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Simple Baking Recipes for Kids Using Pantry Staples

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We’re so excited that our doors are finally open again and we can welcome our Englewood, Stapleton and Thornton pediatric patients back into our office. We’ve missed you over the past few weeks, but we’ve managed to find ways to keep ourselves busy. One of our favorite things to do during self-isolation? Family baking!

The team at Kids Mile High has been making the most of our time at home, trying fun new recipes that are simple enough for kids to make (with adult supervision, of course). Even though banana bread is basically the official baked good of quarantine, there are so many other kid-friendly baking recipes you can make together. The best part is you probably already have everything you need in the pantry, so there’s no need to make unnecessary trips to the grocery store.

Whether you’re still isolating at home or just want to introduce your kids to the art of baking, here are five super simple baking recipes for kids.

  1. Everyone’s Favorite: Chocolate Brownies

There’s nothing better than a gooey chocolate brownie, am I right? They’re a crowd pleaser for kids and adults alike, and it turns out that they’re incredibly easy to make. With just eight ingredients you likely have on hand already, you can make delicious, chocolatey brownies the whole family will love.

Here’s what you need: bittersweet chocolate chips, unsalted butter, eggs, sugar, vanilla, baking powder, salt and all purpose flour. All you have to do is melt the chocolate and butter together, then add the rest of the ingredients to make a thick batter. Then bake at 350°F for 25 minutes and you’re good to go! Get the full easy brownie recipe here.

  1. The Classic Baking Treat: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ready to make the chewiest, gooiest chocolate chip cookies of all time? All you need are nine simple pantry staples. It might sound like a lot but once you read the list, you’ll realize you already have everything you need. These chocolate chip cookies are also egg-free, so they’re truly a pantry-only treat!

Here’s the list of ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, chocolate chips, brown sugar, white sugar, coconut or olive oil, and water. You could easily sub in whatever kind of flour, sugar and oil you have at home. Let the kids mix up the ingredients and then all you have to do is pop them in the oven. In about 15 minutes, you’ll have the best chocolate chip cookies you’ve ever had. Read the full kid-friendly chocolate chip cookie recipe and get baking!

  1. The Easiest, Healthiest, Tastiest One-Bowl Banana Bread

No list of quarantine baking ideas would be complete without a delicious banana bread! This one requires just a handful of ingredients and only one bowl to make. Just throw everything into one bowl and mix it up to create a batter. Then pour into a parchment-lined, 9×5-inch baking dish and bake for at least an hour. You’ll know it’s ready when the crust becomes a golden brown and begins to crack.

Using pantry items like bananas, oats, maple syrup, sugar and more, you can make kid-friendly (and naturally gluten free) banana bread in no time. Get the full healthy banana bread recipe from Minimalist Baker (and if you’re missing an ingredient or two, read the comments below the post for suggestions on substitutions!).

  1. Kid-Approved Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Every kid’s favorite sandwich just got an even tastier makeover. If you’ve got flour, oats, sugar, salt, baking soda, peanut butter, butter and jam on hand, you’ve got yourself the fixings for one of the best baking recipes for kids. These chewy peanut butter and jelly bars have a crumbly crust on the top and bottom that sandwiches a thick layer of strawberry jam. These bars look so delicious we’re willing to bet your kiddos will be asking for them again and again. Check out the full kid-friendly baking recipe and get ready to see your kiddos smile.

  1. Nutritious (and Delicious) Trail Mix Cookies 

Well, you knew we had to include at least one healthy baking recipe for kids. We are pediatric dentists, after all. Fortunately, you don’t have to sacrifice taste for nutrition with these yummy trail mix cookies. Peanut butter, maple syrup, salt, vanilla extract, baking soda and trail mix come together for a super healthy-yet-tasty treat that even kids will love. Does your child have a peanut allergy? Simple swap out the peanut butter for any other nut or seed butter (like almond butter or tahini). This healthy cookie recipe for kids is perfect for breakfasts, picnics or as an on-the-go snack for family walks. Trust us, they’ll be a hit.

Baking is not only a super fun family activity, it can also be educational for your youngsters. They’ll learn all about fractions and measurements, and discover the magic of watching a bowl of ingredients transform into delicious baked goods. Baking is truly one of the most fun family activities for children and parents to enjoy together. What have you been baking over the last few months? Be sure to let us know at your next appointment with Kids Mile High.

We’re reopening!

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Hey KMH patients,

We’re super excited to welcome you back to the office starting Monday, May 4th, however, to continue to ensure a safe and healthy environment for both our patients and team, we’ve made the following changes to our policies and protocols while we adjust to this “new normal.”

As always, we appreciate your understanding and support, and we look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces again in the weeks to come!

