September 2014
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giveawayMeet the Winner of Our Gift Basket Giveaway!
Congratulations to
Ysabella Vertucio (pictured above with her brother, Gabe, and Dr. Radin), who was the lucky winner of our July gift basket giveaway!  Ysabella was so excited to open her winning basket full of games like Tic-Tac-Toe, Hangman, and a Scavenger Hunt card game. 
 
 If you're scheduled to come in our office in September, take a peek at what your child could win in this month's Basket Giveaway:fall3

Autumn is such a special time of year, so we thought we'd celebrate the changing of the seasons with lots of fall-themed items and tickets to events your family will surely enjoy.   

Inside you will find tickets to Shady Brook Farm's Fall Fest (tickets valid for PumpkinFest After Dark or HorrorFest).
Shady Brook Farm features numerous family attractions such as a wagon ride to the apple orchard to pick-your-own apples, rope spider web, giant jumping pillows and an all new playground.  Be sure to select the perfect pumpkin at their popular PumpkinFest.
Also, included are additional tickets to Shady Brook Farm's HorrorFest, for those who dare to venture into Bucks County's Most Haunted Farmland.
Halloween would not be complete without mention of the classic, "It's a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown."  Enjoy exploring the "pumpkin patch" as you and your children play this exciting board game.

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

 

"Should my 2 1/2 year old still be drooling?" 

 

Yes, some kids at this age still drool, and the vast majority have absolutely nothing wrong with them. That being said, there are a few reasons that your child could have excess saliva. Some toddlers and preschoolers produce more saliva than others, and that can lead to drooling because the ability to swallow often isn't developed enough in many children this age. Or, your child may be cutting his or her 2-year molars, which are the last four baby teeth. 

 

Excess saliva can be a nuisance -- you'll probably want to change your toddler's wet shirts several times a day. It can cause such problems as gagging and coughing when it drips down his throat, interfering with his ability to speak clearly. To keep drooling in check and minimize its effects: 

  • Have your child take frequent sips of water throughout the day to help develop his swallowing ability.  
  • To prevent skin irritation, gently wipe away excess drool with lukewarm water and pat (don't rub) dry.  
  • Lubricate the area around your child's mouth and chin with a protective emollient, such as petroleum jelly. 
  • Place an absorbent cotton diaper under the chin or beneath the sheets while your child sleeps to help soak up the drool during the night.  

Once your child's swallowing mechanism matures fully and his molars come in, the drooling should stop. But in the meantime, if you're concerned, mention it to us next time you're in the office, or the pediatrician at the next well-child checkup. In rare cases, there may be a physical reason behind your child's problem, such as large tonsils that interfere with his ability to swallow properly.  Most of the time, there's no reason for concern, and it should stop within the next year or so. In the meantime, stock up on bibs and extra shirts!

 

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Now that the kids are back in school, it's an ideal time to make sure your child has all of his or her wellness visits scheduled - especially dental.  Did you know that students miss more than 51 million school hours per year because of dental problems or related conditions?  Dental pain can distract students, cause their schoolwork to suffer or even lead to school absences.  Children and adolescents with healthy teeth have better attendance, are more attentive in class and tend to participate more fully in school-related activities. 

 

To start the school year off right, we want to help make sure your child is cavity-free.  One of my on-going goals is to continue to caution parents about seemingly "innocent" foods and medicine that can harbor cavity-causing bacteria in children's teeth. I'm pleased to share with you below the interview I did with Channel 6's Action News on this very important topic.  I encourage you to please take a moment to watch so you can be aware of these Hidden Cavity Culprits.  As you'll hear me explain in the story, parents need to be aware of their kids' frequent snacking, as repeated exposure to sugary or starchy snacks can increase the risk for cavities. 

 

Speaking of good health, your child needs plenty of nutrients to adjust to being back in the classroom again.  One thing that often proves challenging is how to pack a healthy lunch for your child and avoid the dreaded "brown-bag boredom."  Creating healthy, fun and easy lunches will jazz up your child's lunchtime routine and is sure to bring about lots of smiles.  This year, try switching up old favorites with these kid-approved Healthy Back-to-School Lunch Recipes.

