Author Archive | Debra Duffy

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Halloween Candy Buyback – 2017

Why would a pediatric dentist in Flower Mound want all of your Halloween candy? Because every pound you bring me is one pound of sugar that a Flower Mound child didn’t eat. Americans, particularly our children, consume vast quantities of candy. The average person consumes 3.4 pounds of extra candy in the aftermath of Halloween, […]

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Flower Power: 2017 Flower Mound Football

After dealing a devastating 44-0 loss to W.T. White during week one, the Flower Mound Jaguars have been limping along. They’ve put up great effort, but couldn’t get the W. Week One Recap The season opener for high school football in Flower Mound showed some impressive power on both sides of the ball. On offense, […]

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Back-to-School in Flower Mound

Is it that time of year again already? The students of Flower Mound have had their rest, and now it’s time for them to head back-to-school (much to the rejoicing of parents). The 2017 school year begins on the 28th across the district, and it’s time to get organized for a stress-free start. You might […]

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Our Favorite Summer Recipes!

We were thinking about all the possibilities for summer meals over the holiday, and we decided it would be a fun idea to share some of our favorites! We aimed for healthy-ish recipes that are great for lunch or a picnic in Flower Mound. Citrus-Marinated Chicken Total time 1 hour 5 minutes (prep time 35 […]

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Service Spotlight: What Is Fluoride Varnish?

Healthy teeth are important for our children, even if they don’t realize it. Children don’t always have the discipline to take care of their teeth as well as they should; that’s something even adults struggle with. That’s why our practice uses fluoride varnishes to help prevent tooth decay. Fluoride is an essential mineral that prevents […]

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It’s Almost Jungle Jam Time!

It’s almost time for our 5th Annual Jungle Jam patient celebration event in Flower Mound. Our yearly party is going to be even bigger and better than ever! Last year more than 400 of our patients, families, and friends made it to the party. We had so much fun last year with everyone, and we […]

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Sticking to Your Resolutions

2017 is already underway and many of us are probably hoping to turn over a new leaf, of sorts. Whether it’s losing weight, getting a new job, or flossing every day, many of us use the start of a new year to “remake” ourselves. “Old habits die hard.” That’s what they say, anyway. Even with […]

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Top Ten Toys of 2016

It’s crunch time, so if you’re still looking for great gift ideas for the kids, I’ve got you covered. I reviewed the top selling items, of multiple toy companies and stores, to find the Top Ten Toys of 2016. There’s something for everyone; from intellectual stimulation, all the way to upgraded NERF warfare. Dr. Duffy’s […]

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Halloween Candy

Got Candy? Want Cash? You’re in Luck!

I know it’s odd to think about, but can a dentist really be on-board with trick-or-treating? Absolutely! It’s a fun tradition that our kids look forward to all year! So much so that I’d never suggest kids stop participating for the sake of their dental health! However, my willingness to embrace the trick-or-treating frenzy doesn’t […]

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Fall in Flower Mound

School has officially started and the leaves are changing color, that means fall has come to Flower Mound once again! The new season brings a spectrum of exciting change; including two of our favorite things in Flower Mound. In Texas, Fall is all about football… In the Lone Star state, football is our lifeblood. The […]

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Have Some Fun Before It’s Done

We have reached the final days of summer. Children are already back in school, the trees are starting to turn, and football season is underway. You might feel as if summer flew right by, but we have a few great and fun ideas for some last minute summer fun around Flower Mound before autumn begins. […]

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Service Spotlight: PerioSciences

Most people have heard of antioxidants, even if they aren’t quite sure what they are. It’s easiest just to show you what they are. Take an apple and cut it in half. Leave one half untouched, but cover the other half in antioxidant-rich lemon juice. Leave them out on a plate and watch as the […]

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Sugar’s Secret Sources

As a pediatric dentist in Flower Mound, we know that summer is most every kid’s favorite time of the year. We love summer too, of course, for many of the same reasons. We get to enjoy barbecues, camping trips, pool parties, birthday parties, and great summer holiday parties with our friends and family. What could […]

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Are You New to Flower Mound?

