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Posts for: October, 2016

Halloween Safety Video (2 minutes) from Joy Berry's "Taking The Scary Out of Halloween"


October 22, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
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 Monday, October 31st  (3pm – 5pm)

pumpkinA favorite among young children!  Participating merchants throughout Downtown Crystal Lake open their doors to invite costumed children 12 and under to receive a treat.

Participating merchants will have an orange “Halloween Handout” Pumpkin Flyer on their window.

Teal Pumpkin ProjectTeal Pumpkin Project

Downtown Crystal Lake will be participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project ( We want this Halloween Handout to be fun and safe for all children.  Many children have various food allergies.  Merchants displaying a Teal Pumpkin poster will also have alternate (non-food) treats available for children.



Is thinking about Halloween candy and its effect on your children's teeth enough to give you the chills?

Don't despair - The decay process in teeth works like this: The majority of all foods contain sugars or starches that enable bacteria in dental plaque to produce acids. This attack by bacterial acid, lasting 20 minutes or more, can lead to a loss of tooth mineral and, eventually, to cavities.

A child who licks a piece of hard candy every few minutes or sips a sugary drink is more susceptible to tooth decay because long-lasting snacks create an acid attack on teeth the entire time they are in the mouth. Thus, one approach would be to allow your ghosts and goblins to indulge in Halloween candy at mealtime instead of as a snack.

Or choose the right kind of snack. Research from the Forsyth Dental Center shows that some sticky foods clear from the mouth faster than less sticky foods — posing a shorter acid attack on the teeth. Caramels, for example, dissolve more quickly than crackers, breakfast cereals, potato chips, dried fruit and bread.

Another option with Halloween candy is to allow snacking immediately after trick-or-treating, then throw out the remainder. But remember that depriving your child of Halloween treats will only make him or her want them more. Good dental health depends on more than just diet.

Snacks should not be served more than three or four times a day and should contribute to the overall nutrition and health of the child. Healthy snack choices include cheese, yogurt, vegetables, peanut butter and chocolate milk.

Most of all, practice good oral hygiene by making sure your child brushes and flosses every day, uses fluoride toothpaste and visits the dentist regularly.


October 02, 2016
Category: Children
Tags: Teething  

Teething is a painful process for parents and baby.   During teething, there was a notable increase in: biting, drooling, gum rubbing, sucking, 
irritability, wakefulness, ear rubbing, facial rash, decreased appetite and a mild temperature.  No one knows why teething babies produce all that saliva, but the theory is that the increase of muscle movement in the mouth during this teething period simulates chewing, which activates the salivary glands. (The excess drooling can in turn cause a rash around the mouth.) Biting and gum rubbing are the baby's efforts to relieve pressure in the gums.

While all these symptoms tend to crop up in the few days before and after a tooth's emergence from the gums, the process of developing teeth starts much earlier.

In-utero roots: Around the second trimester of pregnancy, tooth buds begin to form under the gums in your baby's mouth. Eventually, the roots begin to grow, forcing the crown up.  The tooth puts pressure on the tissues above it, and they slowly begin to break down.  The tissue gets thinner and thinner until it breaks and the tooth pops through.

Top and bottom debut: The first teeth to pop up are usually the two bottom front teeth (central incisors), followed by the four upper teeth (central and lateral incisors). Because these are thinner with a knifelike edge, they often slide through fairly easily.

Molar mayhem: But that's just the calm before the storm: Around baby's first birthday, the first molars will start to arrive in the back of the mouth; then come the canines (the pointed teeth between the molars and incisors); and then around age 2, the second molars, behind the first set.  The molars are often much more painful because they are a big, fat, broad-surfaced tooth.  Those are the ones where you tend to see bulging gums.  

There are several things you can do to ease the pain.

Before They Start Teething

Begin a regimen of massaging and cleaning the baby's gums as soon as they are born. Whether you breast- or bottlefeed, clean their mouth out after feedings whenever possible.  Using a clean piece of gauze or a washcloth, rub your finger along the gum pads, cleaning out any leftover milk.

If you continue this through the teething stage, you'll accomplish two things: First of all, your baby will be used to having something stuck in his mouth after meals, which will make toothbrushing easier down the road. Second, the pressure from the massage will make teething just a little less painful.

The pressure of the tooth coming in from below is countered by the pressure from the massaging on the top.  It feels good, and it helps break down the gum tissues slowly.

Teething Rings: Yes or No?

Some babies and toddlers instinctively soothe themselves by grabbing anything within reach and biting on it, but biting on hard toys can sometimes damage incoming teeth. As an alternative, offer your baby a chilled (not frozen) plastic teething ring and check it every day to make sure she hasn't bitten through. Also, if your child is attached to the pacifier, don't take it away now. They find comfort from the pacifier, and can use it to massage the gums. 

Sucking on a wet, cold washcloth may help as well. Some parents have suggested frozen, slushy applesauce, chilled plums or apricots, popsicles, teething biscuits, and mini-bagels.

For kids who eat solid foods, try freezing a banana, cutting off a small slice, and wrapping it in a washcloth.  The cold helps numb the gums and ease the pain, and the hardness helps break down the gum tissue. Just make sure the banana doesn't get loose from the washcloth. On its own, the fruit is a choking hazard.

Bedtime Remedies

At nighttime, when teething babies tend to be crankiest, don't be afraid to give them infant Tylenol to help them sleep through the night.  Topical treatments can be helpful also, but be careful to put only the tiniest dab right on the site of the pain.  If you use too much, a child can swallow it and numb his throat.  And despite what your grandmother or babysitter may tell you, never dab whiskey on a baby's gums. Even a small amount can sedate the child, which could be dangerous.

You may suffer a lot of sleepless nights while your baby works on producing those choppers, but when they smile that huge ear-to-ear grin and say "cheese!" it will all be worthwhile.