Tiny Teeth @ RoseTreeKids

By Ashley Valco 07 Jul, 2016
If you know me in real life, you are well aware that the past few months of my life have been busy with selling a house and house hunting. If you don’t know me and you are reading this, thanks and I think you are awesome! Either way, you may have noticed I’ve been MIA. In order to make up for my lack of performance, I went ahead and hunted down someone I am a big fan of to do a guest post.

Meet Marta. She is lovely and has this amazing Instagram account @organicfoodforkids where she posts beautiful pictures of truly healthy meals just for your toddler. But, let’s be real, if you check it out you will end up eating this stuff for yourself too! I might have become a little obsessed with her, but who wouldn’t be with these  amazing meals! I have made many of her recipes and she gave me some great tips for my daughters egg allergy.

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By Ashley Valco 10 May, 2016

We want to do what is best for our kids, always. This, of course, includes making sure they are getting all the proper nutrients they need. So, many of us turn towards vitamins to get our daily dose of goodness.

The current trend is Gummy Vitamins. While they might be the trend now, they have actually been around since the 60’s! Many parents of my patients tell me they are giving them to their kids every morning.

Do the benefits of these gummies outweigh the risks of consuming them?

Do you even need them?

First, you should always consult your child’s pediatrician before giving your children any kind of supplement. Having a balanced diet will go much further than any supplementation.

This is from the Mayo Clinic by Jay L. Hoecker, M.D.

Multivitamins aren’t necessary for most healthy children who are growing normally...

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By Ashley Valco 27 Apr, 2016

Nothing makes me happier than to tell a patient of mine that they are in this months “No Cavity Club!” They are either getting great guidance at home, eating a healthy, low-sugar diet, listening to the education I provide, or hopefully, all of the above!

However, there are times that cavities or other dental issues arise and need to be treated. Most children are comfortable and calm in the office during procedures. Children’s offices are designed to make them feel that way – bright colors, toys, their favorite music or movie for entertainment.

We chose to work specifically with children and want to cater to their special needs.

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By Ashley Valco 23 Mar, 2016

When kids sit in my chair for their six month check up I always start off the appointment by first discussing their cleaning habits and nutrition. Most children are well aware of what is healthy and what isn’t. However, they don’t know  why, especially how it effects their teeth. But that is ok! Education is just as much a part of my job as plaque scraping.

I have learned that just telling kids that  sugar is bad  doesn’t really help. I have to paint them a picture, an image that is not easily forgotten. And it goes something like this…

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By Ashley Valco 25 Feb, 2016

I am “mama” to an active and joyful toddler boy. He is happy and healthy and very curious. Around 6 months of age the happy disappeared for a bit while we experienced the dreaded sleepless nights and unconsolable screaming that came along with some teeth. His bottom two teeth came through without a peep! In fact, I didn’t know he had them until he bit me!

So, at this point, you may be thinking this is about teething. I will address that at some point in the future, but, not today…
When my sons top two teeth came busting through with a vengeance, the first thing I noticed was the small yellow spot in the center of each one. I couldn’t believe it. Could he be missing the enamel from his teeth? I patiently waited until they were fully showing to determine what to do next.
So, today, we will be talking about the importance of getting your little one to the dentist at age one, or within 6 months of the appearance of their first tooth.
“Age one?!”
“But everyone else said age 3…. Even my pediatrician.”

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