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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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Laura is a SAHM of two awesome kids and a Senior Director with Thirty-One Gifts. Prior to joining Thirty-One, she worked in business development and marketing for Christiana Mall. Becoming a part of a direct sales team enabled her to continue her love of social marketing, spend more time with her family, and schedule that all important GIRL TIME FUN that we all need!!  Through Thirty-One she donated 31 thermal totes to the mothers of children at the Ronald McDonald House in DE last Mother’s Day. She looks forward to venturing more into projects where she can lift the spirits of people and their communities.

As many of you already know it is childhood cancer awareness month.  Laura is AMAZING and letting us giveaway off a very popular 31 product to continue to bring awareness to childhood cancer.  Check it out!  Thanks Laura!  

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

"Mom! My Tooth Fell Out!"


This weekend my friends son lost his first tooth! 

I personally love when kids come into my office thrilled that they have lost or have a wiggly tooth. Maybe it is just my passion for teeth, or my weird obsession with the tooth fairy. I guess it is really both! Either way, it is milestone for your little one. 

The first teeth to become loose are generally the front bottom two (lower central incisors). They begin to wiggle once the adult tooth beneath it starts to apply pressure to make its way into that spot. This can happen as early as age 4 or as late as age 7, however, it generally happens around age 5 to 6. 

When the teeth become mobile it is a good idea to encourage them to wiggle it. Most children are excited for this process to begin, and even more for the visit from the tooth fairy! If your child is a worrier, they may be apprehensive and think it could be painful. You can reassure them that they are likely to not feel a thing. 

It is important to remind your kids to continue brushing the tooth that is loose. Many times children avoid that wiggly tooth because it may feel strange to brush. By avoiding it, plaque builds up around it and beneath it and can effect the adult tooth below.

When the new teeth emerge there are two things every parent always asks: 
“Why are they so big?” and
“Why are they so yellow?”
Baby teeth are much smaller and whiter than adult teeth. Therefore, when adult teeth come in, they look very yellow and large in comparison. As the rest of the baby teeth fall out over the next 6 years, you will see the teeth begin to look a “normal” shade and size.  

Around the time of the loss of those front teeth, your child’s first adult molars (6 year molars) will begin to appear. They are all the way in the back of the mouth, behind the baby molars. Once they are fully erupted, their dental hygienist/dentist will recommend Sealants. Check out my coming post that will cover everything you need to know about Sealants! 

Finally, the other question that comes up most when children lose their first tooth, 
“What is the going rate these days from the tooth fairy?”
I have heard everything from $1 to $20 to a new toy! It seems to me that $5 is the most common. 

What have you given or plan to give? What are your tooth fairy traditions? I would love to hear from you! 

Friday, September 19, 2014

I Walk For Katie


I walk for Katie. 

As you know from Rebecca’s recent post about childhood cancer, September is childhood cancer awareness month. Every September in Boston, they hold the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk. 

This is something that is close to my heart. 

This walk raises the most money for a single-day walk in the nation and has raised nearly $95 million for the fight against cancer since 1989. It fundraises for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s lifesaving mission to conquer all forms of cancer in children and adults.
This is the foundation that helped my cousin Katie during her battle with cancer.
Katie and the best dog around, Cocoa

So, on September 21, 2014 I will be walking 26.2 miles for Katie. 

Katie suffered from two-forms of cancer simultaneously: a germ-cell cancer called “immature teratoma,” and another virulent strain known as PNET (primitive neuroectodermal tumor), which essentially feeds off the teratoma and grows at a rapid rate.
The Jimmy Fund treated her for 15 months during her battle...

Katie and I 
My beautiful cousin loved the color purple. 
She loved to dance. 
She loved school. 
She touched everyone’s lives. 

This is a great organization that is at the forefront against cancer. I am honored to walk with “Katie’s Keepers” and raise money to help everyone whose lives (young and old) have been effected by cancer.  
Katie's best Keepers - her mom and sisters

Please help Katie’s Keepers and The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute by donating to my page. 

