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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Cradles to Crayons Local Clothing Drives

Cradles to Crayons | Providing the essentials for childhood.


Cradles to Crayons Philadelphia provides in-need children from birth to age 12 with the essential items they need to thrive at school & in their community.  They're currently collecting at a number of Delaware County locations, making it easier than ever to donate your new & gently used children's clothes & supplies!


GAP at Springfield Mall   |   1250 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, PA 19064Through Aug. 31Donate new school supplies, new & gently-used children's clothing (sizes infant-14/16) and new & gently-used footwear (sizes infant-adult 10) during regular business hours.

Swiss Farms   |   Donate at any of the 13 locations.
Through Aug. 31
Donate only new school supplies during regular business hours



Participating Ten Thousand Villages Stores
Ardmore, PA  |  Center City Philadelphia, PA  |  Chestnut Hill, PA  |  Exton, PA  |  Media, PA  |  Souderton, PA
Whitehall, PA  |  Wilmington, DE
August 1 – 29
Donors Aug. 1-29 receive COUPON FOR 25%-off single item at participating local Ten Thousand Villages stores.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Get Those Kids Brushing!

Every day parents are asking my what they can do to get their kids brushing. It is, for sure, a battle. There isn't a secret though. Every child is different. Figuring out what system works for your child is half the battle. Implementing it is the other half.
Routine will always win.
In May, I posted this blog which covered tips from birth on dental care.

Check it out for tips


In June, I posted this blog which was great for all those tech savvy kids out there. FREE apps that encourages brushing!


Many other methods include:
  • Charts with stickers to track progress
  • Prizes when brushing 2x a day is completed for a certain amount of time
  • Have the child brush with their favorite stuffed animal first 
  • Play their favorite song for the necessary time
  • Make brushing a fun game! The good guy (aka toothbrush) needs to get in there and attack all the bad guys (aka plaque) before they take over the city of Mouth! 
  • Let them choose their favorite flavor of toothpaste
Do whatever works for you! It is important to establish a healthy routine at a young age to develop a lifetime habit! 


Is everyone ready to go back to school? I bet you parents are! Good job surviving the summer. 
Don't forget to get those school dental forms filled out! If you are a patient of Rose Tree Kids and have been in to see us this summer, give us a call/bring them in, and we can fill them out for you. 
If not, schedule an appointment! We would love to see you! 

See you soon, 



Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Fluoride...



Fluoride.
It has to be the one topic that parents ask me about everywhere. Is it good? Is it bad? They get it at home, why do they need it in the office? My dentist said this, my dentist said that…

To date, this fluoride blog I posted back in June has been my most popular blog post. It is so controversial, the topic of fluoride. Please read it to answer all your questions. 

Like everything else, Fluoride is only beneficial in moderation. The discussion should occur between you and your dentist/hygienist about the amount of fluoride your child is being exposed to and if that is the right amount for your child.

Whenever patients ask questions I try to answer them as individually as possible. Not every child is the same. Not every child needs the same treatment. Some children may only need that one little application of Fluoride in the office every 6 months, while others need extra applications at home.

I strongly believe in evidence based studies that are peer-reviewed. Meaning, what we practice in our office has been studied with proven evidence and the studies have been reviewed by others in the same field. I also believe that as a parent you have the right to ask questions and understand potential treatments for your child.

Trust me, when I go to the pediatrician I drive them crazy with questions!

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer! As always, feel free to ask me any questions!










Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Special Discount for Honk Jr at Upper Darby Summer Stage!!!

Honk, Jr.! "The Ugly Duckling Musical" at Upper Darby Summer Stage!

August 6, 7, 8 Save $2 off each ticket when using the code honktwo 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS:


Come and enjoy this season's run-away hit! Who CAN'T relate to being different, not fitting in, not being accepted? At one time or another haven't we all felt like we don't belong? This show will tug at your heartstrings for sure! Witty and charming but also deeply moving, HONK, JR! will treat you to equal amounts of laughter and tears. The classic "Ugly Duckling" fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen comes to life on the stage with an AMAZING score by the song-writing team who wrote the music for the Broadway smash hit, "Mary Poppins!"

