Your Child's Teeth-Age 6-12

March 20, 2019 | Posted Uncategorized

Over time, your child's baby teeth are replaced by adult teeth. A 6 to 12 year-old child has both baby and adult teeth. Together, they help children eat, speak, and smile.

At about age 5 or 6, children begin to lose their bottom and top front teeth. By age 12, they will usually lose the last of their 20 baby teeth.

Their first adult teeth usually come in between ages 6 and 7. Your child will have a mix of baby and adult teeth for a while. By the time your child is 12 to 14 years old, they usually have all of their adult teeth except their wisdom teeth.

Not all children get the same teeth at the same time. Your child's teeth may erupt earlier or later.

Protect teeth and prevent decay with sealants.  A dental sealant is a plastic material that is put on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant material flows into the pits and grooves on those surfaces and acts like a barrier, protecting enamel by "sealing out" bacteria and bits of food.

Sealing a tooth is fast and painless. Sealants can last several years before they need to be reapplied. Talk to Dr. Suntrup about sealants for your children!!

Your Child's Teeth

February 18, 2019 | Posted Uncategorized

Your child's teeth-birth to age 6

Your child's teeth are important!  Baby teeth, also called primary teeth, help your child chew and speak normally. They hold space in the jaws for the adult (permanent) teeth that come in later.

Your baby's teeth start to come in when they are about 6 months old.  By age 3, most children have a full set of 20 baby teeth. Baby teeth will later be lost as your child grows.  This makes room for adult teeth, which begin to come in around age 6.  By the time children are teengaers they usually have all of their adult teeth.

Teething tips:

As teeth come in, babies may have sore or tender gums.  To help your baby feel better, you can:

-gently rub your baby's gums with clean, wet gauze, your finger, or a small, cool spoon
-give them a clean, chilled (not frozen) teething ring-but don't dip it in anything sweet or in other foods

Do not use benzocaine-containing over the counter teething products. These products can cause serious reactions in children. Details are available on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website:


January 25, 2019 | Posted Uncategorized

Hate flossing??? These 5 reasons will change your mind!

Not flossing is icky! About 1/3 of plaque on your teeth can only be reached with floss or floss picks.

Flossing fights bad breath. Without flossing, food and plaque trapped between teeth can cause bad breath odors.

Not flossing hurts.  Plaque buildup between teeth can lead to tender, inflamed and bleeding gums.

Floss sends plaque packing.  Floss removes plaque below the gum line which can help keep teeth healthy and happy for years to come.

Flossing saves cash.  Costly treatments for tooth and gum issues can be prevented by flossing.


1.  Wind 18in. of floss around middle fingers
2.  Slide floss between teeth, below the gumline and hug tooth as you slide up & down
3.  Repeat on both sides of each tooth, using a fresh section of floss as you go
Tip: Try floss picks as a convenient on the go solution

We know. Flossing seems like a hassle. So are bleeding gums and bad breath!


December 10, 2018 | Posted Uncategorized

Prevention is the best protection!
Professional cleanings ensure the removal of harmful plaque before it can damage your teeth and gums.
X-rays help detect hidden problems so they can be corrected before causing any damage.
Fluoride treatments for children (and adults) strengthen enamel, help resist decay & reduce effects of plaque.
A daily routine of brushing & flossing along with regular professional dental care will help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

These things together can help keep your mouth healthy and happy. Schedule your appointment with our office today!


Dentists today do more than just cure the occasional toothache.

Preventative Dentistry - Preventative cleanings & exams ensure that small problems don't become big ones.

Cosmetic Dentistry - Advances in cosmetic procedures allow you to enhance the shape, color, size or alignment of your teeth.

Make your appointment today with Dr. Suntrup!

Thanksgiving is a holiday infamous for rows of food choices, many of which are not especially healthy. Fortunately, you can have a delicious feast that is also good for you with these healthy Thanksgiving tips.

Foods high in sugar are a particularly common cause of tooth decay. Making these foods a treat rather than a staple will help protect your teeth.

