James A. Forester, DDS Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
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Coastal Pediatric Dentistry Blog

Your Pediatric Dentist Reveals How to Have a Safe and Healthy Halloween

October 21, 2018

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Halloween pumpkin and candies. It’s that time of year again where your little ghosts and goblins take to the streets! Halloween brings with it fun activities, fancy costumes, and of course – candy. How can you protect your family from the damage caused by tooth decay and cavities? Here are some helpful tips to follow from your pediatric dentist so your family can have a safe and healthy Halloween.


Your Pediatric Dentist Discusses “Healthy” Foods that Actually Cause Teeth Harm

August 19, 2018

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3 healthy apples to enjoy.It can be challenging to feed your children, especially when you’re dealing with picky eaters. It’s even more difficult when you find out that foods you thought were healthy, are not great for your little one’s teeth or oral health. Your pediatric dentist explains what to watch out for and some alternatives to consider.


Your Pediatric Dentist Shares How You can be Prepared for a Dental Emergency

July 3, 2018

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A happy family of four. Life can be unpredictable, and if you find yourself in the midst of a dental emergency with your child, the first thing to do is remain calm. The next thing to do is to contact your pediatric dentist. When you have the right dental team on your side, you can rest assured that your child will be well taken care of. Here are some common childhood emergencies and how you can handle them.


Your Pediatric Dentist Advises Not to Let Your Kids Use Their Teeth as Tools

June 8, 2018

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A group of smiling children. Children are constantly learning how to navigate their world, and some tasks seem more difficult than others. Your child may be resourceful and decide to use their teeth to help them out in certain situations; however, it is important to teach children that teeth should only be used to chew food – and nothing else. Your pediatric dentist explains the dangers of using teeth as tools.


How Do I Get My Child to Brush Their Teeth?

May 18, 2018

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Mom and daughter brushing their teeth. You mention brushing and flossing to your child and the daily battle ensues. There must be a better way you think to yourself, and the good news is that there is! Your pediatric dentist offers ideas and solutions to eliminate arguments over teeth brushing now, to instill good habits for the future.


Starting Good Oral Habits With Your Child Early On

March 15, 2018

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Family brushing their teeth together. As with most things in life, the earlier your child begins to learn good habits for their oral health, the better. Parents often have many questions about their child’s oral development such as: How early should I begin brushing my baby’s teeth? When should their first visit to the pediatric dentist be? Why are baby teeth so important? Here we’ve compiled not only the answers to your questions, but also some helpful tips for building good habits early on.


How Do I Brush My Child’s Teeth?

February 15, 2018

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Tiny baby holding mother’s hand. The arrival of your little one’s teeth is an exciting time! Your child will soon be navigating solid foods and learning how to form sounds and words with the help of their new teeth. But how should you take care of these new teeth? Is there a right way to brush? Do you need to worry about brushing when baby teeth will fall out anyway? Your pediatric dentist has answers for you as well as a step-by-step guide on caring for your baby’s first teeth.


Are Baby Teeth Really That Important? Your Pediatric Dentist Comments

October 26, 2017

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A newborn baby holding mom’s fingerWhen you have a baby there are so many new things to think about. You worry about their eating schedule, their sleeping schedule, and their doctor appointments, and that’s just the beginning! What happens when their teeth begin to arrive? Should you brush them? Is it important to take care of them when they’re only going to fall out eventually? When should your child first see the dentist? Your pediatric dentist has the answers you need.


Your Pediatric Dentist Explains How to Purchase Your Child’s First Toothbrush

September 20, 2017

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Your little one’s first teeth have arrived! It’s an exciting time as they learn to enjoy and navigate new foods. It’s also a confusing time, as you have to figure out how to care for these new teeth. Dentists recommend cleaning your infant’s gums with a gentle cloth prior to the first tooth erupting, and then begin brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they arrive, but what kind of brush should you use? Here are some tips from your pediatric dentist on finding the right first toothbrush.


How to Avoid Cavities with Your Pediatric Dentist in San Luis Obispo

June 1, 2017

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little girl smilingYou’ve watched your child at the playground a thousand times before, so it’s easy for you to tell that something is a bit off today. They don’t seem to be enjoying themselves as much as they usually do. During the car ride home, you ask them if everything is OK. As soon as they look up at you, you know everything isn’t ok, even before they say, “My tooth hurts!” When you get home, you immediately take a look in their mouth. You’re suddenly filled with a basic question, “How do I know if my child has a cavity?” Cavities are very common for young children, so it’s useful for parents to know how to spot them early. Today, your friendly-neighborhood pediatric dentist in San Luis Obispo, Dr. James Forester, is going to answer this basic question, and let you know how to avoid more cavities in the future.


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