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There comes a time in every parent’s life when he or she must take on yet another role and play the part of the Tooth Fairy. If you are family of multiple children, you might be playing the Tooth Fairy for a very long time, as each child will lose twenty baby teeth over the course of six or seven years starting around the age of six. For a child, the Tooth Fairy and the tradition that follows the loss of each tooth is a very big deal. As a family dentist, we'd like to share with you some important steps for being the best possible Tooth Fairy for your children.
Step 1: Decide on your tradition
It is important to take a bit of time to decide what your family’s Tooth Fairy tradition will be. The first time that you play the Tooth Fairy is one of the most important times as it will step the bar for the next 19 times that you will play the Tooth Fairy per child. The key is consistency. Decide on what the Tooth Fairy will leave behind, where the tooth will be placed for the big exchange.
Step 2: Buy or make a tooth pillow or special receptacle where the lost tooth will be placed. Baby teeth are very tiny and very easily misplaced. This is a great opportunity for an arts and crafts project that you can do together as a family if you are feeling creative. Otherwise, there are an abundance of tooth pillow and tooth boxes available online.
Tip: Don’t have your child place their lost tooth directly beneath the pillow that they sleep on. This will only make it more challenging to make the exchange and heighten the risk of being caught in the act. You can explain to your child that the Tooth Fairy requested that your lost tooth be placed in a special and safe place, such as a “tooth shrine” that you make in the bathroom or in a designated spot in the kitchen. This is another opportunity for a creative family activity where you can design and decorate this special place.
Step 3: Plan ahead
There is no real telling when exactly a tooth will fall out. Sometimes it may be way more apparent than others, but there is always the risk of it happening rather suddenly. It is a wise idea to stock up on Tooth Fairy supplies, whether that is coins or small bills, little gifts, or whatever else you leave behind in exchange for the lost tooth.
Step 4: Know the answers
Q: Why does Blake get $2 for his lost tooth and I only get $1?
A: Each house is assigned its very own Tooth Fairy and each Tooth Fairy has a different exchange rate per tooth.
Q: What happens if I lose a tooth when I am sleeping over at a friend’s house? Will the Tooth Fairy find me there?
A: The Tooth Fairy will only come to our house unless we are on a family vacation in which case I will make prior arrangements to give the Tooth Fairy directions to where will be.
Q: What does the Tooth Fairy do with all of the teeth? Where does she get the money to leave behind for the teeth or to buy the surprises that she leaves behind?
A: I wish I knew, but I am not the Tooth Fairy.
Step 5: Have fun
Being the Tooth Fairy is an opportunity that you will one day never have again, so have fun with it while you get to play this role in your child’s life. Maybe you want to leave behind a note on a tooth-shaped piece of paper is teeny tiny writing from the Tooth Fairy each time. Or, perhaps you want to sprinkle glitter around as Tooth Fairy tracks. You can be as creative as you want to be.
Click here for some incredibly creative Tooth Fairy ideas!
We’ve all heard the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but you could actually interchange apple with any of the cornucopia of fiery fruits and vegetables. Red, orange, and yellow fruits and vegetables are high in the antioxidants lycopene and anthocyanin, among other powerhouse nutrients. The darker the color, the higher in these antioxidants that they tend to be. How many red, orange, and yellow fruits and vegetables are you and your family consuming on a daily basis?
Eating a diet rich in fire-color spectrum foods will help promote a healthy immune system, as well as combat cancer cells and free radicals and decrease premature signs of aging, among so many other internal and external benefits. However, it takes more than just an apple a day to “keep the doctor away.” Fortunately, foods of this color happen to be delicious and oftentimes sweet and juicy.
Do you and your family eat apples, peaches, cranberries, oranges, papayas, acerola cherries, pineapples, prunes, dates, and beets every single day? This amount of fruits and vegetables might seem like a daunting amount to be feeding yourself and your family every day, but there’s actually a very easy trick to get this all in and still have the time and stomach space to eat the other important food groups.
