s what happens. When a permanent tooth starts coming in, the roots of the baby tooth dissolve until it is loose enough to fall out. They usually fall out with little drama or blood.

If the loose tooth in your child’s mouth is not quite ready to fall out on its own, trying to pull it out may hurt its sensitive roots and cause pain.

In general,  it’s best to deny the temptation to pull a loose tooth, but rather let your child wiggle it until it falls out on its own. This will minimize the pain and bleeding.

But if you just can’t resist, we present you with some funny creative ideas for how to remove that pesky wiggly tooth.

As always, if you suspect that it is not the right time to lose a tooth or if the sequence of loss feels out of order, your child may have bumped or hit his or her teeth in which case you should definitely come in to the office for an assessment to prevent any damage that may have been caused to the tooth or gums. You can make an appointment now!


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What If My Child Has a Serious Cavity?

Posted by on January 24, 2014 at 5:10 pm

If your child is experiencing a serious cavity, it may require a root canal. What is a baby root canal and why is it necessary in order to maintain your children’s dental health?

Learn more about the anatomy of a tooth

A baby root canal (also called a pulpotomy) is needed when the hole in the tooth (cavity) is large and has either reached the third and middle part of the tooth called the pulp chamber or has become very close to the pulp chamber.

This procedure performed by a children’s dentist may be necessary even if the cavity has not reached the pulp chamber  because the second layer of the tooth called dentin is made of tubules.

A closer look at cavities

Although these are small tubes, they are wide enough for bacteria to enter and eventually find their way to the pulp chamber, which will lead to the tooth dying, getting an infection or both. This is a leading cause of failure of large restorations in primary teeth. When removing caries (a cavity) one is removing bacteria among other things, but bacteria are small and not all of them can be removed.

A closeup look at bacteria in teeth

A baby root canal involves removing the pulp chamber down to the level of the roots of the tooth. If the pulp at the level of the roots is healthy, a material can be placed that hopefully keeps the remaining pulp in the roots alive.

 Illustration of baby root canal treatment

A common material that is still widely used called formal creosol, derived from formalin, is placed that cauterizes the pulp at the roots. The problem with formal creosol is that it is a proven carcinogen. Formal creosol also can cause significant internal resorption inside the tooth and the result is that tooth just simply disappears – which is a failure of the procedure and the remaining part of the tooth should be removed.

A material recently developed called Mineral Trioxide Aggregate (MTA) can now be used safely for baby root canal therapy for toddlers and young children’s dentistry and has success equal or better then formal creosol with no evidence of negative health effects. [1] MTA has been shown, in some circumstances, to promote the repair of the dentin leading to a layer of healing over the roots referred to as a dentinal bridge from one side of the root to the other. Baby root canal treatment is not 100% effective and even under the best circumstances will have a failure rate of 2-8% and this rate increases the more advanced that cavity is before the root canal was completed.

In pediatric dental care, once a baby root canal has been completed the top part of the tooth called the crown, is no longer vital. These means there is no longer any living material inside the tooth and the crown of the tooth becomes brittle. The tooth becomes easy to break and fracture. For this reason it is best to place a cap on the tooth to prevent this. A cap goes all the way around the tooth and helps to protect it. If the baby tooth that had a root canal completed on it is not going to be in the mouth very much longer because the permanent tooth will be coming in, a regular filling can sometimes be placed.

Illustration of developing permanent tooth


[1] Comparison of Mineral Trioxide Aggregate and Diluted Formocresol in Pulpotomized Human Primary Molars: 42-month Follow-up and Survival Analysis. PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY V35 ND 3 MAY-JUN 13

A Sacramento Kids Dentist is Working for Your Child’s Dental Health
If you have been searching for a compassionate pediatric dentist call our Folsom children’s dental office at 916-984-6747 today.

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How Much Toothpaste For My Toddler?

Posted by on February 6, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Toddler learning how to brush his teeth

How Much is Too Much Toothpaste For My Kids Teeth?

This is a common question the kid-friendly dentist staff at The Tooth Station are asked every day, and it’s a very good one. Because babies and toddlers do not know how to spit out their toothpaste, because large doses of fluoride aren’t good for small children, and because toothpaste is very tasty, it is important that you monitor the amount of toothpaste you use for your young children’s preventative dental care.

Below you will see photos of the right amount of children’s fluoridated toothpaste (such as Crest) to use for both infant and toddler. Adult toothpaste will have much more fluoride so these photos would not be appropriate guides. It is also important to keep in mind when thinking about your baby and infant dental health that kids who are already exposed to fluoride via the Sacramento fluoridated water supply or by formula or drops should not use a fluoridated toothpaste.

Amount of toothpaste used for an infantAmount of toothpaste used for toddlers






Your First Visit is Free at The Tooth Station! Committing to a schedule for your kids dentist care is a powerful first step for your child’s dental health in Sacramento. Contact our kids dental office today.

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