Dr. Jennifer Howson-Jones

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Category Archive for: ‘Diet Habits’

Why Fix Baby Teeth

Why do we need to fix my child’s baby teeth, they’re just going to fall out anyway. Yes, they are just baby teeth but some of the back baby molars will be in your child’s mouth until they are 10 to 12 years old so during that time frame there are many reasons to keep baby teeth. One reason to …

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Bad Enamel

My child seems to have bad enamel. Bad enamel runs in our family, so what do we do? Well, bad enamel or missing enamel – there are rare conditions where a child may be missing their enamel, there are genetic conditions but they are quite rare. Another reason a child might have poor quality enamel is if they were ill …

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Helpful Tips for Healthy Smiles at Halloween

Helpful tips from the Canadian Dental Association!   Halloween is just around the corner and we all know that for most children, Halloween means candy and lots of it!   However, when your child consumes sugary food or drinks, the bacteria (germs) in the dental plaque on the teeth mix with the sugars in the candy to make a mild …

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Be Thankful for a Thanksgiving Free from Foodborne Illness

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, questions are already popping up about how to prepare the two stars of the Thanksgiving feast: the turkey and stuffing.   Turkey   If you have purchased a frozen turkey, be sure to thaw the bird adequately before cooking. There are three ways to thaw your turkey safely: in the refrigerator, in cold water …

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Breakfast Basics for Busy Families

Another great tip from Eatright.org on helping give your family the healthiest breakfast possible, even on the busiest school days!   Eating breakfast can improve children’s behavior and school performance, as well as help them maintain a healthy weight. But a survey by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation reveals that breakfast isn’t eaten all of the time by …

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Raising Healthy Eaters from Preschool to High School

Over the weekend Dr. Jen was able to meet a renowned dietician, Dr. Terri Lisagor, with special interest in the dental health of children – her husband is a pediatric dentist! The following is great advice for developing healthy eating habits for your children right from the start!   Food, nutrition and eating skills are among the most important things …

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Healthy eating for children

As a parent, one of the most important things you do is to help your children learn healthy eating habits. Children need a balanced diet with food from all four food groups—vegetables and fruit, grain products, milk and alternatives, and meat and alternatives.   Children need 3 meals a day and 1 to 3 snacks (morning, afternoon and possibly before …

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Is ‘real’ fruit juice better for your child?

We emphasize diet and toothbrushing as the 2 key ingredients for maintaining your child’s oral health. The American Academy of Pediatrics makes the following recommendation: “that fruit juice not be given to infants under six months of age since it offers no nutritional benefit to babies in this age group. After six months of age, infants may have limited amounts …

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Baby bottle tooth decay

Milk is the first thing babies’ drink, whether breast or formula and then cow’s milk, and it is integral to their growth and development. Having a feeding schedule early on helps to establish great habits and to avoid baby bottle tooth decay or Early Childhood Caries (ECC). Your child will begin to get their first teeth around 6 months old, …

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Pregnant Mom’s oral health is important to baby

Did you know babies often mimic the same bacteria in their mouths as their Mom’s! We all have ‘good’ bacteria in our mouths, but if Mom has a cavity, then there are some ‘bad’ bacteria present. Mom’s often try food for baby with the same spoon for temperature and taste or clean a soiled pacifier with their mouth, this ‘bad’ …

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