What Are Wisdom Teeth? The majority of people grow four wisdom teeth in the back of their mouths in their late teens or early twenties. They’re the last teeth to come through and reside in all four corners of the mouth. They are also known as “third molars”. Interestingly enough, not everyone has wisdom teeth. […]
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Celebrating Dental Assistants Recognition Week
Dental assistants are healthcare professionals who work alongside dentists to provide patient care in a dental office. Their responsibilities vary depending on the state in which they work and the specific office in which they are employed, but they typically include preparing patients for dental procedures, taking x-rays, sterilizing instruments, and assisting the dentist during […]
Why You Should Wear a Night Guard for Bruxism
Repeatedly grinding, clenching or gnashing your teeth is known as bruxism. It may happen while you’re awake or asleep. The causes are unclear and may include a combination of genetic, physiological or psychological factors. Sleep bruxism is common and may occur in adults or children. In severe cases, sleep bruxism may lead to complications, including tooth damage, […]
How to Care for Your Teeth During Holidays
It can be hard to keep up healthy habits around the holidays, with all the events taking up your time and all the different delicious meals to enjoy. That can affect your whole body – but, you might not have considered the impact that holidays can have on your teeth. Let’s go through how to […]
Should Kids Use Mouthwash?
Only about 35% of children make their dental hygiene a priority. And that’s no surprise—after all, it’s a lot more fun to play with your friends than to brush twice a day. But for parents, there’s nothing more important than making sure that their kids are on the path towards good oral health from an early age. […]
How Does Sugar Affect Your Teeth?
We’ve all heard that too much sugar is bad for you, but most people don’t know how sugar affects teeth. Studies have shown that the amount of sugar you eat should be 10 percent or less of the total amount of food you consume. Here are some dental tips to understand the effects of sugar […]
9 Foods That Promote Healthy Teeth and Gums In Children
One of the foundational ways in which parents can build healthy, lifetime habits in children is by teaching them the importance of a nutrition-rich diet from a very young age. As the saying goes, we are what we eat, and a nutritionally balanced meal is important for the growth of good, strong teeth and gums […]
Pediatric Halitosis: What You Can Do Right Now To Cure Bad Breath In Children
We all expect babies and young children to smell sweet. The childcare industry feeds this expectation by perfuming most childcare products with signature `baby aromas’. The media reinforces it by presenting imagery of children looking freshly bathed, combed and powdered and biology is at work here too, releasing `happy hormones’ like dopamine to fuel the […]
How To Choose The Right Toothbrush For Your Children To Ensure Oral Hygiene And Dental Health
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five children in the United States have untreated tooth decay and poor dental practices (such as not brushing their teeth regularly) that they carry into adulthood. This is an alarming fact, because oral hygiene has been linked to a number of health complications, such […]
How to Combat Dental Anxiety in Children
Studies show that as much as 24% of the world population experiences dental anxiety or dentophobia. Children are no different. Dental anxiety can affect people of all ages. If you have an appointment coming up and your child is worried, there is something you can do. We have compiled a few techniques that you can […]
Sealants Make Sense
Flower Mound, TX – Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in our children. Teaching your child to brush and floss their teeth each day is the best way to prevent cavities and build oral hygiene habits for life. When brushing and flossing aren’t enough to stop the tide of sugar-fueled cavities, we can […]
Don’t Lose Money With Your Flexible Spending Account
Did you know that Americans lose an average of 14 percent of the money they invest into flexible spending accounts every year? Some research has shown why people don’t use all of their health benefits before losing them — they simply don’t understand their benefits, or they forget. Here’s a few numbers to illustrate my […]
The Best Gifts for Kids in 2021
Every year we find ourselves overwhelmed by the options and the new hot toys hitting the market. We tend to favor toys and activities that bridge the gap between learning and playing, encourage physical activity, or inspire creativity. This year we have some excellent options to help little ones build both mind and body. ThinkFun […]
Why Should You Choose a Pediatric Dentist?
