Mouthguards Offer Protection and A Piece of Mind | Jones Orthodontics

LWMSeptOct2014-Final_Page_13In all facets of life, parents want their children to be loved, protected successful. In the realm of sports, we want our children to be successful AND free from injury. Their welfare and especially their oral health is always a high priority. Helping and learning ways to protect our children who play a sport is important to me . I am concerned about preventing injuries in general. As an orthodontist, my primary mission in the area of injury prevention is to protect the orofacial area of the body from harm.

Damage to this area without proper protection and information oftentimes produces negative results and a bad outcome. OUCH!!! Problems such as: loss of teeth, breakage of teeth, fracture to the lower jaw, impairment as a result of destructive force by a blow to the lower jaw and worse a blow that could possibly be transmitted to the base of the skull is not a pleasant thought or sight. Protective mouth pieces save parents and their young athletes in many ways.

Our Jones Orthodontics Custom Mouth Guard Program is not a new invention. Custom-made mouthguards are used by professional and amateur athletes in almost every sport, all over the world. This is due to the fact that they provide the highest level of protection, retention, comfort and fit without hindering speech or breathing during athletic activity. The custom-fit mouthguard is far superior to typical boil-and-bite mouthguards in fit, retention and the wearer’s compliance. This type of mouth guard maintains its shape and protection long after other mouthguards have worn out. Custom mouthguards excel in every category, allowing for maximum athletic performance. Custom mouth guards are made by dental professionals, who can also provide expert advice on intra oral problems, along with the immediate concerns about protection against orofacial injuries.

– By John H. Jones III DDS
Jones Orthodontics
20 Pidgeon Hill Dr. #206 • Sterling, Va 20165
703-421-0893 •

Creative Parenting by The Real Housewives of Loudoun County

No matter how or when, there is a little spark of creativity in us all, begging to be shared. The abundance of activities and creative opportunities throughout Loudoun County can be inspirational, for sure, but, its is the diverse and unique parents that can add the most interesting, creative elements to our children’s lives. A creative life is important for self-expression and enjoying the little gifts we all bring to the table. Creativity is also important for problem-solving, communication and understanding the needs of others. Plus, we all remember the creative messes WE made as kids, and how much fun it was to just let our imaginations run wild.
Since parenting is inherently creative, it only made sense to ask the experts how they “get messy” and creative with their kids. Who better to get all the dirt on creative parenting than our favorite moms: The Real Housewives of Loudoun County!

As a mom, how are you allowing your creativity to show while parenting your kid(s)?

As a stay at home mom to two boys, my main place to be creative is in my home. Yes, I sit down with my boys and do art projects and color, and sometimes I get a little controlling when it comes to the school projects, but that is not where my true creativity comes out! To me, it is my attention to detail with everything that I do.
Did I mention I was a little bit of a perfectionist: from baking and decorating their birthday cakes, to making the house look special for each holiday or celebration. On St. Patrick’s Day, we set up a leprechaun trap, but come morning were instead left with little green feet stamped throughout the house. The Elf on the Shelf creatively visits us each day during the holidays. Each season brings a new variety of decorations, like shells during summer, or leaves and pumpkins for fall. And now they love to help me display things for Halloween and Christmas.
My home is my canvas and I put a lot of effort into it! They may not realize now that I am behind the originality of these ideas, but in years to come, they will!
Kimmy: My daughter LOVES crafts! I love art myself, so I’m constantly trying to find her different projects we can do. I love seeing what she creates using her imagination and a bunch of random art supplies!  When she has friends over, we almost always have sugar cookies or plain cupcakes on-hand to decorate, or fun craft projects to do.
I let my daughter make her own “decisions” about everything (she calls it “picking yes or no”), like picking out her outfits, her pajamas, dinner, bedtime stories… etc.  She also loves helping with anything, from baking cakes or gardening to cleaning the fish tank or giving the dog a bath! She learns so much, including some responsibility and she’s not even aware of it! We have also used the “star system” to reward her w/ something fun after every 5 stars. But she tends to add some extra stars on her own!
Roxce: When my children come across a question or problem that I know they should be able to figure out on their own,  I repeat the the question or problem back to them;  then I ask them a few questions of my own regarding the situation and eventually they come up with their own solution.   This I believe will help my children become good problem solvers while also being creative.
rholc1Rachael: I like to think I’m a “creative mom.” I try to keep things pretty fun and creative. We like to do the typical arts and crafts…(coloring, painting, etc) but I am definitely a Pinterest junkie. I like to find a project that the kids can help me with and then we give them as gifts for Christmas, Mother’s Day, & birthdays to family members. Recently a group of moms from RHOLC and myself went to color me mine with our little ones, and our oldest has been going to cupcake camp at Oh Pop Cake shop.
I like to let our boys creative side and imagination show. Whether painting a ceramic football bank, decorating cupcakes, our youngest wearing his batman costume when we go to the grocery store, or even singing songs while we clean up, or brush our teeth to make sure everything gets done. We make charts, and calendars and the boys think its fun to mark them off with stickers through the week. I think its no secret, I like it too! (hehe) We, well I, go a little overboard on birthdays with party themes. And Im all about not spending a lot of money in the process so there is a lot of DIY projects going on that the boys love to help with! You definitely can get creative with being creative. The possibilities are endless!
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Just some, you know, GREAT advice from the RHOLC crew about creative parenting in Loudoun County! Be sure to check back for more expert tips from this great group of women, and definitely check out the group on Facebook!