Changes we’ve made:

  • When visiting the office for an appointment, both patient and parent must wear masks. (If you have them)
  • We will be asking parents to limit siblings coming to appointments when possible.
  • We will ask a series of screening questions upon arrival, such as travel, symptoms, etc.
  • We will also be taking temperatures of all staff as they enter the practice for work each morning and patients and parents at check-in.
  • We will be opening at a 50% capacity to abide by the social distancing requirements and will be adding sneeze guards to our front office stations.
  • Staff will now be wearing surgical hair bonnets and N95 masks with additional eye shields.
  • We have purchased medical-grade air fresheners to circulate the air in the treatment rooms.
  • We have removed toys, books and magazines from the reception area, and the video game systems will be turned off.
  • The coffee/tea stations have been removed, but we are happy to get patients a beverage if desired.
  • We will be delegating “family areas” so patients do not co-mingle in the reception area.
  • The toy stations for patient prizes will now be restricted to staff disbursement.
  • We are diligently working on developing electronic forms to minimize staff/patient exposure with paper forms.
  • If patients have dental needs, but the parent/patient has flu-like symptoms, we will do a screening by phone and ask them to upload photos of the problem via our website portal set up for patients.
  • The medical building we are located in has also done their part by bringing in a professional sanitizing crew to sanitize the common areas.

In regards to scheduling, every effort has been made to contact patients that require schedule changes, and we will be reaching out again to get them back on schedule. However, if you have not been contacted, please give the office a call to get those appointments scheduled.

We will continue to update our patients through our websitesocial media, and email announcements. When calling, please update your email address with our practice to ensure you get all of our updates and go to our Facebook page to see the latest news. We will also be extending office hours as necessary to accommodate patient needs and assist them in maximizing their insurance.

Thank you, and see you SOON! 😁

The Kids Mile High Team

4 Super Fun Art Projects to Do with Kids at Home

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So what day of self-isolation are you and your family on now? For the team at Kids Mile High, it’s been a few weeks since we had to close our doors due to the current COVID-19 crisis. We really miss seeing all our patients’ smiling faces, but we also appreciate this rare opportunity to spend extra time at home with our families. That said, it can take some time to adjust to having your kids home all day, every day. Finding creative, fun, engaging activities can be easier said than done.

As your Englewood, Stapleton and Thornton pediatric dentists, we care about more than your children’s oral health. We want to make sure they’re happy, healthy and thriving in all aspects of their lives. That’s why we put together this list of fun, kid-friendly art projects that you can do at home. You probably already have everything you need on hand. Ready to help your kiddos release their inner artist? Check out these awesome art ideas for kids.

  1. Create a Blow Paint Monster

Whether you’ve got toddlers at home or fifth graders, this is a fun art project for kids of all ages. Blow painting is super easy (as long as you teach your kiddos to blow instead of suck the paint through the straw!) and lets your kids show off their creative side. To create your very own blow paint monster, all you need is watered down paint, a container and spoon for each color, large sheets of paper, straws and a permanent marker.

First, use the marker to draw (or have your child draw) a monster’s face on the page, making sure to leave enough space around your monster. Then spoon a few drops of your chosen color of paint onto where you want your monster’s hair to be. Now the fun part: grab your straw and start to blow on the paint. The paint will go wild, swirling and twirling on the page, to create a wacky, crazy hair-do for your monster. When your child is happy with his or her creation, lay it flat to dry. And then make another one (or two, or three…).

Tip: To avoid accidentally ingesting any paint, we recommend using food coloring and water instead of real paint.

  1. Make Your Own Paintbrushes from Nature

Want to elevate your kids’ at-home art projects? All you need is a little touch of nature. Take your kids for a walk outside and encourage them to grab some sticks, pinecones, evergreen leaves, or whatever they can find. Maybe you’re fortunate enough to have beautiful trees right in your own backyard! The sticks will become the handle for your natural paintbrush and the leaves will become the bristles. Layer the leaves around the end of the stick to create a good-sized brush, and then secure using a bit of string. All you need now is some paint and a canvas. Set your child up with a large sheet of paper, a few color options, and let them loose. You’ll be amazed at how something as simple as leaves and twigs can create such beautiful art.

  1. Grow a Paper Flower Garden

Now that spring has finally sprung, what better way to entertain your kids at home than by creating a beautiful flower garden? A paper flower garden, that is. This simple, fun craft for kids only requires a few supplies. Here’s what you need: regular printer paper, colored paper, straws (preferably green ones!), scissors, a glue stick and clear tape.

Start by cutting a circle out of colored paper for the center of your flower. Then use a different color to cut strips of paper and glue them into loops. Then glue the loops to one side of the circle, and voila: you have flower petals. Then glue the straw to the center of your flower to create a stem and secure it with tape. And that’s it! Make a few more flowers using different color combinations until you’ve got a pretty garden. Read these detailed instructions for this fun paper flower craft for helpful tips.

