Healthy Living, Kids, Parenting

What Do You Do When Your Child Loses A Tooth?

What Do You Do When Your Child Loses A Tooth?
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When it comes to teeth, you’ve probably heard the basics about establishing good brushing and flossing habits, as well as trying to keep those sweets to a minimum. But there are still a lot of oral issues that you’re going to need to address as they grow, namely, what happens when they lose a tooth. Whether it’s due to an accident or aging, permanent or baby teeth, you want to make sure that you are prepared with what to do next.

Let’s start by talking about losing baby teeth. This is a natural process that happens when children are around 6, but it can vary. If your child loses a baby tooth far earlier due to an accident or tooth decay, make sure you bring them to a dentist right away. This could mean that there’s a greater issue with their oral health, and a baby tooth falling out prematurely may also impact whether or not the permanent tooth ends up coming in properly. A dentist will help in both situations.

When your child does lose their baby tooth, make sure that they gargle with warm water after it falls out, especially if there’s still some bleeding. Your child’s brushing habits can stay the same for the most part, but make sure that they don’t brush too hard around where the tooth fell out to avoid irritation. It’s also a good time to reestablish how important it is that they cut down on sweets and keep brushing, as their permanent teeth will soon become a regular rite of passage.

But what happens if a tooth is suddenly knocked out while your child is playing or due to some type of accident? At the end of the day, while you can do certain things in the moment, the best thing you can do is get them to the dentist as soon as possible.  Ideally, if it’s an adult tooth, you want to clean it gently but quickly and put it into the socket. If that doesn’t work, the key is to save it in cold milk or saliva if possible. Make sure you reach out to a dentist with emergency hours.

If the tooth can’t be saved, it’s important to see what your options are in terms of replacements. For adults, dental implants are common, but they aren’t really a good idea for younger children, because they require inserting something into the jaw, and the jaw likely isn’t done growing yet (it may be viable for older teens). There are still alternatives out there that can help. For example, a removable partial dentist may take some getting used to, but is easy to take in and out and can handle several years of usage until your child is ready for an implant later in life.

Another option is a bonded bridge. This is a variant of traditional bridgework, but rather than altering existing teeth to hold it in place, it has “wings” that are bonded to the back of other teeth. It’s not as strong as a bridge, but it is a viable option.

It’s important to mention that in addition to replacements for lost teeth, you may see similar techniques applied to teeth at risk of being lost. According to Dr. Rylan J. Hansen of Hansen Dentistry in Apex, NC, “a dental crown is a cap that is placed on your tooth when there is not adequate tooth structure remaining to be able to support a traditional filling. A crown will provide the necessary protection that is needed to avoid tooth loss. The cap is placed over whatever tooth structure is remaining after any dental decay is removed.

Until recently, this procedure took multiple dentist appointments and weeks of waiting for a lab to create the crown which meant having a temporary crown in the meantime. However, new CEREC (Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic) technology makes it possible for this procedure to take place in a single dentist appointment thanks to digital imaging technology and in-office milling unit.” Look at the linked crown before and after photo to see how it works in action. When dealing with loose and missing teeth for children, it can be a bit of a harrowing experience for everyone involved, especially if it stems from a dental emergency. Just know that there are tools for every situation to help restore their smile.

Children's Books, Education, Summer, Travel

Must Read Books When Traveling With Kids

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Must Read Books When Traveling With Kids

Traveling with kids is a daunting task for some, but it has never been for me. I have my own self-interest in history and geography so going somewhere new is fun for me because I can educate the boys in a fun and engaging way. Our 2 older bonus boys have not traveled as much as our youngest son. Circumstances and also money was different when they were younger. Now that we travel more often and to further locations my son is so enriched and can speak about other cities and recognize sites when we see movies or advertisements from major cities.

I always make sure he knows where we are going. For nights leading up to our travel I talk about distance and things to see and do even for local getaways or camping. Picture books and fact books are the best way to get him excited and Lonely Planet has so many travel and guide books for kids and adults!

City trail books are fun. We just got back from New York City and we saw so many landmarks. This is his second trip to New York from Seattle so he really has a little piece of his heat left in New York. These books were so much fun as we planned our trip and he remembered the guidebook at certain spots.

If your child just wants a general education about the world and major cities, these Big Books are fantastic. They are fun to pull out at bedtime and skim a page or two as they learn about their world outside of their own town and local landscapes.

Having guide books like these has begun to develop a love of museums from my son. He is 10 and just this week, out of the blue, said he really loved the museums we saw best and really wants to go to more museums.

Besides travel you can also find a few other guide books that include all things about Earth and even the humans and DNA makeup of us and the regions. Look for guidebooks for your upcoming travel or for some engaging education around history and geography at Lonely Planet!

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Education, Gift Guides, Kids

Have Fun with Pools and Poop with These New Blue Orange Games

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Have Fun with Pools and Poop with These New Blue Orange Games

Pools and poop, but luckily not at the same time! These 2 newest games from Blue Orange games will keep the kids (and you) entertained this spring and summer. One is a game about race and accuracy while the other requires concentration and swiftness. Either game brings the skills that board games bring out so well in your child as they play and grow. Both are for ages 6+ so the older kids stay engaged (and unplugged).

