Strategies Parents Can Use To Keep Their Children’s Mouths Healthy

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By Dr. Kenyon Glor

brushteethAs a parent, you can help your child improve their chance at having a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Here’s how:

Early Dental Check-ups

Pediatric medical and dental experts recommend that all children have their first dental check-up by their first birthday. Early visits help us to pinpoint concerns that can be prevented from evolving into more serious problems later on. It also helps your child become more familiar with the dental office – so that his or her first visit isn’t due to an uncomfortable emergency.

Stick to Tap Water

“Healthy” beverages like fruit juices and sports drinks still contain hidden acids and sugars – which can create extensive amounts of tooth decay. Give your child fluoridated tap water to drink. Tap water rinses the teeth and provides essential minerals that help support healthy enamel. You might be surprised to learn that most bottled waters have a lower pH and no fluoride, so save a few cents and bottle your own!

Wait Until Your Child Can Tie His or Her Own Shoes

Help your child brush and floss their teeth twice a day. Once your child has the dexterity that he or she needs to tie their own shoes, then you can start allowing them to brush and floss on their own. Just be sure to check their teeth before bedtime, to make sure everything is clean! Brush for at least two minutes each time, taking care to clean along the gumlines. Don’t skip the flossing, as even the best brushing possible can’t clean between the teeth.

Look Into Xylitol

kidsSeveral chewing gums contain xylitol, an artificial sweetener that can actually help your child’s teeth repel plaque buildup. Studies show that xylitol use can improve oral health and reduce the risk of tooth decay. Be sure to read the label, as not all “sugar free” gums contain this key ingredient.

If you follow these simple strategies, your children will maintain healthy teeth and gums as well as a bright smile!

Dr. Glor is a dentist in Wellington, Ohio and has been practicing there for 27 years. He is passionate about dentistry and dedicated to providing you with unsurpassed skills and a dental experience that allows you to enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile for a lifetime.

Children’s Hunger Fund Reports Over 22 Million Meals Distributed To Children

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applevectorsmallChildren’s Hunger Fund reports that in 2014 they delivered over 22 million meals to hungry kids in the US and around the world – a new record in the charity’s 24-year history. Not content with that record breaking number, Children’s Hunger Fund has launched a new initiative, ‘Think Inside the Box” which aims to deliver 25 million meals to suffering families in 2015.

“We are so grateful to our supporters, corporate donors, churches, and volunteers who enabled us to distribute such an extraordinary amount of meals to children in crisis. We are humbled by their generosity and sacrifice,” says Dave Phillips, President and Founder of Children’s Hunger Fund.

Children’s Hunger Fund uses a unique method of distribution to get the food and other aid to hurting families. The Food Pak box contains about 20 pounds of non-perishable food, which will create about 48 meals for a family. This food is packed by volunteers (over 25,000 in 2014) who serve at Children’s Hunger Fund’s Distribution Centers in Los Angeles, San Antonio, and Chicago. Food Pak boxes are then hand delivered to needy families by trained volunteers from churches within the families’ own communities, both in the U.S. and in cities around the world.

Children’s Hunger Fund calls the initiative ‘Think Inside the Box’ because food is not the only component found inside the box. Intangibles like hope, love and faith are the built-in components that lead to change lives.

“One aspect of ‘Think Inside the Box’ that I find compelling is that a meal can be sent for only 25 cents,” continues Dave Phillips. “This creates an easy opportunity for American kids and families to reach out and help hungry children. Just 1 dollar sends 4 meals ”

For almost 25 years, Children’s Hunger Fund has delivered over $1 billion in food and other aid to kids across America and around the world. This is done with a lifetime average of 99% efficiency because of corporate donors and willing volunteers.

More information and how to get involved is available at ChildrensHungerFund.org/THINK.

About Children’s Hunger Fund

Children’s Hunger Fund was founded 24 years ago in Los Angeles to serve needy children. Since then, 99% of total contributions—over 1 billion dollars in food and other aid—has been distributed through programs serving more than 20 million children across America and 72 countries around the world. Over 25,000 volunteers are utilized each year to maximize their reach and impact while minimizing overhead. Children’s Hunger Fund strives to operate with total financial integrity and efficiency and is listed by CharityNavigator.org, MinistryWatch.org and Forbes.com as one of the most cost-effective charities in the nation. More info can be found at ChildrensHungerFund.org.

Health Briefs TV Segment Focuses On Children’s Mental Health

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Children’s mental health concerns will top a Health Briefs TV segment.