 Come early for pre-show activities before the morning performances. Meet the cast members after every show. Free babysitting for those too young to enjoy the show quietly!

Where: Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill, PA When: August 6, 7, 8 at 10:30 AM and August 7 at 7:30 PM Contact: 610.622.1189 or www.udpac.org

Summer, Fall, & Sports Drinks

Summer, Fall, & Sports Drinks


Summer is slowly coming to an end and with it begins fall sports practices. When practicing in the summer heat, children need to be sure they are eating the right nutrients and staying hydrated.
Water! Water! Water! Of course, you probably know this. What you might not know is the negative effects of those sports drinks that are so readily available.

I wrote THIS BLOG in May to kick off summer but it is just as important now. Read it to learn how sports drinks are harming your children's teeth.

There are some "natural" sports drinks available as well. Be careful with these choices and always read the label! While there may not be any artificial flavoring or processed ingredients, juice still has sugar and is very acidic. The combination of sugar and acidity can cause cavities. 
Keep those teeth healthy and keep smiling!

As always, feel free to ask questions. 

I would love to hear from my readers! 
How old are your children? 
What dental or nutritional concerns do you have?
Any questions you forgot to ask at your last dental visit?
Let me know and I'll answer them. 

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Help local kids....


Please take a moment to check out Cradles to Crayons they are collecting at a few local locations.  Including Ten Thousand Villages, the Gap at Springfield Mall, Exton Adult/Exton Kids, KOP kids,
Metroplex, and Ardmore Adult/Ardmore Kids

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Nicolas's First Visit

First, let me say that I am still new to the world of blogging and my sister Kasey (who accompanied me as my personal photographer and Nicolas’s rescuer) and I take terrible pictures with our iPhone. Well, terrible in comparison to a decent camera. If you thought you were getting quality here, think again. 

Also, if you thought my son would be a gem in the dental chair, you were absolutely wrong. Just like majority of the 1 year olds we see in our office, Nicolas, my precious, happy baby, yelled his head off. Even though he happily lets me brush at home, an unknown environment with people he doesn’t remember set him off. It didn’t help that he didn’t get a full nap that morning and was becoming fussy on the ride there. Lets face it, that’s the way it goes when you’re the parent of a toddler...

It is important to establish a dental home for your child by age one. Check out THIS post about why. If you missed me crying last week about how I couldn’t cope with my son turning one, click HERE to read about it. I only cried a little bit...  :I

Just like every one of you, I walked through the front door, checked in, and waited. Nicolas played with the toys and another patient. An adorable toddler who shared and played with him. She also pushed him down. I guess it is about time he learned what the real world is like. And my little weirdo kept going back for more. Like I said, she was adorable. 

Hanging out at Rose Tree Kids




When Dr. Alex finished with her previous patient, our favorite assistant, Miss Ashley (yes, there are two of us and yes it can be confusing...) called us back. 

So out of my element (or completely in it??) I sat in Dr. Alex’s chair instead of the patient chair when I walked in the room. 
“Wrong chair, mom!” -says Dr. Alex. Ha.
Sitting in the right chair now, we begin...
Normally, we would spend the first few minutes with mom or dad discussing oral health and nutrition, any medical concerns or medications, snacking habits, or any other daily habits. You would be really surprised how much simple things effect those little teeth. 
Since Dr. Alex and I talk about this on a regular basis we skipped it. 
Moving right along, we started with a knee to knee. This is what a knee to knee looks like. Your child has the comfort of being close to you, but their head is in docs lap. 
This is ideal in situations where children may not understand the idea of cooperation. With their head positioned like this, we can see much more with a quick look. He cried (not as bad as when he gets vaccines at the physician though).  I held his hand while Dr. Alex used a mirror for an exam (a), a toothbrush for an easy clean (b), and a little brush to apply fluoride (c). 
And just like that, it is all over! 
                             Aunt Kasey, Save me!!!

