Dr. Shaw's Pediatric Dentistry Blog
- 2/28/20: Happy Tooth Fairy Day
- 2/17/20: Welcome, Dr. Rawson!
- 1/4/20: 10 Little-Known Reasons Kids Love Dr. Shaw (and Her Staff!)
- 12/15/19: 8 Kid-Approved Ideas for Outdoor Fun in Albuquerque
- 10/25/19: We Love Our Young Artists
- 4/1/19: April Fools!
- 7/20/19: Proud to Be the Best Albuquerque Dentist
- 2/13/19: Preventing Cavities with Fluoride
- 1/31/19: How to Have a Mouth-Monster-Free Halloween - The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's Guide to a Fun and Tooth-Healthy Halloween
- 12/15/18: 16 Children's Books About Pediatric Dentistry Currently Available Through the Albuquerque Public Library
- 12/1/18: Congratulations to our patients in the East Mountains. We are proud of you and your scholastic achievement!
- 8/22/18: National Tooth Fairy Day
- 7/12/18: Kid's Dental Humor
- 6/7/18: The Best Pediatric Dentistry Involves a Little Magic
- 3/5/18: Child Development Milestones
- 2/12/18: Smile for the Camera, Kids
- 1/18/18: Eating Healthy in Albuquerque
- 12/13/17: 6 Reasons to Make Dr. Shaw's Pediatric Dental Office Your Child's Dental Home
- 11/21/17: ABQ Pediatric Dentistry
- 8/1/17: You Might Call These Baby Teeth
- 6/29/17: Kids and Juice
- 4/19/17: Getting to Know Us
- 8/1/16: We Love You Too, ABQ
- 1/29/16: Leaving for College
Happy Tooth Fairy Day
No one is able to capture the attention of an excited 2-year-old quite as well as Sabrina the Tooth Fairy. She is one of many ways we make going to the dentist fun. At our office, children actually look forward to their appointments. Thank you, Sabrina!
Did you know there is another National Tooth Fairy Day in August? It's every 6 months, just like dental check ups.
Welcome, Dr. Rawson!
I am excited to introduce you to Dr. Audrey Navarro Rawson. I have carefully selected Dr. Rawson, a kind, caring, and talented pediatric dentist, to take over my practice. She will provide your family with excellent care. I am confident she will continue my practice philosophy of treating each child and parent like they are family.
Dr. Rawson is an outstanding individual with great experience and professional qualifications. She is board-certified and holds Diplomate status with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She received her undergraduate and dental degrees from UCLA. She completed a hospital dentistry residency at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Hospital followed by a pediatric dental residency with the NYU Lutheran Medical Center in Hawaii. She has practiced dentistry for the past seven years in various clinical settings from private practice to rural community health and hospital dentistry.
Immediately upon meeting Dr. Rawson, I found her to have a gentle and unassuming disposition and an uplifting outlook. Dr. Rawson is married to Christian Rawson and is the mother of an adorable two-year-old with another daughter on the way! I hope you will enjoy getting acquainted with the Rawson family, as I have.
Thank you for your continued trust and confidence in letting me take care of your precious children over the last 38 years. It’s been the true joy of my life. I will be in the office to ensure a smooth transition. The staff, who you know like family, is looking forward to seeing you at your next visit! You will find Dr. Rawson to be an excellent pediatric dentist who will put her heart and soul into caring for your family – thank you in advance for welcoming her into our circle!
With utmost gratitude,
Rachelle Shaw, D.D.S.
Dr. Audrey Rawson with her husband, Christian, and their daughter, Chloe.
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. Regarding the popsicles, you'll love that we didn’t let Dr. Shaw 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!
8 Kid-Approved Ideas for Outdoor Fun in Albuquerque
Summer is here and our patients will (hopefully) be putting aside their video games to enjoy some fun outside.
We asked the children who come to our office, "What is your favorite thing to do outside during summer vacation?"
Here are their recommendations for Outdoor Fun in Albuquerque:
- Catching up with our favorite baseball team, the Isotopes
- Taking a family walk or bike ride along the bosque
- Playing fun games at Hinkle Family Fun Center
- Feeding the ducks at the UNM duck pond and enjoying the artwork on campus, especially the statues near Popejoy Hall
- Splashing in the water pad at ABQ Uptown
- Hiking in the beautiful East Mountains, complete with a picnic lunch
- Riding the roller coaster at Cliff's Amusement Park
- Learning about animals at the Albuquerque Biopark
We Love Our Young Artists
We have the most creative dental patients in Albuquerque! Dr. Shaw has received so many drawings and paintings that she has been able to create an entire gallery of children's masterpieces.
