October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the US. While very rare, men can develop breast cancer too.

The month of October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month with its purpose to raise awareness about breast cancer and educate men and women alike about the symptoms, prevention, treatment, and share stories about those that have fought, are fighting or lost the battle against breast cancer. There are many different ways to get involved, support, donate or volunteer during this month, and help those alongside their journey.

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Facts about Breast Cancer:

  • Breast cancer is a disease in which the cells in the breast grow out of control. There are many different types of cells in the breast, which means there are many different kinds of breast cancer.

  • More than 245,000 women in the US get breast cancer each year. Most breast cancer is found in women ages 50 and older, with about 11% in women under age 45.

  • Risk for getting breast cancer is higher if there is a strong family history of having breast cancer, or inherited changes in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.

  • There are many symptoms of breast cancer, such as new lumps, thickening, irritation, or pain. Some have no symptoms at all. For a full list of signs and symptoms visit www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast.

  • The best diagnostic tool to detect breast cancer early is a mammogram. A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast and can detect breast cancer up to three years before it can be felt.

  • During October, you can see a pink ribbon being worn or advertised. This is the international symbol of breast cancer awareness.

How can we help?

  • Encourage women to get screened, and talk to their doctor about when it is recommended to get a mammogram.

  • Take steps to lower your risk of getting breast cancer, such as maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, avoiding or limiting alcohol intake, limiting radiation exposure, avoiding chemicals that can cause cancer, and more.

  • Donate to charities that support breast cancer research.

  • Simply sharing this blog can help to educate others!

Annual Halloween Candy Buy Back

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It's almost that time of the year

to go Trick-or-Treating with

your little witches, goblins and ghosts!! 

We are having our Annual Halloween Candy Buy Back program starting November 1st! Have your kids bring their left over Halloween candy to our office and trade it in for $1.00 per pound (up to $5.00). 

You only have until November 7th to bring it in so don’t delay!

We will donate the candy along with toothbrushes to our troops overseas through Operation Gratitude!

Our Fall Contest Has Begun!

We love contests at Heights Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics. We also love our patients, our families and our friends. This Fall season, we want to know who or what YOU are thankful for! Stop by our office, and write what you are most thankful for on a leaf and hang it on our tree!

Our Fall contest ends November 22!

We can’t wait to see what you are thankful for! One lucky winner will be chosen randomly for a big prize!

October Employees of the Month!

October is one of our favorite months of the year around here.

We love the start of everything FALL from pumpkin spice candles to lower Houston temperatures. We also love that not just one {but TWO} of our amazing team members were voted Employee of the Month:

Lydia and Yesenia

“Lydia is always helpful, pumping sunshine, working and smiling all the time! She does so well with all of her work with ortho and pedo…”

“Yesenia helps with both sides of the office, pedo and ortho, and has been improving a lot!”

We are thankful for you both! Congratulations on tying for this month’s Employee of the Month!

September Employee of the Month!

Wow! What a busy summer we had!

We loved seeing all of our patients while they were off from school. Our team was working really hard! One employee truly stood out and was voted our next employee of the month:

Dental Assistant, Jackie

She always makes sure that your children are comfortable and well taken care of when they are here for their treatment appointments.

We are so lucky to have her on our team! Thanks for all you do Ms. Jackie!

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Lunch Ideas for Tired Mamas

We know that school has just started and that means early mornings, getting all the kids out of the house with clothes and shoes one, teeth brushed, homework packed, matching shoes, and on time before that bell deems them tardy. We know that dinner time is crazy trying to come up with healthy foods for our kids somehow squeezed in-between tutors, music lessons, homework time, and sports. And we also know that after our precious babies are finally in bed, parents still have laundry, dishes, and those LUNCHES to pack! Oh how easy it is to reach for prepackaged foods full of sugar and completely lacking in nutrition! Marketing companies make it so easy to pick those up from eye level grocery store shelves… So here we, your Heights Pedo/Ortho team, are ready to rescue you by giving you some quick tips on making it easier on yourselves.