As parents, raising our children in the best environment possible, is essential. We look for exceptional schools, welcoming communities, and great, safe neighborhoods, so it comes as no surprise to us locals, that everyone wants to raise their family in the best town in Texas! Our community boasts a strong economy, steady growth, and some […]

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Radiation Revealed!

The pioneers of early research took many unknown risks in developing the best diagnostic tool in modern medicine, and it is from their work that we have learned the truth about radiation; when to use it, and at what levels it is safe. So what is the truth? Radiation is everywhere. It is all around […]

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National Children’s Dental Health Month Spotlight

As a child’s dentist in Flower Mound, February is an important month for us. That’s because February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. From the American Dental Association’s website: “This month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, […]

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Resolve to Improve Flower Mound in 2016

Working as a pediatric dentist in Flower Mound, I feel connected to my city. It’s a great community full of friendly people. If we all got a bit more involved and gave a little more time back to the organizations and people around us, it could be even better. Thinking about volunteering and giving time […]

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Everything You NEED to Know About Your FSA & HSA

Insurance can be confusing enough, but with a Health Savings Account (HSA) or a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) it can be even trickier. While most people enrolled in eligible programs are doing so for tax reasons, many aren’t getting all the benefits they’re paying for. A recent study showed that 77% of people made mistakes […]

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Completely Custom Mouthguards

Your child’s smile lights up a room and lights up your life. Why risk any damage? With school sports starting up, it’s important to take extra steps to protect that winning smile, and that means using a mouthguard. As a children’s dentist, I’ve heard my share of protest against using mouthguards. Some kids see them […]

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Cheese improves a child’s dental health

Say Cheese for Dental Health!

When you think of superfoods or power foods, what do you think of? Kale? Spinach? Avocados? Those are all great foods, but there’s one food that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves for its many health benefits– cheese. We strive to provide the best dentistry for children, and that includes educating families about foods that […]

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Dr. Aubel - Pediatric Dentist

Why We Love Dr. Aubel

I was introduced to Dr. Aubel by another associate about three and a half years ago. Dr. Aubel is quiet and refined, but over the past three years, I’ve had the chance to get to know her on a deeper, more personal level. It wasn’t long before you could tell dentistry for children is her […]

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Get to Know Your Dental Team

Today we want to spotlight two very important people. Linda Otea, one of our clinical assistants, and Lequita Butcher, one of our treatment and financial coordinators, both recently had work anniversaries! Dentistry for children requires kind, gentle employees who speak “kid” and enable children to feel comfortable at the dentist office. To create a positive, […]

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Peanuts and Popcorn and… Mouthguards?

You’ve looked at the calendar for weeks, knowing the day is getting closer. Your kids have reminded you about it for months as they salivate with excitement. The weather is getting warmer and warmer each day and that only means one thing: it’s sports season! Time to break out all the soccer, football, baseball, basketball, […]

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Pediatric Dentist Autism Awareness

Specialized Care: Pediatric Dentists & Autism

Did you know April is Autism Awareness Month? That means it’s a great time to spread the awareness of autism and talk the importance of choosing a pediatric dentist who understands your child’s needs. According to Autism Treatment Network (ATN), autism is defined as a “brain disorder that affects social interaction, communication and often results […]

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Debra Duffy Pediatric Dentist Diabetes Alert Day

Your Child Has Diabetes, Does Seeing a Pediatric Dentist Make a Difference?

In short, yes! When your child is diagnosed with diabetes, everyday things can become more of a challenge. As a parent, you’re constantly juggling to maintain the important balance of food, activity, and administering medications to control their blood sugar. If those blood sugars are not controlled, the complications can become a tremendous issue. Studies […]

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A Season of Sacrifice

As we approach the season of Lent, I’ve been thinking about what it would mean to let go of or sacrifice something small for a season. It’s not always about the huge declarations we make. Sometimes a small thing sets in motion a whole new way of living and thinking. Imagine if, for forty days […]

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Why Fix Baby Teeth?