One of Our Adorable Artists
Sweet Cupcake from a Sweet Patient
We Love My Little Pony
Valentine's Day Cards and Letters
We're Honored When You Add to Our Art Wall
Thank you to all of our generous patients who have shared their talent with us. The next time you come for a visit, be sure to check out all of the amazing creations.
Proud to Be the Best Albuquerque Dentist
Preventing Cavities with Fluoride
During your child's dental checkup, Dr. Shaw may recommend an in-office fluoride treatment which is covered as a preventive service by most insurance plans. We use a special type of fluoride, available only to dentists, called a fluoride varnish. If you remember having fluoride treatments at the dentist when you were a child, you're probably thinking of a sour-tasting foam on a tray that was stuffed inside your mouth for an uncomfortable amount of time. Yuck, right? New fluoride technology has made in-office treatments much easier. Dr. Shaw brushes it on during the exam and it actually has a pleasant taste. Unlike the old foam that came off as soon as you ate, the new fluoride works its magic for approximately 24 hours. You don't even need to wait to eat or drink. Amazing!
How to Have a Mouth-Monster-Free Halloween - The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's Guide to a Fun and Tooth-Healthy Halloween
Halloween is known for monsters, but not everyone is aware of the Mouth Monsters! Dr. Shaw and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the leading authority on children’s oral health, want to help all children avoid the Mouth Monsters this Halloween.
Sweets: a Treat or a Trick?
“Sweet treats impact teeth in different ways,” says Dr. Joseph Castellano, president of the AAPD. “Some are better and some are worse for your children’s smiles. Try to avoid chewy or sticky candies like caramels, gummies and sour candies.” Better treats include chocolate, pretzels, nuts, and crackers. The best choices for sweets are dark chocolate and sugar-free gum. Non-food alternatives are also great treats, such as temporary tattoos, stickers, toothbrushes, rubber balls, colored pencils or key chains.
The Sky Is NOT the Limit.
We're all going to have sweets from time to time. Even Dr. Shaw eats candy! Rather than snacking on it throughout the day (a surefire way to have a visit from a scary Mouth-Monster), enjoy a few pieces, then put it away and spend two minutes with the toothbrush. For leftover candy, try these ideas:
- Donate candy to a charity or hospital.
- Give it to the Tooth Fairy's friend, the Halloween Fairy.
- Let your child upgrade their bag of candy to a toy.
You can also host a Monster Bash instead of trick-or-treating, but be sure not to invite the Mouth Monsters! Encourage friends and family to dress up in costumes and play games while eating healthy treats. Kids will still have fun, and at the same time, avoid excess sugar.
With these tips, you can keep your Halloween fun-filled and scare-free, at least when it comes to the Mouth Monsters!
16 Children's Books About Pediatric Dentistry Currently Available Through the Albuquerque Public Library
The only spooky things coming up on your calendar should be Zoo Boo and Halloween parties - not a dental appointment! On your child's next visit to the Albuquerque library, check out one of these books that make going to the pediatric dentist fun instead of scary.
- Doctor De Soto by William Steig
- Freddie Visits the Dentist by Nicola Smee
- Out and About at the Dentist by Bitsy Kemper
- The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss
- The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist by Stan and Jan Berenstain
- The Tooth Book: A Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums by Edward Miller
- Going to the Dentist (Mr. Rogers) by Fred Rogers
- Max Goes to the Dentist by Adria F. Klein
- What to Expect When You Go to the Dentist by Heidi Murkoff
- Peppa Pig and The Tooth Fairy
- Going to the Dentist by Melinda Beth Radabaugh
- Seedlings: Dentists by Quinn M. Arnold
- The Dentist & You by Diane Swanson
- Cuddles the Cat Goes to the Dentist by Sean Kelly
- Does a Tiger Go to the Dentist? by Harriet Ziefert
- First Visit to the Dentist by Monica Hughes
Congratulations to our patients in the East Mountains. We are proud of you and your scholastic achievement!
"On October 1, 2018, the U.S. Department of Education recognized 349 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2018 and East Mountain High School was one of them. Only three schools in New Mexico were recognized with this honor, and EMHS was the only high school in the state to be recognized. In the past 20 years, only seven New Mexico high schools have ever been recognized with this achievement.
The US Department of Education will formally recognize EMHS at an awards ceremony in Washington, DC on November 7 and 8, 2018. On October 26 at noon, EMHS will celebrate this honor with a celebration at the school.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools award "affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content."
