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Tackling Teenage Teeth: Stop Your Boca Teen from Doing This ASAP

We’re excited to have Dr. Popper of Junior Smiles back with us this month for Part II of our “Tackling Teenage Teeth” blog series! (Read Part I about when your child might need braces HERE.) This month, Dr. Popper is talking about all of the annoying oral habits you need to get your Boca Raton teenager to stop doing NOW. I get it– easier said than done, but as parents I guess we have to try!



Dr. Popper, Junior Smiles | Boca Raton Teenager
Dr. Popper, Junior Smiles

I know, I know: teenagers! I guess I was one myself, thousands of years ago. Although for the life of me, I can’t believe I did any of, you know, those things teenagers do. But I did. We all did…

In terms of my own oral health, I definitely can’t forget “those things” because I’m reminded of them every day working with my Boca Raton teenager patients. I’m going to get to the lifestyle issues in just a moment, but I want to point out that there’s at least one teenage oral health issue that isn’t due to their behavioral antics.

Did you know that a little over half of all teenagers (including Boca Raton teenagers) have gum disease, aka gingivitis, in some form?

It’s not entirely the kids’ fault, though. It turns out that the hormonal tsunamis of adolescence make the gums more vulnerable to assault by plaque. And girls get the worst of it unfortunately. The ways teenagers behave certainly compound the problem, but let’s be fair.

Go figure, Boca Raton teenagers have a burning desire to be attractive. Yet, they often fail to stick to the relatively simple, easy practices that go such a long way toward keeping their smiles sparkling and their breath fresh (like regular brushing with proper technique and flossing).


It’s even more baffling to Boca parents who see the enormous efforts their teenagers are willing to put into grooming and dressing. Go figure. The “why” of teenage behavior is a huge, open-ended subject.

I humbly concede that telling you how to improve your teen’s oral hygiene habits is beyond the scope of my dental expertise. And if YOU figure this out, I hope you’ll tell me! 🙂 What I will do is highlight a few things to aim for or stop…

Teenage Teeth Tips & Tricks
  • Somehow, parents need to get their teens to embrace brushing, flossing and fluoride. Flouride’s probably the least problematic of these, and guides for brushing and flossing are widely available. A simple few minutes a day can effectively combat tooth decay and gingivitis.
  • Trauma is a major cause of teenage dental troubles. Sports, developmental awkwardness, and general bad judgment can get teenage teeth knocked out, broken, or cracked. Collisions between teenage teeth and the world are inevitable. But when we know the risk is elevated, as in some sports, mouthguards are essential.
  • Mouth piercings, smoking, recreational drugs, alcohol and junk food all pose risks to teens’ oral health. A Boca Raton pediatric dentist can address the dental consequences, but only if parents get their teens in for regular checkups.

Make that a priority, and may the force be with you!


Sponsored: This blog post was sponsored by Junior Smiles. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor. Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider and please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I have been compensated, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

Moms Can Relax at October 2018 Palm Beach Spa and Wellness Month

If a mom can’t relax for a good cause, then when can she, dang it? That’s the question I asked myself as I experienced multiple (amazing!) treatments at a recent event promoting Discover The Palm Beaches third annual Spa and Wellness Month this October (2018). I first learned all about Palm Beach Spa and Wellness Month, a.k.a Spatober, last year when I visited PGA National Resort & Spa.

Spoiler alert: It’s a great idea.

Palm Beach spa and wellness month 2018

Both local moms and visitors alike are invited to experience transformative spa treatments, wellness events, healthy cuisine and fitness festivals…all for a good cause! A portion of the proceeds is being donated to the American Cancer Society of Palm Beach in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

NEW this year at Palm Beach Spa and Wellness Month | 3 Fitness Activities:
  1. A four-stop fitness crawl throughout downtown West Palm Beach
  2. Bootcamp classes at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches
  3. District Fit, a multi-day fitness festival including sunrise salutations, aerobic classes, fitness seminars and therapeutic holistic treatments led by renowned fitness influencers. Classes are complimentary and are sure to inspire visitors to “nama-stay” a little longer. 😉

Palm Beach spa and wellness month 2018

Whether you enjoy fitness for the downward dog or are “doing it for the donuts,” Palm Beach Spa and Wellness Month poses a wealth of offers, events and experiences for the mind, body and spirit!

Here’s some of what I experienced at Bella Reina Spa (you can too this October!):

Palm Beach spa and wellness month 2018

Bella Reina Spa

Cost: $99 per treatment

Pink Wellness Menu: Featuring three 60-minute tantalizing treatments. Each includes a Pink Facial in a box, foot bath and are served with organic green tea, coffee or lemon water.

  • “Crystal-Free” Microdermabrasion Facial: A luxurious facial that delivers instant results. This advanced treatment delivers healthier, radiant skin customized for you. The facial begins with a raspberry hibiscus enzymatic exfoliation of the skin for optimal penetration of the active. Next, a customized “pink” crystal fiber mask enhances the cell renewal process. Finally, an exclusive “pink” vitamin-packed serum is infused with the gentle support of noninvasive ultrasound energy. It provides a brightening, healthier glow.
  • Wellness Massage Ritual: This deeply effective muscle therapy provides maximum results. It works pressure points and energy meridians for total muscle relief. The experience concludes with a Pink Peppermint oil foot
  • Queen of Pink Pedicure:. A Pink Himalayan Salt Milk soak readies the feet for what can only be called a “facial for the feet.” A baking soda scrub is followed by a 30% Lactic acid peel. Then, a secret Lemongrass Callus Remover creates baby soft feet.

Palm Beach spa and wellness month 2018

Check out the complete list of 2018 Palm Beach Spa and Wellness Month offerings HERE.

Hosted: This Spatober post was hosted by Discover the Palm Beaches. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor. Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was hosted by Bella Reina Spa, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

How to Do Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Like a BOSS

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: No one does the holidays better than Walt Disney World. Two years ago, I experienced Christmas at the House of Mouse for the first time via Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Last year, my family and I were invited to attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. And of course I didn’t get around to writing about it until now. Whoops.

I wanted to make the most of our first time, so I did my research before we headed to the Magic Kingdom for this popular family event. Here’s what I learned after attending!

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Patch Reef Park Programs for Bright Boca Kids | Fall 2018

With the school year in full swing and weekly schedules shifting, now is the perfect time for parents to consider some new enrichment programs for Boca kids– their BRIGHT Boca kids, of course! I had no idea that Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton had so many class options for SO MANY AGE GROUPS. I narrowed the field and picked my top choices below for Fall 2018.

P.S. If you’re a Palm Beach County (not just a City of Boca) resident, you’ll save big on registration! Continue reading Patch Reef Park Programs for Bright Boca Kids | Fall 2018