Children often have no guidance about dealing with mental health problems which can result in their developing anxiety, depression, addiction and leading to self-harm.

Health Briefs TV producers are pleased to announce work on a children’s mental health segment. It will encompass the leading complaints from children such as bullying, bereavement, domestic violence and family problems, and offer advice about how to handle them. Children often have no guidance about dealing with mental health problems which can result in their developing anxiety, depression, addiction and leading to self-harm. The informative segment is scheduled to air soon in the United States and Canada.

The Health Briefs TV show explores the emerging technologies, progressive treatments, revolutionary people, and innovative healthcare options that are all part of the global health industry. It explores topics relating to the health and medical fields and offers valuable information about the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of many common ailments. The show’s producers take pride in sharing up-to-date, valuable information about new procedures, prevention tips and outstanding businesses. It also features interviews with innovative health and medical professionals in the industry.

The program is headquartered in South Florida, and films on location throughout the United States and Canada. It is broadcast on most regional and national cable television networks. The show is a proud leader of quality, educational programming. Join the fans, the show’s staff and its host on many of the popular social sites to discuss and comment on stories of the day. Learn more about Health Briefs TV on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and usmstudios.com.

February Is National Children’s Dental Health Month

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brushteethFebruary is National Children’s Dental Health Month. According to Smiles Park Avenue Dental, roughly 41 percent of children age 2-11 have had decay in their primary teeth.

If there’s one thing that all dentists have in common, it’s that they regularly see young patients with tooth decay. According to a report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (published Aug. 26, 2005), roughly 41 percent of children age 2-11 have had decay in their primary teeth, while approximately 32 percent of children ages 9-11 have decay in their permanent teeth.¹

Sharde Harvey, D.D.S and principal at New York-based Smiles Park Avenue Dental, a practice that specializes in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, notes that there are many foods that can help or harm a child’s teeth. Here are the good and the bad:

THE GOOD: Here are some foods, even “junk foods,” that can help a child’s oral health:

* Dark Chocolate. The super dark treat can actually brighten a child’s teeth. Tannins (antioxidants found in cacao) prevent bacteria from sticking to teeth while also neutralizing the microorganisms that cause bad breath

* Unsweetened hulless popcorn. This treat acts as a natural tooth detergent in addition to being highly nutritious and loaded with vitamins and minerals. Its calcium phosphorus supplies valuable minerals and roughage and helps to exercise the teeth.

* Chew gum with xylitol. It helps reduce bacteria which lead to tooth decay. A few pieces of a gum such as Dentyne Ice leave no plaque-causing sticky residue, changes the chemistry in a child’s mouth and can actually help keep cavities away.

* Cinnamon flavored gum. Cinnamon helps to reduce bacteria in a child’s mouth. So gum like Orbit Cinnamon flavor may very well help inhibit growth of cavity causing bacteria.

* Sugar-free lollipops and hard candies. These treats stimulate saliva, which prevents dry mouth. A dry mouth allows plaque to build up on teeth faster, leading to an increased risk of cavities.

* Sip sugary drinks through a straw. This helps children to limit the amount of contact the sugar has with the teeth.

* Yogurt snacks. Foods that provide calcium and phosphates, such as yogurt snacks and milk and cheese can strengthen the tooth’s surface.

* Juice boxes. Add water to the juice drinks to dilute the sugar.

* String cheese. Some foods neutralize acids which cause cavities such as pears, apples and dairy, especially cheese.

* Raw nuts. These provide calcium and phosphates that can strengthen the tooth’s surface.

THE BAD: Here are some food-based causes of tooth decay in children:

* Drinking from a bottle. When children drink from a bottle, the liquid sloshes around their teeth and gums, and any drink with sugar in it will increase the chance of decay. So only put milk and water in a bottle. At bedtime, it’s especially important to put only water in the bottle. That’s because prolonged exposure to the sugars in milk can cause cavities too.

* Sippy cups. Limit the amount of time that a child has a sippy cup in her mouth, especially if it is filled with juices which are high in sugars and acids. Try diluting the juice or substituting water instead.

* Gummy vitamins. Many children consume their sweet or gummy vitamins after they brush their teeth, so the sugar remains on their teeth all morning.

* Sour candies. High acid levels in these treats can break down tooth enamel quickly.

* Sticky candies. Candies like gummies and dried fruits linger on the teeth, giving the bacteria extra time to cause damage.

* Long-lasting sugars. Lollipops and cough drops allow the sugar to remain in the mouth for a prolonged period.

