Thursday, July 15, 2010

FYI - Back to School #5 part A - Visiting the Pediatric Dentist water cover ridehorssre lunge scat scram getaway exit scurry zip getback duck depart flee getgoing

YOUR CHILD GOES BACK TO SCHOOL IN LESS THAN A MONTH! (depending on where you live)

{You may have noticed that  some of our html links and the posted Titles  have words that do not quite go with the format.  This is because our 5 year old wants to blog, too!  So whenever we step away, he types his fav words, too.  So, from now on, just know that the little blogger has blogged again!  And that's a good thing! Enjoy.}

{This blog is quite lengthy. Check tomorrow for part B.}

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry "encourages parents to get it done in year one" teeth exam campaign.  Autism Speaks, a disabilities advocacy organization, recently released their Dental Guide.  Visit their website to download a copy. They include videos available on 

 We have taken our son to a pediatric dentist since he was a new born. We wanted to make sure that we were properly cleaning our baby's gum and tongue. Our parents had taught us to take care of our teeth. So, we knew that early prevention would help ensure that his teeth would have a good mouth to grow in as he got older. Usually after nursing, we would wipe out his mouth with a warm towel.  We would softly sing "Brush, Brush, Brush our teeth, this is the way we Brush our teeth." Then at bath time, we would use a tiny blue index finger brush and massage it across his teeth, gum and entire mouth, followed by wiping with a warm cloth. Our baby boy enjoyed these soothing techniques, especially right before bedtime. His pediatric dentist had informed us to buy these dental tools at any pharmacy. Upon returning from fleeing Hurricane Katrina, we had to find a new dentist.

Over the years, we've taken several pictures and videos of son enjoying tooth brushing time. As our son grew, he would crawl to the bathroom and raise his arms to be held by his Dada. He liked holding the big toothbrush and trying to clean inside his dad's mouth. He enjoyed listening to the bubbly sounds coming from his mouth as his Dada gargled. As he grew, we bought a baby/toddler toothbrush sets. He could hold the tiny toothbrush in his little hand and the bristles were soft and the toothpaste was tasty. At least twice a day, our son would excitedly stand on his footstool and look in the mirror as he brushed his tiny teeth. 1)Brush up, down, top, bottom, front, back and all around; and 2)don't forget to Brush my tongue.  3)Now- Spit, Rinse, Spit, Rinse, Spit.  It was quite a production with us singing in the background, "Brush, Brush, Brush your teeth, this is the way we Brush our teeth."

Hi-5! We had established a good oral home, up to the age of 2.


{to be continued tomorrow}


NEW YORK, NY (June 8, 2010) – Autism Speaks, North America's largest autism science and advocacy organization, today released a new Dental Tool Kit to help parents promote good, life-long oral health care habits for their kids with autism. The free kit, which includes both a video and a down-loadable printed guide, features tips for improving oral hygiene at home, as well as information about how parents and dental professionals can make a visit to the dentist's office less stressful and more productive.
The Dental Tool Kit is the result of unrestricted educational grants to Autism Speaks from Colgate and Philips Sonicare, and the collaborative efforts of all three organizations. The Dental Tool Kit offers tips on brushing and flossing at home and for preparing for a dental visit. Because children with autism often benefit from visual guides and schedules, the kit includes a visual depiction of a dental visit that parents can review with their child in advance. It also features a questionnaire that families can provide to their dentist before the visit that explains some of the specific challenges that may affect their child with autism. For dental professionals, there is information about autism and suggestions for making their interactions with patients with autism more successful.  Lisa Goring, Autism Speaks national director of Family Services. “We hope that our Dental Tool Kit will give parents some useful strategies for promoting good oral health care habits, and provide dental professionals with information that will make treating kids with autism a more positive experience for all.”

Autism Speaks History  Autism History and News links
Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

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