To maintain a balanced diet, eat a variety of foods from each of the five major food groups.
When choosing a snack, go for nutritious foods such as cheese, raw vegetables, plain yogurt or a piece of fruit or nuts. Cheese is great for teeth because it contains strength-building calcium. Nuts contain calcium and minerals that strengthen and remineralize teeth. The chewing of hard, crunchy nuts as well as raw vegetables produces extra saliva, which fights germs and prevents decay.

As a bonus, these tooth-healthy foods are also good for your heart and waistline. With these healthy Thanksgiving tips, it is possible to enjoy a delicious holiday dinner without gaining weight or jeopardizing your sparkling smile.



October 15, 2018 | Posted Uncategorized

Our practice encourages children to enjoy all the fun of the Halloween season. We ask that parents monitor their kids' candy selection and avoid hard or sticky candies (gummies, caramel, taffy). We reiterate the importance of brushing twice (or three times) a day and flossing. We suggest parents place candy in a bowl and offer children one piece when the situation is appropriate or allow children to eat candy in moderation during meals. The increased saliva production during meals can offset acids produced by bacteria. Sugar-free candies and gum are preferable. Dr. Suntrup reminds parents to follow precautions from local law enforcement regarding overall safety and encourage parents to let children have fun!


October 05, 2018 | Posted Uncategorized

Do you know what October is, besides the first full month of Autumn?? It's National Dental Hygiene Month!! This month is a perfect time to thank your Dental Hygienist for that brilliant smile!

Dental Hygienists play an important role in preserving good oral health. October is a great month to start the conversation about how we all can do a better job on our own oral care. According to the American Dental Hygienists' Association, that starts with the Daily 4: Brush, Floss, Rinse and Chew.

How to do the Daily 4:
We all know we should brush our teeth every day, but did you know 2 is the magic number when it comes to brushing? Brushing for 2 minutes 2 times a day helps prevent cavities, gingivitis and other oral disease.

Flossing removes food particles a toothbrush can't reach, while rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash helps remove total mouth bacteria and biofilm. It's a 3 part process that we should be doing at least twice every day.

So where does chew fit into the equation? Glad you asked! Chewing sugar-free gum after snacks and meals complements healthy oral care and helps protect teeth while also stimulating saliva glands that help clean your teeth.

In addition to preaching the Daily 4, Dental Hygienists are the ones who Save Our Smiles (#SOS) through cleaning services at the dental office. They perform preventive oral care, check for gingivitis and periodontal disease (gum disease), and show us effective cleaning and oral care techniques. This is why a visit to the Dental Hygienist should be on your to-do list at least twice a year.

Have you made your appointment yet?


Chewing Gum

October 03, 2018 | Posted Uncategorized

Chewing gum in various forms has been around since ancient times when it was derived from tree saps; today, the base used for most gum products is a blend of synthetic materials (elastomers, resins and waxes in various proportions).

Although consumers may be used to thinking about chewing gum as a kind of candy, this category of the ADA Seal recognizes chewing gum that has demonstrated scientifically that it can protect the teeth.

The physical act of chewing increases salivary flow in the mouth; if chewed after eating, the increased salivary flow can help neutralize and wash away the acids that are produced when food is broken down by the bacteria in plaque on teeth.


A company earns the ADA Seal of Acceptance by producing scientific evidence that demonstrates the safety and efficacy of its product, which the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs carefully evaluated according to objective requirements.

Diet and Oral Health

February 27, 2014 | Posted Uncategorized

Good nutrition is essential for good health, and that includes the health of your teeth.  Let's look at the link between your diet and oral health  and what you can do to improve both.

Tooth decay and cavities are caused by acid that is produced by interactions between oral bacteria and food deposits left on your teeth.  Certain foods, especially sugary, starchy, and sticky snacks, are linked to higher levels of such acid causing bacteria.  Additionally, poor nutrition can weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to other health problems, including gum disease.