We are asked this question a lot. Why should I have baby teeth fixed if they are just going to fall out anyway? We thought we’d devote this weeks post to answering this important question. There are some very good reasons to make sure baby teeth stay as healthy as possible! Baby Teeth are Important […]

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Debra Duffy WaterLase

What Can WaterLase Do For You?

WaterLase is the number one pediatric laser. And, we have it! WaterLase is made by BioLase, the global leader in Dental Lasers. We use WaterLase for fillings, preventative resins, and soft tissue repair. So, how can Waterlase benefit your child? WaterLase Benefits The WaterLase allows us to only use topical anesthetic. No more Novocaine shots. […]

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Debra Duffy Cavity Free Club

Our Cavity Free Club is Back!

It’s January and we have a really fun announcement! We are bringing back our Cavity Free Club! Back By Popular Demand When your child comes in for a cleaning and we find they are cavity/decay free, we will enter their name in our drawing for a fun prize! We will be drawing a name once […]

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Smart and Healthy School Lunches

With the holiday’s over and winter still very much with us, we thought we’d take some time to refresh our healthy school lunch packing skills. Think of it this way: if you are tired of packing the same old lunches, your kids are probably tired of eating the same old lunches. Think Outside the Lunch […]

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Merry Christmas to All!

Christmas is here whether we are ready for it or not! It’s the most wonderful time of the year… It’s also pretty busy so, we want to take a moment to wish each of you a very warm and festive Merry Christmas. Holiday Hours Because we will be celebrating with our families, we will be closed from […]

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Give the Gift of Clean Teeth

Since we are in the holiday spirit and busy making our Christmas shopping lists, we thought we’d give you a little tip. Everyone Needs a Toothbrush Let’s face it, toothbrushes are necessary even if they are not the most glamorous or exciting gift. The truth is, almost every person on our staff has given a […]

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Pajama Day is November 25th

Pajama Day is coming up. Mark your calendars! Tuesday, November 25th is the day we celebrate pajama day. Our entire staff wears their PJ’s to work and if you (your child) have an appointment scheduled for the 25th  and you (or your child)  wear your PJ’s, you’ll receive an extra prize! It’s Our Tradition Every […]

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Debra C. Duffy, DDS, PA fluoride and sealants for maximum protection

Is Fluoride Varnish Safe?

In a blog we posted last week, we talked about sealants for kids’ teeth and protecting their permanent molars from decay. However, sealants aren’t the only treatment that we recommend for kids’ teeth. In order to keep their teeth healthy and strong, we also recommend doing a fluoride varnish treatment. The 4-1-1 on Varnishes It’s […]

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Sealants for Kids’ Teeth

One particular treatment we want to talk about is sealants. We use sealants to protect against tooth decay and help you and your children stay filling-free. What is the Sealant? Our teeth are not perfectly smooth surfaces. Each tooth has pits and grooves that are difficult to keep clean. This is why a sealant is […]

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Got Candy, Want Cash?

Yep, it’s that time of year again where we will give cold, hard cash for all that candy you haul in after all the Halloween festivities have come to a close. This program has been a huge success for 14 years, and we find that it’s a great alternative to the kids being tempted by […]

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Keeping Little Goblins Safe

This time of year can be scary for more reasons than just all the ghouls and goblins walking around on Halloween! There are certain safety measures everyone needs to take to keep kids safe while they are out walking door-to-door this coming Halloween – something we would never let them do any other time of […]

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Snacks That Won’t Bite Back

  Snacks that won’t bite back? Yes, you heard us correctly, but we aren’t talking about your food jumping off the plate and attacking you (unless you live in the Amazon or something); we’re actually talking about those after-school snacks that all kids crave when they walk through the front door after a long day […]

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What’s That in Your Mouth?

Preventing injury to kids’ teeth is especially important this time of year, as kids are headed back to school and back to the sports they love so much. But how do you keep their teeth safe while they’re running around and playing these sports? You get them fitted for protective mouthguards. What to Buy The […]

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Watch Those Zones!

It’s that time of year again: the kids are back at school, and those school zones will be really active with busy kids and parents coming and going. That’s why we decided it’s a good time to remind everyone what to watch for and to provide a few friendly tips for traveling through school zones. […]

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Get to Know Big Tex!