* Starchy foods. Foods like French fries, white bread and pretzels easily lodge between teeth and are quickly converted to sugar by the pre-digestive saliva.

* Powdery candy. Candies which dissolve quickly and contain nothing but sugar, can lead to cavities by changing the mouth pH and giving the bacteria pure sugar to feed on.

* Acidic foods and drinks. Such as soda and fruit juices eat away the healthy enamel of teeth.

The foods that damage teeth have been shown to damage overall health, and the foods that are favorable to teeth tend to be favorable to health. No surprise. This is just one more reminder of why it is important to teach children early on the importance of eating well and avoiding sugars.

For additional information please go to http://www.SmilesParkAvenueDental.com

Reference:

1) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Aug. 26, 2005, http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5403a1.htm

Children’s Fitness Center Franchises In The US

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boypushupPrograms such as Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign and the National Football League’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program have driven awareness of the negative effects associated with childhood obesity and such awareness has resulted in parents being more active in finding fitness programs for their children, resulting in revenue growth for the industry. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated a report on the Children’s Fitness Center Franchises industry in its growing industry report collection.

The Children’s Fitness Center Franchises industry has fared well over the past five years, as it recovered from the economic downturn. Rising per capita disposable income as well as growing awareness of the benefits from exercising regularly, especially in response to a rising childhood obesity rate, have driven demand over the period. However, steady external competition from afterschool programs, child athletic programs and child daycare programs has offset further growth in the industry.

IBISWorld Economic Analyst Sally Lerman says in the updated report, “programs such as Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign and the National Football League’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program have driven awareness of the negative effects associated with childhood obesity.” Such awareness has resulted in parents being more active in finding fitness programs for their children, which has resulted in revenue growth for the industry. Because of this IBISWorld estimates that industry revenue will grow in 2014. Efforts to fight childhood obesity are expected to continue throughout the five years to 2019, acting as a key factor in this industry’s future growth. “During the past five years, households have increased discretionary expenditures, which includes children’s fitness classes,” Lerman says. Furthermore, with declining national unemployment, parents looked toward fitness alternatives for their children as fewer parents were at home to take care of their children and make sure they stay active. In response to the increase in demand, many franchises have expanded; although, prices have been kept low to compete with less expensive afterschool programs. As a result, the number of franchise units is expected to increase in the five years to 2014.

Over the next five years, rising per capita disposable income and lower unemployment levels will continue to drive up demand for franchises. Furthermore, more variety in classes and more classes per age group will further aid Children’s Fitness Center Franchises industry growth as establishments are forecast to increase over the next five years.

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Children’s Health – Claiming For Personal Injuries

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By James Helliwell

twokidsunHealthy children running around is what we all strive for as parents and the occasional fall with the odd bump and bruises is part and parcel of growing up. You might think you permanently have that bottle of antiseptic in your hand! But what do you do when the injury is serious? As we often have to leave our children in the care of others for long periods of time, what do you do if your child is hurt or injured due to someone else’s negligence? If this is the case then you may well be entitled to make a strong claim for compensation. I spoke with Claim Today who deal with personal injury in Birmingham for some advice to help you understand what you can do in these circumstances, and what you may be entitled to.

Typical Personal Injuries for Children

Let’s first look at the types of personal injury that children can be subject to. It’s true that children can become victim of personal injury in various ways, and often in much the same way as an adult. If your child has been injured in any of the following ways due to negligence then you should certainly investigate a claim:

Falls and Slips
Road Accident as a Pedestrian
Road Accident as a Cyclist
Road Accident as a Passenger
Amusement Park or Funfair Accident
Accident caused by a Dangerous Product
Accident at School, Nursery or College
Lift or Escalator Accidents
Accident on Holiday

Regardless of how a personal injury has occurred, you will need to file a claim in order to receive fair compensation, seeking legal counsel in order to take action.

Who can claim?

When a personal injury strikes, it can have a major impact on a child’s life. It may have independence and educational impacts, and not to mention impact on your own stress and anxiety levels as a parent. If their injury is long term, then you will need financial compensation to help with the coming months and continuing care. As the child’s parents you can claim on their behalf up until they are 18 years old and classed as an adult.

Let the Solicitor Go to Battle

Solicitors who specialize in personal injury claims know the law. They will be able to determine what an injured person is entitled to in a claim. Lawyers act as the ‘middle man’, taking on negotiations with insurance companies and anyone who is involved in a personal injury claim. The goal is to win compensation for a child who has been injured, providing them with the financial relief that can ease the burden of their injury.

