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Welcome to my blog! Here you can find some helpful tips and information on how to keep your Tiny Texans' teeth healthy and strong! If you have any questions or topics you would like addressed, please email them to info@tinytexanspediatricdentistry.com

 

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Dr. Christina

By tinytexans45006907, Apr 15 2017 03:00AM

Easter season is upon us and many children are looking forward to the Easter baskets full of treats and the big egg hunt. Here are 3 tips from Dr. Christina Ramirez at Tiny Texans Pediatric Dentistry to keep your child’s Easter fun from turning into a cavity:

1.It does not have to be about the candy. Most children are excited to receive other toys, coloring books, or stuffed animals in their Easter basket. Since the days activities revolve around being outside try adding things like bubbles, sidewalk chalk, or jump ropes. You can even stuff the plastic eggs they hunt for with small goodies like toy jewelry, small toy dinosaurs, bouncy balls, or spin tops.

2.Choose chocolate over sticky candies. The darker the chocolate the better, but even milk chocolate is easier on the teeth than jelly beans. Most of the sticky candies contain acids in them which weaken tooth enamel and are harder to clean off the grooves of the back molars. Try do stick with smaller portioned chocolates like small eggs instead of a large chocolate bunny.

3.Make the candy a short and sweet treat at the end of a meal. When and how long they eat the candy matters. It is best to eat sweets immediately after a meal instead of a separate snack later. The saliva is already working to buffer the acid in the mouth from the meal. Also, try to avoid candies that take a longer time to eat like lollipops that are not sugar free.

Lastly, don’t forget to brush and schedule your child for regular dental checkups to help prevent cavities. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Christina Ramirez at 512-646-4500.

By tinytexans45006907, Feb 21 2017 02:39PM

The American Dental Association first started recognizing the entire month of February as National Children’s Dental Health Month in 1981. In a month usually known for chocolates in heart shaped boxes the importance of children’s dental health can sometimes be overlooked. Tooth decay (dental cavities) remains the most prevalent chronic disease in both children and adults. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 42% of children age 2 to 11 have had dental cavities.

Fortunately, with proper education, good oral hygiene and a healthy diet these cavities can be usually be prevented. The 2017 slogan "Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile" is being taught in classrooms and childcare facilities across the United States as dentists and teachers work together to help keep children free from dental cavities. Tap water has a safe pH that will not cause cavities and the added benefit of fluoride in the Austin, Buda and Kyle areas. If you prefer to drink bottled water or limit fluoride exposure, make sure to check the pH of the water to insure it is not acidic. Acidic drinks cause the enamel of teeth to weaken which can contribute to cavities.

Tiny Texans Pediatric Dentistry is taking an active role in educating the local community about National Children’s Dental Health Month. Dr. Christina Ramirez is visiting schools and daycares in the South Austin, Buda, and Kyle areas with the help of the Tooth Fairy. The importance of drinking water is stressed at a level children can relate to. Teeth friendly snacks versus bad snacks are reviewed as the children give a thumbs up or down on the photo they are shown. We demonstrate what to expect when a child goes to a dental visit. Lastly, we teach proper tooth brushing techniques and have the children practice on our stuffed dog, Tex.

It is likely your child will come home with a dental health activity this month if they attend school or daycare. Take the few minutes to talk with your child about why healthy teeth and regular dental check-ups are important. If you would like to schedule a visit to your school or would like your child seen for a dental visit, give us a call at 512-646-4500.

Official 2017 poster from the American Dental Associaton
Official 2017 poster from the American Dental Associaton
Dr. Christina Ramirez, the Tooth Fairy, and Tex the dog.
Dr. Christina Ramirez, the Tooth Fairy, and Tex the dog.

By tinytexans45006907, Dec 28 2016 05:11AM

The new year is a time for taking stock of what we've accomplished over the last twelve months and thinking about what we'd like to accomplish during the next twelve. It's a time to start fresh on goals that have yet to be reached and a time to double down on the ones that we're making good progress on. Many people make New Year's resolutions that have to do with losing weight, eating more healthily, or exercising more, but good health encompasses more than those actions. This year, why not make a resolution that will have a positive impact on one of the most overlooked facets of your family's health: their mouths and teeth.

