A Lifetime of Oral Health
    April 16, 2009
    A Lifetime of Oral Health

    One of the most important parts of keeping your child’s mouth healthy is to take that mouth for regular dental visits, at least every 12 months throughout life. Not only will this keep your child’…

    Saving a Lost Tooth
    June 28, 2002
    Saving a Lost Tooth – Should We Try to Replace?

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: Sometimes when a permanent tooth has fallen out, it can be successfully replaced. However, there is a time frame that decides if this will be successful and part of it depends on …

    Infants and Thrush
    March 4, 2002
    Infants and Thrush

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Superficial fungal infections are very common, and usually do not signal trouble in young infants. Oral thrush is very common in the first 6 months or so, but not common in 2 year…

    Ankyloglossia
    July 12, 2001
    Ankyloglossia (Tongue-Tie)

    Dr. Greene's Answer: During fetal development, cords of tissue called frenula form in the front-center of the mouth, beginning as early as 4 weeks of gestation. The word "frenulum" comes from the Lati…

    Natal Teeth
    April 12, 2001
    Natal Teeth

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Natal teeth (teeth present at birth) are found in about one out of two thousand newborn infants. These are often (but not always) extra teeth. Natal teeth may cause pain to the in…

    Preventing Tooth Decay in Infants
    March 9, 2001
    Preventing Tooth Decay in Infants

     Dr. Greene's Answer: The bottle-feeding that comforts and nourishes your baby can also cause severe tooth decay. Most parents I talk to don't know how to care for their babies' teeth. Unlike adult c…

    Pacifiers
    February 16, 2001
    What’s the Best Pacifier for My Baby?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: When Jacques Cousteau first took cameras under water, he opened up an enchanted new world for us to see. Prenatal ultrasounds uncovered an even more marvelous world. Sights that h…

    Baby crying from teething pain
    July 1, 1999
    Benzocaine Teething Gels

    Dr. Greene's Answer: I don't recommend benzocaine or viscous lidocaine teething gels. They may reduce pain, but they can have serious health risks including death. The deadly blood disorder called m…

    Teething Pain
    July 1, 1999
    Teething Pain

    Dr. Greene's Answer: No topic has gone through wider swings in medical opinion than teething. During the last century, teething was considered to be the leading cause of infant mortality.1 Most seriou…

    Geographic Tongue
    January 26, 1998
    Geographic Tongue

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Cheryl, you certainly have your hands full. What an exciting (and busy) time lies ahead! Two in diapers is always a challenge – especially when they are numbers two and three. B…

    Tongue-Tie and Surgery
    November 3, 1997
    Tongue-Tie and Surgery

    Dr. Greene's Answer: When most people hear the term "tongue-tied", they picture someone nervous, stammering, and at a loss for words. Tongue-tie isn't just a cartoon caricature or picturesque descript…

    Baby Teeth
    June 11, 1996
    Baby Teeth

    Dr. Greene's Answer: For an infant, the mouth is an exquisitely sensitive portal connecting the world around him to his developing mind and body. He uses his mouth to meet his mother, to sate his cons…

    Fast Facts about Thumb Sucking
    April 17, 1996
    Fast Facts about Thumb Sucking

    Children who suck their thumbs are able to begin at an early age to meet their own need for sucking. These children fall asleep more easily, are able to put themselves back to sleep at night more easi…

    Unusual Breath Odors and What They Mean
    March 13, 1996
    Unusual Breath Odors and What They Mean

    In children, smelly breath that persists throughout the day is most often the result of mouth-breathing, which dries out the mouth and allows the bacteria to grow. Children who consistently breathe th…