Have Peace of Mind with a Qualified Lawyer on the Case

With legal assistance, parents can breathe a sigh of relief about the child’s personal injury claim. The trained solicitor will take care of all of the details, allowing you to look after your injured child and giving them the opportunity to recuperate. After a personal injury, a child needs to concentrate on getting well or coping with any changes that have resulted from the injury, and you will be able to focus on this aim whilst your solicitor deals with the legalities of the claim.

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5 Recommendations For Preventing Children’s Obesity – Part 2

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By Cindy Brown

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

healthychoice2. Eating Behaviours: Unhealthy eating habits and behaviours are the leading cause of obesity among children and adults. Treats are fine in moderation, but high amount of fat, sugar or salty snacks lead your children develop unhealthy eating habits. It is important to adopt healthy eating behaviours to prolong our life and to improve our physical appearance.

3. Encourage Family Interactions: Make mealtimes a family affair with a lot of happy talk and exchange of ideas. This will help your kids to eat more slowly. Gobbling food will not help a child to know the difference between full and overfull stomach. You can encourage your child to develop healthy eating behaviours and be physically active if you:

* Do not set overweight children apart. You should focus on the whole family and work gradually to change the family’s physical activity and eating habits.

* Create daily meal times and eating together more often. Prepare a variety of healthy foods and let your child decides whether and how much to eat.

twokidsun4. Physical activity and sedentary behaviours: Many studies have been conducted by doctors and researches that indicate a variety of negative impacts on person’s life due to sedentary lifestyle. 89% of the children aged between four and five years spend more time watching TV, videos or DVDs every day. They are likely to have an unhealthy diet, less likely to eat fruits and vegetables and less likely to participate in any physical activity. An active participation in physical activity increases life expectancy and decrease the risk of cardiovascular diseases. In addition, it provides psychological and social benefits. You should encourage your kids to participate in physical activities like running, cycling or swimming rather than engaging them in entertaining activities that results in overweight condition.

5. Use the Opportunities: Take your children with you when you go shopping or prepare meals as much as possible. Take your time to learn about their preferences and teach them about the nutrition and benefits of healthy eating.

In conclusion, Childhood obesity is a problem that a society cannot afford to ignore. One thing is for sure, if things stay as they are now, the future of our youth’s health looks extremely weak. Parents and schools are the only two most powerful forces that can directly shape their children’s lives and help to combat obesity. They should develop our youth into healthy citizens and ensure that their kids are well prepared for the future.

– Cindy Brown is the owner of Educare, a social voluntary organization, which offers youth development programs, Leaderships workshops and life-skills education. She is also a professional writer with science background and specializes in writing informative articles in various niches.

5 Recommendations For Preventing Children’s Obesity – Part 1

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By Cindy Brown

kidsunningtogetherBecoming a parent is an ecstatic feeling in life. As a child grows, parents guide them through life’s lessons in hopes that they don’t face any struggles growing up. Unfortunately, there are times that no matter how much we prepare; those struggles are waiting just around the corner. Parents often realize very late that the lines have been crossed and their child was being bullied.

Today, the problem of children obesity has become so endemic in the country that kids have shorter life span than their parents. According to the report by the American Heart Association about 1 in every 3 children is overweight or obese. Many children today are inundated with risk factors for heart diseases like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, raised insulin, obesity, physical inactivity, low self-esteem and depression.

Despite such facts, many parents feel uncomfortable while talking with their children about weight. In fact, a survey of WebMD/ Sanford Health found that parents of teens find it more difficult to talk about the weight with their child than discussing about drugs, alcohol or smoking. Such issue is heightened by the fact that there are limited resources available to help parents respond to their child’s growing weight. They search in local libraries or go online to obtain information but end up in getting something basic like eating less and exercising more.

However, weight loss is not a good approach for most young children since their bodies are growing and developing. They should not be put on a diet unless a physician supervises for medical reasons. A restricted diet never supplies the energy and nutrients needed for normal growth and development. Following are some simple but effective things to follow for preventing obesity:

kidseatinghealthy1. Small changes in eating habits pave the way for success: Parents can easily prevent childhood obesity by providing healthy meals, nutrition and daily physical activity. Healthy meals provide nutrition for growing bodies while increased physical activity reduces health risks and helps weight management. You should plan sensible portions and focus on overall good health rather than a certain weight loss.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

– Cindy Brown is the owner of Educare, a social voluntary organization, which offers youth development programs, Leaderships workshops and life-skills education. She is also a professional writer with science background and specializes in writing informative articles in various niches.

