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Brace Yourself: How to Deal with Snack Time During Orthodontics

Snack time seems to be universally programmed into growing kids, but if your child has recently started orthodontic treatment, some changes are in order! You can’t rely on the crunchy, sticky, or brittle options you may have turned to before – and those might have been some of your child’s favorites.

But don’t despair, there are still plenty of tasty and healthy options that will satisfy your child’s hunger and leave his or her braces intact! We have seen this scenario many times as your Orlando pediatric dentist. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

In the Fruit Department: Bananas, citrus fruits, berries, grapes, mango, kiwi. Try them sliced or in a smoothie! Apple slices or applesauce also make good options.

From the Vegetable Section: Cucumbers, sugar snap peas, small cherry tomatoes, avocado slices. Eat them alone or with a savory dip like ranch dressing or hummus.

On the Shelf: Crackers that are not overly crunchy (such as saltines), rice-based cereal, soft-baked cookies (in moderation).

In the Dairy Case: String cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, hard-boiled eggs. These are packed with protein and are great sources of calcium for strong bones and teeth!

As you can see, there are many options for your child’s snack time, even with braces. View it as an opportunity to think outside the box, try some tasty treats, and find new favorites! Never hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns during your child’s treatment – as a pediatric dentist serving patients in Orlando, Maitland, and beyond, we are here to help!

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Do My Kids Really Need a Dental Checkup?

Do your kids finally have their oral hygiene habits down pat? Handing the toothbrush over to your child can be very exciting as you’ve given them the tools they need to achieve a lifelong healthy smile! As your pediatric dentist in Orlando, FL we would like to remind you that while proper dental hygiene habits certainly start at home—they don’t end there! Regular dental checkups with your child’s pediatric dentist help ensure your child’s overall health for years to come!

At Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida we’re committed to helping you give your child the best possible smile that he or she could possibly have. While it might be tempting to skip your child’s next dental checkup because they’ve been responsible about brushing and flossing their teeth, we encourage you to keep your checkup appointment! If your child were to develop any issues regarding their development or dental health, a checkup would give Dr. Bertot and Dr. Mansour the opportunity to identify it early on and recommend an appropriate treatment plan to reduce future problems.

As your local pediatric dentist we hope that your kids are getting the hang of proper dental hygiene habits. But it’s important to let us serve as your partner in caring for their little teeth! Contact Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida today to schedule your child’s next checkup.

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Questions About Your Child’s Teeth? We’ve Got Answers

As your local pediatric dentist, we know that parenting comes with lots of questions attached. Not to worry–when it comes to your child’s dental health, we’ve got the answers you’re looking for. As a parent, you’ve likely asked one of the following questions at one time or another:

  • When should I start brushing my child’s teeth?
  • What should I use to clean my baby’s teeth?
  • How often should my child see a pediatric dentist?
  • When should my child start brushing his or her own teeth?
  • When should my child have his or her first dental checkup?
  • Is it a problem if my child sucks his or her thumb or uses a pacifier?
  • How does fluoride help my child’s teeth?

Sound familiar? These are all great questions, which you’ll find answers to on our FAQ page. While our FAQ page offers a fairly substantial amount of information, there’s no replacement for some one-on-one time with your pediatric dentist in Maitland! Next time you bring your child to see Dr. Mansour or Dr. Bertot for his or her dental checkup, we encourage you to ask away!

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Tips for Making Toothbrushing Fun

While proper hygiene habits are an essential component of your child’s lifelong smile, children don’t exactly always enjoy brushing or flossing their teeth. Implementing proper brushing practices now will help your child develop a solid foundation for a lifetime of healthy habits. At Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida, we pride ourselves in serving as your partners in caring for your child’s dental health, and we want to help you make brushing fun for your kids!

As your pediatric dentist here in Maitland we love discovering new ways to foster your child’s interest in dental health habits. Brushing properly for a full two minutes, twice a day will help your child realize an optimal level of dental health. Aquafresh toothpaste has provided several great ideas to help get your kids engaged and develop a brushing ritual. Next time your kids are ready to tackle their teeth, give them these fun tools to try:

• Brush timer application. Let’s face it; sometimes our kids know how to operate our phones better than we do. There are multiple applications available for both iPhone and Android that provide an interactive, kid-friendly toothbrushing timer.
• Two-minute song. Take two minutes of your child’s favorite song and have it ready to play on your phone or a small stereo near the bathroom. That way your child will not only enjoy their time brushing, but will know when time is up!
• Brushing videos and characters. There is no shortage of toothbrushing videos or fun tooth-brushing characters to choose from to help encourage your child’s enjoyment of dental hygiene. Search for toothbrushing videos and simply select the ones that suit your child best!

Should you have any questions regarding your child’s dental health or tooth-brushing habits, don’t hesitate to contact Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida. We look forward to serving as your partner in caring for your child’s dental health.

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Big Smiles at Screen on the Green

At Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida we just love staying involved in our local community. We’re committed to serving as the best pediatric dentists that we can be, and for us, that commitment doesn’t know the boundaries of our office walls. This past Saturday we had a blast as popcorn sponsors for the city of Maitland’s Screen on the Green!

Screen on the Green is a great event for the entire family where you get to sprawl out on a blanket in the middle of Maitland Middle School’s soccer field and watch a movie on a big screen. Saturday’s pick was the adorable movie, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida was present dishing out popcorn, and of course toothbrushes! The tooth fairy stopped by too! We had such a great time that we have plans to sponsor another movie, “Maleficent,” on November 7th.