  1. Get Creative with Painted Rocks

Looking for a super easy art project for kids that also encourages them to get outside? Painted rocks are the perfect solution. Send your kids on a rock hunt for the smoothest, shiniest rocks they can find. Big rocks, small rocks, medium-sized rocks — anything goes! Once they’ve gathered up enough rocks of various sizes, it’s time to get painting. Small rocks could become ladybugs or bumblebees. Bigger rocks could turn into turtles, crazy patterns or anything your little ones can imagine. After the painted rocks have had a chance to dry, you could display them throughout your garden to give your yard an artsy boost, or share them with the community by dropping a few “Hello, stay safe” rocks on the side of the road when you take your walk for the day. (Take care not to put in the street which could create a hazard)

There’s a lot going on and we’re all adjusting to a new normal right now, and it can be tough to keep your kids busy when they’re at home full time. Try to remember that while the days are long, the years are incredibly short. So let’s all enjoy this extra time with our kids while we have it and create fun, beautiful art projects together. Before you know it, life will be back to normal. At Kids Mile High, we’re already looking forward to seeing you.

COVID-19 Update from KMH

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Dear patients,

*UPDATED* May 1st at 3:08 pm

We will be reopening on Monday, May, 4th! Find out more HERE.

Dear patients,

*UPDATED* April 15th at 12:10 pm

As mentioned previously, the safety and well-being of our community are of the utmost importance to us, so we will be following Governor Polis’ new mandate which states that we are to remain closed for all non-essential dental procedures until April 26th.

With this being said, we will continue to be available for patients experiencing pain or trauma for emergency care.

 Here are some ways you can get in touch with us:

  • During daytime hours (8:00- 5:00), you can call the office and leave a message. Messages will be monitored throughout the day, and a staff member will return your call promptly to address emergencies, appointment requests and account questions.
  • Use our NEW virtual visit service linked HERE.
  • If you’re experiencing an after-hours emergency, please call the office and follow the prompts to reach the after-hours emergency line.
  • You can email [email protected] for appointment requests/questions or account questions. The email will be monitored throughout the day, but will not be monitored at night.
  • If you are contacting the office to make a payment on your account, please do not include payment information on your message or in an email. Leave your name and number so a staff member can reach out and get payment information from you.

We miss you all, and we look forward to seeing you in May, hopefully!

Stay safe and keep smiling! =)

KIDS MILE HIGH
125 Inverness Dr. East, Ste. 300
Englewood, CO 80112
Phone: (303) 779-5306

 

*UPDATED* March 26th at 9:49 am

The safety and well-being of our community are of the utmost importance to us, so we are doing all we can to minimize the exposure risks for our patients while still being available digitally and over the phone for those in need of urgent care.

In light of the current COVID-19 crisis and in the interest of protecting our patients and team, we are following the latest rules from the AAPD, ADA, CDA and CDC. This means the KMH team will be working from home and can no longer have staff in our clinic locations for day-to-day operations until April 11th. 

 With this being said, we will continue to be available for patients experiencing pain or trauma for emergency care.

 Here are some ways you can get in touch with us:

  • During daytime hours (8:00- 5:00), you can call the office and leave a message. Messages will be monitored throughout the day, and a staff member will return your call promptly to address emergencies, appointment requests and account questions.
  • If you’re experiencing an after-hours emergency, please call the office and follow the prompts to reach the after-hours emergency line.
  • You can email [email protected] for appointment requests/questions or account questions. The email will be monitored throughout the day, but will not be monitored at night.
  • If you are contacting the office to make a payment on your account, please do not include payment information on your message or in an email. Leave your name and number so a staff member can reach out and get payment information from you.

Thank you again for your understanding during this time! We will continue to keep everyone informed with changes as they transpire.

Stay safe and keep smiling! =)

KIDS MILE HIGH
125 Inverness Dr. East, Ste. 300
Englewood, CO 80112
Phone: (303) 779-5306

 

*UPDATED* March 20th at 3:35 pm

In light of the current COVID-19 crisis and in the interest of protecting our patients and team, we are following the executive order of the AAPD, ADA, CDA and CDC and have closed our office (EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY) until April 14th.

We will be contacting every patient who is on the schedule from now until then and will reappoint you once we have more information.

We will remain available for emergencies and to answer any questions via phone or email.
Phone: (303) 779-5306
Email: [email protected]

Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for timely updates.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kidsmilehigh/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kidsmilehigh/

Thank you so much for your support and understanding during this difficult time. We feel blessed to be part of such an amazing community. We take comfort knowing we will get through this together.  We will continue to update you as new information becomes available.

Braces Patients:
Hygiene, hygiene, hygiene! Brush, floss, repeat. Continue with your treatment as directed until you are seen again.

Stay safe and keep smiling! =)

KIDS MILE HIGH
125 Inverness Dr. East, Ste. 300
Englewood, CO 80112
Phone: (303) 779-5306

https://www.kidsmilehigh.com/

An Important Message from KMH

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Dear friends of Kids Mile High Pediatric Dentistry,

We are still open!

However, with the situation rapidly changing day-by-day, we’ll continue to keep you updated via email, social media, and our website should the status of our office change in the future.

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 virus situation in our community, we want to reach out and share the actions KMH is taking to keep our patients and staff healthy and protected, so that we can continue to provide the best pediatric/orthodontic treatment for your children.