                       He did forgive me.... 

                                 I’M FREE! 

From here on out, he will visit the dentist every 6 months. Just like an adult. He is a little ahead of the game with all of his teeth. Nine fully erupted teeth and three making their debut. It is very important to keep them clean. One of the teeth that is now erupted with be in his mouth until about age 12. 
Here is a chart if you are unsure of the eruption pattern:

Just remember that every child is different and there is a wide range for what is considered "normal". 

If you have any questions about this visit or whatever else you might be thinking, feel free to ask! I love questions :)


And feel free to "Like" me on Facebook @ Tiny Teeth with Ashley, RDH and the rest of our dental family @ Rose Tree Kids to stay up-to-date! 








Tuesday, July 22, 2014

First Visit Coming!

Next week I will be introducing my little guy, Nicolas, to the dentist (our very own Dr. Alex) for the first time. I will be blogging about the whole experience from a moms perspective instead of a dental hygienists perspective. Whether he is the best little patient who ever walked through the door, or Dr. Alex's worst nightmare, you guys will hear all about it!

He turned one on July 11th and it has been quite a journey this past year. I don't know if I am the only crazy emotional mom out there ( I doubt it) but I did cry a little as he turned one.

Day one 

Happy 1st Birthday, Nicolas! 

He now has 9 1/2 cute tiny teeth. I have been brushing those little teeth since day one so he is now very accustomed to it; as long as I sing the brushing song he will gladly open and let me brush!
Since next week will be his first exam I thought it would be a good idea to share with you the first blog I wrote with Delaware County Moms Club…

This is my little guy by the way :)

I felt the whole world outside of kids dentistry was coming against me on this subject of bringing children to the dentist at age one, mostly because they are accustomed to the old practices of relatives. So, I was pleasantly surprised to receive my "Your One Year Old" email from baby center the other day that covered this very topic. It clearly stated the importance of this visit. 
If you would like, you can check it out here! 

So, schedule your babes first exam soon! And, of course, I would love to see them myself! Rose Tree Kids provides you with one on one care while treating your child in a fun and happy environment! We even send out a fun personalized book that will help them become familiar with the visit. 

Have a great week everyone! 
~Ashley 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Arrgh Matey!

My family recently went on a pirate cruise in Wildwood, NJ.  Dark Star Pirate Cruise is located on the bay in Wildwood Crest.  I took my son last summer and he enjoyed it so we decided to check it out as a family this summer.  Thanks to the deal they posted on Living Social in the spring we were able to go at a great discounted price.  They also posted one on Groupon so keep your eyes out!
The trip starts with the kids receiving an eye patch and having the chance to get their face etc painted. Then it's all aboard.
The ride consists of crew members in pirate character as you ride out in the bay.  The show is interactive and the kids are very involved.  As well as some parents, my husband was the target of many of their jokes.   The kids help the crew and captain find a treasure map, fight off another pirate with water canons and then find the treasure.  The kids get to pick a piece of treasure.  The crew has a lot of energy and puts on a great show for the kids.




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Healthy Teeth: Battle the Braces



You finally got your child to willingly brush two times a day, and maybe even to floss a couple times a week. Good job, Mom and Dad! That means it is time for another problem to arise, right? Good oral hygiene is difficult with braces and more important than ever.  Let’s talk about how to tackle it. 

The results of poor oral hygiene...
The very beginning stages of a cavity are called White Spot Lesions. You’ve probably seen them, they have an opaque, chalky-white appearance. They are a brighter white compared to the enamel on the rest of the tooth. White Spot Lesions occur when plaque has been sitting long enough on the surface of a tooth to demineralize it. Not only do we worry about these white spots, but poor oral hygiene during orthodontics can potentially slow down movement of the teeth if the infection moves into the bone.  


