July 2014
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julyrecipesHealthy 4th of July 

Many of you will be around the grill this 4th of July and want to bring some healthy dishes to share with friends and family. So, pull out that checkered tablecloth, fire up the grill and look no further for some delicious 4th of July fare:

Salsa Hot Dog

Skip the traditional ketchup and mustard toppings for your hot dog and try this fresh-tasting salsa topping instead. Vary the heat with more or less jalapeņo.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Drum Sticks

Chicken drumsticks stay deliciously moist when grilled-even with the skin removed. Minty sweet-and-sour dipping sauce adds a refreshing twist to "ordinary" grilled chicken. Make it a meal: Serve with brown rice and slices of fresh pineapple. 


Garden Pasta Salad

This lightly dressed pasta salad gets lots of flavor from kalamata olives and basil. A colorful mix of diced bell pepper, shredded carrot and tomatoes adds vitamins and minerals. Serve on a crisp bed of greens. Toss in canned chunk light tuna, cooked chicken or flavored baked tofu to add protein and make it more substantial.

Red, White and Blue Flag Cake

This stunning red, white and blue American flag cake (see photo, above) screams "Fourth of July"!  We made this flag cake recipe healthy, with less saturated fat and calories than traditional versions, by replacing some butter in the yellow sheet cake with oil. Plus, for the cream cheese frosting, we used reduced-fat cream cheese and low-fat Greek yogurt instead of full-fat cream cheese and butter. And for decorations we used fresh blueberries, strawberries and raspberries dusted with confectioners' sugar instead of loads of piped-on frosting.


Strawberry Shortcake

Besides succulent fresh, ripe strawberries, the key to a great strawberry shortcake lies in the quality of the biscuit. And this one is top-notch. These tender, sweet buttermilk biscuits are made with a blend of cake flour and whole-wheat flour and lightened by substituting reduced-fat cream cheese for some of the butter. As a delicately tangy alternative to whipped cream, we use a blend of cream and reduced-fat sour cream.


For more delicious and healthy recipes to help you celebrate, visit Eating Well. 

giveawayMeet the Winner of Our Gift Basket Giveaway!

Congratulations to
Jordan Hirsh who was the winner of our May gift basket giveaway!  Jordan, age 10 (standing next to Dr. Radin) was excited to bring along his younger brother, Brandon (age 5) to receive the basket full of baseball-themed items (including tickets to a Trenton Thunder game!).  These baseball fans were thrilled to win!  
If you're scheduled to come in our office in July, take a peek at what your child could win in this month's Basket Giveaway:

Your child will be excited to take a road trip after winning this month's gift basket.  Filled with games like Tic-Tac-Toe, Hangman, and a Scavenger Hunt card game, these toys will be sure to make traveling fun for everyone.  
Good luck!
In each issue, we will feature a frequently-asked question to Dr. Radin and her staff.  

"Should x-ray images be taken if my child has never had a cavity?"


"Since every child is unique, the need for dental x-rays varies from child to child. We use state-of-the-art digital images, which are taken only after reviewing your child's medical and dental histories and when they are likely to yield information that a visual examination cannot. Digital images can help detect cavities developing between the teeth.

In addition, x-rays detect much more than cavities. For example, the images may be needed to survey developing teeth, diagnose bone diseases, evaluate the results of an injury, or plan orthodontic treatment. X-rays allow us to diagnose and treat conditions that cannot be detected during a clinical examination. If dental problems are found and treated early, dental care is more comfortable and affordable."  


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It's hard to believe the Fourth of July is finally upon us for now it really feels like summer!  After all, what's more American than hot dogs, burgers, potato salad, and fresh homemade apple pie?   If you're ready to fire up the grill, here are some Healthy 4th of July recipes your whole family can enjoy.


It just wouldn't be the Fourth of July without a big fireworks display. But as much fun as fireworks can be, don't forget that they can be extremely dangerous, especially for little ones. To keep your kids safe this Fourth of July, here are some important Fireworks Safety Tips that are worth a look.  We encourage you to take a moment to read and share them with family and friends before setting off that first sparkler to keep your holiday injury-free.


Sippy cups were created to act as a transitional tool for babies that are too old for bottles, but who have not yet learned to drink from a regular cup. They are convenient for use and reduce spills to prevent major messes and many children successfully use sippy cups with no adverse effects.  However, sippy cups have recently come under fire, and after reading  3 Potential Problems with Sippy Cups, you may start reaching for a good ol' cup and straw for your little one.


You may be wondering when you come into the office whether or not your child should have an x-ray.  In general, children need X-rays more often than adults. Their mouths grow and change rapidly. They are also more susceptible than adults to tooth decay.  But what if your child doesn't have any cavities, does he or she still need an x-ray?  Find out my answer by clicking here.


Are you ready to pack up the car and head out for summer vacation?  If so, we've got you covered with this month's gift basket, which is full of popular games to make traveling with the kids a breeze.  See what fun games your child can win this month and who won our May gift basket by clicking here.  


We're also excited to announce a giveaway for all of the parents, too!  Find out how you can enter to win by clicking here.


Have a happy and healthy summer!