From the NBRS profile of East Mountain High School:
The school embodies the word community. Students are accepting of their peers and establish a culture of looking out for one another. With a low student-teacher ratio, relationships between the staff and students are rich and provide students with a strong support system. Teachers, administrators, parents, and community members are all invested in seeing our students and school be successful. The vision of EMHS is to provide outstanding learning experiences which engage, challenge and inspire students to achieve excellence. We work on this every day. With a foundation of family and caring about one another, students and staff respect what each person brings to the table. All stakeholders contribute to making East Mountain High School a remarkable school.
Principal Monique Siedschlag said, "EMHS is a family and this is an honor for the entire community. Many individuals have contributed to the success of our school over the last 19 years. We honor and appreciate their important contributions. I am especially proud of our amazing students and staff!"
East Mountain High School and their students will be honored at a ceremony on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 12 pm, which is open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a donation (new or gently used) for the simultaneous children's book drive being held at the school. Cake will be served.
National Tooth Fairy Day
Did you know August 22nd is National Tooth Fairy Day? Here at our pediatric dental office, we celebrated with a big party of little treats. It was perfect for the smallest member of our team, Sabrina the Tooth Fairy. She loved it!
Delta Dental, which Dr. Shaw is a participating provider for, conducts an annual survey to determine the value of a lost tooth nationwide. The going rate has been climbing steadily and, as of 2017, the average Tooth Fairy leaves $5 for each baby tooth. Here in Albuquerque, NM, we've polled our own pediatric dental patients and have found that the Tooth Fairy is more likely to leave $1 under the pillow. It's quite a bit lower than the national average, but it sure beats the 25 cents Dr. Shaw used to receive!
During our survey, one parent revealed that their child had recently lost their first tooth...and the Tooth Fairy left them a FIFTY dollar bill. That was the only cash the Tooth Fairy had on them at the time (At least, that is what the parent assumed. It's hard to know the exact reasoning behind the actions of each Tooth Fairy, with them being so magical and elusive.) If the Tooth Fairy continues with the bar they have set, those baby teeth will total a whopping $1,000 by the time all 20 have been lost. That's one generous Tooth Fairy!
Kids Dental Humor
Bad Jokes from the Best Albuquerque Pediatric Dentist
Because laughter is the best medicine…and sometimes dentistry is like pulling teeth.
I have a lot of celebrity patients. Did you know that? The Invisible Man even tried to come here,
but I couldn’t see him.
When is the busiest dental appointment time?
At tooth hurty.
Pediatric Dentist, splashing a patient
with water during their teeth cleaning:
Don’t worry, the shower
is covered by your insurance.
If you want a shave though, that’s extra.
Patient, after a fluoride treatment:
How long before I can eat?
Pediatric Dentist: Not until Monday.
Pediatric Dentist, removing a
patient’s disposable bib:
You can keep this, if you’d like.
Pediatric Dentist, after a good checkup:
You’re good for 6 months or 600 meals,
whichever comes first.
When a patient has a permanent tooth coming in but the baby tooth has not come out:
Have you been taking longer baths lately?
Craving seafood? How does your back feel?
I’m concerned you might be turning into a shark.
Before extracting a very loose tooth
Pediatric Dentist: Do you have any pepper?
I’m thinking you can just sneeze this one out.
Pediatric Dentist, after an extraction:
It’s been years since the Tooth Fairy
visited me. Do you mind if I keep
this to put under my pillow?
Patient: Is this going to hurt?
Pediatric Dentist: No, I’m used to it. I really
don’t even feel it anymore.
Patient: No, is this going to hurt me?
Pediatric Dentist: Oh! Not at all. We only
hurt the patients we don’t like. You’re fine.
Patient: I don’t like shots.
Pediatric Dentist: I’d be worried if you did.
Patient: I’ve never done this before.
Pediatric Dentist: Me either.
If you need me to stop, raise your hand in the air…
and wave it like you just don’t care.
Pediatric Dentist, singing during treatment:
I can’t feel my face when I’m with you…
Pediatric Dentist, during a long procedure:
We’re nearly done here.
Just two more hours.
We’re nearly done.
Filling looks good? Check.
Tongue still here? Check.
Pediatric Dentist, taking an impression:
Now just leave this in tonight and we’ll see
you in the morning to have it removed.
Patient, after a filling: Any restrictions?
Pediatric Dentist: You won’t be able to
play video games anymore.
Patient, after a filling:
No, I meant any dietary restrictions.
Only spinach and broccoli for one week.
When a patient’s cell phone rings
If it’s for me, tell them I’m not here.
What did the funniest
pediatric dentist of the year get?
A little plaque.