 

As your baby enters into toddlerhood, you may be wondering when the days of grabbing bibs will be over. Drooling can be a messy business for parents with lots of laundry on the horizon. Your child drooled as a baby, but as a 2 year old, you may be wondering if there is cause for concern.  Click here for my answer to, Should my Toddler Still Be Drooling?

 

Don't forget to check out the winner of our in-office monthly basket prize, and be sure to see all of the  fall-themed goodies we're giving away for September!

 

Sincerely,

 
Dr. Sheryl Radin and Staff at
"Hidden Cavity Culprits" Story Airs on ABC News!news

During my 25 years as a pediatric dentist, I have seen a substantial increase in the number of cavities in kids ages 2-12, and have even treated children as young as 12 months for cavities.  While many parents may be aware of issues with the more commonly-known culprits such as soda, candy or high-sugary juices, there are plenty of other foods that can lead to tooth decay that are not-so-obvious.  

 

Below is my interview with ABC News in which I discuss my list of Hidden Cavity Culprits.  In the story, you may be surprised to hear about all of the unsuspecting foods and medicines that can contribute to tooth decay.  

Hidden Cavity Culprits Story
Watch Dr. Sheryl Radin on ABC's Action News!

 

Special thanks to Heather Cassalia and her little girl, Autumn (left) for bravely sharing their experiences and for their commitment in helping us spread the word about cavity prevention.  Also, I'd like to thank Rebecca Kelly (center) of Yardley Public Relations, LLC for her efforts in putting this all together, and of course, the team at Channel 6 News for airing this important story.

 

If you have any questions, please feel to contact us, and thank you in advance for .

Healthy Back-to-School Lunch Recipeslunch

As you may know, many schools offer sugary snacks or beverages for purchase in the school cafeteria or at vending machines.  This easy access to sugar can lead to tooth decay. Back to school time is the perfect opportunity to start packing a healthier lunchbox with these healthy kids lunch recipes:

 

PB & J Blossom sandwiches

These cute sandwiches made with peanut butter and jelly (or cream cheese and jelly, or any other fillings) are perfect for parties, lunch boxes, or snacks.

 

 

Toy Story Veggie Pizza Planets:

In the movie Toy Story, "Pizza Planet" is Andy's favorite restaurant. What kid doesn't love pizza? These little veggie pizzas are a hit with moms and kids alike.

 

 

Ham n' Cheese Sticks

These hand-held sandwich strips pair well with scrambled eggs. If desired, substitute slices of cooked chicken for the ham.

  

 

 

Lunchbox Chicken Wrap

This lunchbox-friendly wrap is a tasty way to use leftover chicken and get kids to eat more veggies. Using colorful, thin strips of vegetables adds visual interest when the wrap is cut into slices. Suddenly spinach is too pretty to refuse.

  

Strawberry & Cream Cheese Sandwich:

Sliced strawberries and reduced-fat cream cheese come together in a sandwich for this quick and healthy lunchbox treat.

  

 

Foods that Don't Need to be Chilled

When packing your child's lunch, be sure to keep food safely cold. Things that work best are using an ice pack, refrigerating the drink or freezing the sandwich overnight. Too much trouble? Here are some healthy foods that don't need to be so carefully chilled.

 

1. Whole-Grain Breads

On labels, look for the word "whole" before wheat or oat, and make sure that whole grains are listed first.

 

2. Nut Butters

Spreads made from peanuts, almonds, and cashews contain protein, fiber, "good" fats, and minerals.

 

3. Pasteurized Cheese

Laughing Cow Light wedges are great for smearing on whole-grain crackers. Two are a good source of calcium.

 

4. Fruit Cups

Whole fresh fruit is great, but prepackaged cups provide the same nutrients. Choose ones packed in their own juice or water to limit added sugars.

 

Source: Good Housekeeping

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