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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Kid's Night on Broadway-Free Tickets

I almost one to keep this great idea to are available in a limited number so if you're interested in getting these tickets, you better be ready on November 5th!

On Kids' Night on Broadway, young people age 6-18 can see a participating Broadway show for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult.

Kids' Night on Broadway
will take place in NYC
January 9-15, 2015

Tickets go on sale to the public
Wednesday November 5, 2014
at 11:00 a.m. E.S.T.

For more information about Kid's Night on Broadway, check them out online, HERE

Coming Soon: Holiday Gift Guide 2014

I went to New York City for the day yesterday, to see some of the best toys & products that are being offered for the 2014 holiday season. The good news is....there are sooo many great products for kids in every age group & many of them are even educational PLUS so fun!  

I have a few items that I particularly loved because they incorporate STEM ideas into play or take my kids virtual worlds & make them "real life". I can't wait to share my soon as I recover from the crazy trip!   


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Prevention Is Key!

Right now, I have a very active toddler. He is 15 months old and such a joy. Just like every other toddler, he gets into everything, tests our limits, and sees if we will respond the same way every time he does something. 
It’s just so much fun. Exhausting, but fun...
While this behavior I understand to be completely normal, exploratory behavior for a toddler, I still strive to make sure I am responding in the best ways I can. 

Nicolas- Cutie, right? :)
When Nicolas was an infant he was very colicky. I thought I was going to lose my mind. My husband would stand for hours next to a running dryer to try and ease his crying, (my sons crying that is, not my husbands) just so I could get a little rest. I came across a book “On Becoming Baby Wise,” by Gary Ezzo, that talked about a schedule for babies and how it helps. The book was very strict to its scheduling and I followed it for a week. Nicolas became a normal baby. Who knew that babies needed consistency to be comforted. I sure didn’t. I went from there using the schedule as more of a routine and stuck with it. 
Since “Baby Wise” worked for me, I of course bought “On Becoming Toddler Wise” in hopes that I could somehow, magically, skip those crazy toddler temper tantrums and all that comes with it. 

So, last night, I was reading a chapter about biting. Thankfully, my little guy has not bitten any children. Something jumped out at me. Gary Ezzo said, “Biting is as normal as tooth decay. Well, as normal as something can be without prevention.” 
Of course, since I am in the dental field, everything dentally related jumps out at me. But this made me think. How often is it said that cavities are normal? To an extent, yes we can say they are normal. According to the CDC, it is the most common childhood disease. Yes, childhood disease. So, cancer is not normal, but children seem to be getting it an awful lot these days. 

If something is considered normal simply because of its common nature, should it still be considered normal if it is preventable? I am not sure. However, I am not here to argue that. I am simply here in hopes to be the preventive aspect of this “normal childhood disease.” That is my job. A dental hygienist, if you were wondering, is on the preventive side of dentistry. “Dental hygienists are licensed oral health professionals specializing in prevention and treatment of oral diseases, as well as protection of patients' total health.”
Wether it be to take xrays, clean the teeth (remove biofilms that cause disease), or apply sealants to prevent decay, we are trying to prevent. We are also educators. Educating our patients is the best step toward prevention. And let’s face it, learning at a young age is the best time to learn anything that will benefit you for the rest of your life. 

Baby teeth will fall out. If not cared for properly before they fall out, they can effect the gums, bone structure that supports the teeth, and the adult tooth that emerges beneath. So, a lifetime of healthy teeth begins with that first baby tooth. 

Healthy teeth for a lifetime?

I started brushing my sons teeth the moment they came in. From a young age he became accustomed to the tooth brush in his mouth. He would open once I started singing the tooth brush song. Then, after some time, the song didn’t work. He started responding to “ahhhh!” Then that stopped working. Now, he just wants to hold the toothbrush himself. Boy does he put up a fight. It is a battle to brush his teeth most of the time. Choose your battles. Good advice for marriage and parenting. However, oral health is a battle I am not passing on. Too often I see young children with cavities and I will do everything I can to prevent it. Prevention is the first step. Yeah, sure, genetics has its role. But trust me, it doesn’t play as big of a role as you would think. Most of the time the problems that are passed down from generation to generation are not genetic so much as shared habits. As a child, you share your parents diet and hygiene. Diet and Hygiene are the first keys of prevention. 