The Best Pediatric Dentistry Involves a Little Magic
It looks like Dr. Shaw has a kindred spirit on the east coast! Our patients have firsthand experience with this part of pediatric dentistry, magic words and all. Who knew having a tooth wiggled out could be so much fun?
6 Ways to Make Your Child's First Dental Visit More Fun
Here at ABQ Pediatric Dentistry, we receive calls every day to schedule first-ever appointments at the dentist. The calls vary by patient age and type of insurance and best day of the week to come in, but they usually have one thing in common - the parent scheduling the appointment is almost always nervous about the upcoming first visit! "What if my child cries or refuses to open their mouth?" is a concern we hear frequently.
We want all our patients to love coming to the dentist! Here are some pre-visit tips to make your child's first visit more enjoyable:
1. Have a Positive Attitude
When Mom or Dad is afraid of the dentist, they sometimes unintentionally pass this anxiety on to their children by saying things like "I'm sorry you have to go to the dentist," "No one likes going to the dentist," or "Better you than me!" (We've heard all of these in our waiting room.) With no experience on what to expect, your child looks to you to form their first opinion of what going to the dentist will be like. Be sure to focus on all the good things that go along with seeing a great pediatric dentist, such as keeping your teeth healthy and everyone at the office being really nice. The fun games, giant rocket ship, magic mirror with the Tooth Fairy, and getting a toy are always big selling points too!
2. Look at Photos Ahead of Time
It can be scary to go somewhere new and not know what to expect. We recommend parents and children look at the photos on our website together before coming in. You can get a sneak peek at all the neat things you'll get to see and do when you come to the pediatric dentist. Our office is designed with children in mind and everything has been tailored for their enjoyment, from the miniature dental chairs to the friendly astronauts waving hello.
3. Read Children's Books on Going to the Pediatric Dentist
You probably read The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist when you were a child. This book has stood the test of time! Other popular titles are The Crocodile & the Dentist, Show Me Your Smile!: A Visit to the Dentist (with Dora the Explorer), Doctor De Soto, and Zack at the Dentist. After reading stories about how much fun it is to go to the dentist, your child will be happy that they get to go to the dentist too, just like the characters in their books.
4. Establish an Enjoyable Routine for Dental Appointments
Some of our families don't just squeeze the dentist into their schedule - they make a day of it. If Isabella and Sophia are coming in today, we know they are going out for lunch before the appointment and they are headed to the ABQ BioPark afterward because that is what they always do when they come to the dentist. If Matthew is coming in this morning, we know his parents have packed a picnic lunch for afterward. Short on time? Something as simple as always letting your child pick out a new toothpaste at the store can add an extra element of fun to your six-month routine.
5. Play Pediatric Dentist
Take turns playing dentist with your child, letting them gently brush your teeth and then switching places. Be sure to model a positive experience by focusing on how easy it is and how it does not hurt at all. Mentioning things like getting a shot or having a cavity drilled may seem funny to your child at the time, but scary when they arrive at the real dentist's office. You can also encourage your child to roleplay being the pediatric dentist with their dolls or stuffed animals. If you overhear them tell their patient that something is going to hurt, you can clarify that the pediatric dentist just brushes and counts their teeth, so nothing is going to hurt.
6. Schedule a Morning Appointment
We have seen firsthand that young children do better in the morning, rather than toward the end of the day when they are tired. Be mindful not to schedule an appointment when your child usually naps – a very grumpy time! Another benefit of coming in the morning is that the office is less busy than when school gets out. After school, when the office is packed with rambunctious teenagers, can be a hectic time in a pediatric dental office. In the morning, more one-on-one time can be spent with each child, it's quiet, and young children are less likely to feel overwhelmed.
Child Development Milestones
Dr. Rachelle Shaw has been an Albuquerque pediatric dentist for more than 30 years. During this time, she has worked hand in hand with child development experts, including physical therapists, educators, pediatric psychiatrists, and more. She has cared for children with developmental delays and special needs and knows the unique challenges these patients can face. Children who fall behind on developmental milestones benefit greatly from early intervention. Below is a list of cognitive, behavioral, and physical milestones that are commonly seen in a child's early development.
