Holistic Happenings in Health & Orthodontics!
In Harmony Orthodontics - Dr. Catherine Murphy, DDS, MSD
This month’s topics:
Focus: Children’s Dental Health Month
💤 Is Your Child Crashing Around 10 a.m.?
🧃No Juice Challenge! Win Prizes
🦷 Healthy From the Start
👄Chew Better, Feel Better! MyoMunchee
- New Series with Dr. Tammy Button
- Tips from experienced & insightful IBCLC, Diane Gora
👃 Breathing & Cavities: Is There a Connection?
💌 Little Love Notes
February is Children's Dental Health Month
Want your child to have a healthy and beautiful smile? Want your child to be able to concentrate while at school? Want to save time and money?
Good dental health is one key to achieving all of those goals.
Millions of school hours are lost yearly across the USA due to dental-related illness. “Poor dental health has been related to decreased school performance, poor social relationships and less success later in life.”
To learn more, click here.
The common misconception is that dental health consists only of brushing and flossing. These habits are important. However, it’s more than brushing and flossing. As the saying goes, “Brushing alone won’t fight tooth decay.”
Our mouth health also relies on proper eating, breathing and sleeping. It’s all connected. That’s why my practice is called In Harmony Orthodontics.
Please read on for more information about these topics!
Also check out this site for more information: www.mouthhealthy.org/en/nutrition
Is Your Child Crashing at 10 a.m.?
Looking around the tables at a local breakfast restaurant, the typical American breakfast was showcased: orange juice pitchers, muffins, toast, jams, pancakes, waffles and syrup.
Looked delicious. However, it also looked like a crash waiting to happen. Do you know the recommendations for the amount of sugar per day? It’s not something discussed much.
Recommendations for maximum sugar intake:
- Men: 9 teaspoons or 36 grams, about 150 calories
- Women: 6 teaspoons, 25 grams, 100 calories
- Children 2-18: 6 teaspoons, 25 grams, 100 calories
- Infants 0-2: 0 grams of added sugars
Amount of sugar in common breakfast foods/drinks:
- Boxed apple juice = 6 teaspoons, 24 grams
- One 12 ounce (can) soda = 10 teaspoons 40 grams
- Blueberry muffin = 10 teaspoons, 40 grams
So, can can our breakfasts be making us and our kids tired? Yes!
The spike in sugar and its following crash can leave us feeling exhausted and worse yet, craving MORE sugar. A lot of time can be spent discussing this and let’s be honest, it’s not the most fun to hear while sitting in a dental chair.
So here are some great resources:
Sugarproof book and website: wwww.sugarproofkids.com
Drinks Destroy Teeth website and FREE app: www.drinksdestroyteeth.org
WHO calls on countries to reduce sugars intake among adults and children
No Juice Challenge
Dental health month often focuses on sugar and tooth decay. This IS important and I’m in full support.
I ALSO like to discuss hidden sugars, the overall health effects of sugar and low calorie sweeteners. So when I came across the new book Sugarproof, I immediately fell in love. The book and the social media feeds are great. Check them out on Facebook and Instagram.
Take the Challenge!
The challenge is easy and simple. From February 15 – 19, no juice for you or anyone in the household. 🛑 🧃 (Already stay away from juice? Great! The challenge will be simple!)
How to Enter:
Comment on the “challenge post” each day that you & your family committed to no juice. (Each comment = 1 point.)
Earn extra points by:
- Following / liking Sugarproof on Facebook and/or Instagram
- Sharing the challenge post to your story or feed
- Tagging a friend in the post
Winners get a copy of Sugarproof AND a Target gift card (to purchase non-sweet treats and drinks, of course!).
Note: One winner for IG and one for FB. Contest winner must reside in the USA.
Thank you for committing to better health for you and your children!
Healthy from the Start
New Series with Dr. Tammy Button
New moms have a lot to learn, especially when it comes to feeding their babies. I can relate. I was overwhelmed when my first child was born. When it came to starting solid foods, I wanted to make sure to make the right choices. My courses in holistic orthodontics discussed baby-led feeding but putting those ideas into practice was a challenge.
When my second child was born, I experienced the same feelings of being overwhelmed. However, I reached out and got connected with resources which helped.
I’m on a mission to decrease the need for orthodontics and I want to share the fact that eating influences our children on many levels.
As I increase my efforts to educate and inform more new moms, I’m incredibly thankful for my mentors and my mother. This includes (but is not limited to):
Dr. Button graciously agreed to share her knowledge regarding how food impacts our children’s oral and overall health.
Want to see how fun and messy it can get?! Click here to watch my daughter proving to me that she doesn't need utensils to eat her pasta!
Dental Health Starts with What Kids are Eating
My daughter Beatrice turned two years old on January 9, 2021. A birthday is always a time of reflection, and as a mom, I of course think back fondly on the miraculous day she was born and how much she has grown since then.
By Dr. Tammy Gierke Button, DDS, MSD, MA
The first two years of her life were just jammed packed with all kinds of firsts – for both my daughter and for me as a mother. One of the great joys of Beatrice’s life has been introducing her to solid foods. To be completely honest, it also was a great source of stress and anxiety at times. My husband and I are self-certified lovers of food, cooking, and celebrations involving food. We had Greek food at our wedding – not because we are Greek – but because we love the food and the importance of food and gatherings in the Greek culture. We wanted to be able to pass this love on to our daughter.
When I was pregnant, I always asked the parents of kids that seemed to be adventurous eaters how they managed to develop that trait in their children. Some parents were completely perplexed at how it developed and even said they had one kid in the family that would try anything and others that were extremely picky. Others said they purposely tried to develop that trait but it’s hard to know if what they did led to their adventurous palate or not. Welcome to parenthood, right??
