What a proud and exciting moment for Sweetpea Smiles! Our very own Dr. Nasha Hunter, a certified pediatric dentist, recently appeared on the TV show, “Houston Life” to talk about children’s dental health. There were many takeaways from the episode, especially the importance of caring for your young child’s teeth and making regular visits to a Pediatric Dentist.
Dr. Hunter discussed the importance of seeing a dentist by your child’s first birthday and brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they erupt. By doing this she said, you will be setting the stage for a lifetime of healthy smiles. She further stressed the importance of an appropriately sized toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste, mentioning that electric toothbrushes such as the Oral-B Genius and the Philips Sonicare for kids are great options.
Dr. Hunter explained that pediatric dentists have specialized training beyond dental school, giving them the ability to effectively manage your child’s dental health. SweetPea Smiles, the clinic where Dr. Hunter works, was described as a unique environment that kids actually enjoy visiting because of it’s welcoming and fun design. Sweetpea Smiles is nothing like a traditional dental office, as it was created specifically to be kid-friendly with fun paintings, a lively waiting room, interactive toys and fun activities. Most importantly, Sweetpea Smiles boasts a well-trained, professional staff that will provide the utmost in pediatric care while helping young patients enjoy their visit.
It was a proud and memorable experience for everyone at Sweetpea Smiles, as Dr. Hunter’s appearance on TV offered a variety of useful advice and recommendations for your child’s dental health.
Watch Sweetpea Smiles Houston Life segment below:
Happy Thanksgiving from our entire staff at Sweetpea Smiles. We are grateful for all of our little patients and their families. Did you know that practicing gratefulness could produce positive effects on people? There is a significant link between thankful people and happy and healthy people. Could this link between gratefulness and happiness and health apply to our kids as well? We think it can. Kids can benefit from practicing gratefulness as well.
Ways to incorporate dental gratefulness into your kiddos life. Continue reading “Does Your Sweetpea Practice Daily Dental Gratitude?”
Every child is different. Even children in the same family with the same parents can be vastly different. One child may have no inhibitions, live with no fear, and they may embrace every piece of life as an adventure. On the other hand, you may also have another child who fears almost every moment they are about to encounter. Each child is a gift and treasure to you. While you embrace each of their unique qualities, it can be challenging to watch your anxious child struggle. Continue reading “Your Anxious Child And Their Dental Health”
In January we celebrate and honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr. He was a leader in the advancement of civil rights in the United States using nonviolent civil disobedience. He received the Nobel Peace Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. In that speech he speaks of little children, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Ever since Martin Luther King’s inspiring speech, the United States is a better place, not perfect, but better.
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If your child received less money than expected from a recent visit from the Tooth Fairy, he or she is not alone. According to the Original Tooth Fairy Poll sponsored by Delta Dental, The Tooth Fairy’s cash gifts have dipped from $4.36 in 2014 to $3.91 in 2015-a difference of 10.32%. The recent survey also found that cash gifts for a child’s first tooth, which are normally higher than for other teeth, are also down by 9.23%. Sugar Land pediatric dentists are surprised by the drop of cash gifts, but excited by the rise in other items left by the Tooth Fairy.
“The Tooth Fairy can help enforce good oral hygiene habits and make losing teeth less scary for kids,” said Dr. Nasha Hunter, a pediatric dentist in Sugar Land, Texas, at Sweetpea Smiles. “Oral health discussions should begin at a young age and the introduction of the Tooth Fairy is a great way to start these conversations.”
The survey conducted by Delta Dental was conducted between December 16, 2015- January 14, 2016 and included a nationally representative sample of 1,307 parents of children ages 6-12. Other significant findings included that the Tooth Fairy gave a total of $256 million to children who lost teeth in 2015, a number that was slightly higher than 2014, despite 5% more parents saying she had visited and left money for their kids this year. The Survey also showed only 86% of homes with children reporting visits from the Tooth Fairy, and 93% of homes she visited received a cash gift. The Tooth Fairy also has a business sense and factors in the cost of living at a varying rate per region with North Easterners receiving an average of $5.27 per tooth, Westerners $4.25 per tooth, Southerners $3.63 per tooth and Midwesterners $3.11 per tooth.
Studies show that the Tooth Fairy can sometimes be absent minded and forget to pick up a tooth in more than 35% of homes she visits. This forgetfulness happens more by region with the Midwest leading the forgetfulness in 46% of homes, 36% in the west, 34% in the South and 23% in the Northeast.
Other interesting facts about the Tooth Fairy:
- Moms are more likely to be enlisted to help the Tooth Fairy in her delivery efforts (76% of the time, up from 61% in 2014)
- Most common times for a visit from the Tooth Fairy are between 10pm and midnight
- In lieu of cash gift, the Tooth Fairy leaves toothbrushes 40% of the time, toothpaste 33%, and floss 27% of the time.
“We are delighted that the Tooth Fairy and her helpers are beginning to leave more oral health related gifts to continue to encourage healthy habits in the child’s daily routine.” added Hunter.
Sugar Land, Texas– Recent news reports questioning the importance of flossing or that it has oral health benefits are becoming a common topic in dental offices nationwide. Patients are questioning their dentists if flossing is a necessary part of their oral health care. The story released questions the 2015 updates to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines which no longer include flossing. However, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee turned their focus to nutrition in their updates-especially on the amounts of added sugar in the standard American diet.
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Sugar Land, Texas–While most people know that stress can lead to anxiety, panic attacks, and even lack of sleep and irritability, what many people don’t realize is the effects stress can have on their oral health. Sugar Land pediatric dentists recently compiled information from the latest studies and found that stress exhibits itself in the form of a variety of dental issues.
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Sugar Land Dentists for Kids Applaud the Decision
Sugar Land, TX- The FDA recently approved and implemented changes that requires food manufacturers highlight added sugars on their labels. The American Dental Association (ADA) has been pulling for these changes to be made since 2014, and applauds the decision of the FDA to finally implement these changes.
“We applaud the FDA for giving consumers another tool to make informed decisions about the food they eat,” said Dr. Carol Gomez Summerhays, American Dental Association President. “For years, we’ve encouraged consumers to monitor—and minimize—their added sugar intake. Now they can do so simply by reading a nutrition label.”
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New Study Links Secondhand Smoke Exposure to Cavities in Children
SUGAR LAND, Texas– Sweetpea Smiles, a Sugar Land dental practice for children, is giving smokers another reason to kick the habit for good. A recent study examined approximately 77,000 children born between 2004-2010 in Japan, and shows that those children who live with parents who smoke are 50% more likely to have tooth decay. This study is not the first done on the hazardous health effects of secondhand smoke, but is opening parents’ eyes to
the risks of smoking.
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Sugar Land Dentist for Kids Place Easter Candy on ‘America’s Most Wanted’ List for Causing Damage to Children’s Teeth
SUGAR LAND, Texas– Sweetpea Smiles pediatric dentistry recently named Easter candy to ‘America’s Most Wanted’ list for the adverse effects it has on children’s teeth. While their hope is that parents would be proactive about children’s dental health by selecting non-candy Easter basket fillers, they know this is not reality for most. The Sugar Land pediatric dentist office recently released tips for fighting the post Easter sweet tooth.
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