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We’re pediatric dental practitioners because we love sharing smiles and knowledge with children and their families—on and offline! Bookmark this page to catch the informative and fun articles we post twice a month, and feel free to share and join the conversation.

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Alternative Text Posted March 13, 2020 / Blog, Dental Services
Malije Onwueme, DDS

Zirconia Crowns for Kids

Zirconia has been used in major medical procedures like hip replacement for many years due to its strength and biocompatibility. It took the dental industry until the early 2000s to catch up, beginning with adult dental procedures such as dental implants, root canals, and dental crowns. In 2010, zirconia became available for use in pediatric […]

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Alternative Text Posted February 27, 2020 / Blog, Patient Care
Malije Onwueme, DDS

Special Needs Dentistry: Everyone Deserves a Healthy Smile!

The Americans with Disabilities Act defines disability as a “physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.” (Specific examples of major life activities addressed by the ADA include functions such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing and learning.) Disabilities may be congenital (present […]

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Alternative Text Posted February 13, 2020 / Blog, Dental Health
Malije Onwueme, DDS

Teens & Tobacco: Know the Risks

Today, Dr. Malije Onwueme of Westpark Pediatric Dentistry wants to give teens the bottom line about tobacco use: there is no such thing as a “safe” or “safer” tobacco product. Every tobacco product contains nicotine in varying amounts—and not only is nicotine addictive, but it can also harm the brain. (Many people don’t realize the […]

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Alternative Text Posted January 27, 2020 / Blog
Malije Onwueme, DDS

Science Rules: Fun Crafts & Oral Health Experiments for Kids

At Westpark Pediatric Dentistry, we know your little one’s smile fills you with joy and pride; smiles are a source of joy and pride for us, too! We cherish the opportunity to help build a foundation that will ensure your child has a healthy smile for life. But, we know before they become oral hygiene […]

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Alternative Text Posted January 13, 2020 / Blog, Dental Health
Malije Onwueme, DDS

Pacifier Pros & Cons

To binky or not to binky? Pacifier use for infants has been a subject of debate as long as they’ve been around. Richmond pediatric dentist Dr. Malije Onwueme shares some pros and cons below. Pros Pacifiers can soothe a fussy baby. Whether your child has a strong sucking reflex or has difficulty falling asleep, a […]

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Alternative Text Posted December 27, 2019 / Blog, Dental Health
Malije Onwueme, DDS

Dentistry for Kids: What the Tooth Fairy Won’t Tell You

Babies and kids are constantly growing and changing, and their mouths are no exception! Throughout childhood, kids lose their baby teeth, gain adult teeth, and they begin to take ownership of their own oral health. From brushing to braces to practicing their smiles, oral health is important for every kid at every stage. Read on […]

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Alternative Text Posted December 13, 2019 / Blog, Dental Services
Malije Onwueme, DDS

Tongue Tied: Does My Baby Need a Frenectomy?

But first, what’s a frenum? Or is it frenulum? The short answer is, they’re one and the same—a small fold of muscular tissue that prevents an organ in the body from moving too far. There are several in the body, but the two we’ll be discussing today are located in the mouth—labial frenum and lingual […]

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Alternative Text Posted November 27, 2019 / Blog, Dental Services
Malije Onwueme, DDS

Silver Diamine Fluoride: An Affordable Filling Alternative

Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is an antibiotic topical liquid solution brushed onto teeth to halt the progression of tooth decay. Research has shown the effectiveness of SDF in cavity prevention and arrest, and it has been used safely and successfully worldwide with patients of all age groups. Westpark Pediatric Dentistry uses silver diamine fluoride to […]

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Alternative Text Posted November 13, 2019 / Blog, Patient Care
Malije Onwueme, DDS

Questions to Ask Before Special Needs Kids See the Dentist

All children are unique individuals with personal preferences, but sometimes special needs kids have a higher level of anxiety in new situations like visiting the dentist. Dentists like Dr. Malije Onwueme realize treating special needs kids requires patience and understanding, and while most dentists who treat children are capable of accommodating a variety of special […]

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Alternative Text Posted October 27, 2019 / Blog, Dental Health
Malije Onwueme, DDS

Baby Bottles & Water: It’s Complicated

Richmond pediatric dentist Dr. Malije Onwueme wants to tackle the issue of babies and water intake in today’s blog. Of course, water is the healthiest beverage available for kids and adults, particularly when it comes to oral hygiene, but in babies less than six months of age, water is a no-no. Until babies are six […]

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