Time It Right:
- Eat Halloween candy and other sugary foods with meals shortly after mealtime.
Stay Away from Sweet Snacks:
- Snacking can increase your risk of cavities, and it's double trouble if you keep grabbing sugary treats from the candy bowl. Snacking on candy throughout the day is not ideal for your dental health or diet.
Choose Candy Carefully:
- Avoid hard candy and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. The length of time sugary food is in your mouth plays a role in tooth deacy. Unless it is a sugar-free product, candies that stay in the mouth for a long period of time subject teeth to an increase risk of tooth decay.
Avoid Sticky Situations:
- Sticky candies cling to your teeth. The stickier candies, like taffy and gummy bears, take longer to get washed away by saliva, increasing the risk for tooth decay.
Many do not know that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Child abuse is more common than any of us wish to think. The Tennyson Center for Children reports several alarming facts:
- A child abuse report is made every 10 seconds
- More than five children die everyday as a result of child abuse
- About 80% of children that die from child abuse are under the age of 4
Follow the link to the Tennyson Center for Children's website to learn more about child abuse statistics.
The Child Welfare Information Gateway has a great fact sheet for learning more about child abuse and neglect, and recognizing signs and symptoms.
Common signs of abuse:
- unexplained burns, bites, bruies, black eyes, etc.
- fading bruises after an absence from school
- child showing sudden changes in behavior
- a sign of sexual abuse may be difficulty walking or sitting, nightmares or bedwetting
Common signs of neglect:
- begs or steals food or money
- constantly dirty or has body odor
- says no one is at home to provide care
There are many more signs of abuse and neglect that we should all familiarize ourselves with. If you ever suspect any type of child abuse or neglect, please call the 24/7 anonymous child abuse hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child! Together, we can fight to prevent child abuse!
Many of our favorite foods and drinks cause our teeth harm and we don't even know it! Apples, bananas, honey and salad dressings are just a few!
Tooth enamel starts to dissolve at a pH below 5. 5 and dentin at a pH below 6.7.
Be aware of how many acidic foods and drinks your children are eating everyday to preven acid erosion!
In celebration of National Children's Dental Health Month, the AAPD is hosting a tooth care tournament!
The Monsters, Tooth D.K., Ginger Bite-Us, and Tartar the Terrible match up in week two against fluoride!
To follow the Mouth Monsters Mouth Madness tournament, check out the American Academy of Peidatric Dentistry's website!
5-2-1-0 Let's Go! is a program of the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center. The Let's Go! program is designed to promote a healthy lifestyle and prevent childhood obesity.
5 - servings of fruits and veggies
2 - or less hours of screen time (iPad, televsion, etc.)
1 - hour or more of physical activity
0 - sugary drinks - drink more water!
You can visit www.letsgo.org for more 5-2-1-0 tips!
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