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bestinbucksVoting to Begin this Month for "Best of Bucks" Contest!

It is almost time for the Bucks County Courier Times' annual Best of Bucks reader favorites contest!


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. 


Contest voting will be kicking off this month on the Bucks County Courier Times' website beginning June 15th through the 29th. To simplify the process, we will be sending out a separate email with detailed instructions on how you can help Dr. Radin be named "Best Pediatric Dentist" for 2014.


As always, thank you so much for your help and continued support!

giveawayMeet the Winner of Our Gift Basket Giveaway!

Congratulations to
Addison Martin who was the winner of our April gift basket giveaway!  5 year-old Addison (shown, center) brought along her sister, Erica, age 9, to receive her basket of games and toys.  Both of them were really excited to try them all outside!
If you're scheduled to come in our office in June, take a peek at what your child could win in this month's Basket Giveaway:

Ready to go to the pool or beach?  Either way, we've got loads of fun water-themed toys for this month's winner.  We've got beach balls, pinwheels, and of course, a boogie board for catching those waves. Good luck and happy summer!
In each issue, we will feature a frequently-asked question to Dr. Radin and her staff.  

"What are dental sealants and how do they help prevent cavities?" 


"A dental sealant is a plastic material that we apply to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) of children. Dental sealants are a plastic resin that bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces on the back teeth, acting as a barrier to protect enamel from plaque and acids.

Thorough brushing and flossing are the best way to remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. But toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to extract food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by 'sealing out' plaque and food.


The likelihood of developing pit and fissure decay begins early in life, so children and teenagers are obvious candidates. (Depending on the case, adults can also benefit from sealants.)


To find out more, please be sure to ask us during your child's next visit."


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June is proving to be a busy and exciting month here at Growing Smiles!

Bari Levine, a third-year dental student at Temple University, and her mom, Dr. Sheryl Radin, will be returning to Peru this month to provide free dental care to orphans.
As you may recall from the previous issue, my daughter, Bari, a third-year dental student at Temple University, along with my husband, Dr. Robert Levine, and I will soon be heading to Peru for our upcoming mission trip in which we provide free dental care and education to more than 500 children in need.  Your donation, no matter how big or small, will help give the gift of a healthy smile to an orphan.  

Please take a moment to find out how you can help us to reach our goal.

This month also marks the "Best of Bucks" contest sponsored by the Bucks County Courier Times.  Thank you for voting us as Best Dentist for 2013.  We deeply appreciate your support and hope you will help us to win again this year.  To find out how you can vote for us later this month, please click here

When you look in on your sleeping child, you want to hear the sounds of sweet dreams: easy breathing and perhaps an occasional sigh. Instead, some parents hear the harsher sounds of gnashing and grinding teeth, called bruxism, which is common in kids.  Why Does My Child Grind Her Teeth? discusses the causes and if there's reason to be concerned.
Many of you may be wondering about the decay dilemma and how you can help protect your kids' teeth.  One way is with dental sealants.  Studies consistently showed that sealants warded off decay in high proportions of permanent teeth, sometimes for up to a decade (Source: Center for Disease Control).  To find out if this may be an option for your child, check out this month's Q&A column.

With the warm summer nights, you may be looking for something to do with your family.  Why not take in a Trenton Thunder game?  If you visit, be sure to look for our banner!

Speaking of baseball, please help us to congratulate the winner of our April basket, which was filled with all things baseball-related.  If you're coming in to the office this month, wait until you see our gift basket filled with summer-themed toys and goodies to help your child have fun in the sun!
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?

This month, 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 before we leave.  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!
bruxism"Why Does My Child Grind Her Teeth?"

According to a 2005 study published in the Journal of Dentistry for Children, about 38 percent of children grind their teeth, a condition called Bruxism.  The average age for starting the habit is around 3 1/2 years and the average age for stopping is 6 - though, of course, people of all ages grind their teeth. Almost all teeth grinding happens at night.

About Bruxism

Bruxism is the medical term for the grinding of teeth or the clenching of jaws. Bruxism often occurs during deep sleep or while under stress. Two to three out of every 10 kids will grind or clench, experts say, but most outgrow it.


Causes of Bruxism

Though studies have been done, no one knows why bruxism happens. But in some cases, kids may grind because the top and bottom teeth aren't aligned properly. Others do it as a response to pain, such as an earache or teething. Kids might grind their teeth as a way to ease the pain, just as they might rub a sore muscle.


Stress - usually nervous tension or anger - is another cause. For instance, a child might worry about a test at school or a change in routine (a new sibling or a new teacher). Even arguing with parents and siblings can cause enough stress to prompt teeth grinding or jaw clenching.

Some kids who are hyperactive also experience bruxism. And sometimes kids with other medical conditions (such as cerebral palsy) or on certain medications can develop bruxism.


Effects of Bruxism

Many cases of bruxism go undetected with no adverse effects, while others cause headaches or earaches. Usually, though, it's more bothersome to other family members because of the grinding sound.


In some circumstances, nighttime grinding and clenching can wear down tooth enamel, chip teeth, increase temperature sensitivity, and cause severe facial pain and jaw problems, such as temporomandibular joint disease (TMJ). Most kids who grind, however, do not have TMJ problems unless their grinding and clenching is chronic.


Many kids outgrow these fairly commons causes for grinding, but if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to ask us.


Source: Kidshealth.org

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