So how can you prevent this “normal” childhood disease?
  • Diet/Nutrition - Avoid a high sugar/carb diet. This includes not eating sugary snacks often, as well as consonant snacking through the day. Check out this post about nutrition. 
  • Hygiene - Brushing 2 times a day for 2 minutes each time. Begin flossing at a young age to establish the good habit. Around age 5 the back teeth begin to move closer together, trapping bacteria and food between the teeth. This is when X-rays become necessary as well as flossing. Check out this post about tips for brushing! 
  • Consistency - Consistency is the best for every child. When they learn a routine at a young age is it easier for them to come to expect it. Which also makes it easier for you. 
  • Lead by example - Often times parents brush their own teeth much earlier or later than their children's. Letting your child see you brush your own teeth will help reinforce the habit. Children usually like to imitate their parents as well. 
  • Regular Check ups - Keeping your 6 month check up is important. Their dental hygienist/dentist will make sure they are staying healthy and if any small areas are beginning to show signs of cavitation, they can point it out to you and give you extra care tips to hopefully prevent it from turning into a cavity that is big enough to be treated. 
  • Being proactive when a cavity is present - When a cavity is found, it is important to not delay treatment. Catching it early will prevent more serious treatment like a crown or root canals. Not only are these procedures more involved, missing more time from school, but they are also more expensive. Avoiding them all together makes things easier for both you and your child.  Check out this post about why it's important!

Remember, prevention is key for everything. 

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to comment. If you have specific concerns about dental treatments for your childrens teeth, you can call my office Rose Tree  Kids at 610-892-3825

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Anxiety Free Dental Treatment

Nothing makes me happier than to tell a patient of mine that they are in this months “No Cavity Club!” They are either getting great guidance at home, eating a healthy low-sugar diet, listening to the education I provide, or hopefully, all of the above! 
However, there are times that cavities or other dental issues are found and need to be treated. Most children are comfortable and calm in the office and during procedures. Children’s offices are designed to make them feel that way - bright colors, toys, their favorite music of movie for entertainment. Also, we chose to work specifically with children and want to cater to their special needs. 

There are times, however, that children are anxious before treatment. When the anxiety could prevent adequate treatment, Nitrous oxide/oxygen can be used to help relax the child and ease their anxieties or fears. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is also a great option for children that have a severe gag reflex that interferes with treatment. 

What is Nitrous oxide/oxygen?
Nitrous oxide/oxygen, also known as “laughing gas”, is a blend of oxygen and nitrous oxide that is used as a safe sedative. A mask is placed over the nose for the child to inhale the gentle gases by breathing normally. It is used for the duration of the treatment and then eliminated after a short period of breathing oxygen. There are no lingering effect of this treatment and children are able to go to school after. 

What does Nitrous oxide/oxygen feel like?
It has a faint, sweet aroma. It gives a sense of relaxation and well-being. Our bodies have a threshold of pain that they can tolerate and nitrous oxide/oxygen raises this threshold. Many people know this mixture of gases as “laughing gas” due to it sometimes causing giddiness. At the end of the procedure, when the oxygen is being breathed in and removing the effects of the nitrous oxide, these sensations dissipate and the child will being to feel “normal” again. 

Is it safe?
Our goal while treating your children is to give them the best treatment we can. That includes keeping them safe, comfortable, and happy. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is very safe. It is perhaps the safest form of sedation in dentistry. 
  • Children tolerate it well. 
  • It takes just minutes to become effective. 
  • Completely reversible. 
  • Non-allergenic.
  • Child remains fully conscious and is able to respond to questions or requests. 

If your office recommends Nitrous oxide/oxygen for your child’s dental treatment there are a few things to keep in mind. Give them only a light meal in the hours leading up to an appointment. Sometimes children can feel nauseous or experience vomiting if they have a full stomach. Also, make sure that their medical history is up-to-date and you have disclosed and respiratory conditions or anything else that could make nasal breathing difficult. This could limit the effectiveness of nitrous oxide/oxygen. Keeping their medical history up-to-date includes letting the dentist know if there are any new medications or any medications that were taken the day of treatment. 

At Rose Tree Kids we always provide one-on-one treatment that is specially designed for your child's needs. Every service should be fitting to your child as an individual. Always speak with the dentist/hygienist about your child’s special needs so we can treat them to the best of our ability. This includes Nitrous oxide/oxygen. There may be times when it isn’t the best option for your child. Their dentist will review the medical history, their level of anxiety, and any other issues to determine if this is the best treatment for them. 

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Running update

I just read a pin on Pinerest (feel free to follow me!)

Running is not about being better than someone else, it's about being better than you used to be.  

As someone who used to run competitively, this is a hard adjustment to make...but one I'm working on.  I don't have the time & if we're being really honest, I don't feel like getting back into running with so much intensity. My knees were bothering me 2 weeks ago, so I took a break & didn't run for 10 days, but I got back on the horse & yesterday did an easy 6 mile run.  I don't need to be first or have an 5 minute mile (though I'd probably run farther if that was the case) I just need to go the distance, farther & with less pain than before.  I'm actually beginning to enjoy running again, which to me is a huge accomplishment!

I'm signed up for two races coming up...if anyone is interested in joining me!

