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The "binky" swap.

July 25th, 2017

The old "binky" habit. Some consider this a child's first love and saying goodbye can be extremely difficult. Luckily there's some tried and true tricks that can help your little one say good bye, while still feeling empowered by making the decision on their own.

Last week we had a patient who brought their "binky" box in to their appointment and traded it in for a special treat. They left the office with balloons, sparkling cider, a special thank you note and gift card; all to help them feel like the "binky" trade was a good idea.
Interested in a "binky" swap? Let us know at your next dental appointment!

Want some more tips to help your little one cut the habit. The article below has some good tips, and always remember to ask your dental health care team at PDO.

https://www.pgeveryday.com/…/5-tips-for-helping-your-toddle…

Summer traveling with Braces

July 12th, 2017

If you are wearing braces and are planning a vacation, our team at Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics would suggest that you be prepared. We put together a list of items that will be handy to have with you at all times while you are out of town. They include:

  • Toothpick, flosspick, or other interdental cleaners
  • Travel toothbrush
  • A water bottle or a mini bottle of mouth rinse
  • Orthodontic wax to help with discomfort from protruding wires
  • A small mirror for examining any possible issues in your mouth

Putting these items together in a “braces/oral hygiene kit” may be wise. You may even buy pre-made braces kits. Please ask us for more information.

If you happen to be on vacation and experience problems reaching our office, we suggest going online and searching for orthodontic practices in your area. Most orthodontists will lend a helping hand to another orthodontic patient and get him or her out of pain or discomfort.

We also suggest avoiding the following foods to prevent broken brackets and/or wire distortion while you are on vacation:

  • Chewy, sticky, or gummy food
  • Apples, pears, and other whole fruits (cut fruit into wedges before consuming)
  • Bagels and hard rolls
  • Corn on the cob
  • Hard candies
  • Hard cookies or pretzels
  • All varieties of nuts, including peanuts, almonds, and cashews

Finally, if you are wearing clear aligners and happen to lose your tray, don’t worry! Simply put in either the previous tray or the next tray and contact us as soon as you get home!

Follow these tips and you can have a worry-free vacation! Please give us a call if you have any questions!

Tell us about our summer!

June 20th, 2017

The dog days of summer are upon us, and what better time for Dr. Randy Ligh, Dr. Joseph Fridgen and Dr. Joseph Rideau and our team to ask our patients about their summer!

Whether you visited our nation’s capital, went on a camping trip, or just stayed in San Jose, CA and relaxed, we want to know how you’re all spending your summer! Please feel free to share your summer plans and experiences with us below or on our Facebook page as summer rolls on!

Also check out our great summer contest on our Facebook page. www.facebook.com/Pedo.Ortho

We will be awarding one lucky winner a $500 Disney gift card.

HAPPY SUMMER!!!!

Let's make brushing fun!!!

June 5th, 2017

Let’s call it the cranky phase. Let’s call it the “Mom, I don’t want to” stage. When kids are little, getting them to brush can be a challenge. They bite the toothbrush and eat the toothpaste. They make faces in the bathroom mirror, brush for two seconds, and run away. When it’s time to brush, some kids even resort to kicking and screaming, which makes the bedtime chore a lot like, well, pulling teeth.

As a parent, you know the importance of good oral hygiene, so when the dreaded “brushing hour” arrives, if you want to prevent your child from turning into an angry pumpkin, you better have a few tricks up your sleeve to make brushing fun.

Game time

Kids love games, so it’s time to get creative and turn tooth brushing into game time. Whether you’re playing a hide and seek, peek-a-boo game with your child as he or she brushes, or singing the ABC’s as your child brushes for two minutes, Dr. Randy Ligh, Dr. Joseph Fridgen and Dr. Joseph Rideau and our team at Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics recommend turning the process into play. Games are based on a reward system, right? If your child does a good job, put a sticker on the calendar. Tell your son or daughter that five stickers will earn a treat at the end of the week.

Fun accessories

A toothbrush that lights up and blinks when you turn it on is more fun than a traditional toothbrush from the dentist’s office. The same is true of a toothbrush that’s shaped like your child’s favorite animal or features a cartoon character. A fun accessory like a Smurfs or Angry Birds toothbrush might make all the difference. A timer is another fun accessory. Give your child the special responsibility of setting it for two minutes before brushing.

The Great Toothpaste Experiment

Kids can be notoriously picky eaters, so it stands to reason that they would be picky about their toothpaste flavors too. Little Johnny might like strawberry, whereas Suzie prefers mango. Spend a night experimenting with different flavors (yes, it’s another game). Say something like, “It’s just like sampling different flavors of ice cream, right kids?”

Eventually, your child will develop the healthy habit of brushing on a regular basis, and think nothing of the time it takes to clean his or her teeth. Just remember to make it fun, and it can be a great experience for you both!

To learn more about making brushing fun for your little one, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Randy Ligh, Dr. Joseph Fridgen and Dr. Joseph Rideau, please give us a call at our convenient San Jose, CA office!

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