ZPD Chronicles, Volume 3

ZPD Chronicles
January 2018, Volume 3

 

We hope this year is bigger and brighter than ever! After a few struggles with Hurricane Harvey and the disaster it left behind, we were able to rebuild our office and our spirits, and are excited for a brand new year! We want you to stay informed on the latest and greatest options for your little ones, so read on about another choice for fillings, some new exciting giveaways ZPD has to offer and as always a yummy recipe to keep you warm despite the cold outside. Wishing you all a very happy new year!

 

An Alternative for Fillings:     Silver Diamine Fluoride

You may have recently heard about another option to treat your child’s cavities using a product called silver diamine fluoride.  This product is a minimally invasive treatment option for dental caries in children.  It provides another choice instead of fillings so your child can have a much more positive experience while visiting the dentist.

How do I know if my child is a candidate for this treatment?

Discuss your child’s specific needs with the dentist to determine if your child is an appropriate candidate. Often times these are some identifying factors:

  • Patient’s young age
  • Patient’s high anxiety/nervousness leading to uncooperative behavior
  • Patient’s low weight inhibiting them from having sedation treatment
  • Patient has special needs

 

Patient’s Alternative to SDF, but not limited to the following:

• No treatment, which can affect tooth structures and cosmetic appearance. Symptoms may increase in severity, with tooth nerve involvement.

• Depending on the location and extent of decay, other treatment may include placement of fluoride varnish, a filling or crown, extraction or referral for advanced treatment modalities.

It should be noted that treatment of tooth decay with Silver Diamine Fluoride does not necessarily prevent the need to place a regular filling or other restoration in the affected tooth in the future. Reapplication of SDF is common at 3 month intervals to maintain the arrested caries long term.

Facts about SDF:

  • It is an FDA approved treatment to decrease dental sensitivity and reduce bacteria causing cavities
  • Allows treatment of cavities without a drill
  • It has a lower cost than fillings
  • Using it can decrease hospital visits or sedations needed for treatment  
  • It does cause dark staining of the treated area

 

Remember to ask your dentist about this product at your next visit for more information.

Hot Cocoa Recipe

Premix a jar of this for an instant batch of warmth and goodness on any eve!

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups hot cocoa
3 1/2 cups sugar
1 TBSP salt

Add 2 TBSP of your hot cocoa mix to 1 cup of milk.  You can use a peppermint stick or cinnamon stick to stir for extra flavor and can top with whipped cream and marshmallows for an extra boost. Substitute almond milk or coconut milk for a different flavor and enjoy!

 

Would you like to be the lucky winner of this amazing new Oral B toothbrush? Simply like us on facebook at your next office visit and we will enter your name in the drawing! Good Luck!

Don’t forget our No Cavity Club!

Make sure to stay cavity free at your next visit and you can win a prize from Toys R Us and a donation to your favorite charity from ZPD.

ZPD Chronicles, Volume 2

ZPD Chronicles
August 2017, Volume 2
Even when you’re in a rush, don’t forget to use your toothbrush!

Prevention is key

Brushing and flossing are the best ways to help prevent cavities, but it’s not always easy to clean every nook and cranny of your teeth – especially those back teeth you use to chew (called molars). Molars are rough, uneven and a favorite place for leftover food and cavity-causing bacteria to hide.

But fear not! There’s another safety net to help keep those teeth clean. It’s called a sealant, and it is a thin, protective coating placed on the chewing surface of your back teeth. They’re no substitute for brushing and flossing, but they can keep cavities from forming and may even stop early stages of decay from becoming a full-blown cavity.

Sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars. This is especially important when it comes to your child’s dental health.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, “school-age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants.”


The left tooth shows open grooves before the sealant has been place and the right tooth portrays the deep fissures covered, making it easier to clean and decreases the risk of cavities.

How Do Sealants Work?

Think of them as raincoats for your teeth. When the cavity-causing bacteria that live in your mouth mix with leftover food particles, they produce acids that can create holes in teeth. These holes are cavities. After sealant has been applied it keeps those bits of food out and stops bacteria and acid from settling on your teeth.

Who Can Get Sealants?

Children and adults can benefit from sealants, but the earlier you get them, the better. Your first molars appear around age 6, and second molars break through around age 12. Sealing these teeth as soon as they come through can keep them cavity-free from the start, which helps keep them healthy longer.

How Are Sealants Applied?

It’s a quick and painless process. First, your teeth get clean and dry before placing a gel on your teeth. This gel roughens your tooth surface so a strong bond will form between your tooth and the sealant. After a few seconds, the gel is rinsed off and your tooth is dried again before applying the sealant onto the grooves of your tooth. Then, a special blue light is used to harden the sealant.

Can Sealants Be Placed Over Cavities?

Sealants can be used over areas of early decay to prevent further damage to your tooth. Because some sealants are clear, your dentist can keep an eye on the tooth to make sure the sealant is doing its job.