Age 1-3 Months
- Following moving objects with their eyes
- Lifting head while on their stomach
- Reacting to sudden noises or movements
- Cooing sounds
- Grasping objects if placed in hand
Age 3-6 Months
- Attempting to roll over
- Lifting head and chest while on their stomach
- Recognizing familiar people and objects
- Turning head toward sounds
Age 6-9 Months
- Passing objects from hand to hand
- Enjoying social games, such as peek-a-boo
- Rolling from their back to stomach and vice versa
- Continuing to sit when placed in a sitting position
- Beginning to creep on stomach
- Can feed self a cookie or a cracker
Age 9-12 Months
- Can wave goodbye
- Pulling self into a standing position
- Recognizing their own name and simple words, like "cat"
- Able to stack two blocks
Age 12-15 Months
- Able to stack more than two blocks
- Understand simple commands like 'put it down'
- Can feed self
- Walking with assistance
- Can say "Mama," "Dada," and a few other words
Age 15-18 Months
- Walking on own
- Can scribble with crayons
- Plays pretend, like talking on a toy phone
- Points to items of interest
- Can identify pictures, such as a dog
- Able to throw a ball
Age 18-24 Months
- Recognizing their reflection in a mirror
- Can speak using two or more words at a time
- Vocabulary is growing
- Able to complete simple jigsaw puzzles with basic shapes
Age 24-30 Months
- Playing with other children for short period
- Can speak in short sentences
- Can feed self with a spoon
- Running and jumping
- Can kick a ball
- Able to climb up and down stairs
- Can help dress and undress self
Smile for the Camera, Kids
Readers of the Albuquerque Journal were likely pleased to learn recently that our city has been ranked one of the best in the nation for filming. Popular shows like Better Call Saul, as well as other factors such as film infrastructure, our beautiful landscape, and a generous tax credit, helped Albuquerque cinch a number 6 position, up two places from the previous year. It's another great reason to keep your teeth healthy and clean with regular visits to the dentist - you never know when the Paparazzi might appear!
There was another benefit to filming here that was not specified in the article. We feel it is worth mentioning. Our talented and hard-working residents - children included! Several of our patients have been regaling us with stories of their time "on set". From the smallest youngsters to teens stretching their acting chops, our patients can be seen on screens large and small. A few siblings even spent the day behind bars recently, locked away on a movie prison set. Their favorite part of the Hollywood experience? Access to the snack bar, though they're quick to point out that they aren't permitted to eat the real meals set aside for celebrities.
These pediatric dental patients dream of becoming big movie stars. We tell them that it can happen! Many years ago, one of our patients joined the Albuquerque Children's Theater and acted in plays at St. Pius X High School, where he was a student. He even performed at Cliff's Amusement Park. After that? He made the jump from Albuquerque to Tinseltown and Dr. Shaw has enjoyed watching him on ABC ever since. With hard work to achieve your dreams, anything is possible.
Eating Healthy in Albuquerque
Have you visited one of the La Montañita Co-op locations lately? La Montañita is New Mexico’s largest community-owned natural foods market and it was featured today in the Albuquerque Journal. It's also a great place to run into Dr. Shaw and her staff!
When Dr. Shaw's children were little, it was a perfect place to shop for healthy, organic fruits and vegetables. The hands-on exposure to such a large variety of foods is a fun way to encourage healthy eating. She was even able to use the Co-op to help teach her children about farming, as the produce comes from local suppliers right here in Albuquerque and the surrounding areas, close enough for an in-person visit.
Today, with Dr. Shaw's three children grown and (mostly) out of the nest, she and her husband still love to visit La Montañita. They have a hot foods bar with a different meal offered every day. For her patients and their parents, Dr. Shaw recommends La Montañita for many reasons, her favorite being the store policy of providing a pesticide-free piece of fruit to keep little ones happy while grocery shopping.
6 Reasons to Make Dr. Shaw's Pediatric Dental Office Your Child's Dental Home
- Pay nothing at the time of service. Checkups, teeth cleanings, and other preventative services, including your child’s first visit, are covered 100% by most insurance plans. Even better, studies show that receiving preventative care early in life can greatly reduce out-of-pocket dental expenses when you are older.
- Want proof that kids really do love coming to our office? In addition to our 5-star reviews and Best Pediatric Dentist ranking with Albuquerque Magazine, many of the patients we have now are the children of Dr. Shaw’s former, now-adult patients! You can't get a better recommendation for a dentist than that.
- For every new patient, Dr. Shaw gives $30 to PBS Kids, which provides free educational programming. She is proud to support multiple children's causes in New Mexico.
- Toothache? Dental emergency? Just found yourself with a couple of extra minutes in your day and remembered your 14 year old has not been to the dentist since they were 8? We have same day appointments available.
- Your child is actually going to look forward to going to the dentist. From our rocket ship that blasts imaginations into space to the one-on-one visits with Sabrina the Tooth Fairy, we make every part of your child’s visit fun. There's a reason we've been described as the Space Camp of dentistry.
- You won’t find a nicer dental team anywhere else. We love kids! It's rewarding to watch our patients grow and be considered part of your family.
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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.
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.
Leaving for College
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!