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It’s the season of Pumpkins! Everywhere you look, it’s pumpkin this and pumpkin spice that. From lattes to pies, candles to fudge, it seems pumpkin has been added to everything. But, maybe this isn’t such a bad thing. Did you know that pumpkin is good for your oral health? Be honest. You never even thought about it. Well, that’s what your favorite Anderson pediatric dentist is here for! We’re here to tell you to go ahead and embrace the pumpkin!

Pumpkin is high in vitamins and minerals that help keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy.

Iron: Pumpkin seeds contain iron, which benefit your tongue and gums and also prevent anemia.

Magnesium: Works with calcium to strengthen your bones and teeth and strengthen your enamel.

Vitamin A: Promotes healing and helps with maintaining gums. It also aids in the flow of saliva, helping to keep your teeth clean.

Zinc: helps replenish the lining of the gums, strengthens teeth and bones and boosts gum health.

Vitamin C: Helps fortify your immune system, which help your body fight off infection and inflammation in your gums.

Fiber: Helps control blood sugar levels, aids in digestion and helps with weight loss and/or maintenance.

Beta Carotene: Your body naturally turns the beta carotene in pumpkin into Vitamin A, which helps heal and maintain your gums.

Potassium: Helps improve bone mineral density and works with magnesium to prevent blood from becoming too acidic and leaching calcium from your bones and teeth.

Pumpkin is a nutritionally dense, yet calorically light food. With all its benefits, this Anderson kids dentist encourages you to sneak it into any food or drink you can! From pumpkin bread to pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin curry to roasted pumpkin seeds, let this fall favorite give your body and mouth a boost this season! Just remember, while pumpkin is healthy, the nutritious benefits will be loss if it’s only eaten in high fat and sugary treats (cheesecake, sweetened coffees, etc.)

Anderson Pediatric Dentistry strives to help you and your child achieve a healthy smile for life. We pride ourselves in being your go-to resource for your pediatric dental needs. If you are looking for a dental home for your child in Anderson, Sc or the Upstate area, give us a call at 864-760-1440. Let us give you Something to Smile About!

In today’s world, we can often get overwhelmed by choices. Even when we have the best of intentions and try to research the best products, it often feels like there are just too many to choose from. Not surprisingly, the abundance of choices can even impact our toothbrush choice! It’s no longer just choosing whether you want a red one or a blue one, soft bristles or medium bristles. No, these days, you get to pick the size, the shape of the toothbrush, the amount of padding on the handle, the curvature of the bristles… the choices are endless. And that’s just for the manual toothbrushes. Move down the aisle and you can choose from battery-operated to self-charging, spin brushes, those with timers and even some that have real-time feedback! It’s kind of insane just how many types of toothbrushes there are.

Given the plethora of choices, is there really a “best toothbrush” out there?

In general, the best toothbrush is going to be the one that you are going to use! It’s no good having the latest app-syncing, data giving, self-brushing gadget, if it’s never going to leave your bathroom drawer. A regular, free toothbrush that you got from your last dental cleaning will be more useful if it’s the one you are more likely to actually use each day- twice a day.

So, while you may not need the latest, most advanced toothbrush, there are a few recommendations that Anderson Pediatric Dentistry recommends when choosing your next toothbrush.

1)     Stick to soft bristles. Soft bristled toothbrushes are the best for removing plaque and debris from both your teeth and the gumlines. They are also less damaging to your gums.


2)     Pick the best fit. Whether you like a square brush or triangle-shape, a padded handle or a plastic stick, the choice is yours. The main concern is to pick a size that allows you to reach all the areas of each tooth in your mouth. Smaller is often better, as it will allow you to get in tighter spaces. This is especially true for children, who require a smaller toothbrush head to be able to reach all the teeth in their mouth effectively.


3)     Seek Approval. Look for toothbrushes that have earned the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Approval to ensure its one that has undergone rigorous quality control tests for effectiveness and safety.


4)     It’s Your Choice. When it comes to manual or electric, it’s kind of like driving a car. Some prefer a stick shift and some can only drive an automatic. In the end, both cars can get you to your destination. And both types of toothbrushes can do a great job.


For some, an electronic toothbrush may be more effective and actually clean teeth better, particularly for those with limited manual dexterity or people that tend to brush too aggressively and damage their gums. Sometimes, the electronic toothbrushes can add a bit of excitement for children, encouraging them to brush more frequently and for longer.  But, if you like your manual toothbrush, as long as you brush well twice a day, for two minutes, reaching every surface of each tooth, you can get your teeth just as clean as the electronic brushes.


5)     Keep it fresh. Regardless of the type, you need a fresh toothbrush about every three months, or before if your toothbrush is frayed or showing signs of wear.


When it comes down to the choosing which toothbrush is right for you, there really isn’t a right or wrong. Choose the sparkly purple one with the triangle head or get the white and blue one with a square head. Or go all out and get the latest, techiest toothbrush out there. Just make sure that you use it to brush those teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time, and you will have Something to Smile About!


In a world where everything is getting, smaller, quicker and more efficient, it makes sense that pediatric
dentistry is following. Anderson Pediatric Dentistry is proud to offer laser dentistry in our office with our state-of-the-art WaterLase Laser.

While most of our procedures are still done the traditional way, laser dentistry can offer our patients an alternative treatment plan.

WaterLase dentistry uses laser energy and a gentle spray of water, allowing us to perform a wide range of dental procedures without the heat, vibration and pressure of a dental drill. For many procedures we are able to use less anesthetic, meaning less shots for your child. Using the WaterLase laser for dental procedures is usually, faster and more comfortable for the child, so we may be able to do more extensive treatments in less appointments. The laser can also be more precise, allowing us to save more healthy parts of the tooth and gums.


So, what do we use the WaterLase laser for and when is it an option?


The WaterLase laser at Anderson Pediatric Dentistry can be used for many treatments, ranging from cavities to periodontal disease. It can treat areas on the gums, as well as the teeth.


But, perhaps its most exciting and beneficial use for our clients, is for tongue and lip-tie treatment. The WaterLase laser offers us a quick and precise treatment option to help infants and young children who are suffering from negative impacts due to a tight frenulum causing tongue and/or lip-tie.


If your infant or young child is suffering from tongue and or lip-tie, their pediatrician may recommend a procedure called a frenectomy, in which the tight connective tissue that is causing the problems, is cut. A frenectomy done using our WaterLase Laser, uses cool water to make the incision, causing virtually no bleeding or pain, no risk of infection and almost instantaneous healing for infants. It’s also quicker, which is always a benefit with babies and young children.


If your child has tongue-tie, lip-tie or both, a frenectomy may be the correct treatment plan to enable them to nurse and/or eat better, thus allowing them to thrive and grow.  Give us a call today at 864-760-1440 so that we can schedule an appointment to discuss if our Waterlase laser is right for you. Let us ease the discomfort and help your child have Something to Smile About!