Dental Trauma does not always mean a broken tooth!

A lot of dental emergencies involve broken teeth, but a large percentage also involve soft tissue trauma. Mouth trauma can be confusing for parents. Who treats it? Where do we go? As long as there is no sign of head trauma, broken bones or significant systemic trauma your dentist is a good place to start. Most dentists are on call 24/7 and a less expensive option compared to the emergency room. Dentists are trained to place sutures in the oral cavity and treat most oral injuries. Be careful!!!

We are Celebrating 41 years of Service to Denver Metro

On August 8th we will celebrate 41 years in business. Dr. Betty opened a small solo practice 41 years ago in a small space around 1000 sq feet. Since that day we have grown to over 7500 sq feet and 4 dentists. We are grateful for her vision and her example as a practitioner. We owe her our ability to work in such a loving environment. Thank you to all of the families that have supported us over the last 4 decades.

Sincerely

Children’s Dentistry Staff

We have chosen the 2018 scholars

We have selected three recipients for our Dr. Betty Barr Scholarship for Higher Education. With over 65 applicants, the selection process was a challenge! But after weeks of reviewing and deliberating, Samantha Pichler was awarded the top Scholarship of $5,000. Additionally, Lauren Lawless and Adam Chehadi were both awarded $1,000 scholarships. All three students will be attending college or schools of higher education in the fall of 2018.

The Dr. Betty Barr Scholarship for Higher Education is an annual scholarship awarded by us each year. . The scholarship was created as a way to honor of our founder, Dr. Betty Bar, after her retirement in 2015. All of our current patients who were high school seniors were encouraged to apply for the scholarship. They were asked to write an essay demonstrating their ability to show integrity, perseverance, and hard work.

“I read every single submission numerous times, and what it boiled down to was how each scholarship recipient dealt with adversaries to achieve their goals,” said Dr. Barr. “Every single applicant was incredibly deserving of the scholarship award, but ultimately, there were three that stood out based on the criteria we put forth.”

Congratulations to the winners! If you have an incoming senior, be on the lookout in April for the 2019 scholarship announcement.

2018 Scholarship for Higher Education

Can you believe that Dr. Betty has been retired for 3 years! To honor her legacy, we are asking our patients that will be attending college this upcoming fall to apply for the Dr. Betty Barr Scholarship for Higher Education.

The applicant must be attending college in the fall of 2018 to be considered. Please see the following instructions to apply.

Important Dates

Deadline: May 20th, 2018

Awarded: June 5th, 2018

Amount: $5,000 (Last year we had a surprise donation so we were able to give an additional smaller scholarship. Who knows what could happen this year!)

Eligibility Requirements

Criteria

Betty Barr always exemplified these three characteristics: integrity, perseverance, and hard-work. Write an essay citing specific examples that describe how you best represent the three qualities listed above. The essay should be typed, no less than 600 words and no more than 1200.

Selection and Notification

All applicants must submit their essay to Children’s Dentistry of Westminster by May 20th to be considered. Dr. Betty will review the applicants and select the winner that best demonstrates integrity, perseverance and hard-work. We will let you know via phone if you receive the $5,000 scholarship. The scholarship will be mailed to the address once we have confirmed the recipient.

Include your full name, address and phone number at the top of the sassy. Email, mail or personally deliver to:

info@ddschild.com

Children’s Dentistry of Westminster

5150 W 80th Ave

Westminster, CO 80030

The Best Places to View the Lights in Denver

The Holiday season is upon us, and there are very few things that excite children more than seeing the holiday lights. Here are a few ideas of where you can take your family to experience the lights together.

Perhaps one of the best ways to see the Denver lights in all their glory is a walking tour of downtown. Many businesses and hotels are decked out to the nines. The Oxford Hotel currently has a gorgeous window display and a real wood fire blazing in their lobby. In our opinion, Denver’s Union Station and The Brown Palace tie when it comes to who has the largest most decorated Christmas tree. Why not stop in and see both? Take a stroll down Larimer Square. You just may see Santa driving a horse-drawn carriage and hear carolers belting out some tunes. Do a little local shopping, grab some dinner, and make sure to drive by the City and County Building on your way back home.

There are also several places around town where you can view lights. Both the York Street and Chatfield locations of the Denver Botanical Gardens have events going until January 1st. Hudson Gardens is running their lights until December 31st. The Denver Zoo is also holding their Zoo Lights until December 31st. Please visit their websites for more information, hours, and pricing.

If driving around neighborhoods is more your style, we found this amazing website that lists many homes that are bursting with the Holiday spirit. You can even plan the best route that suits your needs.

From our family at Children’s Dentistry to yours – Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Where’s the pacifier?

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, most parents often turn to the use of pacifiers to soothe a crying baby. Pacifiers can help newborns fall asleep, can reduce discomfort on airplane rides, and provide overall soothing.

While a pacifier can be a great comfort to babies, dental issues can arise when the child becomes dependant on it. Common problems we see with children who still use a pacifier after their teeth have erupted are an anterior open bite (the back teeth touch, but the front teeth do not), a posterior crossbite (when the upper back teeth are tucked inside the lower back teeth due to the constant sucking habit) and “buck teeth” (when the upper teeth protrude beyond the lower teeth).

It is our recommendation that pacifiers should be phased out when your child reaches 2 years of age to minimize permanent damage.