As you prepare to work toward your 2017 goals, make time for a little research on age-appropriate oral care milestones for each member of your household. If you have an infant or toddler, resolve take their oral care as seriously as you take your own by remembering to wipe down their gums or budding teeth and/or gently brush any of their erupted teeth twice daily. Remember, good health habits start young! For preschool- and early elementary-aged children, resolve to make teeth brushing a collaborative activity so you can be sure they're reaching all the important nooks and crannies of their mouths, and resolve to introduce flossing and/or mouthwash to your child's routine if you haven't already done so. If you have children older than about second grade (all the way up through high school!), resolve to pay attention to their oral care habits and to have frequent conversations about the short-term and long-term importance of good oral health. Also resolve to read up on the changing factors that affect your kids' mouths as they get older.

If your kids are in preschool or older, talk to them about what New Year's resolutions are and how to choose them. Encourage your kids to include their oral care routine as part of the resolutions they make for 2017, and check in with them periodically to see how well they think they are sticking to their resolutions. Perhaps making sure everyone gets to the dentist twice a year can be a collective family resolution! Mom or Dad may make the appointments, but kids can help remind their parents to make sure all the appointments get made!

When you take an active interest in your children's oral health, and when you encourage them to take an active interest in their own health, each child is much more likely to adopt staying healthy as a goal throughout their entire lives. Over time, this will not only cut down on expenses related to dental and medical procedures, but it will allow everyone to be more active and enjoy all aspects of their lives that much more.

If you need more suggestions for oral health care resolutions, or if you have any questions about the various stages of oral health and development that kids pass through as they grow, don't hesitate to call Tiny Texans Pediatric Dentistry at 512-646-4500.

By tinytexans45006907, Dec 22 2016 06:23PM

In all the hustle and bustle of Christmas, Hannukah, and other winter celebrations, hardly anyone is thinking about oral health this time of year. But with all the cookies, candy, and other extra food little ones are sure to come across, taking care of teeth is more important than ever.This holiday season, why not give the young people in your life wonderful gifts that promote healthy teeth?

While they might not garner as much attention as a new toy or the latest video game, many children enjoy receiving a new toothbrush, a new tube of toothpaste, a new bottle of mouthwash, or a new package of floss as part of their holiday treasures. If your family does stockings, these items all make excellent stocking stuffers! Young children who are still learning to take care of their teeth may be excited to receive a new toothbrush, especially if it has one of their favorite characters on it or if they're able to “graduate” to the next brush size. For an older child, the holidays are a great time to introduce an electric rather than a manual toothbrush. New, age-appropriate toothpaste, mouthwash, and floss may be especially attractive if you can find a new flavor. Sugar-free gum and xylitol chewing gum, mints or candy (Zellie’s or Dr. John’s brands for example) are also a great idea for a small holiday gift, as it falls into the same category as candy, yet it won't contribute to tooth decay. In fact, sugar-free gum can actually improve oral health, as the stickiness of the gum can help loosen food particles that are stuck to teeth, and the action of chewing promotes salivation, which helps to prevent the formation of calculus and also helps loosen food particles.

In addition to items that actually improve the health of the mouth, there are a number of gift options that will encourage interest and excitement about oral health in children. If your family doesn't already have one, consider a toothbrush timer, which times out the two minutes that are necessary to ensure a thorough teeth-brushing. There are many styles available, some of which come in fun shapes, or double as a toothbrush holder, or play music while they keep time. Picture books that deal with teeth, dentistry, or the Tooth Fairy are also great options. Some perennial favorites include Maisy, Charley, and the Wobbly Tooth by Lucy Cousins; Arthur's Tooth by Marc Brown; Dr. DeSoto and Dr. DeSoto Goes to Africa by William Steig; and What Does the Tooth Fairy Do With Our Teeth? By Denise Barry. For stories that have something of a holiday connection, there's The Night Before the Tooth Fairy by Natasha Wing, which is a take-off on the Christmas classic 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, and the beautifully-illustrated Christmas Always by Peter Catalanotto, which tells the story of a little girl who loses a tooth on Christmas Eve and receives visits from the Sandman, Jack Frost, the Tooth Fairy, and finally Santa Claus.

Whatever you're celebrating this time of year, Tiny Texans Pediatric Dentistry in South Austin, Texas, is on hand to recommend great teeth-related gifts and answer any questions you have about oral health. and safety over the holidays!

By tinytexans45006907, Jun 3 2016 11:00AM

May 15, 2016 - Plum Creek Front Porch Days, Despite the rainy weather, we passed out balloons and toothbrushes as we got to meet some of Kyle’s finest residents.

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