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All About My Teeth Free Dental Printout

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Click here for a FREE, FUN Dental printout for the kids from Children’s Dental Center!  This fun activity sheet will get kids excited about their teeth!  Includes space to draw their smile, a space to write three words to describe their teeth, a space to fill in the number of teeth they’ve lost, and a space to draw teeth-friendly food.  Enjoy!

FREE DENTAL PRINTOUT! All About My Teeth

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Stress And Your Oral Health

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We all know brushing and flossing every day helps in maintaining a healthy mouth, but did you know external factors contribute to your mouth’s health as well? Children’s Dental Center has pulled together some resources about how stress affects YOUR oral health.

According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), emotional woes may place a strain on more than just your heart.
Emotional stress could cause periodontal disease as well! Read more here:

 

 

 

 

Web MD says that too much stress affects your whole body, including your mouth, teeth and gums.  Read our blog post here:

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The Mayo Clinic defines stress as a “physical, mental and emotional response to a challenging event”.  For managing stress, the specialists at the Mayo Clinic offer tips and techniques on the following conditions:

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As well as a book called, “Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living”

Click here for the book!

Children’s Dental Center believes that education is the key to preventing childhood tooth decay. We’re committed to providing a forum where parents and pediatric dental professionals can discuss preventative dental care. We encourage parents, educators and doctors to check back frequently for more fun facts, articles and activities!

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Children’s Dental Center Spring Promo

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Children’s Dental Center Spring Promo!

Check in to any Children’s Dental Center office on Facebook, and be entered to win a Family 4-Pack of movie tickets!

One entry per check-in!

TWO winners announced June 1st!

For your convenience, we have two locations in Northern California – click here to see our locations!

Good luck!

 

 

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Fun Dental Stories For Kids

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NATIONAL TELL A STORY DAY

Our friends over at www.nationaldaycalendar.com have let us in on a little secret – it’s National Tell A Story Day!

“National Tell A Story Day is celebrated in the United States each year on April 27th. This is a day that was created for people to get together to tell stories of all kinds. They can be stories from a book, from memory or from your imagination.

Libraries around the country participate in National Tell A Story Day with special story telling times for children.

Telling stories of past generations is a good way to carry on traditions within one’s family as well as being interesting and educational. Some of the very best stories are ones that are told of about past experiences and adventures.

Many people enjoy listening to their grandparents share their stories about when they were growing up (back in the day). Spending time telling stories with family, friends and loved ones is a time for all to learn from each other, to remember and to grow closer together.

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On National Tell A Story Day, it does not matter if the story is a short story or a long story, fiction or nonfiction, a tall tale or a folk-lore, this is a day for them all. We encourage you to tell your stories and even share them on social media using #NationalTellAStoryDay.”

In honor of #NationalTellAStoryDay, Children’s Dental Center encourages patients, parents and educators to read and tell stories about dentistry with your kids!

Check out one of our most popular blog posts –  10 Books To Get Your Child Excited About The Dentist HERE:

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Also, we found this list from Scholastic – dental books for kids ages 5-8:

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Pinterest has tons of resources for dental books for kids! Check out this link for some dental book ideas!

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We also love these two books by Maura Kempa:

“Brush Me Floss Me Be My Friend. Welcome to Toothville: Learning Begins Here. A Kids Book About Caring For Their Teeth” and “An Amazing Journey Inside My Mouth. Just Me And My Dentist. A Kids Book About Their First Trip To The Dentist”

Both are available on amazon here:

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Children’s Dental Center believes that dental health education is the key to preventing childhood tooth decay. We’re committed to providing a forum where parents and pediatric dental professionals can discuss preventative dental care. We encourage parents, educators and doctors to check back frequently for more fun facts, articles and activities!

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Save The Planet AND Your Smile!

Earth_Day_Childrens_Dental_CenterThis Earth Day, Children’s Dental Center has come up with a few dental-friendly ways you can help save our planet AND your smile at the same time!

Electric Toothbrushes

Unplug the power source from the wall after charging to save energy!

Water Use

Did you know, that if you leave your water running while brushing your teeth, you waste about 5 gallons of water? If you’re brushing twice daily as is recommended by Children’s Dental Group), then you’re wasting 10 gallons of water a day! That equates to 3,360 gallons a year! Multiply that by a family of four, and that’s over 13,000 gallons a year – enough to fill a 24’ above-ground swimming pool – just from turning off the water when you brush your teeth! Amazing!

Recycle, Reuse and Re-purpose Oral Care Items

We came up with 20 amazing uses for toothpaste that you can read HERE:

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Teracycle and Colgate have partnered together to create the Colgate Oral Care Brigade – a free mail-back recycling program for oral care product packaging! They accept toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrushes, toothbrush and toothpaste tube outer packaging, and floss containers. Read about how YOU can help HERE:

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Use toothbrushes as needles to loop rags into these amazing rugs! Learn more here:

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… and check out all these ideas to repurpose and up-cycle oral care items, including bracelets and toothbrush holders! Learn more here:

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Children’s Dental Center believes that dental health education is the key to preventing childhood tooth decay. We’re committed to providing a forum where parents and pediatric dental professionals can discuss preventative dental care. We encourage parents, educators and doctors to check back frequently for more fun facts, articles and activities!

