Smile Tips for All Parts of Life from a Mom, Wife, and Dentist

March 29, 2017

Oral Care During Pregnancy

Pregnant Oral Care

"Why are my gums so inflamed? My nausea is so bad, I can't bear to brush my teeth! Are x-rays safe?" These are some of the common concerns that I hear from pregnant dental patients. Pregnancy presents a variety of oral care symptoms. Find out the do's and dont's in our Pregnancy Oral Care Guide!

March 27, 2017

Going Home to PENN Dental

Last week, I had a most invigorating opportunity to present my new book Making the Cut to Penn Dental Medicine Department of Pediatrics! Years ago, when I first entered Penn dental school, I had a very contracted view of what the profession entailed. Surely, I understood that dentists diagnose, treat, and prevent dental disease but I didn't realize that we essentially serve as ambassadors of oral health in every aspect of our lives.

As I presented my BrightWhites brand, I reflected on the many different posts I've been able to serve on my own path in dentistry. In private practice, I performed the typical role of a dentist in an office. In Germany, providing care for the military, I became an expert in the treatment of patients working in areas of compromised oral hygiene. When my son arrived, I became a resource for new mothers with whom I encountered in playgroups.

Now as an author, I have learned how to effectively introduce storylines to inspire good oral care alongside child development. In dentistry, our preps are guided by fine lines and parameters, but most refreshing to our practice is that as an art and a science it is crafted by many dimensions.

March 22, 2017

4 Tips to Fight the Stomach Flu

Last week the stomach flu knocked down our door! The virus always seems to come out of nowhere and when it hits the symptoms are just miserable. Luckily, there are ways to help provide relief and prevent the ugly bug from staying around too long!

1. Hydrate. Drinking adequate amounts of liquids is always important and especially in times of diarrhea and vomiting, it is necessary to replenish those lost fluids. Still water may induce nausea, so try mineral or carbonated beverages. Low sugar Gatorade is also good for replenishing electrolytes.
2. Light Fare. Keep something on your stomach that's not heavy, acidic, or spicy. Saltines are good as a bland snack with high starch. The starch works to absorb stomach acid and relieve nausea.

3. Disinfect. Spray down the halls, mop all the floors, and launder soiled clothes. Kids bring home everything and adults are sticky too. Don't forget that hand washing is the first step to preventing the spread of germs.

4. Rest. We're all deprived of sleep and working long hours. When you get sick, it becomes imperative to take the time rest your body and recharge! Resting gives your body a chance to repair cells and fight infection.

Sometimes, a virus arrives when you least expect it but following these simple steps can shorten the stay of this unwanted visitor.

March 15, 2017

Snow Day with Breden Kids

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With a winter so mild that it has been deemed by NASA as the warmest on record, we were thrilled to have a surprise snow day! The cold weather was a perfect opportunity for my son to wear his new Breden Kids Balaclava Hat.

Breden Kids Balaclava Hat

The popular hat-scarf from the Estonian children's clothing brand is designed to cover the head, face, and ears and also comes in a wide selection of fun colors and patterns. The smart and fun Balaclava Hat is a perfect gift for boys and girls!  

Made from 95% GOTS Nordic quality organic cotton, the lightweight ninja style is ideal for temperatures between 40 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit but can also be worn under layers in colder weather.   

If you're looking for more stylish outdoor attire, the Breden company also makes a variety of comfortable hats and scarves for your growing child as well as a full line of hats, mittens, jumpsuits, and bottoms for baby. 

Draped in the blue fish design, we were ready to attack the snow!  

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* Many thanks to Breden Kids for sponsoring this post with a complimentary Balaclava Hat. All opinions are my own.

March 4, 2017

Striped Rugbys by Janie and Jack

Janie and Jack Boys Rugby
The Janie and Jack Boys Sale is going on now. Originally $36.00, the soft cotton striped rugbys are great for socials and for play. 


March 1, 2017

Lab Coat Essentials

Women's Lab Coat

 Lab Coats come in different lengths and pocket designs but here are a few ways to help style it all your own!

1. Add a fun chunky necklace. This one by Jane Stone ships for free and comes in 11 different colors!

2. Step up in comfortable pumps. The Nine West Margot heel is just the right height and style for clinic or case presentations.

3. Stay organized and on time for your appointments with your Apple iWatch.

4. Go pro with your PDR Prescription Drug Pocket Guide. It fits perfectly into your lab coat for easy access and quick review.

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