If you’ve ever been to Texas, chances are that you’ve seen our iconic Big Tex as he stood fifty-two feet tall, greeting everyone who came to the Texas State Fair since it was moved here in 1951. Big Tex started his career as a giant Santa Claus in Kerens in 1949, in an attempt to […]

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Lidocaine Is Not For Teething

During the first few years of children’s lives, all of their baby teeth will push through the gums, often causing an uncomfortable sensation referred to as teething. Teething can be very uncomfortable for infants and toddlers. Some of the symptoms that indicate your child might be teething include: Drooling Irritability or fussiness Biting behavior Refusing […]

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It’s A Celebration!

We LOVE to celebrate birthday’s and we’ve got one very special birthday we’d like everyone to hear about. You’d never know it to look at her, but our very own Dr. Debra Duffy is celebrating her 50th birthday, on September 7th! We are truly grateful to be a part of her staff and we appreciate […]

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The Ultimate Showdown: Plaque vs. Tartar

There are so many different things we talk about when it comes to oral health, that sometimes we don’t realize when our patients might not fully understand what each one means. We thought we’d take a moment to provide an educational piece on the difference between plaque and tartar, including the causes for each and […]

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What You Don’t Know About Water

  You’ve probably heard the advice that in order for your body to have proper hydration, you need to drink eight, 8oz glasses of water every day. But is this really accurate for every-body? A five year old child, for instance, would not be able to drink that much water and still feel okay because too […]

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Warning Over Children’s Dental Health

We recently ran across the following video regarding the dental health of children in England, and felt like our patients needed to know about it. The video, however, does come with a warning because what they’re discussing is a very concerning problem and might be a little difficult for some people to watch, especially those […]

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Don’t Forget the Chapstick

During the summer, there is always an increase in the use of sunscreen to protect our skin from the harmful rays of the sun, especially here in Flower Mound, Texas, where there is certainly no shortage of sun. However, there is another product just as important as sunscreen that many people seem to forget, and […]

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Putting an End to the Summer Doldrums

We hear all about how the kids can’t wait to get out of school and start having fun during the summer, but lots of parents can’t find enough activities to keep them busy and don’t want them watching tv or playing video games all summer. That’s why we decided to put together these fun summer […]

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A Success Story: Newborn Oral Surgery

Last month we made a blog post about the new Biolase WaterLase iPlus, which we are really excited about having in our office—and for good reason. A pediatrician in our area contacted us recently, looking for a referral for an oral surgeon to perform surgery on the mouth of a newborn who was having trouble […]

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Give Us Your Best Guess!

We have an exciting contest going on right now that you’re going to want to get in on soon, because time is of the essence! Our treatment and financial coordinator, Cristina, is expecting her second child near the end of July, so we thought we’d have a fun contest where you can win a fabulous […]

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Just Like a Professional Athlete

It’s getting to be that time of year when we’re getting a lot of kids asking about mouthguards for football, baseball, soccer, and several other sports that can potentially cause injury to their teeth (yes, even bike riding!), and we have a great answer: Drufomat mouthguards. Drufomat is the latest and greatest technology in custom-fit […]

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It’s Faster Than You Think

If you help your kids bush for two minutes twice a day, they’ll have fewer cavities, better breath, and healthier teeth. It will also help them avoid painful dental problems later. Here’s a fun, two-minute video kids can watch while they brush their teeth. By the time it’s over, they won’t even realize the time […]

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No More Drills or Needles

You may have seen a new machine here if you’ve come in for any treatments or procedures lately, and it has the office all abuzz! This new machine is called the Biolase WaterLase iPlus, and it’s paving the way for simpler, more efficient, and virtually painless treatments that we can perform right here in our […]

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We Love Dress Up Too

Some of you may have been wondering why we sometimes dress a little crazily around our office. Well, we’ve found that we can learn a lot from kids, and one of the things we know for sure is that kids love to have fun, and sometimes that fun involves dressing up. Because we like to […]

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