What’s all the buzz about Silver Diamine Fluoride – SDF ?

Our office is always looking for ways to improve the care for our patients. One of the newer alternative approaches to treatment of cavities in children is Silver Diamine Fluoride. It is exciting because it is the first treatment option for cavities since traditional fillings. It is also exciting because it is a non-operative treatment, meaning no drill is needed.

What is SDF? Basically it is a colorless liquid that has both silver and fluoride in it.  It come is in a liquid and is brushed onto cavities to stop decay. It is painless. SDF has been shown to stop the progression of cavities.

Who is a candidate for SDF?

Silver Diamine Fluoride sometimes is recommended in very young patients that are too young for a filling but may want to delay/prevent a trip to the operating room due to age. The downside of SDF is that the tooth turns black and it looks like the patient just ate brownies.

Benefits of SDF:

Takes only 30 seconds

No numbing or drills needed

Non-invasive (good for young children, uncooperative children, special needs)

Kills decay-causing bacteria

Has also been proven to stop the development of more cavities

We are excited to offer SDF here at Briargate Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics  for select patients that qualify!

Here is a picture of a patient who had Silver Diamine Fluoride treatment.

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How to clean and take care of your Toothbrush

Have you ever asked yourself how you should clean and store your toothbrush when you’re not using it? The way you store your toothbrush could have an affect on your oral health. Here are some steps you can take to maximize toothbrush cleanliness and minimize bacteria.

Below are some tips from the Drs. Busch for toothbrush use and storage:

  1. Toothbrushes should not be shared– Sharing a toothbrush exposes both users to bacteria and microorganisms from the other user, which can increase chances of infection. You should also avoid storing your toothbrush in the same container as other people’s toothbrushes.
  2. Thoroughly rinse your toothbrush after each use – Rinsing your toothbrush well under running water will help remove food particles, toothpaste, and other debris from the bristles of your brush.
  3. Store your toothbrush in an open-air container  – Putting a wet toothbrush in a sealed container creates a favorable environment for microorganisms and bacteria.
  4. Change your toothbrush every three months – The bristles of your toothbrush become less effective and frayed after repeated use so it’s a good idea to replace it on a regular basis. It’s also wise to replace it after you’ve been sick.

If your toothbrush is looking a little worse for wear, drop by Briargate Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics and we’ll be glad to provide you with a new one!

Brushing your tongue!?

We all know that brushing your teeth is the only way you can prevent gum disease and tooth decay, many people do not know that you must also brush your tongue to have optimum oral health. Brushing the teeth and tongue can eliminate more harmful bacteria in your mouth.

Your tongue has lots of bacteria on it from the food and berafes you consume during the day. By brushing your tongue, you can remove this bacteria. This helps the bacteria not spread to the teeth and it can even prevent bad breath (bonus!!!)

So how do you brush your tongue? You need to brush the surface of your tongue with either your toothbrush or a nifty tongue scraper. Some people with a gag reflex prefer a tongue scraper. After you brush or scrape, rinse thoroughly to get rid of the food particles and bacteria.

If you need more advice on how to brush your tongue, contact Dr. James or Dr. Lauren Busch and they can offer advice on oral care. tongue.jpg

Toothbrushing apps for kids!

Brushing for kids can be fun! A lot of kids are into having an app associated with their brushing to help them brush every tooth in their mouth and to brush for the total 2 minutes they are supposed to. Pretty much every toothbrush brand has an app to go with an electric toothbrush. Here are some great options:

Disney Magic Timer App from Oral B:



If you buy a disney toothbrush from oral B, you can scan it and use this app. Kids enjoy the brushing calendar and getting a new digital sticker after they brush!

Phillips Sonicare for kids brushing app:



This app comes with our toothbrushes that we sell at the office. There is a character named Sparkly that acts as a toothbrush teacher for kids. Sparkly allows parents to monitor and track kids brushing habits too.

My teeth brushing app:



Here is another app that isn’t associated with any particular toothbrush. It also teaches kids to brush for 3 minutes through imitating other kids brushing.

