2019 Dr. Betty Barr Scholarship for Higher Education

Can you believe that Dr. Betty has been retired for 4 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 2019 to be considered. Please see the following instructions to apply.

Important Dates

Deadline: May 30th, 2019

Awarded: June 15th, 2019

Amount: 2 $2000 scholarships to top applicants and 1 $1000 scholarship to the runner up

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 30th 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 essay. Email, mail or personally deliver to:

info@ddschild.com

Children’s Dentistry of Westminster
5150 W 80th Ave
Westminster, CO 80030

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.

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.

New drill and fill alternative

Until recently, drilling and filling has been the primary form of treatment for caries or “cavities” in the United States. In July, The New York Times published an article announcing that the FDA has approved an antimicrobial liquid that can be applied with a brush to infected teeth called silver diamine fluoride.

Silver diamine fluoride is a odorless colorless liquid that is applied for a period of one to two minutes to an isolated tooth with a micro brush. It’s a non-invasive therapeutic agent that can be used to arrest small areas of decay in your child’s mouth, by killing the bacteria and hardening the surface. The liquid has been used to treat dental decay in many foreign countries for nearly a century.

This product sounds amazing right? Well, it’s amazing but there’s one big catch, it turns the areas of decay dark brown or black, as shown in the photo. Application must be done carefully as it can permanently stain clothing and temporarily stain skin if mis-handled. However, it is extremely safe if applied by a trained professional and can prevent your child from going through restorative procedures.

This is not a perfect option, it will create unpleasant staining every time. But can be effective in treating dental decay without a drill. Especially if the child has small cavities in the front or back molars of their baby teeth.

We have started using silver diamine fluoride in the office and encourage anyone who’s interested in it to please ask one of the dentists at our office if it’s right for your child.

Dr. Betty Barr Scholarship for Higher Education–2016

For the second consecutive year, Children’s Dentistry of Westminster is asking our patients that will be attending college this upcoming fall to apply for the Dr. Betty Barr Scholarship for Higher Education. As many of you know, last year Dr. Betty retired from Children’s Dentistry after 38 years. This scholarship is our way of carrying on her legacy of excellence.

The applicant must be attending college in the fall of 2016 to be considered. Please see the following instructions to apply.

Important Dates

Deadline: May 15th, 2016

Awarded: May 31st, 2016

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility Requirement

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 15th to be considered. Dr. Nelle and Dr. Sean will review the applicants and select the winner that best demonstrates integrity, perseverance and hard-work. We will let you know via phone whether you will receive the $1,000 scholarship. The scholarship will be mailed to the address provided once we have confirmed the recipient.

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

info@ddschild.com

Children’s Dentistry of Westminster

5150 W 80th Ave

Westminster, CO 80030

Do Your Kids Have Shark Teeth?

Have your children ever had two rows of teeth? Did you start thinking that maybe they should be casted during Shark WeekDon’t worry. Shark teeth are completely normal and does not mean your child is morphing into a tiger shark.

What does it mean?

Children typically start losing teeth between the ages of 5 and 7. This process begins when permanent teeth start to erupt and resorb the primary (baby) tooth, causing the baby tooth to become loose. However, sometimes the primary tooth is still there when the permanent tooth erupts giving your child a second row of teeth.

What should we do?

If your child has two rows of teeth, first check the primary tooth to see if it is loose. If it is loose, encourage your child to wiggle and loosen it until it falls out. Sometimes the permanent tooth erupts and the primary tooth is not budging. If this is the case, call us to discuss the next step, your child may need to have the tooth extracted or given an extra wiggle by the dentist.

What happens if we do nothing?

If your child has two rows of teeth, the permanent teeth will start to deflect and move out of position, this could mean future orthodontic care.

Teeth are interesting and can do a lot of crazy things that might look scary. If something looks concerning, or your child is complaining of discomfort, please call us anytime.

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