Jun 092015
 

Teaching your children proper oral care is essential for a healthy life. Brushing and flossing their teeth is very important and should be done three times a day after every meal. Just a simple routine of brushing and flossing, in addition to regular dental checkups, can be enough in most cases to help prevent tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath. A balanced diet is also essential for your child to develop strong, resistant teeth. It is important that your children kids brush with a non-fluoride toothpaste (such as Dr. Sharp Natural Wild Berry Kids Toothpaste, which is free of fluoride, SLS, parabens, alcohol and gluen). Parents must read the warning label on generic toothpastes sold over the counter and avoid toothpastes with harsh warning labels like this one:
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Remember to pack nutritional lunches packed with vitamins and essential nutrients and remember to follow these simple oral care tips and techniques for optimal dental care.
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Tooth brushing tips and technique:

Here are a few tips to help you develop a good brushing routine:

  • Use soft or extra soft toothbrush when brushing your teeth. Small-headed toothbrushes are recommended since they can better reach all areas of the mouth, including hard-to-reach back teeth.
  • Brush three times a day (ideally after every main meal).
  • Proper brushing takes at least two minutes. Time yourself when doing your tooth brushing.
  • Use a gentle touch – it doesn’t take much pressure to remove the biofilm (bacterial plaque) from your teeth, and a forceful brushing could irritate your gums.
  • Electric toothbrushes can aid in applying an adequate amount of pressure when brushing, particularly for those who have difficulty doing it, who are wearing braces and who have limited manual dexterity.
  • Brushing your tongue gently can help remove bacteria that cause halitosis (bad breath) by using a tongue cleaner.
  • Toothbrushes should be replaced every 3 months since the bristles wear away.

Brushing technique:

  • Clean the outer surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth.
  • Clean the inner surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth.
  • Clean the chewing surfaces.
  • Place your brush at a slight angle toward the gums when brushing along the gum line.
  • Concentrate on cleaning all the surfaces of the teeth.
  • Make sure to brush your tongue.

The importance of flossing:

Cleaning between your teeth is every bit as important as brushing.

  • Since brushing can’t effectively clean between teeth, it’s important to use floss to get to those areas in order to mechanically remove the biofilm (bacterial plaque) that forms in between your teeth.
  • Flossing removes food particles and biofilm (bacterial plaque) between teeth that brushing misses. You should floss for your children beginning at age 4. By the time they reach age 8, most kids can begin flossing for themselves. (Source: American Dental Association)
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day.
  • As with brushing, use a gentle touch to avoid injuring your gum tissue.

For more information about brushing/flossing techniques visit the American Dental Association website www.ada.org.

These tips have been provided by Dr. Luciana Ravazzi (Prosthodontic Dentistry of South Florida)


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Aug 202014
 

The last trimester of pregnancy and the first 6 weeks of having a newborn could be very tiring. Getting your energy level to match up with your to-do list could be challenging.

I remember those days; dragging myself out of the bed to go to work when my very pregnant body just wanted to catch up with sleep. My baby was colicky so things did not get better fast enough after delivery.

The good thing is that things do get better as your little one grows and falls into a routine

I will be sharing 5 timeless tips for increasing your energy and getting more done that would apply well beyond the pregnancy and newborn phase.
Ways to increase your energy and get more done

  1. Get some sleep
    Don’t fall into the trap of shaving off sleep time to get things done. Every once in a while is okay but slashing sleep is not a long term strategy.
  2. The sleep debt collector will hit you up for payment at the most inopportune time. The brain does not get to recharge and reboot. Your stress hormones rage. You get snappy and irritable. Being sleep deprived could make you more prone to post-partum depression.

    Enlist your partner- play tag team for sleep time if you have to.

  3. Exercise
    I know, I know. You are too exhausted from all the running around and too busy to make time for exercise.
    How about the time you spend relaxing in front of the TV? That’s time that can go to exercise. You have to go about it in a way that works for you.

    After paying gym membership dues for a whole year without stepping in there once, I bought an elliptical machine so I can work out at my convenience.
    You would find me on it at 9:30PM on some nights, not optimal exercise time but hey, whatever works.

    Fit4Mom (formerly known as Stroller Strides) is a wonderful program where moms can bring in their little ones in strollers to participate in exercise routines.