Let us start with discussing lunch boxes as those can really make a difference in packing lunches for our kids. Our favorites are ones that have compartments that make is easy to pack just the right amount and just the right variety. Personal favorite? PlanetBox Rover stainless steel lunch box. It comes with a sandwich size compartment that also fits a bowl for soups or salads, few other compartments made just right for fruit, veggies, or the right amount of chips or pretzels. It also has a tiny middle spot perfect for a treat and another small container where you can pack yogurt, apple sauce or salad dressing! These lunch boxes have customizable magnets for decoration, caring case, and a matching bottle! And they are machine washable. No, we are not selling those and we are not getting any royalties from advertising them, but we do love them :) Many other companies make lunch boxes that are similar though so pick one up and then start prepping.

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Yes Pinterest has all these photos of smiley faced sandwiches and custom cut fruit that look like animals.

You might be one of those crafty parents, in which case you should post on Pinterest and we will follow!

But most of us aren’t quite that skilled…

Lunch needs to be healthy, easy to make, and nutritious. Here are our suggestions:

  1. The biggest compartment needs to be filled with the main meal. Sandwich with peanut butter, ham and cheese, or anything else your kids love is a good choice. Try to pick non-white bread to make it a bit more healthy. You can also pack a salad, pasta, meatballs, chicken, etc into that larger compartment. Simple wraps made with tortillas are also great ideas kids love. You can make enough pasta to last the whole week. You can make few sandwiches at a time and store in your fridge. The main meal should be an easy pick and pack on daily basis instead of making something new every day.

  2. One of the smaller compartments can fit fruit and/or veggies. For fruit we suggest anything that can easily be sliced at the beginning of the week or fits into the box without cutting up. Apples, oranges, berries, grapes, or kiwis are all great and can be cut up on Sunday night and distributed daily. Best veggies are the ones that your kids will eat. We find that kids like carrots, celery, broccoli, peas in a pod, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers. Have them all ready for easy “throw in” at the beginning of the week.

  3. Second smaller compartment can be used for a healthy carb such as pretzels, healthier version of chips or crackers. Kids like crunchy snacks in addition to their main meal and fruit and veggies.

  4. Granola or nut mixes are also great to fill in one of the lunch box spots. If you choose to pack granola bars, read labels as they are often filled with empty calories and sugar. However, there are many great alternatives on the market now, so do your research before and buy in bulk.

  5. Last but not least…. TREAT! The smallest compartment should be the one filled with a treat. Try to stay away from anything that is sticky, gooey or filled with chemicals. But a piece of chocolate, small cookie, chocolate or yogurt dipped pretzels, never hurt anyone and your kids will look forward to those little treats!

  6. SNACKS-these might not fit in a lunch box, but your kids will appreciate something to snack on throughout the day. There are plenty of healthy and non-sugar filled yogurts, apple sauces, puddings, fresh fruit such as apples and bananas, and other packaged foods that can be added to the packet of the lunch box case that will make your kids happy.

  7. DRINKS-we have only one word… WATER. A carton of milk at lunch time is perfectly healthy, but otherwise they need nothing but water to drink throughout the day. And lots of it! Encourage them to make sure that they stay hydrated. Flavored waters without sugar or sodium can be a once a day treat as well.

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We sure do hope that this helps guide your on your daily lunch box quest! Remember, the less cutting, slicing, and spreading you can do daily, the less you will despise lunch making hour! And if we have to summarize it in one sentence here it is:

STAY AWAY FROM LIQUID SUGARS,

GOOEY, CHEWY, STICKY SNACKS,

AND MAKE YOUR KIDS’ LUNCH BOXES

AS COLORFUL AS YOU CAN.

Happy Labor Day!

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Happy Labor Day

from Heights Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics!

We hope today is a day off to relax and enjoy some quality time with family and friends.

We want to recognize our amazing team members for their hard work and dedication to our office every single day. We can provide high quality, personalized dental care to our patients because of your passionate and caring labor of LOVE.

August Employee of the Month!