Click the Link Below to check out my personal page and donate. Every dollar helps! 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Youth Athlete & The Mouth Guard

Fall is here and school is in session, as well as sports!
For most of you sports parents, the fall also brings after school practices, busy sports schedules, and crisp Saturday mornings in the stands with a hot cup of coffee in your hands. 

What you may not be thinking about is your little athletes face and jaw protection.   
How many of your kids play sports and do not wear a mouth guard? It may seem unimportant, however, it can protect them from serious injury. 

More kids than ever are participating in competitive sports and with that is an increase of injury. The American Dental Association reports that 36% of all unintentional injuries involving youth are sports related and of that, 20% are maxillofacial (jaw and face) injuries. That is startling. 

What can you do to protect your children during games? 
It is a simple answer: have them wear a mouth guard while playing sports. 

What is a mouth guard?
A mouth guard is made of a laminate material or soft plastic. They are worn during sports for maxillofacial protection. 

What does a mouth guard do?
They help prevent injuries that can happen during sports. They help prevent injuries to the mouth, teeth, tongue, cheeks, and jaw. They also protect against injuries to the head and neck. A mouth guard will cushion blows that could potentially cause concussions or jaw fractures. 

Those in orthodontic treatment should especially wear mouth guards for even lower contact sports to prevent damage to their lips from the brackets.

What kind of mouth guard is best?
Definitely bring this up with your dentist. She will discuss all the options available from custom-made guards to the over-the-counter kind you can find at sporting goods stores. 
There are plenty of options. Depending on your child's specific needs, you can get the best recommendation from your dentist. 

When it comes to your youth athlete, remember that they are still growing! Changes to their teeth, mouth, and jaw will happen over time. Be sure to visit your dentist regularly and bring the mouth guard along. A dentist can evaluate the guard and will be able to ensure it is still fitting properly. 
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Monday, September 15, 2014


During the year many of  us look for fun day trips to do with our kids.  I know our family likes to take a day and venture out from the normal routine.  Last year my daughter and I went to Adventure Aquarium for her 1st Grade Field Trip.  She LOVED it and wanted to bring her sister and cousins to see how cool it is.  Adventure Aquarium is very hands on!  You can touch so many amazing things as you can see in the pictures.  If you are comparing Adventure Aquarium to Baltimore you will find that Adventure Aquarium in smaller.  However at Adventure Aquarium you have many opportunities to touch different types of things you would find in our oceans.

Their tanks are also very cool!  From sharks to stingrays they have a wide variety of fish to explore!  

They have a very cool tank you can walk through so there are fish all around you. I couldn't get a great picture but my kids loved seeing sharks, stingrays and many more fish overhead and swimming all around them.   

On the 3rd level they have a great area where kids can play through different exhibits relating to all different types of water.  They have so many fun hands on opportunities for kids to explore.

Out side you can see the penguins.  They do have different times they feed the penguins.  It is a great opportunity for the kids to learn more about them. They also have a sting ray exhibit where you can actually feed them.  This was my girls favorite part!  The stingrays reminded me of dogs.  They begged for attention and looked for food.

They have a place to get food and it is expensive.  You may want to consider bringing in snacks or lunches to eat at the many tables or even outside along the river.  We chose to eat there and the food was pretty good but pricey as you could imagine but it was very convenient.

Hope your family checks it out!  It was a great time had by all.  If you are looking for more information such as pricing and hours, please click HERE.  THERE IS STILL TIME TO GET THE GROUPON CLICK HERE.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Things to do the weekend of 9/12-9/14

 Here are some fun things to do this weekend!  

Delaware County Fair at Granite Run Mall

Pumpkinland is open at Linvilla

Kite Making- Check out Radnor Library and make a kite!

Binoculars- Make your own binoculars at Lowes.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Last Day of the 5 Days of Gratitude Challenge

1.  I am grateful for my country.  I feel blessed and honored to live in a country that allows us so many freedoms. 

2.  I am grateful for the men and women who serve our country. They are amazing.  Thank you to each and everyone.

3.  I am grateful for YOU the readers.  Thank you for going on this 5 day journey with me!

Don't stop remembering how grateful you are just because the challenge is over.  Try to stop and think of something even if it is something really small that you are thankful for!  

