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Memorial Day: Parades, remembrance, and the unofficial start of summer!

“The purpose of all war is peace.” - Saint Augustine Fire truck sirens, baton twirlers, marching bands covering patriotic tunes, colorful floats, costumes, and millions of red, white, and blue American Read More

Fluorosis: What is it?

Many people think dental fluorosis is a disease, but it’s not; it’s a condition that affects the appearance of your tooth’s enamel, not the function or health of the teeth. Read More

May is National Teen Self-Esteem Month!

The month of May has the unique distinction of being National Teen Self-Esteem Month. What does that mean? National Teen Self-Esteem Month was created to raise public awareness about how low Read More

Dangers of Thumb Sucking

It’s common for children to suck their thumb at a young age. the doctor and our team want you to understand the potential issues that can surface down the road Read More

Protecting Your Child’s Smile with Mouthguards

If your child participates in sports or other physical activities, it’s wise to consider getting a mouthguard. Also known as mouth protectors, mouthguards are a device worn over the teeth Read More

Every Day is Earth Day

During the early days of the environmental awareness movement, those who demonstrated against pollution, toxic chemicals, and the general public health were known as hippies. The early 1970s were a Read More

Why Baby Teeth Matter

Sleepless nights, crankiness, drooling—how can such tiny teeth cause such a big fuss? But all those uncomfortable days and nights are forgotten when your baby’s first teeth make their appearance. Read More

First Filling?

It’s your child’s first filling at our El Cajon, California office, and perhaps you’re both a little nervous. Your child doesn’t know what to expect, and you want to make Read More

Tooth Eruption Timeline

Parents, and even older children, can become concerned about tooth development. Wondering when teeth should erupt, and being concerned when the teeth do not appear on schedule, is common. First, Read More

Keep Your Teeth Healthy While You Keep Fit!

Whether you’re defending the goal, shooting hoops, or practicing tricks on your skateboard, sports and exercise are a great way to keep fit and healthy. Let’s make sure you keep Read More

Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Millions of people, around El Cajon, California and beyond, wear green on St. Patrick’s Day so they can show their spirit for the holiday and avoid getting pinched. While it Read More

How do I make my child’s diet safe for his or her teeth?

The food you feed your child can have a lasting effect on his or her oral health. In fact, diet plays a major role in whether a child develops cavities Read More

How do I handle my child’s dental emergency?

With children undergoing developmental dental changes and engaging in rough-and-tumble activities, dental emergencies can sometimes arise. If your child knocks out a tooth or experiences any type of oral discomfort, Read More

What is a pediatric dentist?

Our team at Gary A. Olen, DDS, MS, Inc. & Michael Maurer, DDS, Inc. hears this question a lot. According to our friends at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Read More

National Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and a perfect time for the doctor to review some of the important steps in keeping your child’s smile healthy! Your Baby Early care is Read More

Can a Night Guard Mean Sweet Dreams for Your Child?

Sometimes the reason for a poor night’s sleep is obvious. Maybe your child watched a scary movie. Or loaded up on sugar before bed. Or can’t get to sleep after Read More

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