Brushing
The angle of the toothbrush matters even more during ortho treatment. The tooth brush must be angled above and below the braces so that the bristles can really get all around the bracket. Otherwise, plaque will be left behind. Plaque left on teeth is very similar to velcro in the sense that EVERYTHING grips right to it. 

  1. Brush directly onto the brackets. 
  2. Make sure to brush the surfaces of your teeth without brackets (the backs of your teeth!) Often focusing on all the brackets, people forget that they need to brush this area as well. 
  3. Angle the brush below the brackets so that the bristles go up through them. 
  4. Angle the brush above the brackets so that the bristles go down through them. Also, this are is very important to keep plaque from building up along the gum line. 

However, brushing alone does not get the job done. Brushing only cleans 80% of teeth surfaces. 

Floss, floss, floss! 
Flossing is a necessity while in braces. It is much more tedious to do and it is even more important. It can be very difficult to start but after a few days your child can be a master flosser! There are several ways to get the job done. 

Floss threaders:

Ortho picks:
Designed like flossers but one end is thin enough to fit between most areas.

WaterPik:
 My personal favorite! 

Mouthwash
Keep up with rinsing daily. Mouthwash helps kill bacteria and those with fluoride will not only prevent cavities but help reverse the beginning stages of a cavity. There are many products to chose from. 

See your hygienist!

Everyone knows that visits to your hygienist and dentist two times a year will help keep your mouth healthy. Some people should visit 3-4 times a year. Visiting more often will help keep plaque build up minimal and reinforce good oral health care. In some cases, it may be necessary to remove the wires before a cleaning and replace them after. 




Friday, July 11, 2014

Franklin Institute Quick Review!!!


YOU HAVE TO GO!

My oldest loved science and my husband wanted to see a movie in Imax.  He thought we could just show up at the Franklin and watch IMAX and not tour the museum.  Technically you can, but seriously with a kid who loves science that isn't going to happen!!!!  So we made it a day trip that turned into a membership.  



We went three shows, IMAX and the 3D, plus the planetarium! The IMAX and the 3D show are extra and the planetarium is FREE!!!  They all were fabulous and the girls loved them.  We only were able to get around 1/2 the museum because we integrated them in which was fine because now we decided to upgrade to a membership.

What were my favorites?  The heart of course!  It was magical to see my girls venture through something I had as a kid.  They thought it was amazing!  

You were also able to make your own paper and the girls thought that was a great experiment.  It was something they could make and take.  The final result, the paper would be revealed at home so they loved it!  They were able to draw on it and make something with their experiment!

They also have a room of locomotives.  My girls don't LOVE trains, but they sure loved investigating how they worked!  


Please go to their full site to learn more about the other exhibits.  We were there all day and didn't get through it all.  Kids and adults and all interest levels would love this museum.  You can touch almost everything, there are activities for the kinesthetic learner, and you can take a break by watching a movie packed with interesting information.  Their gift shop is packed with science gadgets, experiments and cool t-shirts.

Tips or tricks I will remember for next time...  Pack snacks and drinks in your bag.  They do have a small snack bar, but as you can imagine things are way overpriced.  There aren't too many restaurants around the museum either.  It is COLD inside so bring a sweatshirt.  I am not kidding we were freezing.  There is a garage for parking however we did find street parking.  Check events that are happening around Philly or call in advance just in case the museum might be packed that day or weekend you are planning to go.  You can purchase your tickets in advance but the museum was quiet the day we went.  If you do get tickets you have 7 days to decide if you want to put your ticket purchase towards a membership.  Please see the membership information on their page to get more information and details.

This is a great day trip.  We can't wait to go back!!!


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Brushing: The Ultimate Battle

How is everyone's summer going? With beach trips, pool days, soccer tournaments, and BBQ's, it is definitely a busy time of year!

