Are trampolines safe for children?


Dr. Jen would like to share this important message from the Canadian Pediatricians regarding trampoline use. Injury can also involve the teeth and face in young children.   Are home trampolines safe? Home trampolines are not safe and the number of injuries related to trampoline use is on the rise in Canada.   Can my child be injured on a trampoline? Trampoline injuries are most common among children 5 to 14 years of age and include: •cuts and bruises, •sprains and strains, •broken bones, •head injuries, and •though rare, injuries to the back and neck that have caused paralysis or death. [...]

Are trampolines safe for children?2013-10-15T23:37:11+00:00

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: The Big Authority on little teeth


The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the recognized leader in children’s oral health, today unveiled its new tagline, "America’s Pediatric Dentists, The Big Authority on Little Teeth," targeted to the lay public. This new consumer branding campaign is an effort to better connect with parents and caregivers and educate them on the critical need for early check-ups and regular oral care for children. **Tooth decay is the number one chronic infectious disease among children in the United States (and Canada!), affecting 42 percent of children aged 2 to 11 years. Furthermore, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [...]

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: The Big Authority on little teeth2013-10-10T20:08:11+00:00

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 you can share with children: food to fuel busy, successful lives; nutrition to nourish strong bodies and smart brains; and eating skills to enjoy the social aspect of meals with family and friends.   As with any part of raising children, [...]

Raising Healthy Eaters from Preschool to High School2013-09-30T21:16:47+00:00

Playground safety


With the kids back in school, or starting his or her very first days in kindergarten, we want to remember the Canadian Pediatric Society's recommendations on playgrounds!   "Playgrounds can help children be active and healthy. They’re a place where children can run, jump, climb, slide and play with peers.   Adults and caregivers need to take care to ensure that children stay safe in the playground. Most playground injuries are caused when children fall from the equipment, but they can also happen if a child gets caught in or cut by equipment that isn’t well cared for.   When choosing [...]

Playground safety2013-09-10T17:01:27+00:00

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 bed). Healthy snacks are just as important as the food you serve at meals.   The best foods are whole, fresh and unprocessed—fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, dairy, and meats; and home-cooked meals.   Canada’s Food Guide recommends:     [...]

Healthy eating for children2013-09-04T16:20:02+00:00

The dentist says my child needs a filling in a baby tooth. Since the tooth is going to fall out, why bother?


Some primary (or baby) teeth will be in your child's mouth until age 12. The tooth that needs to be fixed may be one of those.   Broken teeth or teeth that are infected can hurt your child's health and the way your child feels about him or herself.   To do a filling, the dentist removes the decay and "fills" the hole with metal, plastic or other material. A filling can be a cheap and easy way to fix a problem that could be painful and cost more later because it stops decay from spreading deeper into the tooth.   [...]

The dentist says my child needs a filling in a baby tooth. Since the tooth is going to fall out, why bother?2013-09-03T21:50:10+00:00

Fluoride and Your Child


The Canadian Dental Association explains what the benefits of fluoride are to your child's (and your) developing dentition:   Fluoride is a mineral found in soil, water (both fresh and salt) and various foods. It has a positive effect on oral health by making teeth more resistant to decay. Fluoride can also prevent or even reverse tooth decay that has started.   Fluorides are used by communities as a public health measure to adjust the concentration of fluoride in drinking water to an optimum level (community water fluoridation); by individuals in the form of toothpastes, rinses, lozenges, chewable tablets, drops; and [...]

Fluoride and Your Child2013-08-28T21:15:46+00:00

The Social Story: Going to the Dentist


Dr. Jen has recently had a customized Social Story developed for her practice! What is a Social Story? A Social Story can be a written or visual guide describing various social interactions, situations, behaviours, skills or concepts and were introduced and described by Gray and Garand (1993). According to Gray (2010) ‘a Social Story describes a situation, skill, or concept in terms of relevant social cues, perspectives, and common responses in a specifically defined style and format. The goal of a Social Story is to share accurate social information in a patient and reassuring manner that is easily understood by its [...]

The Social Story: Going to the Dentist2013-07-25T21:31:28+00:00

What will we do at your child’s 1st Dental Visit?


The Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and The Canadian Dental Association recommend your child see the dentist by “1st tooth or 1st birthday.” Why? Even though your child has just a few teeth and will likely be uncooperative at their first few dental visits, prevention is the key to a lifetime of healthy teeth and no cavities! - You will answer a dental and medical questionnaire (or you can fill them out online and bring them with you when you come!) - Then Dr. Jen will meet with you and your child/children where you will have the opportunity to have answered [...]

What will we do at your child’s 1st Dental Visit?2013-07-22T22:06:39+00:00

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