Dear patients, friends and family,
 
As you may have already heard, last night Governor Inslee issued an emergency proclamation mandating the closure of non-essential medical services including dental offices except to provide emergency care. This closure is until May, 18th 2020. The closure is not to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is to free up supplies of PPE (masks and gloves) for hospitals and other front line care workers. During this closure, I will still be available for emergency care. My emergency contact information is on our voicemail.

This is an unprecedented crisis. I know we are all doing our part to help our community get through these uncertain times. Please know that I will do everything I can to alleviate the burden this closure has placed on our Mill Creek Dental Health Care family.
 
Sincerely,
Natasha Habib DDS 

Mill Creek Dental Health Care
Linda Cirtaut DDS
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How Diet Contributes to Children's Tooth Decay

March 18, 2019
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Posted By: Dr. Natasha Habib
Children's Dentistry | Mill Creek, WA | Mill Creek Dental Health Care

Although tooth decay is common in children and teenagers, it’s one of the most preventable conditions of childhood. Once the hard outer enamel begins breaking down, the tooth is at risk for gum disease and cavities. Dental cleanings and children’s dentistry in Mill Creek, WA will help children avoid cavities, but watching their diet and good dental hygiene make a big difference too.

Here’s how you can help your child avoid irreversible tooth decay and foster a lifetime of good oral health.

Sugar Really Does Contribute to Cavities

As bacteria feed on sugary and starchy substances left behind on your child’s teeth, they start producing acids that soften and erode their tooth enamel.

Each time they take a drink of a soda or other sugary drink, the acids begin damaging the tooth enamel. Even if your son or daughter brushes their teeth twice a day, sugar may stay on their teeth for hours. It’s during this time when the acids do their work.

Eventually, if sugar is a big part of a child’s diet, their tooth enamel may become so thin that the child experiences sensitive teeth, gum disease, and tooth decay.

How to Prevent Cavities in Children

Every parent wants good health for their child. Here’s what you can do to help them avoid cavities:

  • Limit sweets. Changing your child’s diet is never easy, especially if they’ve become accustomed to sweet treats and sugary drinks. But it’s worth it!
  • Pay attention to hidden sugar. Check the ingredients list for sweetened yogurts, juices, applesauces, energy bars, and cereals to ensure they’re not loaded with sugar.
  • Avoid soft drinks. Soft drinks leave a film on teeth that bacteria feast on. Drink soda through a straw to limit exposure and drink it promptly.
  • Brush and floss well at home. Make dental hygiene a part of their day right from the start.

If you’re concerned about your child’s teeth or want to schedule a dental check-up, learn more about children’s dentistry in your Mill Creek, WA dental office. Call us today!

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