First, I'll be running The Fueled Up and Fired Up 5K Challenge is, again the Pick 5 Challenge! 5K or 5 Miles! This Saturday in Wallingford. Race benefits the Nether Providence Township First Responders and Susan G. Komen Philadelphia. Info can be found HERE on Run the Day.

Then I'm running the 37th Annual Penn Medicine Radnor Run, on Sunday, October 26th 2014. The morning’s main event, led by our Celebrity Chair, ABC Action News Meteorologist Cecily Tynan, is a 5-Mile USA Track & Field sanctioned and certified race through the surrounding scenic Radnor neighborhood.  The event also includes an untimed 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk for adults and youth of all ages. Bring the family! For more information and to sign up, please visit

Candy Buy Back with Operation Gratitude!

I love candy. 
Love it. 
In fact, I specifically love the candy that I tell all of your children to stay away from most. That colorful, fruity, chewy, sticky, sweetness. Mike&Ikes, Starburst, jelly beans, Skittles, Swedish Fish. Sure, I like chocolate, but that sugary goo gets me every time. 
When I was a kid I didn’t even like chocolate. I know, I know... 
I didn’t like it until after I was married. So when it came to Halloween night, I had the best for bartering candy. All of my chocolate for whatever fruity candy you got. Like most families, I am sure, we dumped our goods at the end of the night and started trading right away. 
Who got the most?
Who got what?
Mom is gonna steal your Mallow Cups! 
And we always got double the sweets. After a round in our neighborhood we would head home, dump those pillowcases, change costumes, and head back out for round two. I am not saying it was right, but it was fun! I am pretty certain our neighbors new what was up. They just loved my dad so we got away with it. :)
Oh, Halloween, how I loved you. That might have been one of the most exciting nights of the year. I remember many Halloweens vividly. However, I don’t remember the days after Halloween. I remember bringing some candy to school, but I don’t remember going crazy eating tons of candy in the days to follow. Maybe I did and its the sugar comas that cloud my memory. Or maybe my parents hid most of it from us so we wouldn’t go insane. Or they ate it themselves....

Fast forward to many years later where I am a dental hygienist working with children, telling dozens of them a day to watch the sugar they eat. Candy is a “bad treat” and apples and blueberries are “good treats.” Given the choice between chocolate or candy as a healthier alternative, choose chocolate every time (except chocolate milk!) They start telling me what they love and I am mentally drooling. I couldn’t deprive them of their happiness. So, little Jimmy, save those sweets for the special occasions - birthday parties, holidays, and Halloween! 

What’s a parent to do? How can you simply take all of their candy away? 

There are certain things you can do to encourage them to give their candy away. 
One way is to bring the candy to our office the week following Halloween. We are teaming up with a nonprofit organization called Operation Gratitude. We will collect all the candy you wish to donate and Operation Gratitude will help us send it overseas to our soldiers. 

How it works:
Your child brings in a Ziploc Gallon sized bag filled with candy and they get $2. A half gallon bag gets $1. Then we weigh it. After the week is over, whoever brought the most will win a prize! 

We encourage children to write, color, or draw thank you cards. The troops really love this! 

There are many ways to give your candy to a cause that teaches your children kindness, gratitude, and appreciation. What could be harder for a child than to give away all that candy they worked for to a good cause?

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the following:

  • Keep up with our candy collection
  • See when we are collecting
  • See how much we end up sending overseas
  • Read some of the awesome Thank You cards we receive 
  • Find out who our winner is!

Rose Tree Kids Dental office hours are 
Monday 9-6
Wednesday 8-5
Friday 8-12

Saturday 10-12 We are not open on Saturdays, however, we will be there November 8th to finish collecting the candy.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Let's Talk Nutrition!

Did you know that the bacteria in your mouth loves to eat carbs and sugar just as much as you? It absolutely does. 

And after it eats, the bacteria and its waste product stick to your teeth in a very filmy substance known as plaque. 
Since children aren’t familiar with the term “waste product” and I always try to speak in a way that resonates with them, I tell them that plaque is bateria poo. This is usually followed by a creeped out face and a loud “Ewww!” Which makes me happy. 
Telling some children why will sometimes help motivate them to do an action since they now have understanding. Our goal is to get your kids brushing. 

What can you do for that child who refuses to brush properly?
Aside from being consitant and leading by example, there is something else you can do. Help cut back on the amount of plaque that accumulates in their mouth. 
While all foods have at least small amounts of sugar in them, there are certain things that can create a worse enviroment. 
For instance, have you ever noticed that at the end of a day spent eating sugary foods (think of a birthday party) you seem to have “fuzzier” teeth than normal and a strong desire to brush. Ok, maybe the strong desire to brush just effects a crazy dental hygienist like me, but you see where I am going with this. 
So, let’s discuss the foods that make your oral health worse.  

