Pitner Orthodontics MAY 2018


Summer is right around the corner, which means you’ll soon pile the whole family into the car, ready to brave the

offer travel-sized versions that are easy to pack and play in the car. Before your next road trip, consider purchasing digital Yahtzee, which packs all the fun of the classic game without the dice, or IQ Fit, a logic game with over 100 challenges. Both games cost around $10 and can provide hours of entertainment. Include theWhole Family Once the travel games no longer pique anyone’s interest, try an activity that can be fun for the whole family: a traditional road trip game. If you have a car full of storytellers, try “Fortunately, Unfortunately.” The rules are simple. The first person starts by saying, “fortunately,” and mentioning something good about the road trip or the destination. The next person (moving clockwise) then follows by saying something “unfortunate” about the previous person’s statement. Take turns with every passenger in the car. If someone stumbles, they get a strike; three

strikes and you’re out. The last passenger standing wins.

Play an Audiobook or Podcast We get it. Sometimes passengers don’t want to play games. Occasionally, they’d rather relax or take a nap. However, your listening material doesn’t have to be limited to Dad’s favorite music. Instead, consider listening to a family-friendly audiobook or podcast, which can make the longest and most boring parts of your trip an entertaining or educational experience. Almost any popular book is available in audio form, but it can be hard to find an enjoyable podcast. “Transistor” is a science-focused podcast that explores

road for a vacation. Everyone knows that riding in the car for hours can be

torture. But with a little creativity, you can turn the worst part of a long trip

into a fun event.

Pack a Travel Game When the excitement of the family subjects kids and adults will find fascinating. Or if you’re looking for something fictional, try “Storynory,” in which the narrator tells fairy tales and legends from all over the globe. FROM THE OFFICE OF BUSTER the peace and entertain your kids with a travel game. Many board game manufacturers

Puppy Fur, Baby Teeth, and Growing Up Healthy G’DAY, MATE!

the road.With a brief exam, an orthodontist can determine whether a young patient’s permanent teeth risk overcrowding as they come in, if they have an overbite or underbite that needs to be addressed, and even make sure there are permanent teeth waiting to come in. Did you know that 10 percent of the population is missing one or more of their permanent teeth (not due to loss or extraction)?This means that if the baby tooth is lost, there’s nothing to replace it, which can lead to a lot of problems. The surrounding teeth will start to shift into the gap, and without a tooth to fill in that area of the jaw, the bone around the missing tooth will deteriorate. Plus, missing a tooth can lead to problems with self-confidence in kids.

18. Fortunately, with proper care, a baby tooth can be kept in place until an

Buster here, and I am so excited for summer to finally begin. I know summer is just around the corner because I’ve been shedding my puppy coat. Australian labradoodles only shed once in our lives, when we lose our puppy fur and grow our permanent coat. It’s kind of like how kids lose their baby teeth, except there’s no “Fur Fairy.” If there was, I would be swimming in treats! Mom combs out my fur so it doesn’t mat, and when she’s done, she says there’s enough fur lying on the ground for another Buster! The preventative brushing my mom does while I’m losing my puppy coat is a lot like when parents bring their kids into the office while they’re losing their baby teeth. Scheduling an appointment before the permanent teeth come in can prevent serious dental problems down

implant can be added. But first, parents need to know the risks their child faces.

TheAmericanAssociation of Orthodontists recommends all children be evaluated by age 7 so an orthodontist can check to make sure the child’s teeth and jaw are developing correctly. Dental health is important for the whole family, even for those who still have their baby teeth. A little preventative care can make sure everyone gets to keep smiling (and wagging their tail) for a long time!

Missing teeth should be replaced by an implant, but patients can’t get dental implants until age




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