  4. Eat well
    You are what you eat. Avoid foods that get you bloated or constipated. You are never your best when gassy. If you are nursing, those same foods would likely make your little one gassy and fussy as well.
  5. Buy back your time
    You can’t get back your time and you can’t have 2 more hours in your day. The reprieve is to pay, barter or beg to have more time for what counts.
    I very much doubt your kids’ care who cleans the bathroom or who schedules their dental appointment.
    They do care that you show up at their recital so make time for the important events/activities and get affordable help for the non-deal breakers.
  6. Coffee
    My favorite pick-me-up! Don’t overdo caffeine. 1-2 cups a day should be fine. Going above 4 cups is asking for trouble. You could start experiencing the coffee headaches, poor sleep and bladder leakage issues.

Take heart in this; the parenting days are very long but the years are incredibly short! Savor the time you have with your kids.

I would love to hear the tips and tricks you employed to “do it all”.

Dr. Bola
Bola Oyeyipo is a mom of 2 little ones, a family doctor and co-founder of Healthgist.com where she breaks down the complex world of women’s health & medical issues into easy to digest nuggets.

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Feb 182014
 

A huge thank you to Dr. Sharp Natural Oral Care for sharing the following tips with us!

 

February is Children’s Dental Health Month and to celebrate, we have put together a few tips that will keep your kid’s teeth healthy all year round.

  • It is recommended for children to brush their teeth 2 to 3 times a day after meals.
  • Use fluoride-free toothpastes that are safe while brushing. Children can brush unattended and they are even safe to swallow.
  • According to ADA (American Dental Association) and CDC (Center for Disease Control), more than 41% of American children have some type of dental fluorosis.
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  • Since 1997, FDA mandates that toothpastes that contain fluoride (as an active ingredient) must include a warning label to contact poison control centers in case it is over ingested by children. Beware of what kids of toothpastes you are purchasing for your children.
  • Use a toothbrush designed for children with soft and rounded bristles and a small head to reach back teeth and limited space areas.
  • Change your kids’ toothbrush every 2 months or as soon as bristles are worn out, so they do not harm your kid’s gums.
  • ADA recommends the use of non-fluoridated water for preparation of children’s formula due to the risk of fluorosis (toxic contamination with excess of fluoride in the body).
  • The American Dental Association recommends that parents should be flossing their child’s teeth as soon as he or she has any two teeth that touch. Cleaning between the teeth is important because it removes biofilm (plaque) where a tooth brush cannot reach.
  • Be wise with your kids’ lunch box and meals: avoid sugary (sodas, artificial juices) or starchy (crackers) snacks, since they can increase the risk for cavities.
  • Visit your dentist at least once a year for a complete and comprehensive check up.
Jan 102014
 

There are so many new things to learn when you first arrive home with your baby. One of the experiences that many new parents are very overwhelmed or intimated by is giving their baby a bath. You have to remember that newborn babies are rather flexible and that crying is their only means of communication.

 

Some babies LOVE water and others, not so much.

 

Either way you still need to clean them, so try to stay calm, take a deep breath and tell yourself “I CAN do this”. Here is a video that we found from BabyCenter.ca to help you out.

 

 

 

It is important to be as prepared as possible for your baby’s bath!

 

Have the following items ready and on hand:

  • bath tub filled with warm (but not too warm) water
  • 2-3 wash cloths (you never know when you might need more than one!)
  • your favourite baby wash
  • a container to pour water over baby (can be an empty yogurt container)
  • 2 towels (again, you never know when baby might decide that AFTER bath is a good time to have a poop explosion!)
  • a comb or soft brush to stimulate baby’s scalp

TIPS:

  • New Moms may have sore and/or weak abdominal muscles, so try to find a high space (like a kitchen counter or table) to bath your baby to minimize the amount of bending and strain on your back and tummy.
  • You may find using a water proof pad underneath the bath tub might help.
  • If your bathtub is sliding around, try using a small piece of rug hug (the product you place under your throw carpets to prevent them from slipping around) or a rubber placemat from the dollar store underneath the tub.
  • If you don’t have a baby bath tub, a clean kitchen sink works really well for small babies!
  • Right after the bath is not the best time for baby snuggles!  Bath time is often the time that babies decide to pee and poop!  Get that diaper on as soon as they are dried properly and dress them to get them warm and then enjoy lots of baby snuggles!
  • If you can, use two adults to bathe your baby for the first while, an extra pair of hands can always come in handy!

 

The top of a baby’s head smells SO good, doesn’t it?

 

Enjoy your baby.