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How You Can Tell if Your Breastfed Baby Is Eating Enough

By Gabrielle Olya / People | March 7, 2017 | MOTTO.TIME.COM ‘It’s important to look at the baby and not the clock’ Breastfeeding mom Jillian Johnson lost her son Landon due to accidental starvation just 19 days after giving birth because he did not get...

When Do Children Start Making Long-Term Memories?

Dima Amso, an associate professor in the department of cognitive, linguistic and psychological sciences at Brown University, answers via scientificamerican.com “The early years of parenthood involve so many rewarding firsts—when your infant cracks a toothless...

General Wellness Starts With Oral Care

Did you know that oral health is intimately connected to your overall wellness? Your mouth is a gateway to the rest of your body, so maintaining healthy habits like brushing, flossing, and scheduling regular check-ups is essential. Negligent dental habits can cause...

How a mother’s voice shapes her baby’s developing brain

From Aeon.co, Kate Fehlhaber | Oct. 6, 2016 It is no surprise that a child prefers its mother’s voice to those of strangers. Beginning in the womb, a foetus’s developing auditory pathways sense the sounds and vibrations of its mother. Soon after birth, a child can...

Meet Solea: Our Awesome New Dental Laser

Solea, the first CO2 dental laser cleared by the FDA for hard and soft tissue, has arrived at our office. Here’s what it means for you. We are proud to announce that we are now using the Solea dental laser. Here are four reasons to get excited about Solea: Solea’s...

The Definitive Guide to Cleaning Your Teeth Correctly

Type in “How do you brush teeth” into Google and you will find 15.5 million articles discussing the most basic oral health practice. Here’s a foolproof guide to keeping your teeth pearly white: Two Brushes a Day Keeps the Dentist Away – Brushing for two minutes twice...

A WONDERFUL TIME TO BE A DENTAL PATIENT

The dental industry is adopting technologies like Solea to drastically improve our patients’ experience. Here’s why we added one to our office: It’s a wonderful time to be a dental patient. Technology continues to make prioritizing your oral health easier and more...

Our Ground-Breaking New Laser

By now, you’ve likely heard about our new, amazing dental laser, the Solea. It’s a radical breakthrough in dental technology and allows us to perform virtually painless and soundless procedures without any anesthesia. What types of procedures, you ask? Here’s a quick...

Sweet Sound of Silence

Solea, the first CO2 dental laser cleared by the FDA, proves that silence really is golden. For a long time, going to the dentist has had a bad rap. In fact, 50% of Americans do not regularly go, a hurdle we work hard to overcome by investing in the best technology on...

Top 5 Things to Keep Your Dentist Smiling

We’re constantly working to create a better patient experience. Here are five things you can do to help us help you:  1. Come say hello twice a year. The American Dental Association says two times is the charm. Multiple visits a year lets us keep an eye out for any...

Solea Laser Course with Dr. Kotlow

This picture was taken this past Saturday when Dr. Prater was at Dr.Kotlow’s office. We had a Solea Laser course with Dr.Kotlow, as well lectures on soft and hard tissue pediatric surgical laser dental...

Lingual and Labial Frenums

by Martha Macaluso, MLT, RDH, BS, and Dana Hockenbury, CC-SLP, COM | December 2015 | RDHMAG.com Early detection can prevent cascading health effects associated with tongue-tie. Ankyloglossia, also known as tongue-tie or TOTs, is a congenital oral anomaly that may...

Congratulations Miss Teen Kansas 2016

CONGRATULATIONS! Our client, Madison won Miss Teen Kansas for 2016 last week and Malerie won as well! Dr. Prater did the orthodontic treatment for both. Madison will be attending KU next fall with a scholarship in...

Tips for a Mouth Healthy Halloween

Halloween is around the corner, which for most children means bags of free candy and easy access to all kinds of sweets. It’s also a pretty tempting holiday for adults. Here are 5 ways everyone can stay mouth healthy during Halloween and every day.See the...

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Even though they are temporary, your child’s baby teeth are important, and are still susceptible to cavities. Tooth decay in infants and toddlers is often referred to as Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, or Early Childhood Caries. Children need strong, healthy teeth to...