Women And Children’s Health Impacted By Iodine Deficiency

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Submitted by David Brimm

cutekidsConsidering how much salt people eat, there is an assumption that people in the U.S. are getting all the iodine they need. Yet, in reality, Americans consume an average of only 240 micrograms (µg) of iodine a day—50 times less the iodine that is consumed by the Japanese, who consume more than 12 milligrams (mg) of iodine a day (12,000 µg).

The result, according to Dr. Decker A. Weiss, NMD, FASA and co-host of “It’s Your Health and It Ain’t Rocket Science” radio talk show on www.radioMD.com. is that Americans are at a higher risk for a variety of health conditions, particularly breast cancer in women

Substituting for regular co-host, Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN, was Melanie Cole, MS, RadioMD’s Director of Operations, who holds a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology/Kinesiology.

“One in 7 American women (almost 15 percent) will develop breast cancer during their lifetime, as opposed to thirty years ago, when iodine consumption was twice as high as it is now (480 µg a day), and only 1 in 20 women developed breast cancer. Iodine is an under-appreciated and overlooked part of a woman’s health regimen,” suggested Cole, who is the host of Healthy Children (in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics) and Train Your Body (with the American College of Sports Medicine).

Dr. Weiss concurred, and noted that in addition to the role of iodine in women’s breast health, iodine helps women release stored up estrogen, which contributes to hot flashes.

“If women want to add more iodine to their diet through salt, avoid white table salt, which like white sugar, is not beneficial. Look to sea salt, which is usually grey or pink. You should be looking for products that contain at least 2 percent iodine,” recommends Dr. Weiss, the first Naturopathic Physician to complete a conventional internship, residency, and fellowship in a conventional medical system.

Cole noted that iodine has also shown to be beneficial for children with ADHD, and that children that have increased their iodine intake are showing marked improvement, and require lower doses of stimulants.

Dr. Weiss recommended that women who are avoiding more iodine because they are afraid of an allergic reaction should start off by diluting ¼ teaspoon of sea salt with iodine in a glass of water an applying it to the inside of their arm. Even if they see a mild reaction, they should continue and gradually build up the amount. The body will adapt to the iodine in their system once it is ingested.

To hear a recap of the show, visit the RadioMD web site.

Children’s Sleeping Habits Affect Health – Part 2

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Continued from part 1…..

By Nicki Anderson

groupkidswbg• If you recall pulling an “all-nighter” in college you’ll likely recall the next day’s events as a complete blur. When children are tired, their ability to pay attention, gather and assess information is challenged. This is a time when learning is key and if children are unable to keep up, they will always struggle to keep up.

So how much sleep does a child need? According to WebMD Healthy Parenting, only 20% of adolescents get the recommended nine hours of sleep per night on school nights. Further, children ages 3 to 5 years old need 11 to 13 hours of sleep per night, ages 5 to 10 years old need 10 to 11 hours; while ages10 to 17 years old need 8.5. to 9.5 hours of sleep per night. So how can you create an environment that fosters a solid night sleep for your little ones? It starts with a positive bedtime experience.

Making Bedtime a Positive Experience

• Keep an evening ritual. Kids thrive on rituals and bedtime is no different. The time children head up to bed, the prep time should be consistent. Ideally, there should be no television or computers in a child’s room, it’s distracting and doesn’t allow the brain to quiet down. Reading bed time stories or poetry is a great way to calm your child and bond before bedtime.

boyvideogame• Keep their room free from distraction and quiet. The less noise the more likely they will be to go to sleep and stay asleep.

• Bathroom before bed. In an effort to prevent middle of the night potty runs, make sure your child uses the bathroom before bed. Consider limiting beverages, especially caffeinated beverages a couple of hours before bedtime.

If your child struggles with sleep, consider implementing the above suggestions. Just like adults, too little sleep can have dire consequences on children and their health. A good night’s sleep can make the difference between a happy, well-adjusted child or a child that struggles to keep up both physically and emotionally.

– Nicki Anderson is the health and fitness columnist for Chicago Suburban Newspapers, Tribune Company/Naperville Magazine and contributor to numerous magazines and websites including, MSNBC.com, Forbes.com and FitnessMagazine.com, Real Simple, Prevention, Women’s Health and Women’s’ Running, Men’s Health and Fitness. Nicki also writes for chicagoluxurybeds.com