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Truckee, CA Pediatric Dentistry | Dentist-Approved Summer Snacks

August 2nd, 2017

Every Kid Deserves To Enjoy Some Special Treats During Summer – But They Don't Have To Cause Cavities. Try These Delicious Dentist-Approved Summer Snacks!

Dentist-Approved Snacks For Summer

Summer is here, and we know that means kids everywhere are getting ready to soak up the sun, enjoy their free time, and have a truly awesome vacation! Unfortunately, though, many kids also associate summer with sugary candies and sweets – and while those may be fun in the short run, they can lead to dental decay and cavities that are anything but smile inducing. To help your child enjoy the summer without hurting their teeth, here's our list of favorite dentist-approved summer snacks!

Fun-Cut Fresh Fruit

Nothing beats a cool slice of watermelon or a juicy, delicious strawberry on a hot summer day – but even though these delicious fruits make excellent snacks, many kids reject them outright in favor of candy. To help make fruit the awesome summer snack it truly is, try cutting it into fun shapes like stars, balls, or even a character from your child's favorite movie or TV shows. You can even buy a set of specially-shaped cookie cutters to make this snack even easier!

Cheese Cubes

Ever had a slice of cool cheddar or lively pepper jack on a summer afternoon? It's truly a match made in heaven, and the calcium-rich cheese is great for teeth! Try cutting your child's favorite cheese into cubes or other fun shapes to create a fun, calcium-rich snack that's easy to eat on the go.

Frozen Banana Soft Serve

We'd be criminals if we said we didn't enjoy ice cream during the heat of the summer, but ice cream is packed with sugar that can eat away at teeth. Instead, peel and dice a few bananas, then stick them in the freezer and let them get completely frozen solid (8+ hours). Toss them into a food processor with a spoonful or two of peanut butter and a dash of milk, blend until smooth and creamy, and serve this devilishly delicious and tooth-friendly banana soft serve as a summer treat. Your child won't believe it's not ice cream!

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We hope these dentist-approved snacks put a little more tooth-friendly fun into your summer, and if you ever have more questions about eating right for your teeth or want to bring your child in for a teeth cleaning, we're always here to help. Give us a call at (530) 550-9311 with any questions on keeping your child's teeth healthy, and feel free to request an appointment online at our Truckee, CA office anytime. We can't wait to hear from you, and we hope you enjoy these delicious summer snacks!

PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR A CHECKUP BLOG

July 28th, 2017

Preparing Your Child For Their Next Dental Checkup

At Truckee Pediatric Dentistry, we're proud to provide expert pediatric dental care to children all throughout the Truckee, CA area. We believe the best way to achieve a healthy smile in the long term is to prevent problems before they happen, which is why we place a strong focus on preventive care and regular dental checkups. To help your child achieve the best smile possible, there are a number of things you can do at home to prepare your child for their next visit to our office.

Some Tips & Practices To Keep In Mind

A dental checkup is a chance for us to check in on your child's dental progress, and regular checkups are a critical part of developing a healthy smile. Here are a few tips to help your child make the most of their next visit to our office:

●      Establish an Oral Hygiene Ritual: The best thing you can do for your child's teeth is help them build a habit of daily brushing and flossing. Make a morning and nightly ritual of brushing and flossing your teeth together – building this habit early on will help it last a lifetime, protecting your child's teeth for decades.

●      Talk & Listen: Sometimes, kids have feelings of anxiety or fear surrounding the dentist's office – and that's ok. While we work hard to make every appointment a pleasant experience and have years of experience helping kids overcome their anxiety about the dentist, you can help as a parent, as well. Talk openly with your child about their feelings, and listen carefully to how they express themselves. Offer calm, reaffirming support, and treat their feelings as valid – but also explain that the dentist is nothing to be scared of.

●      Be Mindful of Your Tone: Children look to their parents for reassurance and to understand how to feel in a given moment, so it's important for you to model calm, reassured behavior for your child. Even if your child is feeling anxious, seeing you acting calm and happy will help them relax and understand that there's nothing to worry about.

●      Brush & Floss Before Your Appointment: Be sure to have your child brush and floss their teeth before coming into their appointment. This removes any superficial bacteria or food particles, letting us focus on any underlying plaque or calculus.

Contact Your Local Truckee Children's Dentist Today!

We hope you found these tips helpful, and if you have any other questions on preparing your child for a checkup, we're always here to help. We're proud to have helped countless kids throughout the Truckee area achieve a healthy, beautiful smile, and we strive to keep our office as friendly and welcoming as possible so every appointment is a success. Feel free to give us a call at (530) 550-9311 or reach out to us at our contact page with any questions on your child's appointment or dental health, or if you'd like to schedule a checkup for your child, you can do so using our easy online form. We wish you luck in preparing your child for their next checkup, and we hope to see you back at this blog for more tips on helping your child achieve a beautiful, healthy, lifelong smile!