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Teaching Kindergartners About Oral Health

National_Kindergarten_Day_Childrens_Dental_CenterHave a child in Kindergarten? Children’s Dental Center found some fun resources for teaching kids about oral health!

National Kindergarten Day

National Kindergarten Day is celebrated annually on April 21st. This day honors Friedrich Wilhelm August Frobel (April 21, 1782 – June 21, 1852) who is credited for starting the very first Kindergarten in Germany in 1837. Frobel was a German teacher and a student of Pestalozzi who laid the foundation for modern education based on the recognition that children have unique needs and capabilities. He created the concept of the “kindergarten” through play and activity institute as a social experience for children for their transition from home to school. His goal was that children should be taken care of and nourished in “children’s gardens” like plants in a garden. Today, most states in the United States offer free kindergarten to children ages five and six. Kindergarten is a fun and memorable time in the “social experience of the transition from home to school.”(www.nationaldaycalendar.com)

Online Resources For Teaching Kindergartners About Oral Health

The American Dental Association has a great section of their website entitled “Mouth Healthy Kids. There, you can find tons of resources for educators of kindergartners and kids ages preschool through eighth grade, including printouts, posters and stories! CLICK HERE

We also found a cute video from Betsy’s Kindergarten Adventures, called “The Tooth Chart” in which children learn that loosing teeth is a natural part of growing up! “The Tooth Chart”

And, there’s always good old Elmo to brighten your kindergartener’s day and to teach them the value of brushing their teeth! Here’s Sesame Street’s “Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me: Brushy Brush PSA”

There are also an abundance of resources on Pinterest for Kindergarten and Dental Health. You can access those HERE

Kindergarten_Dental_PinterestChildren’s Dental Center Tooth Counting Cards are a fun way to teach Kindergartners about teeth and counting!  You can find those HERE

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We’ve also put together a FREE printout of dental-related songs kids can sing to help put a fun spin on oral health.  Click HERE for those!

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And, last but not least, here are some FREE dental printout activity sheets and coloring pages from the American Dental Association and Children’s Dental Center – Click HERENCDHM_CDC

Children’s Dental Center knows that healthy oral habits start at a young age. We encourage you to use the abundance of resources available online to educate your children about the fun aspects of oral health!  Happy educating!

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FREE Tooth Counting Card Printouts!

Free_Dental_Printouts_Childrens_Dental_CenterChildren’s Dental Center’s FREE Tooth Counting Cards help your children practice counting from 1 to 10!

Each set of cards has fun tooth pictures to count and a choice of three numbers. Have your children count the pictures in the set and select the number that corresponds with the correct number of teeth!

Download PDF’s HERE: (set of two cards per sheet)

FREE Tooth Counting Cards – 1 & 2

FREE Tooth Counting Cards – 3 & 4

FREE Tooth Counting Cards – 5 & 6

FREE Tooth Counting Cards – 7 & 8

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 Children’s Dental Center believes that dental health education is the key to preventing childhood tooth decay. We’re committed to providing a forum where parents and pediatric dental professionals can discuss preventative dental care. We encourage parents, educators and doctors to check back frequently for more fun facts, articles and activities!

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Take Five: Sports Safety Tips for National Facial Protection Month

National_Facial_Protection_Month_Childrens_Dental_CenterCalling all MVPs, team captains, full roster players, practice squads, coaches, teachers and parents/caregivers. Five of the nation’s top dental associations want to remind everyone to play  it safe during recreational and organized sports to help prevent serious, painful facial injuries that can take the fun out of the game. Take five, and take in these five simple safety tips.

  1. Mouth Guards are a Must. Mouth guards are significantly less expensive than the cost to repair an injury, and dentists and dental specialists can make customized mouth guards that hold teeth in place and allow for normal speech and breathing.
  2. Helmets are always Helpful. Helmets absorb the energy of an impact and help prevent damage to the head.
  3. Have 20/20 Vision with Protective Eyewear.  Eyes are extremely vulnerable to damage, especially when playing sports.
  4. Face Shields Save Skin…and more.
  5. Hockey pucks, footballs and Racquetballs can cause severe facial damage at any age.

Cheer and Shout Out Your Support for Mandatory Protective Gear.  Athletes who participate in football, hockey and boxing are required to wear mouth guards. If mouth guards have been proven to significantly decrease the risk of oral injuries, why is it not mandatory in every sport for kids to wear them?

Whether your child is playing a contact sport or just monkeying around on the monkey bars, accidents happen. A recently published study by the University of Alabama at Birmingham analyzed data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), a database of injuries treated at hospital emergency departments, for the period 2001-2008. Researchers found the five most common causes of childhood injuries were, in order of frequency, basketball, football, bicycling, playgrounds and soccer.

