5 Steps to Brushing Teeth Properly for Kids

5 Steps to Brushing Teeth Properly for Kids

How long do you actually brush your teeth? How long do your kids brush their teeth?

2 minutes is the goal, follow these 5 steps to make sure you and your children are brushing enough.

1. Get the Right Toothbrush and Toothpaste

Kids don’t use the same shampoo as adults, make sure they use their own toothpaste. If you aren’t sure, ask Dr. Port or one of her hygienists.

2. Small Amount of Toothpaste

A small amount will do, wet your toothbrush a little bit.

3. Start With Side to Side

Be gentle, you can overdo it by brushing too aggressively. Don’t forget the back molars!

4. Brush Your Tongue

They are easy to ignore but get all the tough to reach areas.

5.  Don’t Forget to Floss

Do this once a day at least. Get your kids a floss pick so they will be sure to floss regularly.

These 5 steps will make sure you and your children are brushing properly. Of course, if you have question’s we are happy to help.

Updated: June 14, 2018

4 Fun Holiday Treats for Kids with Braces

4 Fun Holiday Treats for Kids with Braces

When it comes to the holiday season, there is no need for kids that have braces to miss out on all of the fun snacks! Some treats and candies can do some real damage to braces, but there are a lot of fun alternatives that are tasty and safe that will excite your young one’s taste buds without bothering any orthodontic work. We’re going to give you some fun and healthy options that will be sure to make them smile!

 

Strawberry Santas

These are so adorable; your kids will love them!

  • Start by slicing the strawberry in half
  • Flip the larger bottom side over so it stand up right
  • Put your favorite whipped topping into a confectioners bag or a zip lock bag with the corner cut off and squirt onto the large bottom portion of the strawberry
  • Add two chocolate sprinkles or mini Hershey kisses for Santa’s eyes
  • Place the small tip of the strawberry on top of the whipped topping
  • Squirt just a tiny amount of whipped cream on the very tippy top

You’re done! No baking or fancy steps!

 

Reindeer Cheese

Another really easy and tasty treat and this time cheese is involved!

  • Press two bell pepper sticks into a wedge of cheese (whatever is your child’s favorite) this will be the reindeers ears
  • Use two small black olive pieces for the eyes
  • Cut out a small piece of a red pepper for his nose

All done! They’re fun, festive, and a good healthy snack for your kids.

 

Grape Grinch Kabobs

We love the Grinch! It’s such a classic movie and most all generations know who the famous grumpy character is. These treats are fun and healthy to eat!

  • First skewer on a green grape
  • Next comes a banana slice
  • Then your strawberry (placed upside down)
  • Top it off with a tiny marshmallow

These are so easy and everyone including adults will love these!

 

Banana Snowman

Frosty the Snowman is a staple around Christmas so why not make him into a snack?

  • Take a banana and slice off three one inch pieces
  • Lay them flat on a plate and slide a skewer through all three
  • Place a strawberry on the skewer above of the top banana slice
  • Place a green grape above the strawberry
  • Place chocolate sprinkles for his buttons, eyes, and mouth
  • Top it all off with a small carrot wedge for his nose

 

These treats are great for kids and adults with braces. There is nothing sticky or really crunchy so they won’t bother any brackets! As an added bonus in addition to eating these goodies, ask the kids to help you make them! They are easy no matter the age.

Happy Holiday’s from all of us at Port Pediatric Dentistry!

41 Quick & Delicious Lunch Ideas

41 Quick & Delicious Lunch Ideas

Are you ready to wow your kids when they open up their lunches at school? They won’t want to trade their lunches anymore with these 41 super simple recipes, and no one needs to know how easy it was to make!

Try out this Pimento BLT, it’s a really simple add on to make a regular BLT out of this world amazing for your kids. It’s also a great way to sneak in that extra dose of veggies for the day too! Pimento BLT’s – Recipe Here!

Our favorite has to be the Italian Heros. It’s an amazing spin on the plain ole ham sandwich, we promise your kids will love you if they open up their lunch box and see this!

Check out the website we found below for more lunch ideas for your kids and yourself. 41 Quick & Easy Recipes

3 Summer Activities for Preschoolers

3 Summer Activities for Preschoolers

 

During the school year your preschooler’s mind is constantly learning new things and being challenged. Fast forward two weeks into summer time and you find yourself at a loss on how to keep them active. Worry no more! We have found some fun summer time activities that you can enjoy together.

 

Pretend Play Camping

For some families camping is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the simple parts of life. This can mean fishing, a walk through the woods, and of course s’mores! However, camping outside isn’t always an option, so what should you do? Camp inside!