We follow and exceed all CDC (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines with the highest level of disinfection between patients and use modern state-of-the-art sterilization techniques and equipment to ensure our instruments are always pristine. Our top priority has always been the safety and wellbeing of our patients, guests, staff, providers and community.

Established Standard Precautions
Our staff and providers strictly adhere to the CDC’s Standard Precautions for Healthcare settings.  These include disinfecting treatment rooms between patients, using single-use personal protective equipment (such as masks and gloves) with each patient, and sterilizing instruments using best practices in sterilization techniques.  We routinely disinfect patient waiting areas, as well as frequently touched surfaces (door handles, toys, etc).  We publish and enforce standards for hand washing, maintenance of patient safety measures, and conduct routine training on best practices for all office staff to ensure compliance.  These standards have always been in place in our practice, even prior to the recent pandemic.

Additional Precautionary Measures for COVID-19
We are constantly monitoring and following all recommendations from the CDC, the World Health Organization, the American Dental Association, as well as local and national government agencies, to stay current with information and safety measures.  We are implementing all process changes recommended by these leading agencies.  Our staff is trained to recognize symptoms of COVID-19 so additional safety measures will be taken immediately if there is potential exposure.

Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses, meaning they are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product. The Environmental Protection Agency has developed a list of registered surface disinfect products for use against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Our disinfection process utilizes products on this list.

With an abundance of caution, we have established additional, temporary protocols in our offices by:

  • Monitoring the number of people in our office in order to enable appropriate social distancing
  • Asking families to bring only scheduled patients and 1 parent/guardian
  • Asking patients to arrive on time for their appointment and no more than 15 minutes before a scheduled appointment
  • Requiring everyone to sanitize their hands when entering and leaving our office -we will supply the appropriate sanitizer
  • Asking you to stay home and call to reschedule if:
  • You meet the CDC criteria for home isolation: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
  • Have flu-like symptoms including:
    – fever
    – chills
    – cough
    – shortness of breath
    – muscle aches and/or
    – gastrointestinal symptoms
  • You or your child is ill (unless it is an emergency appointment)
  • You or a family member has been diagnosed with, or are in the testing phase of diagnosis of COVID-19
  • You are 60 yrs or older
  • Are immune-compromised
  • Have chronic conditions such as
    – Diabetes type 1
    – COPD
    – Heart disease
    – Lung disease

We are confident we can and will be able to care for your children’s dental needs in a safe and effective manner and rest assured we will make adjustments as the situation dictates and as directed by authorities. We look forward to keeping our patients and their families happy and healthy!

Meet Your Denver Orthodontist: 20 Questions for Dr. Justin Owens

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If you’ve ever visited Kids Mile High, you might recognize Dr. Justin Owens as your fun, friendly Thornton orthodontist. As an expert in creating beautiful smiles for kids, he can even get your little ones excited about going to the orthodontist. Dr. Owens believes a good orthodontist is an orthodontist you can trust — so read on to learn more about him and why he got into the business of little smiles.

1.Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Denver, Colorado.

2. Why did you become an orthodontist?

A person’s smile is one of the first things you notice about them. Making a first impression with a beautiful smile can be very powerful, and I love helping people achieve their dream smile.

3. What is the best vacation you’ve ever taken?

Exploring Thailand…and eating Thai food!

4. Who is your role model?

I’ve always looked up to my mom and dad.

5. What’s your favorite thing about coming to work at Kids Mile High every day?

I love hearing about what our patients are into at the moment, whether it’s a video game, movie, sports or music.

6. Did you have a nickname as a kid?

Everyone used to call me Hawk.

7. What’s your favorite movie?

Star Wars, all the way!

8. What was the most challenging part of orthodontic education?

While I was in school, I was working seven days a week while trying to help raise a family at the same time. That was hard!

9. What’s your hidden talent?

Umm…I’m a good whistler?

10. Did you like going to the orthodontist as a kid?

I loved it! (Weird, I know.)

11. What’s the next thing on your bucket list?

I want to travel more. Hawaii is probably next.

12. What is something your patients would be surprised to learn about you?

I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2002.

13. Which sports team do you root for?

Broncos, Rockies, Nuggets, Avalanche…I love them all equally.

14. What do you think makes you different from other orthodontists?

As an orthodontist, it’s my job to look at people’s teeth to see how I can improve them. I try to put myself in my patients’ shoes to make the experience as fun and enjoyable as possible.

15. If you could have a superpower what would it be?

Definitely flying.

16. If you had a time machine, which era would be your first stop?

I’d go straight to ancient Egypt.

17. What’s your spirit animal?

Eagle…so I could fly!

18. What’s the best advice you can give parents about caring for their kids’ teeth?

Find a dentist you trust. Find a dentist your child trusts. Then see this dentist regularly.

19. What is your favorite food?

I’m a huge sushi fan.

20. What is your favorite holiday?

I love Christmas.

Want to meet Dr. Owens in real life and find out if he’s the right orthodontist for your little ones? Book an appointment today!

