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Is Fall the best season of the year?

Back-to-school, colorful leaves, brisk mornings and crisp nights, delicious holidays, cozy sweaters, pumpkin everything . . . there is so much to love about this time of year!

It all starts in September with back-to-school. Except this year back-to-school is a little different with many kids doing virtual school at home. If you’re looking for a fun and educational activity to do between school sessions, we’ve created a free downloadable "teeth" chart. The chart outlines at what ages baby and adult teeth appear. Also included is a blank chart of the mouth for your children to complete on their own. Children can color their baby teeth one color and their adult teeth another color. If they have a missing tooth with no baby/adult tooth showing through yet, they can mark an X on the chart. 

After back-to-school comes the holiday that is most terrifying for dentists! Halloween brings sugar, and sugar brings an increased risk for cavities. Please remind your children to brush well after eating their Halloween treats. Children should be brushing their teeth at least twice per day, in the morning and at night, for 2 minutes. However, if they indulge in sugar sweets during the day, especially sticky treats, they should brush their teeth after eating the treat and again at bedtime. 

We found a cute and healthy Halloween-themed snack that should please your little monsters. You will need several clementines, grapes, strawberries, and celery sticks. First, place the grapes on a plate or platter to create the shape of eyes and a nose for a Jack-o-Lantern. (If you have children under the age of 3, please choose another fruit besides grapes.) Then, place the strawberries in the shape of a mouth. Once you have the eyes, nose, and mouth of the Jack-o-Lantern, fill in the surrounding area with the clementine sections to create the shape of the Jack-o-Lantern. Finally, place the celery sticks at the top of the Jack-o-Lantern to create the pumpkin stem. 

Wrapping up the delicious holidays of Fall is Thanksgiving. Last year in our office we had a Thankful Turkey coloring contest.  We asked children to color in a turkey and then write what they are thankful for on the turkey’s feathers. Our team enjoyed reading all of the things our patients were grateful for - some funny, some sweet, and some very insightful! We are not able to do our coloring contest this year due to COVID-19, so we have included it here as a free printable. If your children complete it, please take a picture and tag us on Facebook or Instagram. It’s always good to pause, especially during the busy holiday season, and take note of the many things we have to be grateful for.  

We wish you and your family a happy Fall, full of cozy nights at home. We wish you a great start to the school year, a safe Halloween, and a delicious Thanksgiving.

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