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You Might Call These BABY Baby Teeth
As recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, of which Dr. Shaw is a member, we usually see children for their initial checkup around their first birthday. However, we have also seen them much younger, even as newborns. Sometimes, babies are born with teeth! These are called natal teeth. Some babies also have neonatal teeth, which are teeth that erupt within their first month of life. Surprise!
Our office has received many calls over the years from concerned parents who were advised to have their baby's natal teeth removed, which brings me to the best part of this blog post. Contrary to popular belief, and a relief to new parents everywhere, extracting these teeth is often not necessary if they are cared for properly and supervised by an experienced dentist. Every child is unique. The dentist and dental team will work together to create the best plan for your family.
Ah, the fun and excitement of working in a pediatric dental office!
Kids and Juice
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently revised their recommendation on 100% fruit juice. "Toddlers should not be given juice from bottles or easily transportable covered cups that make it easy to consume throughout the day, nor should they be given juice at bedtime." For children under age 1, they recommend no juice at all.
Many parents only buy juice labeled 100% fruit. Unfortunately, even 100% fruit juice is harmful to your teeth, especially when sipped throughout the day. Eating fresh fruit is a healthier choice.
"The problem is, parents will stick a bottle or sippy cup in the kid's mouth and kind of leave it there all day," Dr. Steven A. Abrams, of the University of Texas and the statement's co-author, told CNN. "That's not good from the calorie-intake perspective, and it's sure not good for the teeth. What happens is, the kid then gets used to all the sugar, and then they won't drink water."
Here are the new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
- Intake of juice should be limited to, at most, 4 ounces daily for toddlers age 1-3. For children age 4-6, fruit juice should be restricted to 4 to 6 ounces daily; and for children ages 7-18, juice intake should be limited to 8 ounces or 1 cup of the recommended 2 to 2 ½ cups of fruit servings per day.
- Toddlers should not be given juice from bottles or easily transportable “sippy cups” that allow them to consume juice easily throughout the day.
- The excessive exposure of the teeth to carbohydrates can lead to tooth decay, as well. Toddlers should not be given juice at bedtime.
- Children should be encouraged to eat whole fruits and be educated about the benefits of the fruit as compared with juice, which lacks dietary fiber and may contribute to excessive weight gain.
- Human milk or infant formula is sufficient for infants, and low-fat/nonfat milk and water are sufficient for older children.
- Consumption of unpasteurized juice products should be strongly discouraged for children of all ages.
- Children who take specific forms of medication should not be given grapefruit juice, which can interfere with the medication’s effectiveness. In addition, fruit juice is not appropriate in the treatment of dehydration or management of diarrhea.
Getting to Know Us
At Dr. Shaw’s office, we’re one big, happy dental family. With your child coming to see us twice a year for 18+ years, we love for you to feel like part of our family too! We’re privileged to watch children blossom into unique, awesome individuals. We learn so much about each person, it seems only fair that you get to learn a little about us too.
The people working here have many interesting backgrounds and hobbies. You may meet someone who…
…decorates fancy cakes
…sold more than 1,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies when she was younger (3 years in a row!)
…is president of the UNM Pre-Dental Society
…has been skydiving
…would not go skydiving for a million dollars!
…was born in Australia and has snuggled with baby kangaroos
…recently drove to El Paso to rescue a litter of adorable kittens
…drives the coolest car ever (electric!)
…is a member of a community service sorority
…has won medals in the Senior Olympics
…is writing a novel that will make you laugh so hard you’ll cry
…has walked the runway during New York Fashion Week (and, yes, the rest of us are super-envious!)
…has been to the Seychelles
…has a son in medical school
During your next visit to our office, see if you can match each fun fact with the correct person.
10 Little-Known Reasons Kids Love Dr. Shaw (and Her Staff!)
1. Dr. Shaw has watched Frozen. Ask her nicely and she might break into song.
2. It’s actually fun to lose a tooth at our office (really!) because Dr. Shaw never “pulls” or “extracts” teeth. She uses magic.
3. The bane of Dr. Shaw’s existence? Homework. Oh, how she loathes homework.
4. Dr. Shaw is much cooler than she lets on. She knows Maroon 5. She also knows Paul Simon, but none of the kids ever knows who that is!
5. No judgment here – we’re chocolate lovers too! Just please, please use your Gel-Kam fluoride afterward.
6. We never throw away a present from a patient. After more than 30 years in practice, Dr. Shaw has collected quite the stack of crayon drawings and handmade greeting cards!
7. Dr. Shaw has an enormous freezer stocked with organic, all-natural, artificial color-free, no preservative, high vitamin C bars made with real strawberries, cherries, and tangerines (also known as popsicles).
8. We didn’t let her buy the ones with kale, spinach, and broccoli.
9. We help the Tooth Fairy dream up new ways to delight and amaze. Anyone can leave a dollar bill under a pillow. Rumor has it our Tooth Fairy leaves fairy dust as well.
10. You never know what you’ll discover on a trip to Dr. Shaw’s office. There’s even a flying Basset Hound!
Over the years, Dr. Shaw has had the pleasure of caring for thousands of children. Word of mouth is our #1 source of referrals, which is a great compliment! But don't just take our word for it - visit our Facebook page and click "Visitor Posts" in the left-hand column. There, you will find office photos and reviews from many of our happy patients and their families.
It's always bittersweet when a child we've cared for over the years graduates to an adult dentist. Last week, we said goodbye to our little Andy (who is not so little anymore) and his mom for what we thought would be the last time. Imagine our surprise when Andy's mom dropped by the next day, complete with a thank you card and a gorgeous fruit bouquet!