Teaching Kids How to Brush

Help your kids brush their teeth 2min2x — 2 minutes each time, twice a day — for healthier teeth, good breath, fewer cavities, and to avoid painful dental problems. The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives recommends that you help or watch over...

TOTS –Tethered Oral Tissues

TOTS – Tethered Oral Tissues – The Assessment and Diagnosis of the Tongue and Upper Lip Ties in Breastfeeding. The roll of tethered oral tissues (TOTS) such as an infant’s tongue and upper lip attachment are often overlooked or dismissed as cause of infant...

National Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM), a great time for parents and caregivers to remember the importance that oral health plays in children’s overall health and wellness. The health of little teeth is more critical than many people realize. In...

Research Finds Tooth Enamel Fast-Track In Humans

Research has discovered a link between prenatal enamel growth rates in teeth and weaning in human babies. The research found that incisor teeth grow quickly in the early stages of the second trimester of a baby’s development, while molars grow at a slower rate...

Halloween Can Be Scary, Especially for Kids’ Teeth

Your kids may be ready to indulge in sweet treats this Halloween, but don’t let the holiday turn into an oral health nightmare. To keep your children’s smiles safe from creepy cavities this season and all year-round, consider these tips from the Academy of...

Sensitive Teeth

by MouthHealthy.org Is the taste of ice cream or a sip of hot coffee sometimes a painful experience for you? Does brushing or flossing make you wince occasionally? If so, you may have sensitive teeth. Possible causes include: Tooth decay (cavities) Fractured teeth...

AAP Recommends Fluoride As Soon As Teeth Appear

By Renee Johnson | August 25, 2014 According to new recommendations provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics, (AAP) children should use toothpaste that contains fluoride as soon as teeth appear, no matter the risk of cavities. Experts go on to say that up to the...

Laser Powers Painless Dental Drill

BY PETER GWYNNE Inside Science | July 27, 2014 Many patients regard the dental office as a house of pain – a place to be endured, with literally a stiff upper lip, when they can’t avoid it. But a few dentists have started to soften that image by using a laser rather...

Baby’s First Steps to a Healthy Mouth

Parents are a child’s first teachers in life and they play a significant role in maintaining their child’s overall health. In observance of National Children’s Dental Health Month, the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) encourages parents to...

Cavity Prevention Tips for Preschoolers

Providing proper care and oral hygiene during preschool years can mean a lifetime of good oral health, according to an article in the January/February 2005 issue of General Dentistry, the clinical, peer-reviewed journal of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)....

Does Your Baby Have a Tongue or Lip Tie?

By Mindy from her Purposefully Simple Blog: I’m not a doctor or lactation consultant. I’m a mom who has dealt with the difficult nursing and slow baby weight gain that a tongue or lip tie can cause and wanted to pass on what I know in the hope that it can help another...

AAPD Cites Ways to Prevent Risk for Children’s Tooth Decay

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the recognized leader in children’s oral health, continues to emphasize that the way to decrease children’s tooth decay is by visiting a dentist early on. The AAPD recommends that each child should have a dental home...

Be Prepared for Childhood Tooth Injuries

AAPD President-Elect Dr. Ed Moody recently spoke with Anna Nguyen, Healthy Kids Blog Editor at Philly.com in regards to tooth injuries in children. According to the story: Just as kids prep for their spring sports season, it’s good for parents to know what to do in...

Quick Tips For Parents

Whitening Toothpastes Whitening toothpastes have polishing agents in addition to the mild abrasives that help remove surface stains from teeth. Teeth that have surface stains are cleaned and whitened by whitening toothpastes; however, deeper stains won’t be touched....

AAPD Releases Visual Guide for Tooth Injuries

With Springtime childhood activities in full swing, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) has developed a highly-visual, easy-to-follow guide which can be printed and posted to refrigerators so family members and babysitters know what to do should a tooth...

Your First Visit

Dr. Prater Takes Pride In Personally Treating Each and Every Child At His Office! Getting to know Dr. Prater will be a fun and enjoyable experience for you, your child, and us. We will review your child’s history and make sure you are comfortable with our...

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