Why should you choose a pediatric dentist in Flower Mound over a general dentist for your children? Is there really a difference in care levels? You bet there is! The short answer is that your child will receive specialty care from a dentist specially trained to work with children from a pediatric dentist. Pediatric dentistry […]
Choosing the Best Halloween Candy (and What to Avoid)
Kids love Halloween and, let’s not kid ourselves, even grownups can appreciate some Halloween fun in Flower Mound. Who doesn’t like crazy costumes and candy? Even dentists like candy…especially Dr. Duffy! What pediatric dentists don’t like is the fallout that can occur from an unrestrained cascade of candy. Kids (and their parents!) can easily end […]
Say Hello to Chelsea Wehr, DDS
When she was young, Chelsea drove by our Flower Mound practice every day. She told herself, “Someday I’ll work there!” Chelsea thought our practice was the bee’s knees. As a student athlete with incredible marks, her determination could have taken her anywhere. She was competitive in multiple sports, including the women’s heptathlon, which requires power […]
6 Building Blocks for Infant Oral Health
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease impacting children today, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By age 8, over half of children have had a cavity in their primary teeth. And yet, cavities are preventable! Parents can help children establish habits that will lead to a lifetime of good […]
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 […]
5 Mistakes Parents Make with Their Children’s Oral Health
Most children have had a cavity, but how big a deal is it really? Dental caries is the most common infectious disease in children, as well as the most common chronic disease in both children and adults. Chronic disease? Yes — once decay has formed, it doesn’t just go away. Even after a tooth is […]
Is Dental Sedation Safe for Kids?
Safety is the top consideration for parents when the topic of sedation comes up. We understand; it’s our top priority, too! Our Flower Mound dental practice offers comprehensive services for kids with complicated procedures, special needs, or high levels of anxiety. We have several tools to work with, including oral conscious sedation, IV sedation, and […]
Is Fruit Juice Giving Your Children Cavities?
You probably already know you should limit your child’s intake of the usual sweet suspects: sodas, candies, and other sugar-laden foods. But you should also moderate something most people consider wholesome and nutritious: fruit juice. Wait—juice is made from fruit, so it must be good for you, right? Fruit juice, even if it’s all natural, […]
Do Kids Need Electric Toothbrushes?
Are electric toothbrushes better for kids than manual toothbrushes? I’m prepared to get into it, but first understand that either can be part of an effective dental hygiene routine. I’d like to help parents understand more about each so that you can make the best decision for your child. Manual Toothbrush vs. Electric Toothbrush First […]
Choose Water: Nature’s Drink!
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month Twenty percent of kids in the U.S. don’t drink water in a given day. That miraculous, life-giving hydration doesn’t make the cut — at least by itself. That same 20 percent of kids consume twice as many calories from sugar-sweetened beverages than children who drink water every day, […]
Top Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Kids in 2020
What better way to close out such an abnormal year than with the Christmas cheer of family, food, and fun? Many of us are still on the hunt for the perfect present. Time is short, so here are some of the best Christmas gift ideas for kids we could find, compliments of our entire pediatric […]
Yes, It’s Safe to Go to the Dentist
Some parents might be hesitant to make dental appointments for their children during the coronavirus pandemic. After all, dentists had a government-mandated break earlier in the year, and in August the World Health Organization gave questionable guidance that routine dental care be avoided until we sort this whole COVID-19 thing out. These steps were taken […]
Dental Crowns for Children
Try as we might to protect them, sometimes little teeth need a bit of help. It’s one thing to add a dental crown to a damaged adult tooth, but do children’s primary teeth really need them? The answer is “yes,” but first let’s learn more about crowns. What Are Dental Crowns? When a tooth is […]
Tooth Busters 101: Dental Injuries and What to Do
We might have helmets, mouth guards, and padded playgrounds, but our children will still find ways to hurt themselves. When do you “rub some dirt on it,” and when do injuries to the mouth mean it’s time to make an urgent visit to Dr. Duffy? We understand that accidents happen, and that parents are not […]
Is it Safe to Visit the Dentist Right Now?
Many have asked about the safety of dental treatment in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. As people around the globe navigate these troubled waters, the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued questionable guidance urging patients in areas with community transmission of COVID-19 to forego routine dental care. However, I respectfully disagree with the advice […]
Does Silver Diamine Fluoride Stop Cavities?
Any pediatric dentist would love to have a magical treatment that could just stop cavities in their tracks. But we don’t need to sit by the wishing well; this is one dream that is already coming true! With children’s cavities on the rise, I’m happy that we have silver diamine fluoride (SDF) in our toolbox. […]
Food Fight | Getting Kids to Eat Better
Is it a struggle getting your children to eat better? You’re not alone. At some point, most parents have experienced the all-too-real challenge of a child who won’t cooperate during meal times. “I’m allergic to [insert whatever meal you just spent an hour preparing here]!” “I don’t like it.” “I’m full.” “I don’t like these […]
10 Fun Facts About Teeth From a Flower Mound Pediatric Dentist
Most of us take our teeth for granted—at least, until something goes wrong with them. As a Flower Mound pediatric dentist, I do my best to educate my young patients (and their parents) about their teeth so they’ll take great care of them. They need to last a lifetime, after all! You might think, “Hey, […]
Flower Mound Restaurants Offering Curbside Pickup and Delivery
Need a break from cooking? Support local businesses while getting some fresh flavors in the kitchen. The restaurants below are some of our favorites that are still serving Flower Mound during the coronavirus pandemic. All offer takeout, and those indicated as such offer curbside pickup, delivery, or delivery via apps like Uber Eats and DoorDash.
Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up Tips for Parents
Every busy parent understands just how hard it can be to maintain a clean, organized home. Always happy to pick up tips wherever I can, I was revitalized when I read the book (and then saw the Netflix original series) Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, and I wanted to share some valuable tips with parents. […]
COVID-19 Practice Update
On Monday March 22, 2020 Governor Gregg Abbott issued an executive order. The order required dentists to delay all non-emergent treatment until midnight April 30, 2020. The American Dental Association has also recommended that dental offices nationwide should postpone all non-emergent dental visits and routine care appointments to control the spread of the Coronavirus. If […]
Sugar vs Artificial Sweeteners
You’re a health-conscious shopper. When choosing healthy snacks for the kids, you’ll pick up that yogurt container and take a look at the nutrition label. Low in calories and added sugar? Check. And so that yogurt finds a home in your shopping cart. But you may have overlooked something. We all understand that most “diet” […]
Give Kids a Smile with Fluoride
For most people, February means chocolates and roses. For a pediatric dentist, February is special because it is National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM). This month is a time we dedicate to educating families about pediatric dental hygiene. This year, the NCDHM slogan is “Fluoride in water prevents cavities! Get it from the tap!” […]
Don’t Lose Money With Your Flexible Spending Account
Did you know that Americans lose an average of 14% of the money they invest into flexible spending accounts every year? A lot of folks don’t realize they can use their FSA dollars for dental work in Flower Mound, leading to a forfeit of money put away for things like cleanings, teeth whitening, or sealants. […]
Are Frenectomies Safe? Tongue-Tied in Flower Mound
When a Flower Mound family had a baby that was struggling to breastfeed, the attending physician informed them their infant was tongue-tied. The surgical staff at the hospital recommended a frenectomy, and they wanted to use a scalpel to do the job. That’s when they contacted our pediatric dental practice to learn about their options. […]
Dr. Duffy Wants Your Halloween Candy
All the sugar in those treats can play some awful tricks on your teeth if you’re not careful (we won’t even get into the many other health issues arising from Halloween candy). If you think you like candy – the bacteria in your mouth love candy even more than you do! When bacteria metabolize the […]
Does Fluoride Toothpaste Prevent Cavities?
When it comes to protecting children’s teeth, brushing and flossing simply aren’t enough. The ADA recently reaffirmed something we’ve been telling parents for a long time — toothpaste needs fluoride to prevent cavities. As a pediatric dentist, prevention is very important to me. I want our kids to have the best shot possible at living […]
Not without My Binky! A Parent’s Primer to Infant Oral Care
Did you know that more than 40 percent of children have tooth decay by the time they reach kindergarten? The time to start taking care of your baby’s teeth begins before the first tooth comes in. Even though primary teeth will only be around for a short time, they are essential to the healthy development […]
The 3 Bs for Happy, Healthy Kids
Good habits start early. Our Flower Mound dental team is big on helping children develop a strong foundation for skills and habits that will set them up for a lifetime of success. As parents, one of the best things we can do is read with our children and help them develop early literacy. That’s why […]
7 Tips for Feeding Picky Eaters
As a parent and a children’s dentist in Flower Mound, moms and dads frequently ask me for advice for getting their kids to eat healthy. It sounds simple, but every parent is familiar with picky eaters. After my own trial and error and talking to many parents at our practice, here are the most important […]
Prevent Cavities with Flower Mound’s Best Kids Dentist
Oral health is a vital component of a healthy body, and starting a child off on the right track helps build a foundation for a lifetime of healthy habits. Dental hygiene should begin as soon as the first tooth appears, and children should see their kids’ dentist in Flower Mound by their first birthday. Do […]
Stocking Stuffers That Keep Kids off the Naughty List
As parents and caregivers, we want what’s best for our kids all year. The holidays can be a challenge when it comes to sweets. It starts on Halloween, and then doesn’t seem to stop for months. It can be hard to prioritize health during the holidays, so I asked the team members at our […]
Q&A With the Best Pediatric Dentist in Denton County
Who is the best pediatric dentist in Denton County? Dr. Duffy doesn’t like to toot her own horn, so her staff is going to do it for her this month! Dr. Duffy has been voted the top pediatric dentist in Denton County two years in a row in the Best of Denton County, an annual contest […]
Tooth-colored Fillings for Kids
Did you know that kids in Texas have among the highest rates of tooth decay in the country? In 2008, 73 percent of third graders had experienced tooth decay, yet only 42 percent had received treatment for their cavities. While the Lonestar State is too large for me to save alone, I do my best […]
Dr. Duffy’s 2018 Jungle Jam Gallery
Dr. Duffy’s 2018 Jungle Jam patient appreciation party is officially in the books! A very big thank you to everyone that came out and helped celebrate with us. Everyone on our team had a blast at the Jungle Jam – with the petting zoo and food vendors being highlights for us. It was great to […]
Join us for the 2018 Jungle Jam!