How Long Do Sealants Last?

Sealants will often last for several years before they need to be reapplied. During your regular dental visit, the condition of the sealant will be checked and can be ‘touched up’ as needed.


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Back to School Study Tips

Whether you’re headed back to college, high school, middle school, or elementary school, the back-to-school season is in full-swing! Here are a couple of tips to get you right on track!

Tip #1: Avoid distractions in your study space, and keep all study items together. 
Choose a space that doesn’t have a lot of tempting distractions like a library or quiet room. Place your materials for school on a shelf together to make it easier for you to find items and stay organized.  Using an academic planner to keep track of assignments, deadlines and appointments can help prioritize tasks as well.
Tip #2: Learn how to effectively communicate with your teachers. 
You’ll find that most of your teachers are more than happy to provide additional instruction and extra help. This also shows that you care about your academic performance. Your teachers want to see that you are interested in the class material and that you are driven to succeed. By effectively communicating with your teachers, you can help maintain and increase your class participation, and often times your grades.

Tip #3: Study a little every day.

Cramming the night before for a vocabulary quiz might work in the short-term, but when it’s time to study for midterms, you may not remember everything.  Take a little time every day to review definitions and terms for each class so you don’t feel overwhelmed at the end of the year.  Plus, it will help your long term memory for the long haul!

Tip #4: Reward Yourself!
Positive reinforcement is an amazing thing. When you have completed tasks, reward yourself in small ways. This can be anything from allowing yourself to take a 10 minute break or getting up for a quick walk and stretch. This can help refresh your body and mind before hitting the books again!
Back to School Snack Recipe
Apple Cinnamon Chips

Ingredients:

4 apples
1-2 tsp ground cinnamon
1-2 tsp sugar
Cooking spray
Directions:
Preheat oven to 200 degrees.  Core and slice all apples into 1/8″ slices.  Place them in a bowl and coat with sugar/cinnamon mixture.  Spray tray and arrange apple slices flat.  Bake for 2-3 hours until chips are dry but still soft.  Let cool completely and enjoy!
Congrats to our first winner Ethan Corpuz from our no cavity club drawing! Z Pediatric Dentistry will be donating to the charity *Save the Children* in his honor!
Copyright © 2017 Z Pediatric Dentistry All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
10555 Pearland PKWY, Suite L
Houston, Texas 77089

832.321.7151
www.zpdentistry.com

ZPD Chronicles, Volume 1

ZPD Chronicles
June 2017, Volume 1
Keep brushing your teeth while enjoying the heat!

It’s never too early to start!

Summer is officially here and we want to make sure you keep those pearly whites extra shiny this time of year. It is never too early to establish a dental home for your little one’s hygiene and for your ease of mind! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends all children be seen by a dentist by the age of 1.

This helps decrease your child’s anxiety about the dentist, allows the dentist to review preventative care as well as provide optimal oral health care for your nugget. The earlier the dental visit, the better chance you have to prevent dental problems. Children with healthy teeth chew food easily, learn to speak clearly, and smile with confidence. Start your children now on a lifetime of good dental habits. Here are a few tips to get you started on the right track:

  • Encourage children to drink from a cup as they approach their first birthday
  • Begin weaning your child off a bottle around 12 months old and make sure they do not fall asleep with a milk bottle at bedtime.
  • Limit frequency of snacking, which can increase a child’s risk of developing cavities. Try to keeps meals or snack to 30 minutes.
  • Water is the best medicine for your teeth. It is the next best thing to brushing your teeth during the day, so keep plenty of water bottles handy this summer!
  • Parents and caregivers need to take care of their own teeth as well to prevent transmitting cavity causing bacteria to children. Don’t clean pacifiers and eating utensils with your own mouth before giving them to children, which can also transmit adult’s bacteria to children.

Make sure to call us anytime for more information or questions, but most importantly, have a fun and safe summer!

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Car Games

Have a long road trip ahead this summer? Try some of these games on the road to help kids pass time and look up from their iPad’s.

The Alphabet Game

Ages 5 & up: Each person choose one side of the road. Each player looks for a letter of the alphabet on signs or license plates. The object of the game is to point out all the letters of the alphabet in order, from A to Z. The first person to spot the entire alphabet wins.

Animal Name Game

Ages 6 & up: One person names an animal. Then each person has to name another animal (no repeating!), that starts with the last letter of the previous animal named. There are no winners or losers in this game. With older children, try the game with TV shows, or geographical categories such as cities or countries.

Memory Test Game

Ages 6 & up: The first person says

“A is for –-“ filling in the blank with any word beginning with the letter A, such as “apple.” The second person comes up with a word for the letter B, such as “book,” but must also repeat the “A” word: “A is for apple, B is for book.”

Continue through the alphabet, each person taking several turns and reciting more and more letters and words. By the end, that player will recite the whole alphabet and its corresponding words. However, if you’re playing with younger kids you may want to choose an earlier letter than “Z” to be the final one.

