Dr. Jennifer Howson-Jones

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Category Archive for: ‘Growth and Development’

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 …

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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 …

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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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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 …

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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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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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When do baby teeth come in?

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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 …

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