The trick is Juice Plus+ Orchard Blend. The Parker Dentistry family has incorporated Juice Plus+ into their daily routine for nearly a decade and a half. Two organic, non-GMO, and farm-grown dehydrated fruit powder capsules or chewables a day contains all ten of those fruits and vegetables. This almost effortless approach to whole food nutrition has been backed by an inspiring amount of research, clinical studies, and extraordinary conclusions.
Juice Plus+ Orchard Blend (the red topped bottle) has been proven to help fight heart disease, prostate cancer, and macular degeneration, as well as decrease the risk of stroke and increase your body’s defenses against free radicals. Remember, free radicals are a major contributor to premature or early signs of aging. Red-spectrum fruits and vegetables can also kill cancer cells, lower blood pressure, improve skin elasticity and radiance, promote healthy gums, support eye health, and ease inflammation.
Aside from all the red, orange, and yellow fruits and vegetables that your body will enjoy from ingesting two small Orchard Blend capsules or chewables a day, red bell peppers, tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries, watermelon, and pomegranates should also work their way into your diet. Your body will surely thank you graciously for eating these dynamic fruits and vegetables. Nutrition is one of the most powerful defenses against disease. As we’ve said before, preventative healthcare is a far easier, less time consuming, and a more affordable approach to health than treating a virus, disease, or chronic ailment once it's wreaking havoc on your body and life. A simple change can really make a radical difference.
Talk to Honi or Dr. Blake if you are interested in learning more about Juice Plus+ Orchard Blend. For the next few weeks, we will be breaking down the remaining three Juice Plus+ blends and their benefits. Let us help you make your simple change today.
As a family dental practice, we are equally concerned about your oral health as your overall wellness, which is why we choose to share inspiring tips and advice to help keep your family healthy. Healthy habits and choices begin at home. The home is a child’s first school. Instilling healthy habits in the home will only better prepare your children and your family to make healthy choices outside of the home. Here are nine simple habits to teach your family that will help set them up for a healthier future.
- Build a rainbow on your plate. A colorful plate is likely a well-balanced and healthy plate. Building a plate that represents the colors of the rainbow is a visually stimulating, nutritious, and delicious way to eat. Make nutrition a fun activity in the family.
- If you can’t pronounce it or don’t know what is, don’t consume it. Teaching your family to only eat real food is a life lesson that can drastically impact their futures. You become what you eat and if you are eating processed imitation food you can only imagine what you will become.
- Learn to love water. For some people, drinking eight glasses of water a day is no problem. However, other people seem to have an aversion for water and find it very difficult to drink enough. Make water consumption a habit early on. Maybe make a game out of it with your kids, utilize one of the many internet applications, or try infusing water with flavorful fruits and herbs.
- Choose your treats wisely. No child should be totally deprived of dessert, but it should be taught that sugary treats are an indulgence and not something that you need to have all the time. Also, if you are going to have dessert, have real dessert and not something processed with a ten-year expiration date that comes out of a plastic wrapping or box.
- Brush and floss after every single meal. This habit will help your family avoid cavities and periodontal disease.
- Wash your hands. Teaching the habit of washing your hands after every time you go to the restroom and always before you eat will help reduce the risk of contracting or spreading the flu, the common cold, and other sicknesses.
- Engage in enjoyable physical activities. Learning to love physical activity and exercise is a lesson that will help your family maintain a healthy weight, as well as prevent a wide array of diseases. Regular exercise also promotes a healthy sleep pattern, lessens anxiety and stress, boost self-confidence, and is key for the release of happy-inducing endorphins. Engaging in physical activities that you actually like doing will make exercise a fun part of your daily life instead of a dreaded chore.
- Listen to your body. Learning to listen to your body is a lesson that is beyond valuable. Oftentimes, your body sends you signals, signs, or symptoms when something isn’t right. Adults that didn’t learn this lesson tend to ignore or overlook their body’s important messages and this can result in a number of unfavorable consequences.
- Be a good role model. A family that is a good role model to each other will likely be a good role model to others outside of the home. This includes making healthy food and drink choices, remaining physically active, having a positive attitude, and being kind to others.
Health starts in the home. Make your home a healthy haven.