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Why Preventive Dentistry is the Best Dentistry for Kids!

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dr roger with child paitentThe best way to set your kids up for good oral health is to teach them positive habits from a young age. As pediatric dentists in Stapleton, the doctors at Kids Mile High are dedicated to educating youngsters on how to take care of their teeth now so they don’t run into problems in the future. After all, it’s way easier to stop a problem from occurring than it is to fix it after it happens. That’s why, when it comes to dentistry for kids, preventive dentistry is the best option.

At our orthodontic offices in Englewood, Stapleton and Thornton, preventive dentistry is one of our core focuses. Dr. Paddy and the team believe that good oral hygiene and regular visits with a pediatric dentist will lead to a lifetime of healthy teeth. If you’re not sure what exactly preventive dentistry is, read on and then book your child’s next appointment. We’re sure you’ll be convinced that preventive dentistry will protect your kids’ teeth from intervention down the line.

What is Preventive Dentistry?

Preventive dentistry refers to the steps you take to care of your teeth to keep them strong and healthy. Taking preventive measures helps you avoid oral health problems like cavities, gum disease, enamel decay and more. Preventive dentistry isn’t just important for adults. In fact, the earlier you start being proactive about your dental health, the better, so it’s important to get your kids started as soon as possible. The problem is it can be hard to motivate kids to brush, floss and get excited about visiting the dentist regularly. That’s where your pediatric dentist comes in: he or she will help your child understand how practicing healthy habits today will mean less dentist visits in the long run.

So what exactly does preventive dentistry entail? Lots of things! There are so many ways to protect your kids’ teeth from problems before they even begin, starting with regular check-ups. In a routine check-up, Dr. Paddy, Dr. Owens or Dr. Castro will examine your child’s teeth, gums and jaw, and a dental hygienist will clean their teeth to get rid of any plaque build-up. Another aspect of preventive dentistry is fluoride treatments. Fluoride will keep your kids’ teeth super strong and help prevent the deterioration of their enamel. You can also ask your pediatric dentist about getting a BPA-free dental sealant to protect teeth from harmful bacteria and oral acid.

While check-ups are incredibly useful and important for keeping your teeth healthy, preventive dentistry really happens at home. Kids Mile High will teach your kids how to maintain their strong smile every day, but it’s up to parents to keep track of their kids’ dental hygiene when they’re not in the dentist chair. This is what your kids (and you!) should do to take care of their teeth:

  • Brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss once daily
  • Avoid sugary, unhealthy foods
  • Visit their pediatric dentist twice a year for a check-up
  • Ask Dr. Paddy, Dr. Castro and Dr. Owens about dental sealants

How Your Kids Will Benefit from Preventive Dentistry

Preventive dentistry is beneficial for literally everyone (or at least, anyone with teeth!), but it’s most effective for kids. That’s because their teeth are still developing and haven’t been exposed to as many harmful things. By taking preventive measures before they get their adult teeth, you’ll ensure their permanent teeth come in strong, healthy and beautiful.

Being proactive about dental hygiene will also reduce the need for intervention in the future. If your kids are brushing and flossing regularly, they’re less likely to develop gum disease. If they’re avoiding sugary treats, they won’t need as many fillings. If they keep up with regular check-ups and receive fluoride or sealant treatments, they won’t suffer from as much enamel wear. Don’t get us wrong, we love to see your children’s smiling faces at Kids Mile High. But the less they need to see us outside of routine visits, the better!

As much as your kids will benefit from preventive dentistry, parents will too. When your kids practice proper oral care, it means less dollars you have to spend on treatment down the line. So take the time to educate your kids and encourage them to take good care of their teeth. And if problems do arise, don’t stress. Just call your favorite pediatric dentists in Denver and we’ll get your child’s teeth back on track for lifelong health.

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Kids Mile High is Now Offering Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in Thornton, CO

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kids-mile-high-thornton-coWhat’s better than two Kids Mile High offices? Three! Dr. Paddy Smithwick, Dr. Roger Castro and the newest member of the Kids Mile High family, Dr. Justin Owens, will be bringing the fun and the healthy smiles to a brand new, third location! That’s right, Kids Mile High at Thornton is officially open and offering pediatric dentistry and orthodontics in Thornton, CO! Our patients now have three awesome locations to choose from and, of course, they’ll continue to receive the same family-centered care we pride ourselves on.

As you may know, Dr. Paddy and Dr. Roger are board-certified pediatric dentists. That means, they went to dental school (they were actually classmates!) and then completed additional specialty training in treating infants, children, and teens, including those with special healthcare needs. They focus on preventative care and take a high-tech approach to make check-ups and treatments a breeze for parents and children alike. They’re also well-versed in behavioral techniques and child development, allowing them to speak to kids on their level and make them feel safe and secure at appointments.

Dr. Justin Owens has joined Dr. Paddy and Dr. Roger to offer comprehensive orthodontic treatment, including metal braces, clear braces, and Invisalign Teen. As a certified specialist in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics (using appliances to direct jaw and facial growth), he has the training and knowledge to give kids functional bites and beautiful smiles. He too relies on modern technology and techniques for faster, more comfortable treatments and amazing results.

