Posts for tag: health
With the YMCA youth soccer season kicking off this week, we know that life is about get even more hectic for many of our families. Between school, sports, after-school activities and all the fun fall activities that are soon to get underway, who has time to cook, much less eat together?
Not so fast! Before you ditch the family dinners for the rest of the fall- or year- Anderson Pediatric Dentistry wants to remind you that sitting down to eat with your family is about more than just food. In fact, study after study have linked eating family meals as one of the most important things you can do for your child! Life is busy. We get it. But sitting down to eat as a family can have a tremendous impact on everyone.
According to Anne Fishel, co-founder of The Family Dinner Project, a professor at Harvard Medical School and the author of "Home for Dinner", family dinners are one of the best things you can do as a parent! Years of research are now claiming that these benefits can come from regular family dinners!
· Dinnertime conversation boosts vocabulary even more than being read aloud to. Children with large vocabularies learn to read earlier.
· Adolescents who ate family meals five to seven times a week were twice as likely to get A’s in school as those who ate dinner with their families fewer than two times a week.
· Several of the studies link regular family dinners with lowering a host of high risk teenage behaviors parents fear: smoking, binge drinking, marijuana use, violence, school problems, eating disorders and sexual activity.
· In a very recent study, kids who had recently been victims of cyberbullying bounced back more readily if they had regular family dinners.
· In a New Zealand study, regular family meals was strongly associated with positive moods in adolescents. And we ask, who doesn’t need teenagers with more positive moods?!?
Don’t just take the word of your Anderson pediatric dentist. Take the advice of family therapists, researchers and stacks of studies. Eating regular family dinners is important. Whether it’s hotdogs, lasagna or sandwiches, it’s not about the quality of the food. It’s about the quality of the time spent together with your family. Don’t let life’s chaos ruin your family dinners. This week Anderson Pediatric Dentistry will be providing easy meal ideas and recipes to help you get back to your family dinners!
As always, Anderson Pediatric Dentistry strives to be more than just your kid’s dentist, or more than just the best pediatric dentist that offers cleanings, sealants, fluoride and x-rays. We want to be your go-to resource for your child’s dental health, as well as their overall health and well-being. We believe it takes a village to raise great kids and we want all our patients to succeed in all aspects of life.
If you have dental concerns or are looking for dental home for your child, Anderson Pediatric Dentistry would love to welcome you into our family. Call us today at 864-760-1440, or visit the website to learn more at www.andersonpediatricdentistry.com. Let us give you and your child Something to Smile About!
The old song says, “When you smile, the whole world smiles with you.” It turns out, there’s actually some truth in it. Your smile may not be able to make the entire world smile, but it definitely holds some power. The simple act of smiling can produce a variety of positive side effects.
Research has shown that smiling can elevate your mood and increase your general sense of well-being. Smiling activates the release of neuropeptides that work toward fighting off stress. Neuropeptides help send messages to your body about how you are feeling. Dopamine, endorphins and serotonin are referred to as the “feel-good” neurotransmitters. And they are all released when you smile! The release of these feel-good neurotransmitters not only makes you feel good, but they help to relax your body and can even lower your heart rate and blood pressure. As if that’s not enough to make you want to smile, there’s more! These endorphins also act as a natural pain reliever and an anti-depressant and natural mood enhancer.
Still not convinced of the power of a smile? There’s more.
Did you know that a smile can make you look younger? Studies have found that people view smiling individuals as attractive, reliable and relaxed. Researchers at the Face Research Laboratory in Scotland found that both men and women are more attracted to images of people who made eye contact and smiled, than those who did not.
A smile can also make people react to and treat you differently. Research has shown that a smile truly is contagious. Your brain naturally wants to smile back at someone when they smile at you. How’s that for a powerful life tool. A nice smile can quickly diffuse a situation, encourage people to be more receptive to you and even make you look and feel better!
Don’t believe all the hype? Still skeptical? Try it for yourself and see what happens. Make the effort to smile today, and every day, and see if it can make you feel better! The worst that can happen is that you will appear happier and friendlier!
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Don’t forget to take care of your teeth so that you and the world can see a more beautiful smile each day. If you are looking for a dental home for your child, Anderson Pediatric Dentistry welcomes you. Give us a call at 864-760-1440 and let us give you Something to Smile About!
School is just weeks away. Soon, we will be looking at school supply lists, organizing backpacks and getting back in our early morning routines. We’ll also be packing lunches and planning quick breakfasts to help get everyone out the door. We’ll be quick to ensure our kids get plenty of sleep and do their homework, but there’s another factor that may have just as much of an impact on your child’s education and daily success- nutrition.
Most people understand the link between good nutrition and their child’s growth and development. But, studies are showing us that good nutrition has far reaching effects, beyond just helping your child grow bigger and stronger. A child’s diet can directly impact their education. With better nutrition, students are better able to learn, miss fewer days of school and have less behavior issues, all of which can directly affect their self-esteem and confidence.
While we know that too much sugar can cause behavior problems in most children, studies are also showing that deficiencies in key nutrients can also have negative impacts on a child’s ability to process and learn new information. For example, iron deficiency has been shown to negatively impact cognition. Deficiencies in other vitamins, amino acids and minerals are shown to impair concentration and cognitive abilities.
It goes without saying that good nutrition can also directly impact your child’s oral health. Teeth need a healthy diet to remain strong and cavity free. Children with poor oral health and cavities tend to miss more school days, which can impact both their grades and their social development.
The results of poor nutrition can create a ripple effect in a child’s life, as any child experiencing poor educational outcomes or constantly getting in trouble for behavior issues will soon feel the stigma of being labeled as a trouble maker or a child that isn’t trying. In the same way, a child who has poor oral health due to a sugary diet or nutritional deficits, may become insecure in social settings, feel uncomfortable smiling and lose confidence.
Anderson Pediatric Dentistry wants every child to thrive. We know that a good education is the building block to success and that every child deserves the ability to be successful. We support the efforts of organizations in our community that are dedicated to making sure children are fed, such as United Way’s snack pack program, and also encourage parents and caregivers to ensure that their child is receiving adequate nutrition to help them reach their full potential.
Every child deserves Something to Smile About!
For more information on the power of good nutrition, this article below is a great start.