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Summer Tips from The Real Housewives of Loudoun County!

summer tips loudoun countyWe all love summer, and there is no better place for moms, dads, kids and families than right here in Loudoun County. Whether you are are new parent, or spending the summer with a graduating high school senior, the opportunities for fun, learning and adventure are plenty – you just need to know who to ask!

That’s why we asked The Real Housewives of Loudoun County (RHOLC) how to keep families entertained in the DMV. For anyone unfamiliar with this group of women in Loudoun County (if a membership base of almost 3,000 can be called a “group,” and not a “movement”), they are accessible through Facebook, entirely welcoming to everyone who stops by their Facebook headquarters AND in person,  and they offer superb advice and recommendations about anything from breastfeeding to the best place for “date nights” to financial planning and more. Plus… Girls’/Moms’ Night Out Events!

Loudoun Woman Magazine gladly supports RHOLC for the impact they are making in the community, and for the example they are bringing to communities of parents, moms and women around the world. Really, we just think they’re all an amazing group of women and we want to give credit where it is absolutely due!

But, enough about RHOLC for now. Let’s let their words speak for themselves! Without further ado, we present The Real Housewives of Loudoun County:

What are some unique (to your family) things you do in summer to keep things fun for your kids?

Kimmy: On the last day of school we make a “summer bucket list” and we put all the things we would like to do this summer on a big poster board. We also pick one big “wish list” item (i.e. Disney World) on it as well. Since we both work full time, we are limited on long or day trips during the week. But we try to do the pool or park a few times a week, along with setting up a mini-water park in our yard to play in w/ the neighbors (pool, water table, sprinklers, picnic area). We have a lot of play dates with her friends from school and the neighbors! There are a bunch of things we do EVERY summer including Hershey Park or Kings Dominion, The Outer Banks, Ocean City/Rehoboth Beach, community pool, New York, Animal Park/farms, Zoo, Aquarium etc..) but the point of the “bucket list” is to explore other things we have not ever done, or really would love to do again. If we don’t end up doing everything, we try to save it for even the fall if possible!

Nikki: We do Disney, Busch Gardens and downtown Williamsburg with Great Wolf Lodge while we are there. We get Groupons to local water parks, go to splash pads for dinner when it has cooled down, go up to Hershey park and explore Amish country and the kids train museum, the Turkey Hill experience and also the Crayola factory.

We play in the pool on the deck or go to a shaded park. Of course the local Ashburn pools, too. We have a “mother’s helper” so the kids get a lot of attention! I let the kids watch movies and play video games while I work during the day. At night we make forts in the basement and they get to sleep in them because there’s no school the next day. We go to my parents’ house and play in their yard or down by their creek we catch tadpoles. Also, the Rappahannock River with family friends or northern OBX. Nice summer days we will do DC zoo, museums., or Great Falls picnics because it’s so shady.

