January 2014
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Important Office News 
We understand that there has been some confusion regarding patients with Delta Dental. Most importantly, all patients with insurance are welcome in our office.  The billing has changed and because we are no longer a participating provider, payment is due at the time of treatment.  We will process and submit the paperwork to your insurance company for reimbursement.  If you have any questions, please contact us.  We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment.
Meet the Winner of Our December Giveaway!winner
Christina Ventura and her three children, Aiden, Xavier, and Allyson, were all smiles after receiving the Kindle Fire HD Tablet from Dr. Radin!
Congratulations to Christina Ventura of Morrisville, PA, for winning our December giveaway prize of a brand new Kindle Fire HD Tablet!  

Christina was thrilled to receive this family-friendly gadget and is excited to use it with her children.

"My kids have been coming to Growing Smiles since 2009," said Christina.  "We love coming here and this was such a nice surprise to win!  What a wonderful gift - our family will certainly use and enjoy it a lot. Thank you so much, Dr. Radin!"

Announcing our monthly in-office giveaway!
Speaking of contests, beginning in January, we will be holding a monthly in-office giveaway specifically for kids!  Children's names will be entered into a drawing when they are in the office for their dental appointment. We will have cool prizes your kids will love!  It is our way of saying thank you to all of the families who have been part of our family here at Growing Smiles.  
In each issue, we will feature a frequently-asked question to Dr. Radin and her staff.  

This month's question is about choosing the right toothpaste:

"There are so many toothpastes out there - how do I know which one to choose for my three-year old?"

That is a great question and one I get asked a lot.  When a choosing a toothpaste, make sure it has fluoride. Most toothpaste is about 0.1 percent to 0.6 percent fluoride. Children under 6 should use toothpaste with a lower amount of fluoride in case they inadvertently swallow a large amount.

Also, look for the ADA seal. This means that the American Dental Association has tested and approved the product for safety and effectiveness.

Lastly, trust your child's taste. Buying a paste that your child likes makes it more likely that he or she will brush thoroughly and often. And remember, a child needs to use only a pea-size amount of toothpaste to adequately clean his or her mouth.

Have a question for Dr. Radin for next month's issue?  Please email your question to:

Sponsored and run by the Bucks County Courier Times, "The Best of Bucks County" comprises a list of readers' favorite businesses, products and services in the community. 
We are delighted to announce Dr. Sheryl Radin was the top vote-getter for their annual poll for "Best Dentist" for 2013.
'"Being chosen for 'The Best of Bucks' is such an honor," said Dr. Radin.  "On behalf of the staff, I want to thank you and please know how much we appreciate your support."
In addition, Dr. Radin has been honored as "Best Dentist" for Philadelphia magazine's "Best Of Philly" poll in which winners are chosen by their peers every two years.  Dr. Radin has won in both 2010 and 2012.  
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First, we hope you had a wonderful holiday season and we wish you a very happy New Year!  We cannot think of a better way to start 2014 than with this first issue of our e-newsletter.  

This year marks a milestone for us here at Growing Smiles as we proudly celebrate our 15th anniversary. We are pleased to announce that we will be undergoing some new and exciting changes and wanted you to be the first to know.  In the coming months ahead, we will be improving our website, introducing new contests, as well as sending you this brand new monthly e-newsletter.  

Each month, we will be sharing the most up-to-date news about pediatric dentistry and provide invaluable tips on healthy living and wellness your whole family can use. In addition, we will feature articles about our dedicated team so you can get to them better, plus a regular column in which I'll answer frequently-asked questions.  We will be giving you the information you want -- and need -- to know so you can help keep your child's smile a healthy one.

Since New Year's is often tied with reevaluating your diet, we encourage you to rethink your child's nutritional needs, too.  With so much information out there, it can be hard to know where to begin. To help you get started, be sure to read Healthy Diet, Healthy Mouth to find out how your child's teeth can truly benefit from proper nutrition.  We also take a look at 10 Genius Uses for Toothpaste that will surprise you -- and speaking of toothpaste, ever wonder what kind you should be giving your child?  Click here to find out my suggestions on choosing the right toothpaste.
Lastly, thank you to everyone for all of your enthusiasm over our Kindle Fire HD Tablet giveaway. Meet the winner here, and be on the lookout for more contest announcements in upcoming issues.
Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year!
Dr. Sheryl Radin and Staff at

toothpaste10 Genius Uses for Toothpaste
Toothpaste: your new favorite cleaning product.