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

MOMS Club ®

With all talk about "back to school" I know there are many moms out there that are not in that phase yet.  There are many wonderful groups out there for moms.  The one that has been the most helpful for me as I was making my way through the infant and toddler stages, and now preschool and elementary, was the MOMS Club ®.  There are many throughout Delaware County. As much as the foundation of this organization is for stay at home moms, the definition of stay at home is vastly different from a few years ago. We have moms who work part-time, from home and even full time.  Being able to make connections with other moms in your area, and with kids in different stages in life was the best thing I ever did.  Because when I had questions about preschool, there were moms who had already waded their way through that journey and I was able to get feedback on what there was out there.  And now with my oldest entering Kindergarten it's nice to have other moms to tell me it will be okay when he goes into this whole new world of experiences.   But the best part is having a diverse group of women, with whom I have made great friends, to talk to and get together with for a much needed moms night out!

MOMS Club,” the “Mother-To-Mother Fund” and the Mother/Children logo are registered service marks of International MOMS Club 

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The MOMS Club ® is an international  organization.

Day 4 of 5 Days of Gratitude

1.  I am grateful for my MOM Prom Team.  Three years ago the MOM Prom was born!  MOM Prom is the ultimate ladies night out all in the name of charity.  I am very lucky to have these amazing women pictured above as my core team!  I love them and can't thank them enough for making dreams reality.  

2.  I am grateful for all of my mentors.  Over your lifetime you will find people who become your mentor and help guide your way through both personal and professional facets of your life.  I am grateful for all of them.

3.  I am grateful for the little things in life that make me happy.  Sometimes it is the little things that are the big things.

Keep being positive, keep spreading the challenge, and keep being YOU!  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

My Fest PA

Pacifiers: Pros & Cons

According to a very quick google search, the pacifier was invented in 1902 by James Meacham. If that is true, I don’t know if it’s because he was desperate to quell the new screaming baby in his house or if he simply had a grand idea. Either way, moms have been unknowingly praising him ever since. When the sweet infant that just took over your life won’t stop crying, you thank God for that little piece of rubber and plastic! 
As wonderful as they may be, at what point should you be concerned about the use of a pacifier? Here is a simple list of the pro’s and cons of the paci. 

Lower the risk for SIDS. This is the biggest pro in my opinion. SIDS, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, grips mothers with fear. With a growing list of things that all of our mothers have responded to with “I never/always did that and you turned out fine!” anything that gives us a little relief from that stress is appreciated. Docs say that using a pacifier during naps and overnight sleep may reduce risk of SIDS by half

Happy baby = happy parents.  When you bring home the baby for the first time you realize that life is about to get crazy. Amazing and beautiful, but crazy. When some of those crazy things happen they are much easier to deal with without the screaming. Giving a baby a pacifier will help them learn to self sooth. It helps them relax and feel secure. 

That smile. Long term pacifier use can effect the way the teeth meet together. Before age 2, it’s unlikely that a problem can arise. If it does, growing teeth may be able to self correct. As time passes, problems can become worse with slanting and tilting of the front teeth. By age 4 to 6, there will be long lasting effects on the teeth. Around this age is when adult teeth begin to make their appearance. 

If your child has a pacifier habit, discuss with their dental hygienist/dentist if there has been any changes to your child's teeth, or any other implications that may arise. 

Buying a pacifier with a ventilation hole can help prevent oral problems. 
When the baby closes down on the teat, the air from inside the teat is pushed out through the ventilation system thereby flattening the teat and adapting to the baby´s individual oral cavity. So, the ventilation hole is needed in order to allow for proper development of your baby's jaw and mouth.” ~MAM products

A few things to keep in mind with pacifier use:

  • If the pacifier falls on the ground, do NOT use your own mouth to cleanse it. There are many more damaging bacteria in your own mouth that you do not want to pass on. 

  • Do not sweeten a pacifier to make it more enticing. It will damage their teeth. 

  • Pick a pacifier with a ventilation hole. 

  • Wash pacifiers with soap and water to keep them clean between uses. 

  • Get the right size. Pacifiers are designed to fit your baby’s mouth based on age. 

As always, ask if you have any questions! 

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