May 2014
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giveawayMeet the Winner of Our Gift Basket Giveaway!
Pictured is Ashley Oswald, who won March's gift basket giveaway!

Congratulations to 11-year old Ashley Oswald (see above photo) who was the winner of our March gift basket giveaway!  
On hand to pick up the prize was Ashley's 8-year old brother, Jason, and their mom, Marnie.  Jason was looking forward to playing with all of his sister's new games, and was doing a great job holding up such a big basket while we took the photo below of him and Dr. Radin!  

Jason Oswald was excited to accept the gift basket from Dr. Radin on his sister Ashley's behalf.

If you're scheduled to come in our office in May, take a peek at what your child could win in this month's Basket Giveaway:

The winner of this month's prize will be ready to say, "Take me out to the ballgame!"  This gift basket is filled with softball and baseball-themed goodies for your sports fan - including 4 FREE TICKETS to a Trenton Thunder game!  

Speaking of baseball and softball, we're proud to be sponsoring the Pennsbury Athletic Association (PAA), an all-volunteer non-profit (501c3) organization serving families throughout Lower Makefield Township, Yardley Borough, and areas of Morrisville Borough and Falls Township.
Growing Smiles is proud to be sponsoring the Pennsbury Athletic Association. Look for our banners the next time you're visiting the Lower Makefield Township ball fields.
Their goal is to provide a rewarding experience for young baseball and softball players and their families, both on and off the field, by instilling the ideals of sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and competitive spirit.  

We're so happy to be supporting such a wonderful organization as all donations help assist in providing uniforms and equipment to approximately 1,400 boys and girls, as well as with the maintenance of 10 playing fields.
In each issue, we will feature a frequently-asked question to Dr. Radin and her staff.  

"Should my child wear a mouthguard when playing sports?"


"Sports and recreational activities provide an opportunity for injury. Mouth protectors, also called mouthguards, are an important piece of protective face gear. You've probably seen mouth protectors used in contact sports, such as hockey, football or boxing. Coaches and team members know that mouth protectors cushion blows that would otherwise cause broken teeth, injuries to the lips and face and sometimes even jaw fractures.

Non-contact sports such as soccer, volleyball and gymnastics and leisure activities such as bicycling, roller skating and skateboarding also place a child at risk for dental injuries. If your child takes part in these activities, be sure to contact us about a mouth protector."


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First, we'd like to wish all of our moms a Happy Mother's Day!  We feel so fortunate to know so many amazing mothers and hope you all enjoy your special day celebrating with loved ones!

As you know, we're always stressing the importance of dental hygiene in our patients.  But did you know there are things you can do for your child before he or she is even born that may help reduce his or her risk for dental decay?  Good oral health during pregnancy is important for children to develop healthy teeth. Many studies now have linked a parent's oral health with a child's risk of developing cavities.  Read What Pregnant Women Should Know About Oral Hygiene so you can develop good habits to reduce early childhood cavities.

Most likely, your calendar is quickly filling up with soccer practice or baseball games galore.  As we mentioned in our previous issue, the risk of injuries to teeth cannot be denied when it comes to sports. You may be left wondering,  Should My Child Wear a Mouthguard?  Find out my answer to this commonly-asked question.

If you're coming in for an office visit this month, don't forget to enter to win our monthly gift basket giveaway (wait until you see this month's!) and find out who won our March prize.
Bari Levine, a third-year dental student at Temple University, and her mom, Dr. Sheryl Radin, will be returning to Peru in June to provide free dental care to orphans.
In keeping with Mother's Day, as a mom, I want to take this opportunity to introduce my daughter Bari, a third-year dental student at Temple University.  Despite being busy with her full-time studies, for the second year in a row, Bari has organized our upcoming mission trip to Peru in which we provide free dental care and education to more than 500 children in need.  Please take a moment to find out how you can help us to improve an orphan's smile. Any donation, no matter how small, will go a long way to help us reach our goal.
Happy Mother's Day!
Dr. Sheryl Radin and Staff at

peruHelp Us Help Those In Need!

Help Improve an Orphan's Smile!


Find out how you can lend a helping hand!

Why help?

In June 2014, eight Temple dental students and two Temple-trained dentists (which include Dr. Radin and her daughter, Bari Levine) will return to an orphanage outside of Lima, Peru, to provide free dental care and education to 500 children, and follow up on dental research implemented last summer.



What have we accomplished so far?

In August 2013, Dr. Radin, Bari, and three Temple dental students, traveled to La Sagrada Familia Orphanage in La Ventanilla, Peru, to donate dental supplies and implement a supervised tooth-brushing program.  In the program, 140 children were screened and educated about the importance of oral health.  Nine supervisors were trained to watch the children while they brushed their teeth.


What did our research show?

  • 52% of the children had at least one dental cavity;
  • 11% of the children had at least one dental abscess;
  • 80% of the children had the highest levels of dental plague;
  • 42% of the children did not own a toothbrush;
  • After one week, we saw statistically significant changes in oral health behavior and knowledge.
How you can help!

Our goal is to raise $10,000 by June.  Please know that any donation will help provide free dental care to these beautiful children.  
Since there are multiple people fund-raising for this trip, Bari has made a website where you can make online donations under her name: Crowdrise.
Our heartfelt thanks for supporting this important cause!
pregnanthygieneWhat Pregnant Women Should Know About Dental Hygiene

With so many things to think about, expectant mothers sometimes neglect their teeth, but this can have implications for their unborn babies. 


Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the tissues that surround the teeth, including the gums and bones supporting the teeth. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), gum diseases, including gingivitis and periodontitis, are serious infections that, left untreated, can lead to increased risk for preterm birth. Pregnant women are more susceptible to periodontal disease due to hormonal changes that make the gums easier to irritate.


Being pregnant comes with many responsibilities including vigilant oral hygiene care. It is important to continue seeing your dentist during pregnancy for oral examinations and cleanings. However, routine general dentistry should usually only be done in the second and third trimester of pregnancy. For most women, routine dental visits are safe during pregnancy, but keep your dental office updated when you make your appointment. Be sure to tell your dentist about any changes you have noticed in your oral health such as swelling, redness, or bleeding.


Good daily oral care is vital during pregnancy. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and after every meal if possible. Using fluoride toothpaste, cleaning between your teeth, flossing once a day, eating a balanced diet, and limiting between-meal snacks are important routine steps to follow. 


Visit your dentist regularly for a professional cleaning and checkup. If you need help controlling plaque, your dentist may recommend an antimicrobial or fluoride mouth rinse.

During pregnancy, what you eat affects the development of your baby, including the teeth. A baby's teeth begin to develop between the third and sixth months of the pregnancy. Make smart food choices to help you maintain good oral health throughout your pregnancy for your child have the best chance of developing strong teeth. If you snack, do so in moderation. When you do snack, choose foods that are nutritious for you and your baby such as raw fruits and vegetables, yogurt, or cheese, and make sure to follow your physician's advice regarding diet.


The best defense again poor dental hygiene? Schedule an appointment with your dentist for a thorough cleaning and oral checkup.


Sources: BabyZone; LA Times

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