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 5 Fun Questions With...
Marlene Goldinger!fivequestions

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 Marlene Goldinger, EFDA (Expanded Functions Dental Assistant).


1)  How long have you been working for Dr. Radin?  

I have been working for Dr. Radin for just over 4 years.  I like the camaraderie of the office and love working with Dr. Radin.  There's something to be said for working in a n office where you get your work done and have fun while doing so in a professional manner.  It's so nice to work with women who all get along and are part of the same team.  We all try to help each other to achieve the same goals, making sure the children are comfortable and happy.  I enjoy working on children and watching them leave with a smile on their face.  


2)  Tell us about your family. 

I have been married to my wonderful husband, Michael for 23 years.  We have two amazing children: Lindsay (21) and Glen (19).  Lindsay is a senior at Penn State studying Business Management  with a minor in Entrepreneurship.  Glen is a freshman at Drexel studying Mechanical Engineering.  Both Lindsay and Glen were patients of Dr. Radin's when there were younger and loved her and still talk about their experiences to this day. 


3)  What is your favorite vacation place and why? 

We look forward to going to Aruba every year.  We go with quite a large group of families that we have been friends with for a long time.  My children enjoy going and being with all of the kids that they have known since they were little. 


4)  What are your hobbies? 

Some of my favorite hobbies are exercising, going shopping and traveling with my family and friends, in addition to spending quality time with everyone.


5)  If you could be an "expert" in anything, what would it be and why?

If I had to chose one thing to be an expert in, it would be cooking.  I cook homemade meals on a daily basis, however, it always seems to be the same thing over and over again.  Also, I entertain quite a bit and wish that I could make different and more interesting menus.

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  Can Acidic Drinks Damage Kids' Teeth Permanently?acidic

Some sodas, juices and sports drinks may harm young smiles

High acidity levels in soft drinks, fruit juice and sports beverages pose a threat to youngsters' teeth, a new study reports.


"Our research has shown that permanent damage to the tooth enamel will occur within the first 30 seconds of high acidity coming into contact with the teeth. This is an important finding and it suggests that such drinks are best avoided," study corresponding author Dr. Sarbin Ranjitkar, of the Craniofacial Biology Research Group at the University of Adelaide in Australia, said in a university news release.


"If high acidity drinks are consumed, it is not simply a matter of having a child clean their teeth an hour or 30 minutes later and hoping they'll be OK -- the damage is already done," he added.


The findings were recently published in the Journal of Dentistry.


Normally, Ranjitkar said, there's a balance between acids and protective mechanisms in a healthy mouth. But, "once that balance is shifted in favor of the acids, regardless of the type of acid, teeth become damaged," he explained.


High acidity drinks also can combine with other factors to cause major, irreversible damage to youngsters' teeth, according to Ranjitkar. 

"Dental erosion is an issue of growing concern in developed countries, and it is often only detected clinically after extensive tooth wear has occurred," he said. "Such erosion can lead to a lifetime of compromised dental health that may require complex and extensive rehabilitation -- but it is also preventable with minimal intervention."


Source: WebMD 

I am thrilled to announce that on July 1, 2015, my son, Dr. Ross Levine will be joining us full time here at Growing Smiles in Floral Vale.  You can get to know Dr. Levine by clicking here and please be sure to help us welcome him to the practice!


Flossing is an essential part of you and your child's dental care routine. Flossing prevents the buildup of plaque on and between the teeth. Plaque is a sticky substance that forms on teeth after eating carbohydrates such as bread, milk, raisins, soft drinks, cakes and candy. If not removed by brushing and flossing, bacteria grows on the plaque, forming an acid that leads to tooth decay. Plaque can even get down past gums and destroy the root and damage the bone supporting the teeth.  Be sure to read, Flossing the Right Way, to make sure you and your child are flossing correctly to help prevent cavities and keep those beautiful smiles beautiful!  


Your body is a complex machine. The foods you choose and how often you eat them can affect your general health and the health of your teeth and gums. If you consume too many sugar-filled sodas, sweetened fruit drinks or non-nutritious snacks, you could be at risk for tooth decay. Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, but the good news is that it is entirely preventable. Diet for Healthy Teeth provides tips on how to attack the plague by eating the right foods.


Speaking of healthy teeth, high acidity levels in soft drinks, fruit juice and sports beverages pose a threat to children's teeth, a new study reports. In fact, according to the study, all it takes is about 30 minutes for the damage to occur. Find out more by reading, Can Acidic Drinks Damage Kids's Teeth Permanently? 


This month for our 5 Questions With... column, we asked Marlene Goldinger, one of our hardworking dental assistants at Growing Smiles to participate.  Get to know Marlene by clicking here.


Don't forget to be sure to enter our latest prize giveaway.  Find out how now through the end of August, you can win a fabulous gift basket just for sharing your experience with Growing Smiles!  Check out all the details on how you can enter to win.


Dr. Sheryl Radin and Staff at
Dr. Radin's Son, Dr. Ross Levine, to Join Growing Smiles!ross
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Ross Levine
to Growing Smiles!

Growing Smiles in Floral Vale has some exciting news! Dr. Ross
Levine will be joining his mother, Dr. Sheryl Radin and the wonderful staff of Growing Smiles next month.  


