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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!
Back to school is a busy time for everyone; school supplies, new clothes and backpacks are high on our list of priorities. Your child also needs the tools to keep their mouth healthy!
The American Dental Association says that "tooth decay affects more U.S. children than any other chronic infectious disease." Therefore, your child should have a regular dental exam, partnered with good brushing and flossing habits and healthy snacks!!
Good luck with the 2015-2016 school year!!
Summer is the time for family fun; whether you are out of town or at the park with you kids, it is important to know how to deal with dental emergenices.
A dental emergency can include losing a permanent tooth, cracking a tooth, and breaking your jaw. You can learn how to deal with dental emergenices from the American Dental Associaiton.
If you ever have any questions about a dental emergency be sure to contact our office immediately!
Join us in welcoming Ms. Courtney to our team! Courtney is from Bardstown and joined us early this summer. Courtney brings a pleasant attitude to compliment our wonderful team:Jane, Britney, Phyllis and Dr. Swain!
Courtney will be updating our blog on a regular basis, if you have a topic you would like discussed, please let us know!
Good luck to all students starting a new school year! Smile bright!