Education

At UPD Dental Associates (University Pediatric Dentistry), we have an uncompromising promise to deliver dental education and awareness to the Western New York community. Below are some tips, articles and links to improve your family’s oral health. Also, make sure to come see us at local schools and events near you!

Education

Dental Phobia & What to Expect at your Visit to the Dentist!

Dental Phobia & What to Expect at your Visit to the Dentist!

Are you feeling a bit nervous about your upcoming dental visit? Have no fear, UPD Dental Associates is here, and we've got your back (and your smile)! We understand that visiting the dentist can sometimes feel a bit scary especially if it may be your first time. You're not alone! Lots of kids feel the same way and even adults too, and that's totally okay.

Thursday, May 9, 2024/Number of views (173)

Are you feeling nervous about your upcoming dental visit? Do not fear; UPD Dental Associates is here, and we've got your back (and smile)! We understand that visiting the dentist can sometimes feel scary, especially if it may be your first time.  You're not alone! Lots of kids feel the same way, and even adults feel the same way, and that's okay. 

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Tips & Tricks to make Brushing your Child’s Teeth Fun & Educational

Tips & Tricks to make Brushing your Child’s Teeth Fun & Educational

Are you ready to turn the mundane task of brushing teeth into an exciting adventure for your little ones? Look no further! Here at UPD Dental Associates keeping those pearly whites healthy and bright is our top priority.

Thursday, May 9, 2024/Number of views (161)
With seven convenient UPD locations, including services for individuals with disabilities, our pediatric dental offices ensure that every child receives the care they deserve. But oral health isn't just about visits to the dentist; it starts at home with a daily routine of toothbrush twice daily and good oral hygiene habits that can last a lifetime. 
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A Guide to Dental Roles at UPD

A Guide to Dental Roles at UPD

Specialization in Pediatric Dentistry

Monday, February 27, 2023/Number of views (1891)

University Pediatric Dentistry started in 1989 as a way for pediatric dental residents to gain clinical understanding of advanced diagnostic and surgical procedures. While working at our offices, residents also gain knowledge of child psychology and clinical management, oral pathology, child-related pharmacology, radiology, child development, management of oral/facial trauma, care for patients with special needs, conscious sedation, and general anesthesia. 

Since our founding, we’ve expanded to multiple locations throughout the Buffalo region specializing in virtually every aspect of infant to adult oral health care, from simple check-ups to complex oral surgeries. We are the Western New York dental health care experts.

At UPD, we have fifteen wonderful dentists, some of which are faculty and teachers at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. They are all highly trained in their area of expertise. Our team of dentists work together to ensure the oral health of our community alongside residents, dental assistants, dental hygienists, surgical technicians, clerical staff, and administration.

That being said, let’s talk about some of the roles you will see across our seven sites.

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The Tooth Fairy; Mythology and Methods

The Tooth Fairy; Mythology and Methods

Written by Julia Grace Dirkes-Jacks

Friday, July 1, 2022/Number of views (1613)

Most of us are familiar with the myth of the Tooth Fairy, a magical being, who whisks away discarded baby teeth from under our pillows, and replaces them with money. If you think about it, it is a strange tradition. We encourage children to barter away their teeth for a cash reward, in a deal that takes place while they sleep. Very few of us, however, know how this practice originated.

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Everything You Need to Know About Dental Sedation and Anesthesia

Everything You Need to Know About Dental Sedation and Anesthesia

Written by Molly Armstrong

Wednesday, February 22, 2017/Number of views (21449)
The overall goal of sedation and anesthesia is to provide the utmost comfort and ease to the patient. The type used depends on the patient’s age as well as the kind of procedure being performed. Click to find out more.
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Root Canals: No Need for Fear or Pain

Root Canals: No Need for Fear or Pain

Wednesday, February 15, 2017/Number of views (7631)
Root Canal: The term might scare you, and make you think of a complicated dental surgery involving a lot of pain; but the procedure is actually quite simple, and relieves the pain that comes along with an infected pulp chamber.
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Fear of the Dentist

Fear of the Dentist

Friday, February 10, 2017/Number of views (7142)
At UPD Dental Associates we do everything we can to make our patients comfortable and make their overall experience a pleasant one; but we also understand that many people, especially little people, have an irrational fear of visiting the dentist.
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Dental Pain and School Absenteeism

Dental Pain and School Absenteeism

Wednesday, February 1, 2017/Number of views (8102)
Tooth pain can have profound implications for your child’s overall success in life. Get the facts here!
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Bullying and Teeth

Bullying and Teeth

Wednesday, January 25, 2017/Number of views (9172)

It’s no secret that children with decaying teeth often suffer through debilitating pain and embarrassment. But did you know that crooked teeth are a significant cause of bullying?

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Water Only in Sippy Cups

Water Only in Sippy Cups

Friday, April 1, 2016/Number of views (11416)

Sippy cups may make life a lot easier for parents, but did you know that their use can negatively affect your child’s dental health?

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