Dr. Ross Levine attended the University of Maryland at College Park where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. He continued his education at Temple Dental School in Philadelphia where he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine graduating Magna Cum Laude.

Dr. Ross Levine will receive his specialty-training certificate from Temple University Hospital's Pediatric Dental Residency Program this June. He was selected for the Chief Resident position during his second year. During his pediatric residency, Dr. Ross Levine received significant experience and advanced training in pediatric and adolescent dentistry. He is knowledgeable in the care for special needs children and conscious sedation.

In addition to his formal residency program, Dr. Ross Levine has been working as an associate at Pediatric Dental Associates in Philadelphia, PA and at Growing Smiles in Floral Vale on Saturday's.

Dr. Ross Levine is a member of the American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and continues to stay current on all of the latest technologies and state-of-the-art care.


Dr. Ross lives with his wife Abby in Bucks County. In his free time, he loves playing softball, hockey, and following his favorite sports teams.  He also enjoys spending time with his family and friends in the suburbs of Bucks County, Philadelphia, New York, and the Jersey shore.


Diet for Healthy Teethhealthyteeth 

Foods that contain sugars of any kind can contribute to tooth decay. To control the amount of sugar you eat, read the nutrition facts and ingredient labels on foods and beverages and choose options that are lowest in sugar. Common sources of sugar in the diet include soft drinks, candy, cookies and pastries. Your physician or a registered dietitian can also provide suggestions for eating a nutritious diet. If your diet lacks certain nutrients, it may be more difficult for tissues in your mouth to resist infection. This may contribute to gum disease. Severe gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Many researchers believe that the disease progresses faster and is potentially more severe in people with poor nutrition.  


To learn what foods are best for you visit   

ChooseMyPlate.gov, a website from the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, an agency of U.S. Department of Agriculture. The site contains dietary recommendations for children and adults based on their levels of physical activity.


Wise choices

For healthy living and for healthy teeth and gums, think before you eat and drink. It's not only what you eat but when you eat that can affect your dental health. Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks. If you are on a special diet, keep your physician's advice in mind when choosing foods.


For good dental health, keep these tips in mind when choosing your meals and snacks:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat a variety of foods from each of the five major food groups, including:
    • whole grains
    • fruits
    • vegetables
    • lean souces of protein such as lean beef, skinless poultry and fish; dry beans, peas and other legumes
    • low-fat and fat-free dairy foods

Limit the number of snacks you eat. If you do snack, choose something that is healthy like fruit or vegetables or a piece of cheese. Foods that are eaten as part of a meal cause less harm to teeth than eating lots of snacks throughout the day, because more saliva is released during a meal. Saliva helps wash foods from the mouth and lessens the effects of acids, which can harm teeth and cause cavities.

For good dental health, always remember to brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste that has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, floss daily and visit your dentist regularly. With regular dental care, your dentist can help prevent oral problems from occurring in the first place and catch those that do occur in the early stages, while they are easy to treat.  


Source: Mouth Healthy  

  The Right Way to Flossfloss

You brush your teeth twice a day, but flossing should be just as much a part of your daily routine. In fact, it's critical to keeping your teeth healthy.  


While brushing can help erode the bacteria on some of your teeth, some areas will be overlooked if you don't floss. This bacteria causes both gum disease and decay, and when it combines with your saliva and food, it creates plaque, a clear, colorless, sticky film that adheres to your teeth.  


Tips for Flossing Your Teeth:
  • Wrap the floss around your middle fingers so you can use your thumbs and forefingers to move the floss.  
  • Gently push it between two teeth and "use a gentle sawing motion back and forth until the floss pops down through the contact point, which is the one specific point where the teeth touch together.  
  • Wrap the floss around the side of one tooth, making a C-like shape, then gently slide up and down. Do this several times, making sure to go slightly underneath the gumline, then repeat on the other side of the tooth.  
  • Pull the floss out and rotate it so you're using a clean spot.  
  • Don't stop if you start to bleed. If your gums are bleeding, that's because of bacteria that's causing inflammation. Keep at it once a day, and in a few weeks, you'll probably see an improvement.

And while it doesn't really make a difference if you floss before or after brushing your teeth, when you brush first, you're getting more gross removal of the bacteria that's in your mouth. So your mouth is cleaner, then the floss just finishes everything off after that.

Tips For Brushing and Flossing Kids' Teeth:

In children, teeth should be cleaned as soon as they emerge. By starting early, your baby gets used to the daily routine. A soft washcloth wrapped around your finger can substitute for a brush when teeth first appear. You can wait until four teeth in a row have come out; or waiting until the child is 2 or 3 years old.  


Here are some tips for flossing your child's teeth:

  • Parents need to help brush and floss their children's teeth. Until the ages of 7 or 8, children do not have the dexterity to properly brush.
    Children can brush first on their own and then parents must go in a second time for a complete brushing.
  • Start flossing your child's teeth at night as soon as two baby teeth emerge that touch. The use of floss sticks or picks instead of regular string floss may be easier for both you and your child.
  • Children can "practice" flossing however they do not have the ability to floss on their own until around the age of 10.
Sources: Women's Health; WebMD 

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