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 Springtime Sports Can Mean Tooth Injuriessports

With Springtime childhood activities in full swing, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) lists some important tips so family members and babysitters know what to do should a tooth be chipped or knocked out (hint: a glass of milk could come in handy)!

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has developed this brief guide to help parents and caregivers be prepared for the most common types of childhood tooth injuries.

 

A baby tooth is knocked out: Contact us as soon as possible. Quick action can lessen a child's discomfort and prevent infection. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. Spend time comforting your child rather than looking for the tooth. Remember, baby teeth should not be replanted because of potential damage to developing permanent teeth.

 

A permanent tooth is knocked out: Find the tooth. Rinse it gently in cool water. DO NOT scrub it or use soap. REPLACE THE TOOTH in the socket and hold it there with clean gauze or a wash cloth. If you cannot put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container, preferably with cold milk. If milk is not available, put it in a container with the child's saliva, but NOT IN WATER. Be sure to contact us immediately.

 

A tooth is chipped or broken: Contact our office immediately. Fast action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If a parent can find the broken tooth fragment, it is important to take it to the dentist.

 

An activity involves risk of fall or collisions: Have your child wear a mouth guard when activity involves a risk of falls, collisions or contact with hard surfaces or equipment. Pre-formed mouth guards can be purchased in sporting goods stores or customized mouth guards can be made. Be sure to ask us next time you're in for a vist.

 

Source: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry  

 5 Fun Questions With...
Erin Archibald!fivequestions
Pictured is Erin Archibald with her boyfriend, Brian Reef.
In each issue, we'll be asking "5 Fun Questions" to one of our wonderful staff so you can get to know them the way we do! 

This month, we feature Erin Archibald.

 

1)  How long have you been working for Dr. Radin?  I have been working for Dr. Radin for three years and loving every moment of it. Going to work for Dr. Radin every day is like hanging out with your family. We laugh together, learn together and learn from each other. I've never met a group of people that worked so well together. My favorite part of my job is watching a child that otherwise doesn't like the dentist fall in love with us and do well.  

 

2)  Tell us a little about your family.

My family is amazing. I have three nieces and a nephew that I love more than anything. Victoria my oldest niece just turned 13 and I couldn't be more proud of her. Her brother, MJ, is 8 and the sweetest most loving little boy I know. Madison and Kaylee are 8 and 2. Madison is the best big sister to Kaylee. They play so well together and she shows her the right thing to do when playing and sharing with others. I love watching them grow and being a part in raising them. My parents Sheila and Kevin are now my close friends and it's great to have that relationship with them we even go on vacations together along with my boyfriend, Brian. I couldn't love my family more.  

 

3)  What is your favorite vacation place and why?

My favorite place I've ever visited has to be Salt Lake City Utah. The scenery is so gorgeous and breathtaking. The air feels like there is mint in your lungs it's so fresh, and the fact that you can open the curtain of the resort and see a family of moose just hanging out is amazing. I've never been in such awe of a place like Utah.  

 

4)  What are your hobbies?

I love making jewelry in my free time. I make necklaces out of vintage watch pieces, shoe buckles, and pretty much anything interesting I can find at flea markets. I also sell it downtown every month on first Friday in the summer. It's a lot of fun to meet new friends and have people appreciate the things I make as much as I do.  

 

5)  What do you like to do in your free time?

My favorite activity is riding my bike. I love riding in parks and going all around the city. I even take my bike on vacation with me. I just recently went to Boston and saw things I wouldn't have if I were driving or walking to a certain place. You're able to just stumble upon places when you ride your bike. You don't have to plan everything out because you get to places quicker which gives you more time to explore.  


Warmer, spring weather is quickly approaching, and many kids are feeling the urge to get back outside and be active after the long, cold winter we had this year.  With sports such as baseball and soccer starting up in the spring, tooth injuries become more common.  Learn what to do in case of a tooth injury by clicking here.
  
Each time you call or visit our office, we love having the opportunity to get to know you and your family better.  We want you to get to know us better, too, which is why we thought it would be fun to put together some random questions to have our staff answer.  This month, we asked Erin Archibald, who is one of our dental assistants here at Growing Smiles, to answer, "5 Fun Questions With..."

This past February, I was thrilled to be featured in The Bucks County Courier Times' "How-To Guide."  In the article below, I share my advice on when to visit the dentist and other important tips you need to know regarding Maintaining a Child's Good Dental Health.

