The CCDC Blog


Stocking Stuffers for a Healthy Holiday

Healthy X-mas

By Brianne Jones, RDH

CCDC wants to keep your kids off the, “Naughty list” by helping come up with fun, dental-friendly stocking stuffers! Consider these items when filling those stocking this year!

  1. New toothbrush…maybe find one with your child’s favorite character on it or maybe invest in their FIRST electric toothbrush!
  2. Toothpaste -  find a fun, holiday flavor like cinnamon or cookie dough!
  3. Flossers- make flossing fun with animal shaped or bright colored flossers!
  4. Water Bottle – water consumption is the key to oral and overall health! Help wash away all those sugary treats during the holidays and grab a fun patterned water bottle or even a smart water bottle for those a little older!
  5. Xylitol Gum – think Trident! Help keep sugar bugs away with a yummy flavored, xylitol containing gum!
  6. Chapstick – always a necessity for DRY Colorado!
  7. Sports Mouthguard – maybe find a cool color or design that your little athlete would love!
  8. Dental App Coupon – these can be fun to help remind kids to brush and floss, tips and tricks and even help time them when brushing!
  9. First Visit Coupon – provide the gift of a healthy smile! Contact us for a FREE exam and CLEANING in the month of January (for new patients only while appointments last). Just mention this blog and we will be sure to make your child’s FIRST visit the BEST gift of the year!

Healthy Habits for the Holidays

Tips and Tricks

By: Brianne Jones, RDH

Healthy Habits for the Holidays!   

The holiday break is a great time to help your kids establish and maintain healthy dental habits. This   includes good brushing, flossing and eating habits that are essential for healthy teeth. Parents and caregivers can learn more in this holiday themed tip sheet.

Holiday Events

'Tis the Season!

By Brianne Jones, RDH

'Tis the Season!!!!
"It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas"….that’s right, the holidays are approaching quickly and CCDC couldn’t be more excited!
We thought we would share some of our favorite holiday events in the Denver Metro area, in hopes you will get in the spirit too! We hope you all have a wonderful start to this cheerful season!
Denver Fun!
Parker Fun!
Aurora Fun!


Juice Junkie!

How Much and How Often!

By Brianne Jones, RDH

As the holiday fun approaches, and the sweet treats start to invade our lives, try to remember the importance of water over juice! This chart is a helpful reminder of frequency and amounts of juice your child should be consuming based on their age. Juice is the #1 reason cavities develop in between teeth in children!  While your child sleeps at night, juice bathes his or her teeth with liquid which feeds the bacteria that produces tooth decay. This can happen very quickly! Baby teeth (just like permanent teeth) have nerves in them and these cavities can become toothaches and the source of infections which can lead to the urgent need of extracting or restoring the teeth.

Kids and Grinding

Effects of Bruxism

By Brianne Jones, RDH

A peaceful, sleeping child is the best kind, right?! Sure, but...truth is, often times kids grind their teeth and you are left hearing that awful, "nails on the chalkboard" sound where your skin begins to crawl! ha! Well, Bruxism (the fancy term for grinding of teeth or jaw clenching) is actually quite common and sometimes educating yourself on potential causes, can help with eliminating and treating it!

Experts aren't always sure why bruxism happens. In some cases, kids may grind because the top and bottom teeth aren't aligned properly. Others do it as a response to pain, such as from an earache or teething. Kids might grind their teeth as a way to ease the pain, just as they might rub a sore muscle. Many kids outgrow these fairly common causes for grinding.

Stress — usually nervous tension or anger — is another cause. For instance, a child might worry about a test at school or a change in routine (a new sibling or a new teacher). Even arguing with parents and siblings can cause enough stress to prompt teeth grinding or jaw clenching.

Some kids who are hyperactive also have bruxism. And sometimes kids with other medical conditions (such as cerebral palsy) or who take certain medicines can develop bruxism.

What can Bruxism Cause?

Sometimes teeth grinding can go unnoticed and the child may not have any side effects. Other times, bruxism can leave a child with severe sensitivity, lack of enamel on the teeth, a chipped tooth, and even can lead to TMJ problems and severe earaches.

Treating Bruxism

Most kids outgrow bruxism, but a combination of parental observation and dental visits can help keep the problem in check until they do.

In cases where the grinding and clenching make a child's face and jaw sore or damage the teeth, dentists may prescribe a special night guard. Molded to a child's teeth, the night guard is similar to the protective mouthpieces worn by athletes. Though a mouthpiece can take some getting used to, positive results happen quickly.

Helping Kids With Bruxism

Whether the cause is physical or psychological, kids might be able to control bruxism by relaxing before bedtime — for example, by taking a warm bath or shower, listening to a few minutes of soothing music, or reading a book.

For bruxism that's caused by stress, ask about what's upsetting your child and find a way to help. For example, a kid who is worried about being away from home for a first camping trip might need reassurance that mom or dad will be nearby if needed.

If the issue is more complicated, such as moving to a new town, discuss your child's concerns and try to ease any fears. If you're concerned, talk to your doctor.

In rare cases, basic stress relievers aren't enough to stop bruxism. If your child has trouble sleeping or is acting differently than usual, your dentist or doctor may suggest further evaluation. This can help find the cause of the stress and a proper course of treatment.