As a pediatric dentist, I like to think that there is a kid in all of us. That’s why our dental practice throws the best party in town every year, the Jungle Jam Patient Appreciation Party! The Jungle Jam is something we put together a few years ago to celebrate our patients. It’s like a […]
Are All Mouthguards the Same?
Youth sports help Flower Mound children learn discipline and teamwork, in addition to just being fun. With Spring right around the corner, many are preparing for their lacrosse, softball, or baseball seasons. Spring and Summer training camps are on the horizon, too! With all of this action comes the added risk of oral injuries and […]
Cavities in Flower Mound: What Parents Need to Know
Cavities are little holes in teeth that can result in big problems. I’ve worked as a pediatric dentist in Flower Mound for 24 years, and I have noticed an upward trend in the amount of cavities in our neighborhood, as more of the big problems that are associated with them are left untreated. What’s worse […]
Top Ten Toys of 2017 – Last Minute Guide
Have you been looking all over Flower Mound to find the perfect toys for your children? We have, too. Sometimes it’s hard to know the best target for your hard-earned dollars, so we’ve done a little research to find out what the Top Toys of 2017 are. With only days left to finish your shopping, […]
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, […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
What Are Dental Sealants & Should My Child Get Them?
In a perfect world, every child I see in Flower Mound would brush their teeth twice every day, and they’d do a great job of it. They would have very little in the way of sugary snacks or candy, and they’d even floss! The reality is far from that vision of a dentist’s eutopia. Most […]
Did You Know February was National Children’s Dental Health Month
February was National Children’s Dental Health Month (#NCDHM), and that means that lately I’ve spent a lot of time out and about in Flower Mound promoting good oral hygiene in children. Children rely heavily on their parents and educators to instill good hygiene habits. Their little bodies may seem durable and able to bounce back […]
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 […]
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 […]
Giving Back This Holiday Season
The holiday season is the best time of the year. There are celebrations, family visits, and fuzzy slippers. As we give thanks for all that we have, we are reminded why this is the season for giving. Confined to the bubbles of our own lives, it can easily be forgotten that there are people struggling […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Summer’s Nearly Here, Flower Mound!
As a children’s dentist in Flower Mound, we understand that summer is a special time for children. Learning during the school year is vitally important to their growth and their future, but summer allows for exploration, new experiences, and making life-changing social connections. If you’re looking to help your children thrive in a structured environment […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
5 Low-Sugar Snacks That Will Soothe Santa’s Sweet Tooth
I understand how it goes; it happens to most people this time of year. It starts with a small justification (“It’s Christmas, after all”) and, a powdered cookie quickly escalates into a room full of sugar-comatose people with buttons ricocheting off the walls! In these recipes, we attempt to knock down some of the negatives […]
Thanksgiving 2015: What We’re Thankful For
It’s almost time for Thanksgiving. Before we enjoy big meals with our families, watch football, and engage in other holiday traditions, it’s time to give thanks. I’m personally thankful to be a dentist for kids. I love my patients, and I love seeing their eyes light up each time they enter my practice. I also […]
It’s Never Too Early: Christmas Gift Ideas from Your Favorite Children’s Dentist
Christmas is a little more than a month away, but we’re still guilty of thinking about it. All the cliches are absolutely correct– it’s a magical time of year, and there’s a tangible spirit of fun and kindness in the air! We try to capture that magic all year ‘round at our office, so it’s […]
CANDIES, CAVITIES, AND COSTUMES
Many of us, but our children especially, love Halloween. It tends to be a low-stress holiday with little build-up, feasts, or visiting relatives. The only real thing most of us have to worry about is getting costumes together, which is often part of the fun. Our children love the chance to dress as their favorite […]
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 […]
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 […]
Keeping Up With Your Child’s Oral Health At School
Schools are wonderful places full of friendship, books, sports, and learning. They’re also places full of candy and sugary drinks. As a pediatric dentist, I often worry about the latter. In my mind, sugar has its place– it’s just a very small place. Still, you can’t stop the inevitable. Kids are going to eat candy. […]
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 […]
Back to School 101: A Guide to Making Parents Lives Easier
After a long summer, you might be ready for a reprieve from the pitter-patter of little feet around the house, at least during school hours. That relief is usually short-lived, unfortunately, because so much stress is associated with sending the little ones back to school. We know a little something about that stress. When you […]
