Monthly Archives: March 2012

Bake A Pie In Honor Of Pi Day (3/14)

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Happy Pi Day!  As many of you may already know, pi is the mathematical ratio (rounded to 3.14) of a circle’s circumference to diameter. Let us help you celebrate March 14 with a light and easy banana cream pie recipe from the Borgess Light Hearted Living Cookbook.

  • 3 medium bananas
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 low-fat graham cracker crust
  • 1/2 pkg (4 oz) fat-free cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups skim milk
  • 2 pkg (4 serving size) banana cream flavored sugar-free instant pudding and pie filling
  • 1 tub (8 oz) fat-free whipped topping

Once you collect all of the necessary ingredients, you are ready to go! Follow the steps below and you will be enjoying in no time.

  1. Slice bananas and dip in lemon juice to keep slices from darkening.  Drain slices on a layer of paper towels.  Arrange slices in bottom of graham cracker crust.  Set aside.
  2. Beat cream cheese in large bowl until smooth. Gradually beat in milk until well blended. Add pudding mixes. Beat 2 minutes or until thickened and smooth. Gently stir in half of the whipped topping. Spoon into crust over banana slices.
  3. Refrigerate 3 hours or until set.
  4. Top with remaining whipped topping.

We hope you enjoy your day and are glad we could be a part of it. To get more great recipes like this, check out the Borgess Light Hearted Living Cookbook at cookbook.borgess.com or visit the Seasons Gift Shop located inside the Atrium at Borgess Medical Center..

Take Care of Those Pearly Whites

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One of your baby’s many “firsts” is their first tooth.  The age that teething starts can be hereditary; if you have a family history of early or late teethers, your child may follow the pattern. Teething can start as early as three months old (with the tooth cutting through days to months after symptoms start) to as late as thirteen months old. The general order for cutting teeth is:

  1. Two bottom front teeth (central incisors)
  2. Four upper front teeth (central incisors and lateral incisors)
  3. Two lower lateral teeth (lateral incisors)
  4. First four molars
  5. Four canines or eye teeth (between lateral incisors and molars)
  6. Remaining molars

The entire process of cutting all 20 primary teeth is normal complete by two and a half years old.  Permanent teeth start to show up when the child is in early elementary school.

Unfortunately, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children aged 5 to 17. It starts when teeth are exposed to any foods and liquids other than water for a long period of time.  Sugars in food and liquid are changed to acid by bacteria in the mouth. The acid eats away at the tooth enamel, the outer layer of the tooth, leading to cavities. Fortunately, it is preventable.

The most important thing you can do to prevent cavities is good oral hygiene. Even before any teeth have come through, get your baby used to having their mouth cleaned.  After feedings, gentle wipe your baby’s gums with water using a clean wash cloth or gauze. Or use a soft baby toothbrush. As baby grows and eats less frequently, develop a routine of brushing after meals or at least twice a day.  The easiest times are after breakfast and before bed.  Use a soft toothbrush designed for the age of your child with water or “baby” toothpaste that does not contain fluoride. Once your child is a toddler and wants to do everything his or herself, have the child brush first and then repeat the process yourself to be sure that each tooth is cleaned well.  Or you go first and let him or her finish. If any teeth are touching, start flossing once a day. Once your child is age 2 and can spit out the toothpaste, switch to a children’s toothpaste with fluoride.  Only use a pea-sized amount and get the toothpaste into the bristles so your child doesn’t just eat it. Take your child for a checkup with a dentist every 6 – 12 months.

In addition to brushing, there are things you can do to protect your child’s teeth:

  • Don’t put your baby to bed with a bottle. Natural sugars in formula and milk will sit on the teeth over night and cause cavities.
  • Teach your child to use a regular cup as young as possible.  A child using a regular cup is less likely to have liquid collect around their teeth compared to a bottle or sippy cup user. Start offering a cup with water at meals as soon as your child can sit up by his or herself. The only liquid offered in a sippy cup should be water. Other liquids should be in a regular cup with meals.
  • Limit any juice, even diluted, to 4 to 6 ounces once a day and only serve it with a meal. Offer water between meals when your child gets thirsty.
  • Avoid drinks that have sugar and acid like juice, sports drinks, soda pop and flavored drinks and teas. The sugar and acid promote cavity formation.
  • Be careful with sweets and sticky foods. Fruit snacks and roll-ups, candy, and cookies, crackers and chips all have sugar in them and they can get stuck in molars, leading to cavities. Save them for mealtimes when you can brush as soon as you are finished eating. If your child is old enough to have gum, stick with sugar-free varieties or gum sweetened with xylitol.
  • Brush teeth after giving medicine.  Many medicines contain acids and sugars that can lead to cavities.
  • Be sure your child is getting the right amount of fluoride. Fluoride reduces cavities in children and adults and can even repair early stages of tooth decay before it becomes visible. If your community does not have fluoridated water or you use well water, talk to your dentist about using a supplement like bottled water with fluoride or a prescription tablet.

Nothing brightens up a day like a child’s smile. With proper care, that smile can last a lifetime. Remember, only brush the teeth you want to keep!

Author: Lisa Kanwischer PA-C, ProMed Pediatrics

Sources:

American Academy of Pediatrics
Consumer Guide to Dentistry
American Dental Association