Author Archives: Natalie Gardner

Pacifiers and teeth

Are pacifiers  harmful to my child’s teeth? This picture shows what can happen to your child’s teeth if they use a pacifier or suck a thumb/finger for too long.  The top front teeth are pushed out and up, so they don’t touch the lower teeth.  This will make it harder to chew with those front teeth […]

Camping fun

Camping can be so fun for a family. Let’s be honest it’s A LOT of work for mom. It’s kind of like moving half your house for a couple days just to get out and be with nature. Here’s some of our camping advice and our favorite foods to roast over the fire. Enjoy! My […]

traveling tooth tips

Congrats to Dr. Gardner and family on the birth of his baby daughter! School’s out or almost out. Afraid a busy summer ahead might take a toll on your child’s oral hygiene? When warmer weather beckons your family away from the house, your child’s dental routine doesn’t have to suffer! Keep your child’s smile healthy […]

Household entertainment for kids: Part 3

Entertainment for kids: Part 3 1- Science experiments – You can find lots of ideas for different experiments on-line. I usually have to find things that I have on hand because I’m too lazy to go to the store and then do the experiment. Last night we made elephant toothpaste which was a lot of […]

Entertaining kids: Part 2

Here’s part 2 of entertaining your kids. 1 – Dance Party – My kids love to dance and sing. Kids love to let loose and don’t care what others think. We crank up the radio or find Let It Go on YouTube and just go crazy. My favorite is when the whole family gets in […]

Indoor games

My kids have a tendency to be bored. A lot. I think they see me as the parental figure to be their think tank of things to do. Considering mother’s day is right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to give all you moms out there some ideas on entertaining those cute, […]

Dental Sealants

What are Dental Sealants? Sealants are a protective coating that is painted on the chewing surface of teeth to protect them from getting cavities. Brushing and flossing can get the majority of food and sugar out of the grooves and depressions of the tooth but bacteria can still build up in the crevices and raise […]

Crowns on baby teeth

Dr. Gardner is a big fan of EZPedo Zirconia Crowns. They are fairly new to the pediatric world. We’d thought we’d take the opportunity to give our readers, patients, and parents a little background. For a long time parents didn’t have very many options when it came to their child needing a crown. Stainless steel […]

Special Needs Children

Article from American Academy of Pediatric Dentist (AAPD). Click here to go to full article. Healthy Teeth and Special Needs Children: What Parents Need To Know April 1, 2015 Pediatric dentists have unique expertise and extra training to treat children with special needs. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1 in […]

Free or nearly free things to do with kids

We were in dental school and residency for what felt like a loooong time and during that time we had little to no money. We learned that there were a lot of fun, free things to do with kids. We’ve only been here in South Jordan for about 7 months but we’ve already discovered a […]