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 […]
How To: Deal with a Texas Sized Dental Accident
At my practice, summer time is also dental accident time. Falling off playground equipment, getting hit in the face with a bat or balls, chipping teeth on the edge of the pool, skateboarding accidents, trampoline accidents…you name it, we see it. Kids will be kids and accidents will happen, it’s knowing what to do when […]
Parents, Print this Guide and Win the Fight Against Plaque! [Infographic]
Providing great dentistry for kids is much easier for us when our patients are brushing regularly. As a parent, you know how hard it can be to encourage good brushing habits with your kids. Brushing teeth shouldn’t be like pulling teeth, but often times, it is. The struggle is real, especially now that school is […]
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, […]
We had a Blast at Our Jungle Jam
Friday, June 5th marked our 3rd Annual Jungle Jam! Over 400 of our patients, their families and friends gathered outside of our office for a few hours of food and summer fun. We know that providing a fun environment is a huge part of successful dentistry for children, so the Jungle Jam is something we look […]
Why I Love Being a Flower Mound Dentist
Recently, Dr. Duffy took some time to answer a couple of questions about Flower Mound and why it’s so important to her. We’re excited to share what she had to say! What brought you to Flower Mound? About the time I wanted to make a move from Fort Worth to get my own practice, an […]
Do You Know about These Great Flower Mound Events?
One of the best things about living in a small community like Flower Mound, Texas, is that we can really get to know our neighbors! I guess, depending on where you live, this is not always a good thing… But, my family loves it here! And what’s not to love? There is so much happening […]
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, […]
Childs Play: The Dentist Office Where Kids Rule
Imagine a place where a kid can go to have fun, adults know their name, favorite cartoon, and cereal. Imagine this place having stuffed animals lying around where the walls are abundantly illustrated with safari jungle animals. This place has a tree slide, kids magazines, and the feeling of Saturday morning cartoons. No, this isn’t […]
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 […]
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 […]
March: National Nutrition Month – But What Does That Mean For You?
We all live busy lives. Between work and the kids, homework, ballet recitals, and football practice there is barely any daylight in our schedules. Let’s all just take a deep breath, shall we? And can you believe it’s already March, 2015? How is that possible? Well, since it’s March and National Nutrition Month, we thought […]
It’s National Dental Assistant Recognition Week!
This is a special week for us here at Debra Duffy, DDS. It’s the week we say thank you to our fabulous and talented Registered Dental Assistants! This office runs so smoothly because of them and we know that they take such extra special care of our patients! I’d like to take a moment to […]
A Prom Ready Smile in Just 45 Minutes!
As some of you are preparing for prom, you’re probably trying to decide on the right color of dress, the perfect shoes, and even a limo service! We want to mention one more thing that will surely stand out in all the pictures your parents (and friends) are going to be taking. A mega-watt smile! […]
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 […]
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 […]
February: National Children’s Dental Health Month!
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month in order to raise awareness and promote a lifetime of healthy smiles. Throughout the year, Dr. Duffy dedicates a lot of time to educate those in the nearby elementary schools and day cares to help promote excellent oral hygiene habits as early as possible. An Ounce of Prevention… […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Perfect New Years Resolution: Drink More Water
This is the time of year that everyone starts making lists about all the New Years Resolutions they want to make. Gym memberships skyrocket. We vow to eat healthier, lose weight, get more sleep… One of the quickest ways to see huge results in our bodies – and our oral health – is to drink […]
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 […]
Santa Claus is Coming to Our Dental Office!
For the past three years, we have invited Santa for a visit to our dental office – not to give him a check up – but to allow him to meet with all of you, personally. It’s so much fun! Mark Your Calendar On Monday, December 22nd, Santa will be spending the entire day with […]
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 […]
Use it or Lose it! Flex Spending Explained.
Can you use your Flexible Spending Account for dental care? We get this question a lot. The answer is yes. Yes, you can! But, you must use it in the same calendar year. Where Has the Year Gone? As the year comes to a close, it’s time to use up the last bit of your […]
A Season of Thankfulness
As crazy as the holidays are – maybe it’s just families that are crazy – we love the change of pace and the food and the laughter of having our family and friends close to us! We are Thankful! I just wanted to take a moment to tell you how thankful we are for […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]