August 2014
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Thank You for Voting Us "Best of Bucks"!best

We want to take this opportunity to personally thank you for voting for Dr. Radin as "Best Pediatric Dentist" in the Bucks County Courier Times' annual readers' poll.  We feel honored and privileged to win this designation for the second year in a row and are grateful for your continued support. Thank you for choosing us and for recognizing our commitment in providing the very best care for your children.
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"Like" us on FaceBook and post a comment about your experience with Dr. Radin and you'll  automatically be entered in a drawing to win a gift basket which includes movie tickets, a gift card for dinner AND a gift card to Target!
  
Winner will be randomly selected this month on August 29, 2014. Good luck!
giveawayMeet the Winner of Our Gift Basket Giveaway!

Congratulations to
Dean Cadic who was the winner of our June gift basket giveaway!  7 year-old Dean (pictured, right side of the basket) brought along his younger brother, Leon, age 4, and sister, Julia, age 2, to pick up his basket filled with outdoor fun-themed toys.  Dean was really looking forward to playing with the kite and beach toys with his brother and sister!

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

Summer is flying by and kids will be back in school before we know it.  This month's gift basket is filled with everything your child needs when heading to back to school - we've got loads of goodies such as craft supplies, notebooks, backpack, etc., to help kick off the new school year!

Good luck!
In each issue, we will feature a frequently-asked question to Dr. Radin and her staff.  

 

"Should my child use an electric or manual toothbrush?"

 

"Anything that boosts your child's interest in brushing his teeth is obviously something we fully support!

 

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) states that both a manual and an electric toothbrush can do an effective job of cleaning teeth. They admit that younger children may actually get a better cleaning with an electric toothbrush simply because their motor skills may not be developed enough to get a good cleaning using a manual toothbrush. So which brush wins in the manual vs. electric-brush battle? Both methods are fine ways to clean - just see which works better with your beginning brusher. 

 

Always look for a toothbrush -- whether electric or manual -- that has soft bristles and a small head. The smaller toothbrush head fits better in your child's mouth and is more effective in removing the sticky plaque that sits on the teeth. 

 

The American Dental Association (ADA) suggests that you aslo look for a toothbrush that has the ADA seal. This ensures that the toothbrush you are purchasing is both safe and effective for teeth cleaning. The toothbrush must be able to withstand normal use for a period of time, must have safe components for being in the mouth, and must not have jagged or rough edges that could damage your gums or mouth tissue."

 

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As you know, our gift basket giveaways have been a big hit with the kids!  This month, as we enjoy this final weeks of summer, we thought we'd do something for all of the wonderful parents, by featuring a special gift basket prize made just for you.  Find out how you can enter to win by clicking here.

 

Teething is a common and ongoing issue for babies. When your baby doesn't feel well, he may have trouble settling down and sleeping. Try Tips for Soothing Teething Babies so your little one will be more comfortable and feel better.

 

When your child reaches the age of 6, he may start to experience some wiggling of his baby teeth, signaling the impending arrival of adult teeth. Losing teeth is a milestone for any child and parent, but it also can be a source of anxiety and pain. What to Expect When a Child Loses Baby Teeth offers tips on to help your child have a positive tooth loss experience.

 

There are many electric, battery operated toothbrushes on the market these days geared toward children. These toothbrushes boast tooth brushing fun for your kids and even claim to yield cleaner teeth. But are they really necessary? Does an electric toothbrush that costs at least twice as much as a manual toothbrush really get your child's teeth any cleaner? Is your child more likely to brush his teeth if he has an electric toothbrush instead of a manual one? Click here for my answer to the electric vs. manual toothbrush debate.

 

If you're coming in for an office visit this month, we have a basket that will most certainly take items off of your back-to-school shopping list.  Check it out by clicking here, and find out who was the lucky winner of our June basket giveaway.

 

Finally, I'm so excited to share with you a brief video regarding my recent trip to Peru.  It was such an invaluable and rewarding experience for everyone involved, and we thank you in helping make it such a success.

 

A special thank you for voting us "Best of Bucks" for 2014! We were beyond thrilled to win and appreciate all of your support!

 

Enjoy the rest of your summer and don't forget to make those back-to-school dental appointments by contacting us today.

 

Sincerely,
 
Dr. Sheryl Radin and Staff at
peruDr. Radin's Peru Trip a Huge Success!
Please watch this one-minute video regarding our recent mission trip to an orphanage in Lima, Peru.
Please watch this one-minute video regarding our recent mission trip to an orphanage in Lima, Peru.
As you know, in June, my daughter, Bari Levine, a third year Temple dental student, along with her fellow Temple University dental students, my husband Dr. Robert Levine (a Periodontist in Philadelphia), The KinderSmiles Foundation and I provided screening, education and dental treatment to an orphanage in Lima, Peru.


