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Books Kids Can Sink Their Teeth Into!

October 9th, 2014

There are several ways to teach and get your child excited about proper dental care. Yet, sometimes the lesson can be learned from simply reading a story. Children tend to enjoy stories that highlight characters and creative illustrations that they can relate to, which is also the same when it comes to books about dental health!

Losing teeth is a rite of passage for children. Many kids are generally excited when they reach this milestone, while some are nervous and concerned about feeling pain with the loss of a tooth. Your child’s first lost tooth can stir up a lot of questions from your little one. Questions that range from “Why did my tooth fall out?” to “Will I talk or look funny when my tooth comes out?” They may even ask, “What replaces the tooth?” or “Is the tooth-fairy real?”

A good way to answer some of these questions and reassure your child that losing primary teeth is a natural part of growing up is to introduce them to books about teeth! A great number of books contain well-known characters and fun pictures that can get them enthused about taking care of their teeth.

It is important to remind your child that even though primary teeth are expected to fall out, they still must be properly cared for in order to have healthy permanent teeth. If primary teeth are lost prematurely as a result of tooth decay, permanent teeth may not come into their sockets properly, leading to other oral health problems. Unfortunately, tooth decay is currently the number one disease that affects children. It's estimated that 40% of children have experienced tooth decay before starting kindergarten. A step toward defeating cavities is to teach good oral habits.

Help your kids appreciate the importance of dental health with these good reads:

  • Brush Your Teeth Please by Leslie McGuire
  • The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss
  • Franklin and the Tooth Fairy by Paulette Bourgeois
  • Clifford’s Loose Tooth by John Kurtz
  • Little Bill: A Visit to the Dentist by Bill Cosby
  • The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist by Stan Berenstain
  • Show Me Your Smile!: A Visit to the Dentist (Dora the Explorer) by Christine Ricci
  • Caraboose: The Tooth Fairy Moose by Lynn Swanson
  • Little Rabbit’s Loose Tooth by Lucy Bate
  • Truman’s Loose Tooth by Kristine Warm
  • The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
  • Going to the Dentist by Anne Civardi
  • ABC Dentist: Healthy Teeth from A to Z by Harriet Ziefert
  • Behold, No Cavities!: A Visit to the Dentist (Sponge Bob Square Pants) by Sarah Willson

These books not only include stories about losing teeth, but also about trips to the dentist, good oral hygiene habits, and the famous tooth-fairy tale. Although some books can be targeted for a specific age group, there are plenty of stories for just about any child.

In addition to books, online games that incorporate dental health can also be great resources for teaching. The American Dental Association offers an animated online book, Visit the Dentist with MartyHealthyTeeth.org also offers fun experiments and activities for elementary age kids.

Developing good oral health habits at an early age is vital for a lifetime of healthy teeth. Not only will children have practice reading, but also the importance of dental health can be instilled in them simultaneously!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim. Dr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

References:

http://www.readingrockets.org/articles/books/c928

http://www.aapd.org/media/Policies_Guidelines/G_infantOralHealthCare.pdf

http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/950463/teaching-kids-about-dental-health

http://www.castledental.com/our-blog/books-teach-kids-about-teeth-and-dentists

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Thank You Wellesley Mother's Forum!

September 24th, 2013

The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group had a fun Saturday morning at the Wellesley Town Hall Greens, next to the Wellesley Post Office . We were the guest of Wellesley Mother's Forum. Mother's Forum is a non-profit organization and a member-led social and support group for Wellesley women with young children. Members are required to live in Wellesley or surrounding towns and have at least one child (or be currently expecting). The majority of their members have children between the ages of birth to eight years old.

Serving as the Smile Ambassadors for Wellesley and the surrounding towns this was a perfect way to educate the young kids about brushing and flossing. Events like this help motivate and encourage young children and their parents about being proactive for their dental health. While Dr. Femina Ali was helping demonstrate on our famous mascot, Christopher,with a giant toothbrush Dr. Ejaz Ali was giving balloons as prizes. Everyone that stopped for brushing lessons also got an Oral Stages toothbrush.

The kids also loved having pictures taken with our wonderful Tooth Fairy. It was a successful event and we cannot thank Wellesley Mother's Forum enough for including us. We were so happy to see all of our young smile ambassadors and teach them about the importance of maintaining good oral health. Thank you Wellesley Mother's Forum for being so proactive in the community!

We want to acknowledge the help of our friend Joanna Bandte who brought smiles to tons of children by doing feather extensions in their hair. Thank you Joanna!

Also, we want to give a big thank you to the event directors Diane Conway & Meryl Glassman and also to the Co-Presidents Sabreena Kropp & Meghan Thompson. What a fun community event, we can't wait for to participate again next year for the Fall Carnival! We are also looking forward to hosting our annual Candy Drive for the Wellesley Mother's Forum.
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Poor Oral Health Can Impact School Performance

August 31st, 2012

A recent study that appeared in the September 2012 issue of the American Journal of Public Health shows a strong correlation between poor oral health and academic performance. The survey looked at 1,500 low income students in the Los Angeles area. School performance and attendance were compared to oral health.

According to the study,

"Children who reported having recent tooth pain were four times more likely to have a low grade point average -- below the median GPA of 2.8 -- when compared to children without oral pain, according to study results."

This also contributed to missed school for students and also missed work for parents. On average, kids missed between 2 and 2.5 days of school. This is in part due to dental care not being easily accessible for a variety of reasons, such as insurance or transportation.

There is discussion of including more oral health education in schools. This is easy way to spread the message and importance of healthy teeth and gums for life!

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