Foods and Beverages that Contribute to Poor Oral Health
The more often you eat, and the longer foods are in your mouth, the more potential damage to your teeth can occur. You can acutally cause more damage by eating from a large bag of M&M’s throughout the day than eating the entire bag in one sitting. That doens’t mean eat the whole bag! But your mouth needs some time to recover and return to the original, healthy pH that prevents decay. Some foods, in particular, are more likely to cause oral health problems than others. Therefore, practice moderation if and when you or your child consume the following foods:
Carbohydrates: Refined carbohydrate-laden foods (chips, bread, pasta, crackers, etc.) can be as harsh on your teeth as candy. Bacteria feed on leftover food particles in the mouth and produce an acidic waste product, which causes decay.
Chewy, sticky foods: Raisins, granola bars, jellybeans, caramel, honey and syrup stick to teeth, making it hard for saliva to wash away their sugar, which can cause tooth decay.
Sugary snacks: Snacks like cookies, cakes or other sweet treats contain a high amount of cavity-causing sugar.
Candy and gum: Eating candy and chewing regular sugar sweetened gum are harmful to your teeth. As you eat, sugar coats your teeth, which can lead to cavities. There are many types of gums now that have Xylitol as a sweetener which helps prevent decay. 
Carbonated soft drinks: Regular soda contains a high amount of sugar. Both regular and diet sodas also contain phosphorous and carbonation that wear away tooth enamel.
Fruit and vegetable juices: Fruit and vegetable juices tend to be high in sugar and very acidic and can damage tooth enamel and lead to decay.
Sports drinks: Sports drinks, which I discussed in a previous post HERE, can be high in sugar and highly acidc, causing decay. 
Acidic foods and beverages: Acids, which can cause dental erosion, are found in numerous foods and drinks. These acids include:
  • Phosphoric acid, which is found in soft drinks
  • Citric and malic acids, which are found in fruits such as lemons and fruit products
  • Lactic acid, which can be found in fermented products, such as yogurt
  • Tartaric acid, which is found in grapes and wines

So, it is unlikely that you will just cut all of these right out of you and your families diet. Making sure that they are consumed in moderation will help cut back. Also, increasing water intake and specifically while eating these food items will help cut back on plaque build up. 

Remember to always honeslty discuss diet with your childs dental hygienist/dentist. Knowing what they are consuiming can help us treat them properly! 

Are you now thinking "What the heck are we going to do about all of that Halloween candy that we will be getting soon?!" Don't fret friends, I'll be posting about that soon! 

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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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

"I Want To Be Cavity Free!"

By Ashley Valco

I wish all my kids walked into my office yelling this! 

Last week I posted about your little one’s teeth wiggling out. -------->
Check it out HERE if you missed it. 
While those first baby teeth are movin’ on out to make room for the adult front teeth, your child could already have their first adult molars. Between the ages of 6 and 7 years old the first adult molars begin to make their appearance. These molars, just like every other adult tooth, should hang around for the rest of their life. So that is where sealants come into play. 

Run your tongue along the biting surface of all your molars. If you do not have crowns or fillings on them you will feel many grooves and pits. They come in all shapes and sizes and are difficult to keep clean. Your tooth brush bristles aren’t able to get into those grooves as well as we would like. Food and bacteria build up in these crevices, which puts your child in danger of tooth decay. This specific area is the most common area for children to get cavities.

So what exactly is a sealant?
Sealant material is made of a tooth colored plastic that is applied to the biting surface of molars. It is a noninvasive treatment that helps keep teeth cavity-free. 

What is treatment like?
The process of having sealants applied is completed in one visit and is comfortable and quick. The tooth is cleaned of any food debris and bacteria, then conditioned and dried. The sealant material is squeezed out of a tube into the grooves of the tooth. It flows right in and fills all the grooves smoothly. A little light shined on the tooth will harden it. Your child will be able to eat right after the appointment. 
You can see those tiny grooves are now nice and smooth and can be easily cleaned. 

Which teeth should be sealed?
The teeth that have the highest risk of decay and can benefit from sealants are the first and second molars (aka 6 year molars and 12 year molars). There may be other teeth, such as permanent premolars or other teeth with deep grooves, that could benefit as well. This is why it is best to go to a dental practice that treats your child as an individual with one-on-one treatment so you know that you are getting the best for your child. 

What will it cost?

Sealant treatment is very affordable when you consider how much cavities will cost; time in the office, your child’s experience, and financial burden. Many insurance companies will cover sealants. Check with your insurance company and your dental office to see what is covered and if there are any restrictions. 

Contact us if you have any questions! 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Things to do... Weekend 9/27

Things to do the weekend of September 26-28
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Saturday 9/27

Sunday 9/28

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