Many new mothers say that they plan to nurse their babies for six months, or until they get teeth. With the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) now recommending nursing for at least a year, it makes sense to re-examine ideas about breastfeeding babies with teeth.  When your baby starts teething, you may begin to wonder if you will be able to continue to breastfeed. Here are some tips to help you nurse through teething.

Sincerely,
 
Dr. Sheryl Radin and Staff at

The article below was featured in The Bucks County Courier Times on February 26, 2015.   

 

By Erin McNelis  

Sheryl Radin, DDS, of Growing Smiles in Floral Vale, is working with patient Hailey Doyle as sister Paige helps and mom looks on. (Photo credit: The Bucks County Courier Times.)

 

Many adults suffer from a fear of visiting the dentist, so it is no wonder that children feel the same. However, with the help of an understanding pediatric dentist, like Dr. Sheryl Radin at Growing Smiles in Floral Vale in Yardley, much can be done to alleviate that fear and ensure a child has a successful visit to the dentist, creating a healthy habit for the years to come.   

 

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children should be seen at the pediatric dentist six months after their first tooth erupts which for a majority of children happens between four and seven months old. Dr. Radin says this visit is to create a dental home for the children, implement preventive care and reduce the child's risk for cavities.

 

"Some pediatricians and general dentists recommend the first visit at three years old, but by then many children already may already have dental decay," explains Dr. Radin. "We want to build the relationship early on so the parents and children feel comfortable with us."   

 

Making sensible diet choices for your children is also a way to ensure dental health. Everyone knows that candy is bad for teeth, but foods like pretzels and gummy snacks stick to the teeth and feed the bacteria that can cause plaque buildup and cavities.

 

Brushing your children's teeth at least twice a day is a must, even though it can be difficult to get a toddler to cooperate. It is also important to floss your child's teeth as well. "As parents, it is just something we have to do," says Dr. Radin. "Eventually they understand how important it is."   

 

One of the best ways to help a child succeed with regard to their dental health is for parents to be good role models themselves. When a child sees a parent brushing and caring for his or her teeth, it makes an impact. And speaking positively about the dentist in front of children can reduce their fears and help to not pass on the adult's anxieties to the children.   

 

Visiting the dentist every six months and supplementing with fluoride can mean the difference between a healthy mouth and childhood tooth decay. "Children's dentition is constantly changing," explains Dr. Radin. "Children need to be seen every six months to evaluate your child's dental needs. Another weapon in the fight against cavities is the application of sealants to the permanent molars around age six or seven. The sealants protect the deep grooves of the molars from bacteria and help prevent dental decay.   

Source: Bucks County Courier Times  

"Will My Baby's Teething Interfere with Breastfeeding?"teething
A lot of mothers go into the breastfeeding experience thinking they'll breastfeed "just until he gets teeth," but then find they sail through that developmental milestone without a problem.

Each baby has a different experience with teething. Some babies have so little discomfort you don't even know they're teething until the tooth bud appears. Others have swollen gums that can be quite painful and seem to be aggravated by sucking. Most babies nurse right through this painful time, however, simply because breastfeeding is not only for food, but is also very comforting.

If your baby does stop nursing briefly (commonly called a nursing strike), it generally lasts only a couple of days. During that time you should continue to offer your breast whenever your baby indicates a desire to eat. If he doesn't nurse, pump your milk to keep up the supply. If your baby's not interested in a bottle, either, feed him from a little cup.

Teething can also interfere with breastfeeding if your baby starts using your nipples to teethe on. Sometimes a mother's startled reaction to being bitten is enough to discourage a baby from doing this. Otherwise, watch to see when your baby unlatches (he'll have to break the suction to bite), and then slip your finger between his mouth and your nipple.

You might be able to prevent biting altogether by massaging his gums with your finger before a feeding. If he continues chomping, take him off your breast and tell him firmly "no biting!" Since babies often start biting when they're full, it may be a sign that he's finished eating. But if you don't think he is quite finished, wait at least 15 minutes or so before resuming nursing. Eventually he'll get the message.

Make sure you have plenty of teething rings for your baby - the ones that are cooled in the refrigerator are particularly soothing for his gums.

Don't be afraid to call your doctor or a lactation consultant if you run into a problem. With patience and support, you can survive teething!

 

Source: BabyCenter   

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