“Learn to enjoy every minute of life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. “ -Earl Nightingale
The holiday season tends to bring with it an array of emotions like joy, excitement, festivity, stress, anxiety, and fatigue, as well as social and familial obligations, extensive planning and prepping, and financial burdens. It is easy to get caught up in the not-so-jubilant side of the holidays, especially when holiday priorities get a bit mixed up.
What’s the true meaning of the holidays? It is really all about presents and the obligatory parties? It’s important to take a moment before the calendar clocks in at December 1, to really think about what you really want this month to be like. This time of the year shouldn’t be one that brings on emotional and financial anxiety, heavy bouts of fatigue, a bah humbug attitude, or in-concrete commitments to every single holiday gathering. This time of the year should be one of joyous celebration and lightheartedness.
It’s all about priorities. What brings you the most joy during this month? Is it baking traditional holiday cookies like you did when you were a child? Is it walking around the neighborhood and looking at all the Christmas lights? Is it getting together with your closest friends and family for eight nights in a row? Is it that first cup of coffee on Christmas morning and waiting for your children to come unwrap that one present they’ve wanted all year long? Is it putting on a sparkling dress and toasting to a brand new year with the people who are most important in your life?
Our traditions and beliefs are all different, but it is those traditions and beliefs that make this time of the year so special. Remember why you celebrate. Make time for the traditions that mean the most to you. Make time for the people who bring light and love into your life. The holidays are about “rejoicing with your family in the beautiful land of life,” as Albert Einstein once said.
This month we will be offering a series on “how to survive the holiday season” with tips on staying active, eating healthy, reducing stress, and enjoying this glorious month to the fullest.
Thanks for sharing a smile with us today!
We’ve celebrated eight candle lit days of Hanukkah, you’ve probably been to at least one holiday gala so far, and now we are counting down to Christmas and the start of the New Year. Hopefully your holiday season has been low stress and joyous, so far. Here are a few more tips to help you wrap up this year healthy, happy, energized, and productive.
Don’t forget in the midst of holiday parties, shopping, baking, feast preparations, and regular obligations to:
5. Exercise. Exercising is a great way to beat stress. When you get your blood pumping, you release endorphins, which have a positive effect on your mood and stress levels. Exercising is also a good excuse to take some time for you. A third benefit to exercising is that you will be more likely to keep that holiday weight off, so that you can start your new year feeling your best.
6. Stay hydrated. During the holiday season, we tend to drink more alcohol as we celebrate with friends and family. There is nothing wrong with a little celebration, however be mindful that alcohol dehydrates you and causes your liver to work overtime to detoxify. Drinking sufficient water will help keep you hydrated, will help your body flush out toxins, and will also help keep your appetite in check.
7. Sleep. Sleep is incredibly important! When you sleep your body performs important functions to help you prepare for the next day. Sleep is vital for your mental and physical health. Adequate sleep is a huge component of your overall wellness. Sleeping is necessary for your immune system, for hormone balance, and for your memory and brain function, among several other key operations. If you want to be productive, energized, and healthy, you need to regulate your sleep. Go ahead and push that snooze button! Go ahead and take a nap! Go ahead and go to sleep early!
8. Load up on healthy, vitamin rich food. It is almost inevitable that at some point this holiday season you will find that you are feeling a little worn down. This could be because you have been celebrating a little too much, working a lot, juggling too many responsibilities, traveling, dealing with crowds of people, or just not taking enough time for yourself. It’s ok, it happens, but one of the best ways to help support our bodies and all that they do for us, is to ensure that we are getting enough vitamins and antioxidants. Loading up on healthy fruit, vegetable, and protein options in the midst of all of the glorious and delicious holidays treats is crucial to maintaining a healthy balance.
9. Don’t forget your JuicePlus. You will really notice the benefits of JuicePlus when you find yourself in hustle and bustle of the holidays. If you haven’t incorporated JuicePlus into your life yet, there is no time like the present to start. Just talk to Honi or Dr. Blake!
We hope that these tips have served you well. Don’t lose sight of what the holidays are really about. Don’t forget to take a step back and really enjoy this time of year with friends and family. The memories we create are more valuable and permanent than any material item. Take a deep breathe, smile, and enjoy this beautiful time of year.
Thanks for sharing a smile with us!