Also, Chincoteague Island to see the horses…kids loved that! More of a late summer thing though. Road trip to Texas this year….stopping in Dollywood while doing  the “Dumpster Diner and Dives” road app and eating at those places along the way!

Rachael: With this being our first full summer here, everything about our summer vacation has and will be unique to us this year. We have been out exploring the area, with our favorite, so far being Great Falls Park and the local playgrounds and pools.

We try to spend as much time together as a family as possible. Usually, we try to take one weekend or week long family vacation to some place new. We like to experience new places, cultures and adventures and experience things through our childrens’ eyes.

Precious: To be honest, I’m not the typical mom who goes crazy spending so much $ just for summer camps. Being a small business owner, I take that as an opportunity to teach my kids life skills by having them work a couple of hours a week at the studio learning accounting, graphic design, etc. So far they still consider that as fun. For crazy fun, we order take out and stay up as late as we could watching movies and/or a TV series marathon.

Roxce: In our household we try our best to spend time together, whether it’s watching a movie or playing board games, but our absolute favorite thing to do is have a BBQ.  The kids love when their dad grills outside they help with everything they can. Every time my husband is off work he takes the kids out to do something, anything at all just to make their day/vacation a little more memorable. Our kids look forward to going to the pool, if they could they would live there!

summer tips real housewives of loudoun countyA huge THANKS to the RHOLC crew for all of the advice and insight about summer activities in Loudoun County Be sure to check back for more expert advice from this great group of women, and definitely check out their digs on Facebook!

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The True Costs of College Planning – Luanne Lee

college planning loudoun woman magazineThere are many myths and misconceptions about what it’s going to take to fully fund college. Most parents recognize that it could be expensive,  but they are largely  unaware of the frequency of success in pursuing a degree.  For example, according to a study completed in 2008 by the US Department of Education, approximately 57% of students who enroll in a 4 year college actually attain their undergraduate degree. What’s more surprising to many, is that in order to get that statistic up to 57%, we have to wait for 6 years. The percentage of students graduating in 4 years is eye opening. According to the study, the national graduation rate at public colleges is only 29%. At private colleges, the number of students graduating in 4 years is 51%. Only when you take into consideration how long it may take to graduate, can you really begin to understand which schools may be more or less expensive than the others.

Another concerning  factor about the expense of college, is that most parents look only at the cost of tuition for 1 year. They forget about Room and Board, Books, Fees, Transportation, Miscellaneous Expenses, and Inflation at 5-7% annually! As a result, they vastly underestimate the total cost of attendance. The only way a family can properly plan for the eventual cost of college, is first to understand how long it might take and second, to understand all the elements of cost.

The reality for most families, they’ll need help in fully funding college. Again, they often confuse Financial Aid with money that does not need to be repaid. The reality is that the largest single element of what is called Financial Aid comes in the form of loans.

We are in the business of helping families through the major life transition of sending their children through college in the most efficient manner possible. For many, it will be the most expensive time of their lives and, if not handled properly could jeopardize their retirement or cripple their children with unnecessary student loan debt. We encourage you to attend one of our free educational workshops or come in for a free strategy session. Remember, you shouldn’t have to choose between your child’s college and your retirement.

By Luanne Lee, CCPRS


Pets ARE Members of the Family – Dr. Hanh Chau

pets dr hahnToes, teeth, goofy grins and obnoxious smell, we tolerate them, love them, in ways we cannot tell.
We call them “fur babies” and use words like “adopt,” our own goofy happiness will never stop.

Then, one day, our family member gets injured or sick, and we laugh because otherwise we’d cry.
Your pet needs surgery or else she will die.

X-Ray, bloodwork, surgery and more, breaths are held, fear to your core.
The vet is great, the staff second to none,
4 hours later, the worst is now done.
Groggy and light; alive; DELIGHT! A lick or a purr, “better” you’re sure.

Sometimes though 4 hours turn to days, medicine is no guarantee, there are other ways:

Acupuncture, allery shots, endoscopy, ultrasound,
Perhaps a million dollars of equipment can be found,
Tucked into a vet’s office, to make your pet better,
Your vet is a pet lover, “DVM” on her sweater.