Our Thornton location is a brand new, state-of-the-art office designed with patient comfort and enjoyment in mind. Hang out in our super fun reception area, play sports in the office and take part in our awesome contests and giveaways. We created this light-filled, beautiful space because we believe being in that kind of environment is inspiring and makes kids feel confident and beautiful themselves! We treat kids as if they were our own and you can rest assured they’ll have a blast while receiving the highest standard of care.

We think every child, regardless of their financial circumstances, deserves to have access to outstanding dental and orthodontic care in a respectful environment. That’s why we make treatment work for all of the families that visit us and accept most insurances, including Medicaid. By offering a full range of pediatric dental and orthodontic services under one roof (well, three roofs actually), you can skip the referrals and appointments at multiple practices. We can be by your child’s side during their entire smile journey from birth through adolescence.

We’re beyond thrilled to get to know the Thornton community. We look forward to continuing to give our patients sparkling, cavity-free pearly whites in Stapleton and Englewood and spreading the healthy grins to our new patients! If you’re looking for a family-friendly, trusted Thornton, CO pediatric dentist or orthodontist, schedule a visit at Kids Mile High!

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Our 2nd Guide to the Best Winter Activities for Kids in Denver, Thornton and Englewood, CO

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father and child making snow angelDr. Paddy, Dr. Roger, and Dr. Owens all absolutely love winter. Maybe it’s this shared love of winter and healthy smiles that makes them such a great team. Being the snow aficionados they are and the fact that they spend their days hanging out with kiddos and families, they have the scoop on all of the awesome winter activities for kids in Denver, Thornton and Englewood, CO. After our last guide turned out to be a hit, the team here at Kids Mile High put together a second one to keep your family busy throughout the cold weather months. The best part? Everything on this list is either affordable or absolutely free!

  • Ice Skating at the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park – Skyline Park, Arapahoe Street, Between 16th and 17th Streets, Denver – Ice skating at the Downtown Denver Rink is one of the most anticipated winter activities for kids in Denver each year. Presented by Capital One, the rink is open seven days a week from the end of November through February 3 and entry is free! You’re also allowed to bring your own skates. If you don’t own a pair, skate rentals are $6 for kids 12 and under and $8 for skaters 13 and older. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 12n to 5pm, Friday and Saturday, 10am to 10pm and Sunday, 11am to 6pm. To really take the fun up a notch, head to the rink on Friday nights between 7 and 9pm and skate to the tunes of a Denver DJ.
  • Retro Game Day – Englewood Public Library, 1000 Englewood Parkway, Englewood, CO – The Public Library is a source of tons of free Englewood kids’ activities, as well as things to do with the whole family. On Sundays through April, enjoy a little friendly competition and keep warm at Retro Game Day. The library sets out board games on the tables between 1 and 5pm. All ages are welcome to play and no registration is required.
  • City of Thornton Youth & Teen Nights – Thornton Community Center, 2211 Eppinger Boulevard, Thornton, CO – The Youth Council dreams up outstanding Thornton activities for teens, including Youth & Teen Nights.  Each event features an activity or theme that provides safe and supervised fun for kids ages 10 through 17. This winter and spring, events will be held on Saturdays, January 19, February 16, March 16 and April 13 from 6:30 to 10pm. Admission is $2.50.
  • Kindness Club – Sam Gary Branch Library, 2961 Roslyn Street, Stapleton, Denver – I don’t know if we’ve ever heard of a sweeter Stapleton activity for kids, teens and grown-ups than the Kindness Club. The group’s goal is to promote kindness through simple acts and it’s open to ages birth to 100 (though we bet they’ll let you in you’re 101). Kids have to be accompanied by an adult. On Tuesday, February 5 from 4 to 5:30pm, in preparation for Random Acts of Kindness Week, the inter-generational club will create bookmarks to hide in library books. You can also make an official Kindness Club member button. If you can’t make that session, the group meets again on Tuesday, March 5 from 4 to 5:30pm to focus on kindness to our feathered friends. Do something nice for others and make friends and meet neighbors in the process!
  • Family Classics Film Series – The Cube – 8371 E. Northfield Blvd, Stapleton, Denver – If you’re looking for indoor winter activities for kids in Denver, cozy up at the Family Classics Film Series at the Cube. Each month, from January through March, the Stapleton MCA will host a family-friendly film. Events begin at 7pm and admission is $5 per person. Before the movie, Dr. Vincent Piturro will lead an educational discussion. Residents can bring their resident card to receive a $4 credit at the concession stand, which will serve up soda, beer, wine and popcorn. On Friday, February 22 watch Mary Poppins (purchase tickets here) and on Friday, March 1 catch Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (get tickets here).
  • Hit the Slopes at Ruby Hill Terrain Park – Ruby Hill Rail Yard, 1200 W. Florida Avenue, Denver – When it comes to free things to do with kids in Denver during the winter, it doesn’t get much more awesome than Ruby Hill Rail Yard, which was the first free urban terrain park in the entire country. The Ruby Hill Rail Yard opens in January each year when the artificial snow is blown and lasts until the snow melts – usually six to eight weeks. The park is made possible thanks to Winter Park Resort, volunteers and Denver Parks and Recreation. The park is free and open to the public from 5am to 9pm with eight boxes and rails featured in beginner, intermediate and advanced configurations for skiers and snowboarders of all ages.
  • Home Depot Kids’ Workshops – 16420 Washington Street, Thornton, CO –Home Depot’s monthly workshops are one of our favorite free things to do with kids in Thornton, CO because they offer hands-on fun. Kids get to make a craft, which they can keep, and they receive a certificate of achievement, an apron and a pin while supplies last. Up next is a heart candy box workshop on Saturday, February 2. Stop by between 9am to 12n and you and your child will get to build a heart-shaped box for Valentine’s Day and then customize it with paint and stickers. All child attendees must be accompanied by an adult. Register here.
  • Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) Free Days – Various Locations, Denver, CO – A variety of museums and cultural organizations offer free admission on select days throughout the year, including in winter, thanks to SCFD Free Days. The initiative is partly funded by the residents of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson Counties through the SCFD 0.1% sales and use tax. This year, attend free days at the Denver Art Museum, Denver Botanic Gardens (Denver, Chatfield Farms and Plains Conservation Center), Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Denver Zoo. Check out the dates here.