What you will need: Tent – Fire – S’mores – Roasting sticks – Fishing pond

Get creative on how to build each item and let your kids get involved too. Blankets and chairs make for a great tent, orange tissue paper for the fire; colorful construction paper is great for the s’mores. The possibilities are endless and it’s a great activity that will challenge your kids and spark their imagination!

 

Sensory Walk

Being outdoors is one of the best ways to spend summer with your kids. Preschoolers are experts at exploring, being creative, and pretending to play with just about anything. A great way to keep this momentum going outside of school is to do a sensory walk.

What you will need: Paper – Sharpie – Scissors – Space to walk

Make a list of things on a piece of paper i.e. cold, warm, smooth, dry etc… Cut them out and let your kids pick their piece. Challenge them to go find an object that feels the way their piece of paper says, easy as that! Something so simple can turn into the most fun and creative scavenger hunt.

The best part about this activity is it’s very versatile. If it’s rainy and stormy outside go on the hunt inside!

 

DIY Backyard Explorer Kit

This is another great outdoor activity!

What you will need: Empty toilet paper rolls – Paper bag – String – Pen/pencil (these are the bare necessities)

Every good explorer needs a good set of exploring tools and gear! Help them make a vest out of the paper bag, binoculars out of the toilet paper rolls, and a check list of items to find with the pen and paper. If you want to step up your game you can draw a map of the backyard as to where all of the items on their list are located because let’s just face it, an explorer is nothing without their map!

 

All of these activities have one thing in common and that is imagination. We believe this is the greatest tool that children possess and there is no better time for them to use it than summer!

6 Summertime Boredom Busters

6 Summertime Boredom Busters

 

If you are a parent, we’re sure you’ve heard the dreaded phrase “Mom/Dad…I’m bored!” During the summer it’s hard to keep your elementary aged child busy every day especially in today’s world where video games and movies are everywhere.

We have come up with a few indoor and outdoor activities to help get you started on breaking the summertime boredom blues!

 

Outdoors

Water Balloon Fight

A classic summertime staple! Kids love this activity because it gives them a chance to get messy and throw stuff. It’s a cheap way to keep the kids busy for a long time because all you need is balloons and water.

 

Chalk Drawing

Chalk drawing is another classic activity. Let your kids use their imagination and creativity to make your driveway a work of art! You can buy a inexpensive bucket of colorful chalk at a local dollar store.

 

Frisbee

There are so many different kinds of Frisbees on the market right now! Some are made with bright colors; they light up, and even whistle. This is a great way to get your kids up and active.

 

Indoors

Blanket Fort

We will just say what everyone is thinking, you don’t have to be kid to love making a good blanket fort! The possibilities are endless and depending how many blankets and chairs you have it can be as big as the whole house!

 

Tea Party

For those of you with girls this is a fairytale favorite. Make a whole afternoon of it and get dressed up and fancy! If you really want to make it special add some real food instead of pretending.

 

I Spy

This game is really easy to play. Start by calling out something that you are looking at and describe it to your kids. Watch them scramble around the house and try figure it out first. If you want to up the stakes you can add a prize for whoever has the most correct guesses.

 

This is just a small portion of the creative things you can do this summer. It’s so important for kids to take a step back from the screen play and stay active.

Remember, making things fun will encourage them to use their imagination and never utter that dreadful phrase all summer long!

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!

 

Happy National Children’s Dental Health Month!

In our office we love this Month as it gives us a chance to celebrate the goal that we strive to achieve every day, good oral health! We are ecstatic to receive a whole Month to broadcast the importance of children’s dental health and take the opportunity not only to celebrate but to educate parents and children on the topic.

The observance of this month started out as a single day event in Ohio during February 1941. On February 8, 1949 the American Dental Association grew to a two day event. Over the next thirty years this concept grew and extended to a Month long celebration. Today thousands of dentists, team members, teachers, and health professionals unite to get the word out on the benefits of good oral health.

Each year the American Dental Association has a theme and this year it is

“Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile”.

Drinking tap water is always encouraged over sugary drinks. This is obvious for the fact that sugar can cause decay, but giving your child tap water is giving them a healthy dose of fluoride, nature’s cavity fighter. Along with keeping the teeth strong it aids in a clean mouth overall. It helps wash away unwanted residue and left over food that the bacteria in the mouth thrive on, it fights against dry mouth, and it’s calorie free!

Good habits and education are crucial for the long term dental health of a child. This means starting them with a pediatric dentist at age one will help keep your child’s smile beautiful and sparkling now and for years to come. Drink up and help us celebrate the wonderful month of dental health!

Please call our office with any questions you have regarding your child’s oral health. We are always here to help and answer any questions you may have!

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