So how can you and your child say bye-bye to those beloved “pacis?” Here are a few ideas:

And as always…give us a call if you have any concerns about the way your children’s teeth are developing due to prolonged pacifier use.

2017 Betty Barr Scholarship Winners

We are pleased to announce the 2017 winners of the Dr. Betty Barr Scholarship for Higher Education. We had so many amazing essays submitted that it was difficult to choose. It was so difficult that this year, we chose two winners and split the $1,000 scholarship in two.

The first 2017 recipient of the Dr. Betty Barr Scholarship for Higher Education is Dane Gunderson, of Broomfield, Colorado.

Dane attended Broomfield High School and excelled in Track and Field, as well as Football. He is attending the University of Wyoming in the fall and hopes to pursue a career in medicine.

The second 2017 recipient of the Dr. Betty Barr Scholarship for Higher Education is Shay Ward, of Westminster, Colorado. Shay has been admitted to San Diego State University and is headed there in the fall.

Congratulations to the 2017 winners. We are proud of you and look forward to seeing you in the summer when you come back from college! If you have a child that will be graduating in 2018, keep your eyes peeled for a call for essays next March.

Don’t leave me tongue tied

Having a baby is a beautiful, but scary thing. First time parents are usually beyond excited, but somewhat apprehensive as they wade into uncharted waters. Of course, most rely on books, friends and family who have gone before them to navigate the waters, but the ultimate reality is that parenting is a lesson in trial and error. This may seem easy enough to some, but for new parents it seems like they are climbing a mountain each day.

Infants actually require very little beyond their basic needs. Keeping them dry, warm and fed. Unfortunately, all of these areas can cause significant stress, especially when it comes to feeding. Some mothers can’t produce enough milk or their baby has difficulty latching on. Many times this issue works itself out but sometimes babies can’t latch due to a condition called ankyloglossia, or tongue-tied. Having a tongue-tied child is actually quite common and many times under-diagnosed. Ankyloglossia occurs when a connecting piece of skin under the tongue called a frenulum is either too short or extends too far forward, making it difficult for the tongue to extend for feeding. Trying to breastfeed a tongue-tied infant can be extremely painful and frustrating. The good news, it’s an easy and relatively painless fix. Children’s Dentistry has had huge success snipping the frenulum. This procedure is simple and noninvasive. Tongue-tied newborns often latch successfully and nurse immediately following the procedure, it’s truly amazing to witness.

If you’re a new parent and your infant is having a difficult time feeding, it might be worth bringing your infant in for a complimentary exam to determine whether your child is tongue tied. Please feel free to call or email our Children’s Dentistry doctors with any questions you might have, we are your partners in health through this crazy journey called parenting.

We are not kidding about mouthguards

Whether it be football, baseball, hockey, boxing, lacrosse, wrestling, volleyball or any other sports your children may be involved with, we want you to understand the importance of mouthguards. Believe us when we tell you that we have seen some horrific mouth trauma as a result of a sports-related mishap.

We all know that accidents can happen and we want your children to be as safe as possible. Mouthguards work by cushioning the blow of any contact that may occur during sports. They can protect your children from chipped, broken or lost teeth, lip and cheek wounds, and jaw injuries. It is even more important that children with braces wear mouthguards to protect from broken brackets or other appliance damage.

We recommend that you purchase a boil and bite or stock mouth guard which you can easily find online, at a local sports store or pharmacy. The boil and bite style mouth guard will give your child a better protection over the stock variety because they are fitted to their teeth through the process of boiling water and allowing the material to mold the mouth. The entire process takes less than 10 minutes.

Remember, as, with anything that goes in the mouth, it is essential to keep the mouthguards clean. They need to be thoroughly brushed after each use, and stored in a container with vents to allow it to dry which will prevent the growth of bacteria.

A mouthguard is an essential component to sports safety, and we are happy to help you find the best option for your child. Please feel free to call our office to discuss your options. The health of your children’s teeth is our utmost priority.

The Dr. Betty Barr Scholarship 2017

Can you believe that Dr. Betty has been retired for 3 years! To honor her legacy, we are asking our patients that will be attending college this upcoming fall to apply for the Dr. Betty Barr Scholarship for Higher Education.

We are so proud of our 2016 winners, especially our top winner, Cameron Caudillo. Click here to read about him and the other winners. Their bios tell a little bit about them and where they headed off to college.

The applicant must be attending college in the fall of 2017 to be considered. Please see the following instructions to apply.

Important Dates

Deadline: May 12th, 2017

Awarded: May 26th, 2017

Amount: $1,000 (Last year we had a surprise donation so we were able to give four additional smaller scholarships. Who knows what could happen this year!)

Eligibility Requirements

Criteria

Betty Barr always exemplified these three characteristics: integrity, perseverance and hard-work. Write an essay citing specific examples that describe how you best represent the three qualities listed above. Essay should be typed, no less than 600 words and no more than 1200.

Selection and Notification

All applicants must submit their essay to Children’s Dentistry of Westminster by May 12th to be considered. Dr. Nelle, Dr. Sean and Dr. Stacy will review the applicants and select the winner that best demonstrates integrity, perseverance and hard-work. We will let you know via phone if you receive the $1,000 scholarship. The scholarship will be mailed to the address once we have confirmed the recipient.

Include your full name, address and phone number at the top of the sassy. Email, mail or personally deliver to:

info@ddschild.com

Children’s Dentistry of Westiminster

5150 W 80th Ave

Westminster, CO 80030

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