Dr. Sheryl Radin and Staff at
thankyouSpecial Thank You from Dr. Radin

I'd like to take this opportunity to extend a special thank you to everyone who generously donated to help provide dental care to hundreds of children in an orphanage near Lima, Peru.  


This vision of my daughter Bari Levine, a third year Temple dental student, grew from 6 of us in 2013 to 23 people this year.  In collaboration, Temple dental students, my husband Dr. Robert Levine (a Periodontist in Philadelphia), The KinderSmiles Foundation and I provided screening, education and dental treatment to the house parents and the children.  


Please know that no matter how big or small, your continued contributions will help save an orphan's smile.


Lastly, thanks to all of you who took the time to cast your vote for us during the recent "Best of Bucks" annual poll. We will keep you posted once we find out the results in September.


Thank you for your continued support!

fireworksFirework Safety Tips

While fireworks are legal in Pennsylvania, did you know that State law prohibits the use of consumer and display fireworks without a permit?  But legal doesn't necessarily mean safe - home-use fireworks can be dangerous.


According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an estimated 7,000 people were treated in emergency rooms for burns and other fireworks-related injuries in 2008, with children and young adults under 20 sustaining more than half of those injuries.


Because of the dangers, we recommend taking advantage of local professionally organized fireworks shows in your area instead (they're far more impressive anyway!). But if you still plan to light up the sky on your own, follow these tips from the CPSC and the National Council on Fireworks Safety.


Before you begin, make sure you have:

  • A bucket of water or hose. Water is important for cooling off spent sparklers, fully extinguishing fireworks, and in case of fire.
  • A clear, flat area away from houses, spectators, leaves, and flammable materials.
  • Closed-toed shoes.
  • Safety glasses for the person igniting the fireworks.
Sparkler Tips:
  • While many consider sparklers to be safe, it's important to remember that you are, in fact, playing with fire: Sparklers can burn at more than 1,000 degrees F, and caused an estimated 800 injuries in 2008.
  • Don't allow children under the age of 12 to handle sparklers.
  • Show older children how to hold sparklers at arm's length, and don't let them run with or wave the sparklers.
  • Stand at least six feet away from another person while using sparklers.
  • To hand a sparkler to another person, give him or her an unlit sparkler and then light it.
  • Don't hold a child in your arms while holding a sparkler.
  • Drop spent sparklers into a bucket of water. 

Other Fireworks Tips

  • Always read and follow the directions.
  • Never relight a failed firework - wait 20 minutes before placing it in a bucket of water.
  • Onlookers must keep a safe distance from the person igniting the fireworks.
  • Children should not play with or ignite fireworks. 

Source: Good Housekeeping

sippyThree Potential Problems from Sippy Cups

Does your child use a sippy cup? Those handy little gadgets, featuring a plastic cup with a tight lid and a spill-proof bill-shaped spout, have been around for over 50 years. They seem likely to be around for at least another 50, but there are 3 potential problems you need to be aware of if your child uses a sippy cup.


Problem #1: Is the sippy cup affecting your child's speech development?

Some speech pathologists believe that if the sippy cup is used too long, it may have a negative effect on a child's speech development. The problem is that use of the sippy cup does not contribute to the normal muscle development of a child's mouth. The child's mouth, when using a bottle or a sippy cup, engages in continual suckle-swallow activity. As a result, if a child uses a sippy cup for too long, they may lack the proper development to enunciate clearly as they learn to speak. In particular, the "th" and "st" sounds may have a tendency to be slurred.


Whatever the case, everyone seems to agree that your child is unlikely to suffer long-term damage. The condition, if it exists, is easily reversible. If your child appears to be having difficulty enunciating, and some of his speech sounds sound slurred, you might want to try weaning him to a regular cup.


Problem #2: Is your child's sippy cup promoting tooth decay?

Nearly one-third of toddlers with tooth decay used sippy cups.  Sucking on a sippy cup (or a bottle) that contains fruit juice, milk, or any product containing natural sugars, for long periods of time can leave sugars and acids on your child's teeth. This will ultimately erode the enamel on the teeth, and your child may be in for a lifetime of dental woes. Most dentists recommend that beverages such as milk, fruit juice (or soda, if drunk at all) be consumed during a limited time period. If your child still needs a sippy or a bottle for comfort, clear water makes a good beverage.


Problem #3: Is your child's sippy cup clean enough?

One of the big problems with sippy cups is that the parent cannot easily see (or smell!) what is in them. If your child squirrels her sippy cup away in her dollhouse for a couple of days, and then resumes drinking from it, there's no telling what may have grown inside it in the interim. Natural sugars such as those found in fruit juice or milk are a superb breeding ground for bacteria, in addition to whatever germs the cup picks up on its exterior.


The solution for this problem is parental diligence. Always know how many sippy cups your child has, and where they all are. Wash them frequently, and thoroughly. And, if you're traveling with your child, make sure you have a spare available. (For tips on how to clean sippy cups, click here.)


Should your child use a sippy cup? The choice is yours. The sippy cup can be a valuable addition to your child's life, both comforting and time-saving, but you need to be alert to any possible problems it could be causing. 


Source: Yahoo 

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