During the summer, kids want to be out of the house early and play until you drag them back in! So, it is understandable that keeping up on consistant oral hygiene can become difficult. With all of the sugar consumed in cold refreshing desserts, it is one of the most important times to make brushing a priority.

So, in case you missed it, I decided to revisit a previous blog about brushing.

 

If you are experiencing any problems getting your kids to brush, perhaps one of these techniques will help. 

As parents, we learn to choose our battles and compromise. Oral health is a battle worth fighting. 

As always, feel free to ask any questions! I love to hear from all of you!

-Ashley (Dental Hygienist at Rose Tree Kids)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

*Hot Summer Topic*

Drowning scares me, but I never gave it much thought until I had kids.  I'll never forget when my son was 2, with no fear, jumped right into a pool with out either of us in it waiting for him.  There in started my phobia of going to the pool without being one on one.  In the last year I have seen more and more articles and news coverage about dry drowning. Talk about taking anxiety to a new level!
I wanted find an article that explained it simply, with out the personal stories.  This article on MSN is full of great information.

We will likely be splashing around in our summer special blow up kiddie pools for a few more summers before this mama is prepared to tackle the public pools!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

"Am I Getting A Shot?"

By Ashley Valco

We believe that encouraging a child to have a pleasant dental experience will shape their future dental visits. Very young children sometimes cry, yet, establishing a dental home and bringing them back every six months will kick off a lifetime of positive dental visits. Positive dental visits have an impact on dental health. 

Countless times a day I am asked, “Am I getting a shot?” 
“Are you gonna drill me?” 
“Are you gonna take my teeth?”
“Is this going to hurt?”
Oh, how I hate these questions. I never will lie to a child: that will never establish trust. These words are terrible though! The best I can do is redirect the question and answer it positively.
These questions are often asked through quivering lips that tears are pooling onto. Sometimes kids are looking apprehensively for Mom to save them. Sometimes they are rubbing the tears away trying to be strong. Most give me the opportunity to explain what they are having done that day. Luckily, I can honestly say to a child that I will never give them a shot. Once I show them everything I have and what I will do with it they relax and the appointment goes great; but this doesn't help Dr. Alex! 

So, let us talk about how we can handle this better. 

Most importantly, we need to remember that kids pick up on everything! 

Avoid negative words such as “pain”, “drill”, shot”, or “hurt”. These are trigger words. There really isn’t a situation where they can be used in a positive way. Even if you say, “This isn’t going to hurt”, it can reflect negatively. If the child wasn’t worried to begin with, they will now wonder why you said that. 

The word shot itself sounds terrible. Children will associate “shot” with “gun” and they all know guns are dangerous.  

We encourage parents to let us explain any procedure since we are aware of these trigger words. For example, we replace “shot” with “sleepy juice” and “extract” with “wiggle”. If you aren't sure how to talk about it with your child, you can always say that you aren't sure what the doctor is going to do, but she will explain everything to you.

Also, think about your own dental fears. Even during infancy, children look towards their parents to learn how they should react in any situation. Experts say, around 6 months of age babies will begin assessing the expression on their mothers faces to see if a stranger is ok. 6 months of age! If you have apprehensions about the dental setting, it may be best to have another family member bring your children to the dentist. While at home, choose your words carefully as to not raise anxieties in children that were not already present. 



I know many parents use the results of poor dental care as a scare tactic to get their kids to brush. I absolutely get that. To some extent we have done it as well. Generally, it is kids that are older and have already had enough dental experiences to form their own opinion about what happens. Even then, it might be more beneficial to google some images of cavities or periodontal disease and use the visual aids instead of scary words like “shot” or “pain”. We stress the importance of brushing being about healthy teeth and associating it with a positive instead of preventing a negative.

Younger children will associate the scary words with the visit itself instead of the results of poor oral hygiene. So it is best to avoid them entirely. 


If you are ever unsure about how to approach a visit, feel free to call your office ahead of time to get all the right words and phrases. Our ultimate goal is for every child to have a healthy mouth and a happy visit. 


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