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Cape Pediatric & Family Dentistry

"Give me a reason to smile"

Brief Thoughts

PARENTS HELPING DR JOHNSON--


Would you like to be a partner in my dental practice?

I’m Dr Murray Johnson of Cape Pediatric Dental Associates.

Because every child is different, we encourage parents to watch the office visit and even help with the examination.  It gives the child security and it eliminates the parent’s worry of being behind closed doors, while allowing them to participate in our work with their child.

In our practice, we have a variety of fun and interesting ways to address the needs of your infant, child or teen.  And we’re also equipped for those with special needs.

One of our most popular treatments is sealants on back or molar teeth.  Sealants are plastic filling material with less filler so that it flows into the grooves of the teeth and protects them.  Combined with daily flossing, brushing and a healthy diet, you can actually prevent cavities and gum disease.

Now that’s news that will really make you smile!

For more information, please visit our website at capepediatricdental.com.  We’re located at 719 Main Street in Harwich Center, across from the Town Hall.

Cape Pediatric Dental Associates.  It’s not for everybody.  It’s just for kids.

CHOCOLATE MILK--


Did you ever think that you would hear a dentist say that drinking chocolate milk is okay for your children’s teeth?

I’m Dr Murray Johnson of Cape Pediatric Dental Associates … and it’s true!!

Chocolate milk is made from low fat or skim milk.  And, like white milk, it’s a significant source of protein, calcium and vitamins. Since kids are more likely to choose it over plain milk, they’ll drink more of it.  Save your battles for tongue piercings.

Here’s another tip…if you put your baby to sleep with a bottle, use nothing but water; giving a bottle containing sugary liquids such as fruit juice and formula puts their teeth under attack by bacterial acid for extended periods.  And NEVER dip a pacifier into anything sweet.

Remember, food does not cause decay, eating does.  So ask us to assess your child’s diet.  We’ll be happy to make recommendations to reduce cavities and promote sound nutrition.

For more information, please visit our website at capepediatricdental.com.  We’re located at 719 Main Street in Harwich Center, across from the Town Hall.

Cape Pediatric Dental Associates.  It’s not for everybody.  It’s just for kids.

STAR WARS--LASERS IN PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY--


Star Wars in Pediatric Dentistry.  Sure! We use lasers for several things in our office.

I’m Dr Murray Johnson of Cape Pediatric Dental Associates.

Lasers are in just about every field of medicine and dentistry today.  Pediatric Dentistry is no exception.

If your child has a cavity, we can usually use a laser to chase out the cavity bugs.  Yes lasers have been here in dentistry for a while now. The laser I use is light, water and air.  They call it a Waterlaser.

It actually sounds like a popcorn popper.  But you won’t smell any popcorn and you won’t see any either.  The water actually does 2 things—it helps cut out the cavity bugs and it makes the laser safer.

Most of the time we do not have to use any local anesthetics, so your child is even more comfortable and less stressed.

Sometimes we use the laser for minor surgical procedures as well.  It is a quick and efficient way to work.

For more information, please visit our website at capepediatricdental.com.  We’re located at 719 Main Street in Harwich Center, across from the Town Hall.

Cape Pediatric Dental Associates.  It’s not for everybody.  It’s just for kids.

CHEWING GUM IS OK-- 

 
Go ahead and chew gum.  It prevents cavities.

I’m Dr Murray Johnson of Cape Pediatric Dental Associates.

Chewing gum with xylitol came on the market several years ago.  Many studies have been done with xylitol to show that it decreases cavities.  So go ahead and let your child chew it if they want—it’s good for them!

Dr Burt in an article in the The Journal of the American Dental Association in 2006 says that, “The evidence is strong enough to support the regular use of xylitol-sweetened gum as a way to prevent cavities, and it can be promoted as a public-health preventive measure.  Chewing xylitol-sweetened gum, especially for patients who like chewing gum, can be fitted readily into a regimen that includes frequent fluoride exposure, good oral hygiene and regular dental appointments.”

Preventing disease, preventing cavities—that’s what I’m aiming to do here.

For more information, please visit our website at capepediatricdental.com.  We’re located at 719 Main Street in Harwich Center, across from the Town Hall.

Cape Pediatric Dental Associates.  It’s not for everybody.  It’s just for kids.


[Ref-- The use of sorbitol- and xylitol-sweetened chewing gum in caries control.  Brian A. Burt, BDS, MPH, PhD, J Am Dent Assoc, Vol 137, No 2, 190-196, 2006.]