An estimated 12 million people between the ages of 5 and 22 years suffer a sport-related injury annually, which leads to 20 million lost days of school2 and approximately $33 billion in healthcare costs.3 Yet, some of these injuries could be prevented with protective gear. “A properly fitted mouth guard is an essential piece of any athlete’s protective equipment,” says Dr. Paul Nativi, DMD, FASD, and past president of the Academy for Sports Dentistry. “Talk with your dentist about what kinds of activities your family enjoys and ask about ways to make sure their teeth and face stay protected.”

Every April, National Facial Protection Month strives to raise public awareness and remind parents/caregivers, coaches and athletes to play it safe while playing sports. The Academy for Sports Dentistry (ASD), American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), and the American Dental Association (ADA) are collaborating to promote the 2015 April is National Facial Protection Month observance to help people learn more about how simple it can be to take five and make a play for better safety that protects not only your mouth and face, but also your peace of mind.

Click here for more information and to read the press release in its entirety

Children’s Dental Center is committed to providing a forum where parents and pediatric dental professionals can discuss pediatric dentistry, oral care techniques and preventative dental care.  We encourage parents, educators and doctors to check back frequently for more fun facts, articles and activities!

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Spinach And Your Teeth

Childrens_Dental_Center_All_About_SpinachNATIONAL SPINACH DAY    

National Spinach Day is observed annually on March 26th.  Not only are there so many delicious ways that you can enjoy spinach, it is also extremely good for you!

An annual plant, spinach is native to central and southwestern Asia. Thought to have originated in ancient Persia, Arab traders carried spinach into India, and then it was introduced into ancient China where it was known as “Persian vegetable   The earliest available record of the spinach plant was recorded in Chinese, saying that the spinach plant was introduced into China via Nepal.

In 1533, Queen Catherine de Medici of France, liked spinach so much that she insisted it is served at every meal.  To this day, dishes made with spinach are known as “Florentine”, reflecting Catherine’s birth in Florence.

Spinach is:

  • Eaten raw or cooked and is available fresh, frozen or canned.
  • One of the best sources of iron.
  • A great source of calcium, folic acid, fiber, protein, calcium and vitamins A, C and K.
  • Loaded with cancer-fighting antioxidants.
  • Believed to help improve cardiovascular and gastrointestinal health.

Types of spinach:

Savoy:  dark green color with curly leaves; usually sold in fresh bunches.
Flat or Smooth Leaf:  broad smooth leaves; mostly grown for canned and frozen spinach as well as soups, baby food and processed foods.
Semi-savoy:  a hybrid variety with crinkly leaves:  is sold fresh and processed.

More Spinach Facts:

  • Following China, The United States is the world’s second largest producer of spinach.
  • California, Arizona and New Jersey are the top spinach producing states in the United States.

There are many ways to add spinach to your daily diet and partake in its health benefits! Read more here: http://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-spinach-day-march-26/

Spinach Teeth

Do you ever eat a fresh spinach salad and find your teeth feeling strange and chalky? Popsugar.com says you’re not alone! “Spinach teeth” is caused by the high quantities of oxalic acid found in spinach. The oxalate crystals leak out from spinach as you chew, and these crystals coat the teeth, which results in that gritty feeling. Read more on the acid fund in spinach, and how it affects your body here: http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/What-Causes-Spinach-Teeth-551249

Have a wonderful National Spinach Day!!

 Children’s Dental Center believes that dental health education is the key to preventing childhood tooth decay. We’re committed to providing a forum where parents and pediatric dental professionals can discuss preventative dental care. We encourage parents, educators and doctors to check back frequently for more fun facts, articles and activities!

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Do Manatees Have Teeth?

Manatee_Appreciation_Day_Childrens_Dental_CenterIT’S MANATEE APPRECIATION DAY!

Having a life span of about 60 years, manatees are calm herbivores with no known natural enemies that spend most of their time eating, sleeping and traveling. These spectacular mammals have their day of honor each year on the last Wednesday in March, as people across the country celebrate Manatee Appreciation Day. Manatees like slow rivers, canals, saltwater bays, estuaries and coastal areas. As a migratory species, they inhabit the Florida waters during the winter and move as far north as Virginia and as far west as Texas in the summer months.

The most significant challenge manatees face today is the loss of habitat. Currently there are approximately 3,200 manatee living in the United States. See more at: http://nationaldaycalendar.com/manatee-appreciation-day-last-wednesday-in-march/

Do Manatee’s Have Teeth?

Yes! Manatees do indeed have teeth. In fact, one of the most interesting things about manatees is that they keep replacing their teeth as long as they live.

Except for the first three teeth to erupt in each row, all of their teeth are molars. Called “marching molars,” their teeth are unique because they are constantly replaced. New teeth form at the back of the jaw, wear down as they move forward, and eventually fall out. This constant tooth replacement is an adaptation to the manatee’s diet, which often includes abrasive plants that are mixed with sand. – See more at: http://www.savethemanatee.org/info_teeth.html#sthash.l4is6Low.dpuf

Children’s Dental Center believes that dental health education is the key to preventing childhood tooth decay. We’re committed to providing a forum where parents and pediatric dental professionals can discuss preventative dental care. We encourage parents, educators and doctors to check back frequently for more fun facts, articles and activities!

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