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Spooky Fun: No-Carve Pumpkins

Spooky Fun: No-Carve Pumpkins

Ready to decorate for Halloween? The kids will love helping with these DIY no-carve pumpkin projects that minimize mess and maximize fun! Thank you to Deborah at www.SuperMoms360.com for sharing her i . . .

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DIY Funko POP! Costume

DIY Funko POP! Costume

Looking for a creative Halloween costume to accommodate a stroller or wheelchair? Have fun designing and making a Funko POP! costume. Use everyday clothing to create a POP! character that fits your . . .

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7 Tips to Overcome Fear of the Dark

7 Tips to Overcome Fear of the Dark

Avoid ideas like "monster spray" which only affirm in a child's mind that monsters are real and need to be "sprayed away."  - Berkley James, pediatric sleep consultant  Fear of the dark i . . .

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Things to Do in Julian

Things to Do in Julian

Family Fun in Julian The beauty of historic Julian (a gold mining town just 60 miles northeast of San Diego) is that many attractions are within walking distance of each other. It’s the perfect fami . . .

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San Diego Robotics Programs for Kids

San Diego Robotics Programs for Kids

Discover STEM in Youth Robotics Many parents encourage kids to pursue STEM-related careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and youth robotics programs offer one such option. Along with l . . .

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Art with Alyssa: Skull Craft for Dia de los Muertos

Art with Alyssa: Skull Craft for Dia de los Muertos

Create a beautiful calavera (skull, in English) to celebrate Mexico’s Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Traditionally, skulls are created out of sugar or clay, elaborately decorated and place . . .

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Healthy Baby TeethPrimary (baby) teeth eventually fall out, but until they do, they play a critical role in your child’s development. They are important for biting into and chewing food, speech development and saving space to help guide permanent teeth into place.

Early childhood caries (ECC) occurs when your baby’s teeth are exposed to sugars throughout the day by using a baby bottle or a sippy cup and if your child is put to bed with a bottle filled with any liquid other than plain water.

ECC is serious. Tooth decay is a bacterial infection; it can spread if not treated. Also the permanent teeth under the gum can be affected if not treated. Decay causes pain and infection, and can quickly destroy your child’s teeth.

Even before your child gets her first tooth, you should wipe her gums with a clean damp washcloth or gauze. When the teeth start coming in, brush them in the morning after breakfast and before bed at a minimum. Use a soft brush with polished nylon bristles. Soften the bristles by soaking them in warm water for a few minutes. Use plain water and a pea-sized dab of children’s fluoridated toothpaste. Be careful to use only a small amount as young children tend to swallow it rather than spit it out.

As soon as two teeth touch, floss between them. At some point, your child will want to use the toothbrush; it’s okay to give them a turn, but afterward, you should always brush their teeth a second time. Most children won’t be able to brush correctly on their own until they are 8 years old. Taking good care of your child’s primary teeth will teach them excellent habits and will lead them into taking care of the permanent ones properly.


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Carolyn White is a practicing dentist in La Jolla.

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