There's one cheap product everybody owns (or should own!) that has a bunch of clever uses around the house: toothpaste. It contains mild abrasives and detergents mixed with creamy thickening agents that keep your teeth clean and bright. Grab a plain old tube of white toothpaste (stay away from colored ones as they might stain) and it just might become your new favorite "go-to" home care product. 


1. Polish jewelry. Apply a thin film of toothpaste to dull stones or tarnished metal with a soft toothbrush or cloth. Polish gently, rinse with water, and dry. If the tarnishing is heavy, apply a thicker coat and let it sit for an hour. Do not use toothpaste on pearls, turquoise, vintage Bakelite, or vintage rhinestones, which have softer surfaces and might get scratched.


2. Remove carpet stains. Scrub stains with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Blot with a damp cloth. Be sure to test a small section of carpet to make sure the dye doesn't come off.


3. Clean up scratched DVDs and CDs. Gently dab a small amount of toothpaste on the scratch with a cloth and buff from the center of the disk outward toward the rim. Rinse with water and dry with a microfiber cloth.


4. Spiff up sneakers. If the rubber soles of your favorite kicks are getting scuffed, scrub them with toothpaste using a toothbrush or nailbrush. Ditto for white leather shoes. Be sure to do a patch test with white canvas.


5. Banish water rings on furniture. Oops, you forgot to use a coaster. Gently buff away the water ring with a small dab of toothpaste and a soft, slightly damp cloth. You may have to repeat the process a couple of times but don't use too much pressure and overscrub. Test on antique wood to make sure you don't damage the finish.


6. Lift collar stains. Tackle those ugly gray stains around the collars of shirts with toothpaste and a toothbrush. Rinse and launder.


7. Scrub your nails. Manicures are great until the colored polish comes off and your nails look dingy and discolored. If your nails are stained and yellow, scrub with toothpaste applied to a nailbrush to regain their glow.


8. Patch small holes in walls. Fill thumbtack holes in drywall with a little smear of toothpaste. Smooth over the filled hole with a piece of cardboard such as a playing card. Repeat if toothpaste shrinks when it dries.


9. Deodorize your hands. Wash your hands with a squirt of toothpaste if you have been cutting garlic or onions. Do not use toothpaste on burns or on your face to clear up pimples. Despite old wives' tales and Internet advice on the efficacy of toothpaste and skin care, it contains detergents, menthol, and possible allergens, all of which could be irritants.


10. Polish the faucet. A quick toothpaste scrub gets your chrome bathroom accessories shiny again. Just don't overdo it - chrome plate can get worn away over time.


While toothpaste is gentler than a traditional cleaning scrub like Comet, it typically contains about 50 percent abrasive materials. With all this inspiration, it may be tempting to run around with an industrial-sized tube scrubbing stains and scuffs with abandon, but start with small patches and dab, rub, and buff with a light touch.


Source: Yahoo
Photo credit: "Toothpaste On Toothbrush" by Naypong, freedigitalphotos.net.
healthyHealthy Diet, Healthy Mouth

Children need strong, healthy teeth to chew their food, speak and have a good-looking smile. What's more, a good diet is essential for a child's growth and development. Almost all foods, including milk or vegetables, have some type of sugar, which can contribute to tooth decay. To help control the amount of sugar your child consumes, always try to read food labels and choose foods and beverages that are low in added sugars. Also, select beverages, such as water, that hydrate and contribute to good nutrition.


What to Eat:

According to MyPlate, a website from the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, an agency of U.S. Department of Agriculture, a balanced diet should include:


  • Fruits and vegetables. Combined these should be half of what your child eats every day.
  • Grains. Make sure at least half of their grains are whole grains, such as oatmeal, whole wheat bread and brown rice.
  • Dairy. Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy foods.
  • Lean proteins. Make lean protein choices, such as lean beef, skinless poultry and fish. Try to vary protein choices to include eggs, beans, peas and legumes, too. Eat at least 8 oz. of seafood a week.

In addition to a nutritious diet, snacking habits, bottles and pacifiers also impact your child's oral health.  Here are some tips to keep your child's mouth healthy:


  • Place only formula, milk or breast milk in bottles. Avoid filling the bottle with liquids such as sugar water, juice or soft drinks.
  • Infants should finish their bedtime and naptime bottles before going to bed.
  • If your child uses a pacifier, provide one that is clean-don't dip it in sugar or honey, or put it in your mouth before giving it to the child.
  • Encourage children to drink from a cup by their first birthday and discourage frequent or prolonged use of sippy cups.
  • Serve nutritious snacks and limit sweets to mealtimes.

For tips on how to get your children to eat more fruits and vegetables, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics  

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