Protecting You with Surgically Clean Air

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Protecting You with Surgically Clean AirAt NoPo Kids, we want you to know that even now, we are still here for you. We are committed to the health and safety of our patients and staff, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As we begin to reopen, we are dedicated to providing high-quality care while still following the CDC guidelines. Our staff has undergone training and education on the importance of hygiene, facemasks, and etiquette. Our staff routinely cleans and sterilizes all surfaces, supplies, equipment, and tools within our office.

When you walk into any healthcare facility, you should feel confident that you are in a safe and clean environment. However, healthcare facilities are not immune to air pollutants and contaminants. Many times, patients may come from work, school, or home and unknowingly pass viral organisms into the air.

The Air We Breathe

It is easy to take the air we breathe for granted. We want you to know that we are currently taking extra steps every day to diligently sanitize our entire office, including the air! With our Surgically Clean Air purifiers, we can guarantee that the air you breathe in our office is as clean and safe as it can be.

Pollutants in the air we breathe can cause anything from allergy symptoms to serious health complications, even aiding in the spread of infectious diseases. When we imagine air pollutants, many people picture dust, dirt, allergens, and dead skin cells. However, there are other pollutants such as mold, bacteria, viruses, fungus, and even man-made chemicals that can prove dangerous if inhaled.

Even though our bodies have a natural air filter system, it isn’t perfect. The hairs in our nose and our body’s mucous membranes filter out larger particles but can still allow harmful pollutants to enter our body and weaken our immune system.

We are always searching for new ways to invest in our patient’s health and whole-body wellness, so we use Surgically Clean Air purifiers in our office and treatment areas to ensure medical-grade clean air.

Surgically Clean Air

Many air filters have only one or two filtering platforms, but Surgically Clean Air products go above and beyond with a six-stage filtering process. These filters remove odors, gasses, bio-aerosols, bacteria, mold, fungus, and even viruses out of the air allowing us to truly provide you with a safe and healthy environment.

These purifiers and filters are proven to remove over 90% of viruses and other pollutants within 15 minutes. This is accomplished by the use of short-wave Ultraviolet light which inactivates any airborne pathogens and microorganisms as the air is forced through the filters.

Our practice requires open mouths, water tools, and other equipment that may cause the air to be filled with various pollutants. During COVID-19, we are doing our best to protect you when you visit our office by using Surgically Clean Air to improve the air quality within our office to ensure you are breathing clean, germ-free air.

For more information on our use of Surgically Clean Air or to schedule an appointment, please contact NoPo Kids Dentistry office today.

Sleep Hygiene – How to Encourage Good Habits + Healthy Routines

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Bedtime finally rolls around. You’ve been reminding your kids the past hour or so but you hear the dreaded words “I’m not tired!” While this can partially just be kids being kids, consider the importance of things to rule out that could be keeping your kids awake at night.

Sleep Needs

While there is no “one size fits all” answer, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recommends the below:

  • Infants 4 to 12 months – 12-16 hours of sleep, including naps
  • Children 1 to 2 years – 11-14 hours of sleep, including naps
  • Children 3 to 5 years – 10-13 hours of sleep, including naps
  • Children 6 to 12 years – 9-12 hours of sleep
  • Teenagers 13 to 18 years – 8-10 hours of sleep

Exercise

The more energy extended throughout the day, the better the chances kids have falling asleep at night time. Playing outside, or joining sports clubs or teams are not only great ways to socialize but also at “wearing kids out” before bedtime rolls around. Exercise right before bed, however, should be avoided as the heat from warm muscles can prevent children from falling asleep.

Technology

Reminder – this goes for us adults too! Televisions, mobile phones, computers and more emit blue light that suppresses hormones that make the body sleepy. Encourage other nighttime activities, such as listening to music quietly or reading. It’s a good habit to turn off all screen at least an hour before bedtime. Encourage books, art, games, or music to unwind before the kiddo’s head to their rooms to catch their zzzzz’s.

Food + Caffeine

A full tummy sounds good in theory, however, a big meal right before bed can prevent effective sleep. Try to eat meals relatively early to give the body time to begin the digestive process. Also, foods high in sugar can not only be bad choices for teeth, but can affect blood sugar which can result in trouble staying asleep. Of course, avoid any caffeine from sodas, chocolates, coffees or teas as well.

Routine

There is no right or wrong way to establish a proper bedtime routine, but the most important factor is to start it early. It’s difficult to encourage good sleep habits with a cranky toddler or young child who’s set in their ways! A good bedtime routine should be around 10-15 minutes, but the more consistent you are with it, the better results you’ll have! Consider a warm bath and books before bed, as well as white noise, black-out shades, and a soft night light to help set the bedroom mood. Essential oils in a diffuser can help, too!

As many of you know, Doctor Staci often brushes and flosses her kids’ teeth in the bedroom during the nighttime routine. Two birds, one stone peeps! Parenting survival tips and healthy teeth habits all in one!

Good luck parents, you got this!