We had such a successful trip -- my daughter Bari said it best when she said it was almost like a dream. With our own portable dental equipment and supplies, we ran a fully functioning dental clinic out of La Sagrada Familia orphanage with screenings, digital x-rays, sealants, prophys, scaling and root planings, extractions and restorations (including stainless steel crowns!). We screened, educated and treated around 150 children during our time there. In addition, we were able to re-screen, educate and treat over 60 (perhaps more) of the 125 children from our study from last year.

 

For more information, please be sure to read an article written by Bari that is being  featured on Temple University School of Dentistry's website.

 

Thank you all for your continuous support with this project. It could not have been as successful without your donations!

teethingTips for Soothing Teething Babies

To ease your child's teething pain and relieve tender, puffy gums and other teething symptoms, consider these remedies.

 

Cold things

In the same way that ice works on a sprained ankle to numb pain and decrease swelling, cold compresses and foods soothe sore gums.

 

Place a wet washcloth in a plastic bag and chill it in the freezer for an hour. (For an added soothing touch, soak it in chamomile tea, which has been shown to calm fussy babies and help them sleep.) When you remove the washcloth from the bag, your child will enjoy munching on it, since the fabric massages ridges in the gums and the cold numbs the pain.

 

Try a refrigerated pacifier or teether. (Don't store the teether in the freezer, because it can get so hard when frozen that it might damage a baby's gums.) There are a variety of refrigerated teethers on the market, including some that have plastic handles so your baby's hands won't get cold.

 

If your baby has started solids, offer frozen fruit in a mesh bag or freeze a bagel and let your baby chomp on it. A cold large carrot (not a baby carrot, which can be a choking hazard) allows you to hold one end while your baby gnaws on the other.

 

Pressure

Teething babies crave pressure on their gums since it helps distract their brain from the sensation of teething pain.

 

If your baby rejects cold items, chewing on a room-temperature teether may do the trick. Some teethers even vibrate. If one type doesn't work for your child, consider trying another.

 

Or give this strategy a go: Rub your baby's gums with a clean finger until the friction makes a squeaky sound. Not only will the pressure feel good, your baby will probably love the sound your finger makes.

 

Medicating to Relieve Discomfort

Consult your pediatrician about administering over-the-counter medication to relieve teething pain. Giving your little one medication approximately 30 to 40 minutes before bedtime might help her settle down more easily, but speak with your doctor to get exact specifications.

 

Last, but not Least...

Patience and extra love should help soothe your baby when he doesn't feel well from teething and congestion. Even if you don't typically rock your baby to sleep, you might need to spend extra time rocking and cuddling him to help him settle before bed. The worst of teething pain should not last more than a few nights, as the teeth eventually erupt and the pain subsides.

 

Sources: Livestrong; Baby Center

What to Expect When a Child Loses Baby Teethbabyteeth2

Whether or not you teach your child to believe in the tooth fairy, losing his baby teeth can be an exciting time and a significant sign that he is growing up. While kids generally lose their baby teeth with a minimum of fuss, there are some useful pieces of information that can help you reduce health risks, recognize problems and let you know what to expect.

 

Children usually begin to lose their baby teeth when they are around 6 or 7 years of age, and will continue to lose all of their baby teeth to make room for adult teeth until they are around 12 or 13. Girls frequently begin losing teeth earlier than boys. However, it is not unusual for children to lose teeth by the age of 4 or after the age of 8, notes Parents.com.

 

Loose Teeth

Loose teeth should generally be allowed to fall out on their own and should never be forced. Attempting to pull out loose teeth can cause gum injury and increases the risk of infection, especially if the root is still partially attached to the tooth. If your child's tooth needs to be pulled because it is hanging on a small piece of gum tissue, you can grip it with a clean piece of gauze and pull gently to remove it.

 

Complications

Some children are nervous about losing their baby teeth. Reassuring them that this is an exciting part of becoming a big kid will help ease anxiety. In addition, the sharp edge of the loose tooth can cut the gums and cause infection. Minor infections can be treated with topical antiseptic gels.

 

Pain Management

Loose teeth and the empty sockets left after your child's tooth falls out can cause painfully sore gums. Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen can help relieve discomfort. One suggestion is to offer soft foods if your child's gums are too sore for chewing.

 

When to See a Dentist

Although it is not uncommon for adult teeth to come in before the baby teeth have fallen out, it could be a problem if the loose baby teeth don't fall out after a couple of months. We may need to remove the baby teeth in this situation. In addition, severe swelling, pain or signs of serious infection are not normal, and require professional supervision.

 

Source: Livestrong

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