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Can you believe the final month of summer is here? Have you been outside soaking up the sun? We sure have! We also voted for our “sunshine” of the month! It was none other than our smiling office sunshine…

Dental Hygienist, Allison Davis

“Allison is super helpful! The kids love her great and positive attitude!”

“Allison is great to work with! She is very helpful and always has a smile on! :) “

“Allison is a great hygienist and steps in to help orthodontics and other areas of the office… with a smile!”

It’s no secret that Allison pumps sunshine all day everyday here at Heights Pediatric dentistry & Orthodontics. We are lucky to have such a great smiling member of our team!

How bad is ICE CREAM for my kids' teeth?

ICE CREAM is one of the most ancient desserts enjoyed as early as 2nd century BC. Some variety of ice cream can be found in almost all American freezers and the fight of which flavor or kind is the best is a conversation topic of many dinner parties! With today’s health trends and growing numbers in the obesity battle however, we often get questions on what desserts can actually be given to kids without harming their teeth.


We all know that having desserts once in a while

is unavoidable and

Heights Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics’

guide to desserts is simple:

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  1. Sticky, gooey things are a big NO-NO. Things such as gummies, fruit roll-ups, or sticky candy including toffee, caramel, or Skittles stick to the teeth and stay around for a long time not allowing saliva to recover proper health of your oral cavity.

  2. Acidic candy such as Sweet Tarts, Spree, Altoids, or gummy sour candy dissolve enamel of your teeth and cause a lot of damage in addition to being bad for the rest of your digestive system.

  3. Hard candy that stay in the mouth for a long time such as lollipops or jolly ranchers spend a lot of time exposing teeth to long time sugar and acid damage.

  4. BETTER CHOICES??? Things that are not acidic, not sticky, and that are in and out of the mouth in a short period of time. Sounds like ice-cream fits the description! ICE CREAM is milk based, which makes it not acidic and melts away from teeth in a short period of time. Ice cream is of course full of sugar so choosing frozen yogurt or other low sugar alternatives is best. Also watch for sensitivity to your teeth as the cold temperatures can make ice cream an uncomfortable treat for some. If eating ice-cream hurts your teeth, chose a room temperature snack instead. Enjoy your sweet treat in moderation and remember to brush and floss before going to bed!

July Employees of the Month!

We have an outstanding staff here at Heights Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics!

So it is no surprise that we couldn’t narrow it down to one person who shined this month! We picked two Employees of the Month!

Officer Manager, Jennifer Figueroa

“Jennifer has a great attitude, always helpful, and always singing! She is great at managing and motivating staff and doctors! She is always outgoing and patients love her!”

Orthodontist Assistant, Kendyl Drew

“Kendyl is positive, smiles all the time and easy to approach!”

Jennifer and Kendyl are doing a magnificent job through the long busy summer days!! You ladies rock!

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Summer Contest!

Summer has arrived

and so has our next contest!

We have spread sunshine all over the office! Take a stroll through the office and count how many sunflowers you see! Write down your guess and drop it in the vase at the front desk. Do you think you can find them all? Whoever has the closest guess will win a prize!

The winner will be announced on Facebook LIVE August 9th! Good luck!

June Employee of the Month!

A huge congratulations to our next Rock Star of the Month:

Ms. Jackie Stevens

“Jackie has a heart of gold! She helps out a lot and always has a smile on her face.”

“YJackie is very helpful and good with the patients!”

“Jackie is on time, organized and knows both aspects of pedo and ortho.”

Thank you for being so sweet and amazing to all of our patients and staff!! Your smile shines every day!

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May Employee of the Month!

May is one of our favorite months of the year! It’s time for beautiful spring weather and flowers blooming everywhere. It’s also time to announce our next employee of the month!

Ms. Yesenia Pineda

“Yesenia is doing a great job learning about ortho and pedo!!”

“Yesenia is happy all the time!”

She is learning a lot, has a cute baby voice, and most improved!”

Congratulations Ms. Yesenia! Heights Pedo Ortho is so thankful to have you on our team!! You rock!!

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