What To Expect on First Visit

The first dental visit is educational and helps to establish a “Dental Home” for your child’s dental needs. Dr Zummo will examine your child’s teeth and may discuss brushing techniques and fluoride use at home.
He will determine if x-rays are needed depending on the child’s dental health at that time. Everything is done to make your child comfortable and ensure that the necessary tools and information is obtained to keep your little one happy and cavity-free.

What Food and Drinks most likely causes Cavities?

No-Brainer: Caramels and Taffy Sticky and sugary
Surprise: Gummy fruit snacks

No-Brainer: Soda fizzy and acidic
Surprise: Sports drinks highly acidic

No-Brainer: Cookies carb-rich and
Surprise: Crackers and Gold Fish slow to dissolve

Good News: good snacks are apples and cheeses – neutralize acid and contains calcium.

Dental Dictionary

Abrasion: loss or wearing away of tooth structure

Abscess: infection

Bruxism: grinding of teeth

Caries: tooth decay ( cavities )

Calculus: hard residue on teeth ( tartar )

Decay: damage to tooth structure caused by toxins produced by bacteria

Extraction: removal of a tooth

Gingiva: gum tissue

Gingivitis: inflammation of the gum tissue

Halitosis: bad breath

Third Molars: the eight and last teeth to grow in ( wisdom teeth )

DDS: Doctor of Dental Surgery,same as DMD

Bad Breath

Possible reasons includes:
1) Eating certain foods like onions, garlic, and spices
2) Poor dental hygiene
3) Dry mouth
4) Medications
5) Tobacco use
6) Infections in your mouth or teeth
7) Underlying medical conditions
What to do now:
1) Brush your teet h for two minutes with fluoridated toothpaste
2) Floss your teeth
3) Brush your tongue gently with your toothbrush until you can clearly see the pink of the tongue.
4) Rinse with a mouth wash
5) Chew a piece of sugar free gum

#2min2x a day

60% of parents with kids under 12 report they don’t regularly help their kids brush their teeth. Pledge to help brush your kids’ teeth 2 minutes 2 times a day. Don’t let zombie mouth ruin yours kids’ Halloween fun.

Halloween tricks

Tricks aren’t just for Halloween. Visit www.2min2x.org for clever ways to get your kids brushing for 2 full minutes, twice a day. Join the healthy mouths movement. You can text “BRUSH” to 30364 to receive kids’ oral health tips directly to your cell phone.

National Brush Day

What is sweeter than Halloween candy? Fewer emergency trips to the dentist! The day after Halloween is the perfect time to pledge to keep your kids’ mouths healthy. Parents: Pledge to keep your kids’ mouths healthy by making sure they brush #2min2x a day!!! There are 1440 minutes in a day. Your kids’ teeth need 4 of them. Oral disease causes kids to miss 51 million school hours annually. Parents lose 25 million work hours annually to take them to the dentist.

Dr John Zummo is PALS certified

PALS Certification Institute
PALS Certification Institute

Dr Zummo re-certified his Pediatric Advanced Life Support permit in October, 2012 as required by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the State Board of Dentistry.

PALS Certified from the PALS Certification Institute

Dental Home

Dr Zummo’s office is your place for your child’s Dental Home.  He recommends starting at the age of 6 months to visit his office for the most up to date advise and recommendations for pediatric dental care.  His staff will introduce your child to proper brushing and have fun doing it.  The Medicaid dental program will allow a child to start dental visits at 6 months and every 3 months for revisits up to age 3.   Call us for an appointment.

Medicaid Provider

Dr Zummo has been a Medicaid dental provider for the Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership program since 1986. He is also a registered Medicaid dental provider for Foster Care children program.

Dr Zummo’s office takes both dental Medicaid’s administrators: MCNA and DentaQuest.  You must designate Dr Zummo as your Main Dentist in order to be seen.   Please feel free to call our office for your child’s dental appointment or any questions.  We accept children from age 6 months to 14 years old.