As your local pediatric dentist we truly enjoy spending time within the Maitland community, which is why we’re aiming to participate in monthly events. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter for updates so that you and your kids can join us for the next one!

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Healthy Snacks for Kids On the Go

Having kids means constantly being on the go. Whether you’re carting them to and from school, sports, clubs, or friends’ houses, it’s incredible that you even find time to eat! Since it’s not always so easy to plan for what life with kids can throw your way, we wanted to share some healthy go-to snack options to keep on hand for those hectic days!

• Granola bars. Don’t be fooled by the non-nutritional granola bars stuffed with sugar. Look for low-sugar, high-fiber granola bars. Even the healthy granola bars can stick to your teeth, so be sure to have water on hand at all times to wash it down.
• Cheerios or other low-sugar, high-fiber cereal. Throw a bag or box of this cereal in your car for a healthy snack that will satisfy a hungry belly.
• String cheese. String cheese is not only nutritious and delicious but is fun for kids to eat! Grab one or two out of the fridge on your way out the door.
• Applesauce. Those small cups of applesauce can really come in handy when your child has a sweet craving while you’re out and about.

As your pediatric dentist here in Maitland we hope that your child enjoys some of the healthy snacks we’ve listed above. Should you have any inquiries regarding your child’s dental health, please don’t hesitate to contact Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida today.

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Spring into Action with Your Kids

Spring is officially in full swing and as your pediatric dentist we hope that you and your kids are making the most of it! While little teeth are our specialty, we know that healthy teeth belong to healthy little bodies. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous here in Central Florida, so we shared a few outdoor activities below that the whole family can enjoy.

If you’re looking to put down the game controllers and stretch out those legs under the Florida sun, consider the following outdoor activities:

• Four square. Don’t remember the last time you played? Get out the chalk and the kickball and kick start this classic playground game. You’ll be at the king square in no time!
• Beanbag toss. Beanbag toss or corn hole is becoming a popular backyard activity because anyone can play! You can build the boards yourself or buy them right from a local store.
• Broom hockey. Grab a couple of brooms and a tennis ball, and you’ve got yourself a new sport! Whether you stay on foot or strap on your rollerblades, broom hockey is sure to get your kids excited!

No matter which activities you participate in this spring, at Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida we hope that you and your kids enjoy some quality time in the beautiful weather. When you’re not busy rough-housing in the dirt, contact our office to schedule your child’s next dental checkup.

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Add Your Child’s Teeth to Your Spring Cleaning List

Everywhere we look it seems that people are busy tackling their spring cleaning chores. From cleaning, painting, gardening, and everything in between, the spring season is a wonderful time to mark some of those to-dos off of your list. As your pediatric dentist here in Maitland, we’d like to encourage you to make your child’s teeth cleaning one of those spring chores!

While your crammed closet and your grimy garage could surely use your attention this spring, we hope that your children’s dental cleaning is at the top of your list! Although some people don’t take their children to the dentist because they think their baby teeth will fall out anyway, we’d like to remind you just how important dental checkups are to your child’s long-term dental health. Those little teeth will fall out eventually, but will only leave the proper space for their permanent teeth when cared for properly.

In between spring cleaning and your everyday chores, be sure to schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatric dentist. We’ll be glad to help you get that important to-do checked off of your list!

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Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Under One Roof!

At Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida we are proud to not only offer exceptional pediatric dental care, but also outstanding orthodontic care! Right here in our Maitland office, you will find our very own wonderful in-house orthodontist, Dr. John Smith.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist by the age of seven in order to evaluate their development. Both science and history suggest that making small corrections now can result in less need for orthodontic care down the road. As pediatric dentists, Dr. Bertot and Dr. Mansour are qualified to identify any foreseeable developmental problems, and therefore perform an orthodontic evaluation during each routine visit. Should Dr. Mansour or Dr. Bertot identify any developing issues, they will refer your child to the care of Dr. Smith. However, because of our comprehensive level of care, children don’t typically require the help of an orthodontist until the beginning of permanent dentition which typically occurs around eleven or twelve years of age.

When you choose Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida to care for your child’s dental health, you’re choosing an entire team of professional and knowledgeable dental health professionals. If you’re interested in learning more about orthodontics in Maitland, FL, don’t hesitate to contact our office today. We look forward to providing your child with the best possible dental care!

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Tooth Fairy Magic

As your children’s pediatric dentist in Central Florida we not only love to make your child’s smile healthy, but we love to make them smile! This past Saturday was a wonderful day for Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida, as Dr. Mansour and the Tooth Fairy accompanied sixteen of our fabulous princess patients to the movies to catch a glimpse of Disney magic in the new Cinderella.

Recently we called upon our princess patients to post a photo to our Facebook page showing off their best princess pose and attire for a chance to meet the Tooth Fairy–and they answered! Dr. Mansour and the Tooth Fairy happily escorted our smiling princesses and their parents to see Cinderella on the big screen and a great time was had by all!

Are you interested in meeting the Tooth Fairy too? The Tooth Fairy would love to visit your school to talk about healthy snacks and drinks for your teeth, and how to best keep them clean. Call Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida at 407.628.2286 to schedule a fabulous visit from the Tooth Fairy!

Dr. Mansour was truly honored to accompany such kind and smiling little princesses to the movies, and is even more honored to serve as their pediatric dentist. Whether you’d like to meet the Tooth Fairy or schedule your child’s checkup with Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida, don’t hesitate to contact our office today.

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