Restaurant Race

Ages 5 & up: Each player chooses a restaurant, such as Burger King, Taco Bell, McDonalds, etc. Players earn points by spotting their restaurant off the road, on a billboard, on exit markers, on fuel/food signs, or by hearing it mentioned on the radio. Impose a time limit-say 20 minutes-and then add up the points.

Fruit Popsicle Recipe
Ingredients:

1 Peach

2 Kiwis
3 oz. blueberries
4 oz. strawberries
1.5 cups of White Grape juice

Directions:

Chop all the fruit in cubes and arrange in 3oz. ice molds (make sure it’s a snug fit!) Pour white grape juice in each cube and add a popsicle stick. Freeze for up to 6hrs. and enjoy on any hot Houston summer afternoon!

NO CAVITY CHARITY CLUB!!!!!!

Dr. Z is starting a No Cavity Charity Club this month. If your child has ZERO cavities, their name will be added to our no cavity club wall and entered into a drawing. At the end of every month, Z Pediatric Dentistry will donate $1 for every tooth on the wall to the winner’s chosen charity.

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10555 Pearland Pkwy Suite L

HoustonTEXAS 77089

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Halloween Candy: A trick or treat?

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Children’s favorite holiday is just around the corner, and it’s not surprising why! Candy, candy candy! Don’t let this holiday stress you out.  Here are a few tips on how to keep their teeth healthy and cavity free during Halloween this year.

Pick your favorites

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After your night of fun collecting candy, sort through the bag with your child and let them choose 5 of their favorite items to keep and find your local food bank to donate the rest. Most cities offer these donations to great causes like for our troops abroad.

Chocolate that’s good for you

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The best type of sweet treat to keep around is chocolate. Hard to believe, we know, but here’s why: time is of the essence when it comes to teeth and sugar.  Chewy treats and hard candy are particularly damaging because they spend a prolonged amount of time stuck to teeth.  These candies are also more difficult for teeth to chew, which is not good for their enamel. Sweets like chocolate that quickly dissolve in the mouth and can be eaten easily lessen the amount of time sugar stays in contact with teeth. But remember, too much of any thing isn’t good, so try and limit this too.

Time it right

15 minutes

Allow your children to eat their favorite candies right after a meal instead of a random time during the day.  Right after eating, saliva production is at its peak and can help cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth.  Saliva also helps rinse away food that can stick to your teeth and cause cavities.

Let water be your friend!

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After your children munch on a few of their goodies, give them lots of water. It’s the second best thing you can do for their teeth if they don’t have time to brush.  Water helps cleanse their teeth and prevents sugar from staying on their teeth, which can lead to cavities.

We hope that parents find these tips helpful.  Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns!  Visit us at www.zpdentistry.com or call us at (832) 321 7151

What are healthy snacks for kids teeth?

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“What are some healthy snacks my kids can eat?”  We get this question all the time at Z Pediatric Dentistry.  Parents can feel overwhelmed.

Summer

Summer is just around the corner and that means kids are home! Here are some tips to keep their mouths and your homes healthy no matter how hot it gets outside! Don’t worry parents, no need to get extra fancy here, just remember a few key items.

Keep snack time short

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Snack time, also known as a child’s favorite time of day, is an important part of their routine.  Keep snack time pretty short, about 15-20 min.  Don’t leave a plate of snacks out for kids to munch on all afternoon because the longer food sits on teeth, the more likely they are to get cavities.

Keep snacks healthy

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Anything with low amounts of sugar is your best bet for teeth to be strong and healthy.  Fruits, vegetables and protein like chicken or turkey are great options.  One of my favorite and easy snacks to make is an apple with almond butter, which is lower in fat but just as creamy and tasty.  You can try pita bread with hummus or even plain yogurt with fresh fruit (see list below for other suggestions and recipes).

Beware of hidden sugars!

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That sugar can really sneak up on you in foods you didn’t realize have large amounts in it.  The biggest jokesters are fruit juices.  While healthy and good in theory, it is much better to let your child eat the fruit rather than drink a glass of its juice.  Most juices have the same amount of sugar as a coca-cola, so skip flavored bevs and stick with water! (see below for other snacks you should avoid).
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  • Chicken kabobs with peanut sauce 
  • Orange cranberry muffins
  • Almond and Kale smoothie: (I make this every day in the summer and love it!)
    • 1 cup chopped kale (discard thick rib in middle of leaf)
    • 1 cup almond milk
    • 1 tbsp almond butter (more if you like nutty flavor)
    • 1 pitted date
    • 1 tbsp coconut oil
    • ½ banana frozen (or room temp banana and add ice).
    • agave nectar to taste for sweetness*blend and enjoy

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  • Gold fish crackers
  • White bread
  • Gummy fruit snacks
  • Pre-made fruit yoghurt
  • Ketchup
  • Granola bars

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call our office at 832.321.7151 or visit our website !