Pool Party is a real hit with my son and I. It is simple, yet speed and accuracy is a must. The pool is a bit tipsy so as you race to get so many of your flip cards in you need to make sure they don’t tip out for them to count or you may be starting over.


The cards require a little pressure with a finger and off they fly, hopefully landing in the pool. As you really get going it is easy for one of yours to get knocked out too even before the pool tips.

The first person to successfully get all their certain amount of cards into the pool AND not have that pool tip over is the winner of that round.

Second, the game Who Did It is about getting rid of your cards quickly in attempt to not take fault for your pet being the one who pooped. This is such a hilarious game. Concentration is involved because there is an element of making sure you are not calling animals already eliminated by your opponents so you can catch them as the culprit before the blame gets placed on you. All pieces are kept in this ‘poop’ pouch and it is small and transportable for road trips and campgrounds.

More new games coming this season from Blue Orange Games include:

Happy Bunny – ages 3+

Where’s Mr. Wolf – ages 4+

Gift Guides, Kids, Parenting

Toddler Pillow To Help Children Sleep Better

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Toddler Pillow To Help Children Sleep Better

You may have seen Twin Z Pillow on ABC’s show Shark Tank! The Sleep Zzz Pillow is their popular kids sleep pillow (ages 3 and up) that surrounds your child with the snuggly softness and security of their very own body pillow sized perfectly for them! This pillow helps kids fall asleep faster and most importantly STAY asleep providing a more restful nights sleep for your child and you! Everyone wins! See more in the video below….

Right out of the package you can feel the softness of the pillow and immediately you want one in an adult size (yet they have an adult pillow)! I plan to give mine to my nephew for his 4th birthday (maybe my brother and SIL can have their bed back to themselves if E likes it), but my almost 10 year old saw it and would not let go of it.

There is an adult pillow and several color and design options for the kids pillows as well as extra cover options available to choose from.

Keeping the pillow clean is as easy as removing the cover and using your washing machine.

$5 OFF Coupon – Sleep Zzz Pillow Special! – Save $5 off your Sleep Zzz Pillow purchase and enjoy a more restful nights sleep for the whole family! Use Code: SLEEPY at Sleep ZZZ Pillow!

Easter, Gift Guides, Giveaways, Kids, Star Wars

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Basket Giveaway


It’s almost Spring time which means Easter is not to far away! This also means it’s almost time for us to gather everything we need to create that awesome Easter basket for the kids! Well, what if I told you Star Wars has put together an awesome Easter basket that will help kids celebrate their new release Star Wars Lego Freemaker Adventures Season 2

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Basket Giveaway

The LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Synopisis

“The second season of “LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures” delivers all 12 action-packed episodes plus five bonus shorts on DVD! The Emmy®-nominated animated television series is set between Stars Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and focuses on the three Freemaker siblings as they explore new worlds, meet new characters and Star Wars icons, and have unforgettable adventures. The second and final season follows Rowan, Kordi and Zander as they are thrown into battle after they join up with the Rebels! Bring home the out-of-this-galaxy adventure on DVD on March 13, 2018!”

The Star Wars Giveaway

Now the giveaway will contain:

  • Blu-ray of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • DVD of LEGO Star Wars: Freemakers Adventures: Season 2
  • Porg mug
  • Blue lightsaber
  • Rebel Alliance pin
  • Chewbacca 4” Wind up toy
  • Star Wars Easter Egg decorating kit
  • Yoda plush pet toy
  • BB-8 Plush
  • Yoda plush pet toy (sizes may vary)
  • R2D2 bean bag plush
  • Large Lego set from Lego Freemakers


Hosted by: Night Helper

Open to: USA only 18yrs. +

Start date:03/15~03/21 11:59pm

The winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to

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Fashion, Gift Guides, Holiday Gift Guide 2017, Kids

Super Soft Kids Jacket Makes a Great Winter Gift

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Super Soft Kids Jacket Makes a Great Winter Gift

It is called the Appleby half zip fleece. Have you ever bought a thick winter coat and when you needed warmth, but not bulky you would take out the liner for your child to wear? My son has a snow jacket like this and wears the liner a lot more than the full coat. This fleece is like a super soft version of that liner. As soft and warm as it is, you can easily fit a coat over it as lightweight as it is.

appleby jacket

Anthony’s reaction to the jacket

I walked into the game room and told hime something came for him. He looked up and before he was even near it said, “Oh, that looks so comfy and soft, Mom”. He reached out to grab it and actually gave it a ‘hug’. Then told me to keep it with him so he can cuddle it in his lap while he finished his video game.

More about the Appleby Fleece Jacket

It is a 100% polyester, recycled and fluffy fleece with an elastic band cuffs and collar. It is very insulating and the perfect winter coat to keep kids warm. It retails about $50 on the Craghoppers website and it is also on Amazon. Anthony wears a size 10 and I ordered the 11/12 and it’s a great fit he can still grow into a bit. Look for winter coats for the entire family at Craghoppers.

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