A few pieces of advice stuck with me:
There are many different schools of thought and methods to consider when it comes to the introduction of solid foods at around six months. This is something to discuss with your pediatrician. Don’t wait for the six month visit to bring it up. Most pediatricians will begin the discussion at the four month visit, just to get the conversation started.
- Develop trust with your child when feeding solid foods – never force feed.
- With trust you can then establish the one taste rule: whatever is on their plate must be tried once but if they don’t like it after one bite they don’t have to eat it. And if it needs to be removed from the plate so be it!
- Never, never, never offer to cook something else for your child if they don’t care for what is on their plate. Once that is started there is no going back. Always make sure there is something on your child’s plate you know they like when introducing new foods.
- Serve everything at once – even what you might consider would be for dessert (fruit for example). This way all food has equal importance and sweets don’t get singled out as special.
- Variety is important. For example, you may serve eggs every day for breakfast, but you can serve fried, scrambled, as an omelet, or with cheese.
In this series, I will talk about how I introduced solid foods to my daughter, what guidelines I followed, what I learned, and also share some recipes and tips for food preparation. I can tell you we have a two year old who will at least try anything – and if you are sitting close enough to her in a restaurant she may ask for a taste off of your plate too. She loves social gatherings and seems to understand that food is part of the celebration. If any of what we have done to introduce food to her has anything to do with this attitude I cannot tell you for sure.
As a pediatric dentist, I can tell you that all of the guidelines I followed were with the hope of promoting the establishment of optimal oral health and overall health, growth, and development. I also followed the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025 (https://www.dietaryguidelines.gov/) which state there should be no added sugars for children under the age of 24 months. This was very challenging, but it definitely gave Beatrice the chance to learn and appreciate the natural flavors of whole foods.
I look forward to sharing our ongoing experience with you!
Next time: Chapter One: Getting ready to introduce solid foods
About Dr. Tammy Gierke Button DDS, MSD, MA
Executive Director, Southshore Skipping Stones
Perinatal Oral Health Education Consultant
Dr. Button has been a pediatric dentist for over 13 years. She founded and directs Southshore Skipping Stones which is a prenatal and infant oral health education foundation. Dr. Button focuses her professional expertise on the perinatal time which is during pregnancy and the first months after a baby’s birth. This time is of great importance because of the impact mom’s oral health has on her overall health, the health of her pregnancy, and the oral health of her baby.
By Diane Gora, IBCLC
Do you ever wonder why your friend’s baby only breastfeeds every 3 to 4 hours while your baby wants to nurse every one to two hours? One factor may be related to the mother’s storage capacity.
Storage capacity refers to the maximum amount of milk available to the baby when the breast is at its fullest time of the day. The amount of milk each mom can store varies from mom to mom and really has nothing to do with the size of a mother’s breast. It’s what’s on the inside that counts! A mom with a small breast can actually have a greater storage capacity than a mother with a much larger breast!
Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) and a well-known researcher and author in the field of human lactation, explains the frequency of feedings when mom has a small storage capacity:
“Small storage capacity may also influence the number of feeds needed per day. Doing the math explains why. After one month of age, a baby needs on average 25 ounces of milk per day. If the most a baby can consume at a feed is a little more than 2 ounces of milk per feed, she will need to feed at least 12 times to get this needed daily volume.”
In addition to storage capacity, the size of the baby’s stomach can impact the infant’s feeding patterns. The baby’s stomach size is determined in part by the baby’s age. A newborn’s stomach size is capable of holding about 2/3 of an ounce at birth. As the baby grows, so does the baby’s stomach, but mom’s storage capacity remains the same.
Chew Better, Feel Better!
As I shared earlier, I struggled with my first child in many aspects of feeding. So I was incredibly thankful when I learned about the MyoMunchee. Attending their course, I gleaned so much from other practitioners. (It was also great to hear the Australian accents of many of the presenters.)
Since I did not focus on baby-led feeding and my son's breastfeeding experience was far from ideal, the Myomunchee has helped us build up those facial muscles and has improved swallowing and lip seal.
Interested? Here is our MyoMunchee program. Give us a call to discuss your child's needs. We’d like to help improve your little one’s dental and overall health. (Also good for adults 😊)
Breathing & Cavities: Is There a Connection?
YES! Mouth breathing affects your overall health and your dental health. Mouth breathing leads to a drier mouth because of decreased salivary (spit) flow. Saliva helps protect our teeth. When our mouth is dry, the acids from the foods and drinks stick to our teeth and the enamel (protective layer) starts to break down.
Are you finally ready to address mouth breathing? Awesome!
Thanks to Dr. Jennifer Hobson at the Hobson Institute for sharing her passion for improved health. She offers a 3-session clinic online and has extended my patients and followers a special PROMO!
Visit the clinic and enroll today!
WHAT SYMPTOMS DOES THE HOBSON INSTITUTE BREATHING CLINIC ADDRESS?
- Poor Sleep, Snoring, Fatigue
- Anxiety, Tension
- TMJ, Clenching Your Jaw
- Attention Deficit Disorders
- Headaches, Migraines
- Mouth Breathing or Difficulty Breathing
- Crooked Teeth, High Narrow Palate
- Gum Disease
- Ear, Nose and Throat Issues
- Acid Reflux, Gerd
- Post Cancer Recovery Problems
- Prenatal, Pregnancy and Post Pregnancy issues
- Concussion or Physical Trauma
- Swollen Adenoids or Tonsils
- The Need for Ear Tube Surgery
To sign up for this breathing clinic, please go to
https://breathe.hobsoninstitute.com and for a limited time (until March 31st) use the PROMO CODE: breathe2021 to get a discount on the 3-part course bundle.
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