If getting your child’s smile in tip-top shape is also on your agenda this winter, schedule an appointment at Kids Mile High!

Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids that will Strengthen Their Smile

Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids that will Strengthen Their Smile

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Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids that will Strengthen Their Smile

Summer is flying by! Maybe it’s because we’ve been so busy hanging out with our patients, making little smiles sparkle and soaking up the sunshine that August really snuck up us on here at Kids Mile High Pediatric Dentistry. That means, pretty soon, the kiddos will be heading back to school and parents’ schedules will be jam packed again. When you’re busy juggling a zillion things, dreaming up healthy snack ideas for kids that they’ll actually like can seem like an impossible task. Your favorite Englewood and Stapleton pediatric dentists, Dr. Paddy and Dr. Roger, are here to take that off your to-do list. We’re sharing some great snacks for kids that include foods that are good for your teeth too. Just remember, it’s best for children to snack in moderation since frequent snacking can increase the risk of cavities. Stick with nutrient-dense choices that will carry them through to their next meal. Here are some of our favorites:

1.  Baked Sweet Potato Fries – You can come up with a ton of inspiration for after school snacks by putting a healthy twist on some of kids’ favorite foods. In this case, French fries. Instead of the greasy, fried variety, try baked sweet potato fries. Sweet potatoes promote gum health because they have vitamin C, which may help kill bacteria in the mouth that can cause gingivitis and also ensures a healthy supply of collagen in gum tissue. Since sweet potatoes aren’t as acidic as citrus fruit, they give kids this necessary nutrient without weakening the tooth enamel.

Ingredients (4 Servings):

  • Four sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Dash of paprika, optional

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F.
  2. Cut your sweet potatoes in half lengthwise and then cut the halves into wedges about one-inch wide.
  3. Place the sweet potato wedges in a large mixing bowl and add the olive oil, salt, pepper and paprika if you’re using it. Toss to coat.
  4. Put the wedges on a roasting pan or a lightly greased baking sheet
  5. Bake until the potatoes are soft, about 25 minutes, turning once.
  6. Take potatoes off the pan and, if needed, season with more salt and pepper.
  7. Let them cool just a bit and serve warm.

2.  Pita Bread Pizza Genius Kitchen is home to an endless array of healthy snack ideas for kids, including this one for pita bread pizza. It’s simple, filling and, most importantly, tasty. These baked, portable pizzas consist of pita bread topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, spices and olive oil. We’d suggest sprinkling veggies, such as roasted broccoli or sautéed peppers, on top and using whole grain pita bread for more nutritional value. The mozzarella cheese has calcium, which helps replace the minerals teeth lose on a daily basis and strengthens the enamel, as well as the bones that support the teeth. If you opt for whole grain pita bread, it will benefit your child’s gums too. Whole grains are thought to lower the risk of gum disease.

3.  Crunchy Cinnamon Chickpeas – Roasted chickpeas are one of our favorite healthy snacks for kids on the go. The unassuming little legumes are actually nutritional powerhouses. Chickpeas have protein, folic acid, calcium, iron and magnesium. Folic acid stimulates cell growth from head to toe, which is essential for the whole body, the mouth included. Calcium makes the enamel and jaw bone strong. Magnesium is another mineral needed to give little teeth enamel of steel! Pack these crunchy chickpeas up for some healthy snack for kids at school or when they’re on the move.