Why Maintaining Regular Dental Checkups is so Important

February 2nd, 2017

Chances are, you know that daily brushing and flossing are the cornerstones of a strong oral hygiene regimen, which is the foundation of a healthy smile. These habits remove unwanted food, debris, and bacteria from the mouth, protecting the teeth from harmful and corrosive habits. However, brushing and flossing alone are not enough to maintain a healthy smile. Keeping a beautiful smile also takes regular appointments with your dentist. These appointments help to fill in the gaps and provide the professional care your teeth need to grow in the right manner.

The Importance Of Professional Cleanings

On the one hand, professional checkups are an opportunity to get full professional teeth cleaning services. These cleanings provide a thorough, deep clean of your mouth, cleaning areas that are difficult or impossible to thoroughly clean with a toothbrush and floss alone. Deep cleanings provide a fresh start for your teeth and prevent the long-term buildup of plaque that causes cavities. Regular cleanings are critical to maintaining a healthy smile.

Checkups & Monitoring

In addition to cleaning, regular checkups allow an opportunity for a trained dentist to examine your mouth for dental decay, cavities, gum disease, or any other problems. Often, the symptoms of dental decay or disease begin so subtly that they're almost impossible to notice for an untrained layperson. It takes years of training and experience as a dentist to spot the early stages of dental decay and gum disease, and attending regular checkups allows your dentist to spot problems before they get too serious and treat them early on. This is particularly important for children, as they're in the process of dental development and setting the stage for a lifetime of smiles.

Contact Your Pediatric Dentist in Truckee Today!

At Truckee Pediatric Dentistry, we strive to help each of our patients develop a healthy, beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime. If you have any questions about your or your child's dental health, or you would like to visit us for an appointment, we would love to hear from you. Feel free to call us at (530) 550-9311 with any questions or reach out to us at our contact page. If you'd like to schedule an appointment, you can request one using our easy online form. We hope to hear from you soon!

Holiday Recipes

November 1st, 2016

Now that we’re heading into the fun-filled and busy holiday season, it’s time to plan on making some special holiday foods the whole family will love. The team at Truckee Pediatric Dentistry would like to share a few recipes with you here that we think everyone in your family will enjoy.

Easy Candy Cane Cookies

This recipe is so easy, kids can make these holiday cookies themselves (although we recommend adult supervision)!

Ingredients:

  • One (18 oz) package of refrigerated cookie dough, softened
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • ½ teaspoon red food coloring

Directions:

In large bowl, beat the cookie dough, flour and vanilla extract together until smooth. Then divide the dough in half and mix the food coloring into one half. Taking one teaspoon of each color dough, shape them into ropes about 6” in length. Then place the ropes side-by- side, press them together and twist carefully. Put the ropes on a ungreased cookie sheet and curve one end into a candy cane shape. Repeat with the remaining dough. Bake for about 10 minutes or until set. Cool for 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

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Gingerbread Waffles

There’s nothing like the smell of gingerbread baking during the holidays! These waffles infused with all the flavors of traditional gingerbread, are so delicious and easy to make. This is a braces-friendly recipe that your family members and friends undergoing orthodontic treatment can enjoy too!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 can of pumpkin puree
  • 1 ¼ cups milk
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted plus a bit to butter the iron

Directions:

Preheat waffle iron. In large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt. In another bowl, beat together the eggs and brown sugar. Then add the pumpkin, milk, molasses and melted butter. Stir the wet ingredients into the wet mixture. Brush some of the melted butter in the waffle iron then scoop the waffle mixture into the iron, close and cook each waffle until done. Serve with syrup, fresh fruit or whipped cream.

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Cranberry Nut Loaf

If you have cans of cranberry sauce leftover like many people do, this recipe is perfect! This is a sweet bread that’s great for breakfast or a quick pick-me- up snack in the middle of the day.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups canned whole berry cranberry sauce
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup chopped pecans

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two 8x4 inch loaf pans with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl mix together the sugar, eggs, cranberry sauce, milk and oil. Then add this to the dry ingredients and beat until just combined. Mix in the pecans.

Put the batter into the pans and bake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the loaves ‘rest” for five minutes before removing them from the pans and placing on a wire rack to cool.

Contact Us Today With Any Questions!

We hope many of you will try these recipes over the holidays! Your local Truckee pediatric dentist, Dr. Gustafsson, and his staff would like to wish all our patients and their families a fun-filled and joyous holiday season!

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