Not all kids are the same, so some may prefer one toothbrushing app over another. If you know of another app that works that your kids love, email us at info@briargatepediatricdentistry.com. We would love to hear about it!!!

Dr. Lauren and Dr. James

Invisalign Summit

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This our second meeting in a row and you may be wondering : why do Dr. James and Dr. Lauren go to so many meetings? The main reason is OUR PATIENTS. By going to meetings we learn about the latest and greatest innovations in technology. One of the things we have learned so far at the invisalign ortho summit is the company is now recommending that aligners be worn for only 7 days instead of 14 days! That means faster treatment times, and we can all be happy about that.We also have been learning about all the new updates to our Itero Element scanner and have been learning more about the innovations invisalign has created this year. Very cool stuff!

International Affiliation of Tongue-Tie Professionals?!


What a mouthful for the name of a meeting! Dr. James and Dr. Lauren will be learning all about tongue problems this weekend. We often see infants in our practice who are having difficulty breast feeding. After referral from a lactation consultant, Dr. James performs a clinical exam to see if the infant is truly tongue-tied and if they are uses a laser to help with the problem. We will be meeting with other professionals who treat tongue-ties at this meeting and we can’t wait to learn more!






We would like to wish everyone a Happy Halloween from Briargate Pediatric Dentistry http://www.briargatepediatricdentistry.com

Here is a question we often get asked about brushing teeth after you eat candy:

Quesiton: Should you brush right after you eat candy?

Answer: Brushing immediately can cause you to brush away parts of the tooth enamel, increasing damage to your teeth. Wait about an hour to brush. This will give your mouth a chance to use its own defenses. Chew Xylitol gum (like Trident or Orbit), drink milk or eat cheese after eating sour candy.

Umm an excuse to eat string cheese?! Yes please:)


The Ultimate Toothpaste Guide


There are literally dozens of toothpaste variations, and this can be confusing! This post is designed to break them all down, explains the difference, how each one benefits yo8u and what types of teeth need which variation.

Children’s Toothpaste

It is incredibly important for your kids to have their own, specially formulated toothpaste. We suggest you start with a “training” toothpaste for toddlers, since these are designed to be safe to swallow (just in case)! Children’s Specific Toothpaste is the best choice for older kids. It is similar to adult toothpaste but typically comes in more kid-friendly flavors and contains less fluoride.

Tartar Control Toothpaste

This particular formula is a good choice for people that are prone to tartar and are looking to prevent buildup. Tartar control toothpastes contain ingredients that are effective in breaking down plaque on the teeth before it hardens into more difficult to remove plaque. Remember, this toothpaste does not help to prevent tartar buildup below the gum line but should be used to as a preventative measure.

Whitening Toothpaste

Almost every brand offers some sort of whitening toothpaste. While some products contain harsh materials that gently scrub away surface stains, some companies use peroxide to whiten. While popular, whitening toothpastes can often cause sensitivity and is not recommended for children under the age of 18.

Toothpaste for Sensitivity

Specially formulated toothpaste for sensitive teeth is great for individuals that experience discomfort when eating or drinking hot or cold foods. These toothpastes are usually less abrasive and contain either strontium chloride or potassium nitrate. Why these chemicals? These compounds aid in the reduction of sensitivity by inhibiting the passageways that travels through the teeth to the nerves.


A bonus note on fluoride: Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that strengthens tooth enamel and helps prevent tooth decay. However, excessive fluoride can stain the teeth, which is why kid’s toothpaste typically contains a smaller concentration. Avoid toothpastes that were made in China, as many of these products contain a toxic substance called diethylene glycol.

Always make sure the toothpaste you choose has earned the approval of the American Dental Association. Remember to set a good example by brushing your teeth twice daily and encourage your children to join in on the fun!

American Dental Association Meeting in Denver.

We are so excited that this weekend we will be attending the ADA meeting in Denver. It is a great place to learn about upcoming trends in Dentistry and pickup tips on how to serve our patients better. Plus we get to see the cool giant bear in front of the convention center!!! We are proud members of the ADA. http://www.ada.org/

As always, if you would like to make an appointment, visit http://www.briargatepediatricdentistry.com 🙂