Ingredients (4 Servings):

  • 1 15-ounce can of chickpeas, drained, rinsed and thoroughly dried
  • 1 tablespoon of a neutral oil (avocado oil is a good choice)
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¾ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of honey or agave

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F.
  2. After rinsing your chickpeas, roll them in a clean towel to dry them. If you have time, you can also let them air dry for 30 minutes on the towel. Some people swear by removing the skin for maximum crispiness but the choice is yours!
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix the chickpeas with the oil and sea salt. DON’T add the other spices yet.
  4. Arrange the chickpeas in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 35-40 minutes, shaking the pan every 10 minutes or so. When they’re done, they’ll be golden brown and crispy on the outside but soft on the inside.
  5. Remove your chickpeas from the oven and toss them with the honey or agave and cinnamon.
  6. Let the chickpeas cool for about 10 minutes. They’ll get crispier as they cool.

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4.  Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats in Mason Jars – Overnight oats aren’t just for breakfast. Stock a few extra jars in your fridge for healthy after school snacks. This version contains whole grains in the form of oats, Greek yogurt, milk, chia seeds, banana and peanut butter. Your kiddo will get protein, calcium, vitamin D, phosphorus, potassium, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and other essential vitamins and minerals. Yogurt and milk are foods that strengthen kids’ teeth. They reduce the acid levels in the mouth, lowering the risk of decay. The calcium and vitamin D also strengthen the bones that support the teeth and keep enamel strong. Whole grains, like oatmeal, are thought to lower the risk of gum disease.

If your child doesn’t eat dairy, you can leave out the yogurt in this recipe and replace the milk with an alternative like soy milk or almond milk. Add an extra splash of your non-dairy milk to make up for the moisture the yogurt would have provided.

Ingredients (1 Serving):

  • 1/4 cup of old-fashioned, rolled oats (can also use gluten-free oats)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter or a nut-free alternative like SunButter
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • ½ of a banana, sliced

Directions:

  1. Put all of the ingredients, except for the banana in a mason jar.
  2. Mix really well or put the lid on and shake it.
  3. For less mushy banana slices, add the banana before serving. If you don’t mind softer bananas, gently fold the banana slices in before putting it in the fridge.
  4. Put the lid on and keep the jar in the refrigerator for at least eight hours or overnight.
  5. Mix and eat up!

5.  Cucumber Hummus Cups – We stumbled across this genius recipe from the blog My Kids Lick the Bowl. Stacey, the mom behind the blog, cuts cucumbers into thick slices and scoops out most of the middle with a melon ball scooper to make a little cup. She stuffs the cucumber cups with hummus and pops pretzel sticks in them for good measure. Voila. One of the best healthy snack ideas for kids we’ve seen and you can pull it together in minutes. See the full instructions here. Cucumbers are packed with water and water rinses away food debris and plaque in the mouth. They’re also crunchy and chewing on crunchy, fresh veggies stimulates saliva production. Saliva has minerals in it that neutralize cavity-causing plaque acids. Hummus is made with chickpeas, which, as we discussed, have folic acid, protein, magnesium and calcium, all vitamins that help keep kids’ teeth healthy.

6.  Fruit and Veggie Spring Rolls – For a fun take on spring rolls, try stuffing them with smile-friendly foods like raw apples, baby spinach, strawberries, shredded carrots and mango. Since they’re finger food, these fruity spring rolls are amazing healthy snacks for kids on the go. Apples and carrots are nature’s toothbrushes, scraping away plaque as little ones munch on them. Leafy greens like spinach have essential vitamins and minerals to strengthen the teeth and gums, while fruits, such as strawberries and mango, contain the vitamin C gums love. This recipe is adapted from one created by Gemma Stafford of Bigger Bolder Baking.

Ingredients (8 Servings):

  • 1 carrot, peeled and shredded
  • 8 strawberries, sliced
  • 1 medium apple, peeled, cored and chopped into matchsticks
  • 1 mango, peeled and chopped into matchsticks
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • Lemon juice
  • 8 rice paper wraps

Directions:

  1. Prepare fruits and veggies. Be sure to squeeze a bit of lemon juice over the chopped apples to prevent them from turning brown.
  2. Add warm water to a large pot or bowl. Soak the rice paper wraps one at a time in the water for about 20 seconds. The wrap should be pliable and a little sticky but still a bit firm. Put the rice paper down on a flat surface with the smooth side facing down. Place a little bit of the filling towards the center of the bottom third of the rice paper. Bring the bottom edge up and over the fruits and veggies. Fold in both sides. While using your fingers to keep the filling tight and towards the center of the roll, firmly roll the entire paper up like you’re rolling a burrito.
  3. Serve alone or with the dipping sauce of your choice.

These healthy snack ideas for kids are simple to make, delicious and contain foods that strengthen teeth. While a well-balanced diet is part of any plan for awesome oral health, brushing and flossing like a champ and going for regular visits to a pediatric dentist are also keys to keeping children’s smiles healthy and bright. Looking for a fun, high-tech pediatric dentist in Englewood or Stapleton? Schedule an appointment at Kids Mile High Pediatric Dentistry today!