Share your stories of home, the sillier the better.
Pets who are smart still eat things they shouldn’t,
Pets (not so bring) will do things we wouldn’t.

Keep them from harm, feed them well and go play,
(But please get them insurance: the surgery for your pet may be this day.)

For your vet employs many,
And her license she must protect,
Don’t ask to skip tests,
Some diseases and injuries are difficult to detect.

Cost is inevitable, but consider this we ask please:
More is spent on multi-vitamins, than curing pet disease.
Your pet will feel better, guaranteed not worse,
(Did you know vets (who ARE doctors) get paid less than a nurse?)

4 feet, 1 tail, energy galore,
Comfort, food, those we adore,
Safety, family, who could ask for more?
Pets ARE family, (just on all fours).

Dr. Hanh Chau, DVM, CCRT, CVA

Training the Brain Saved Years of Tears – LearningRX Leesburg

LearningRX LeesburgWhile children and teens with learning disabilities are often diagnosed in middle school or high school, many disabilities can actually be PREVENTED by intervention at a much earlier age. Experts now know that there are things that parents can do at home to help even the youngest children.

As a young mother I sensed that the behaviors I was seeing in my two year old were the early signs of weak mental skills. Later we would call them undiagnosed learning disabilities, but either way we knew our daughter needed help. My husband and I listened to all the experts and teachers, did all the research, allowed her to start medication, took her to endless doctor’s appointments and therapy with no definitive answers or lasting results. By the time she was fifteen we were resigned to the fact that no matter what we tried… the fact was, our lovely, sweet daughter would never live a life independent of us.

And then things changed. And now, it’s sometimes hard to remember how things used to be…

We had brain training at LeamingRx recommended to us by a friend who was a Special Needs expert and knew our daughter well. After all we’d been through, I was skeptical but we enrolled our daughter in a program that radically changed her life. Through cognitive brain training our daughter worked one on one with personal coach and within a year she gained several years of improvement in the areas   that   had been holding her back her whole life.  She no longer needs hours of help with her homework, she was more reliable at home and she completed tasks on her own that she never had before. She is now thriving in high school and is more self-reliant than we ever dreamed possible.

In February my husband and I opened LearningRx Leesburg and we are incredibly energized to share what brain training can do to bring life changing improvements to families and individuals.

Lian Hollenbeck
LearningRX Leesburg

Fight Right – Esther Boykin

fight right imageWhat’s the secret to a lasting love affair? Great communication of course! So often couples struggle with how to really talk with each other and one of the toughest parts of communication is dealing with conflict.

Most of us hope to avoid these emotionally  charged  situations  or even convince ourselves that “happy couples” don’t fight; but the truth is that couples don’t stay happily in love by avoiding conflict or magically agreeing on everything; happy couples just learn how to fight right. Typically when couples fight, what may look like bad behavior is usually the result of our innate desire to protect ourselves from getting hurt; the problem is that those behaviors are usually the things that hurt our relationship the most.

But there’s hope. When we learn to quiet that internal voice that starts questioning whether this is the right relationship, we can stop reacting defensively and start repairing the issue with love and respect. Although not easy to do in the middle of a fight, with practice, you can learn to start fighting right and loving better.

1. Take a deep breath.

It may sound cliché but simply breathing can help you to quickly calm down and step back from your instinctual defensive responses. This is the first step to understanding what the conflict is really about.

2. Listen.

Typically in an argument, while our partner is talking we are busy crafting a response rather than truly listening to their position. Listen carefully with an open mind and don’t be afraid to ask for clarification, what might sound like criticism or accusations may really be a request for help or compassion.

3. Empathize.

Once you have clarified your partner’s position, take a minute to empathize with their perspective. Empathizing means truly stepping into their shoes and understanding how and why they feel what they do. You don’t have to agree (you probably won’t) but you do have to find a way to accept that their feelings have equal validity to yours.

4. Remember your real goal.

Sometimes you give up the battle to win with war- decide if having your way is going to make the relationship better for both of you. If not, let it go and remind yourself that the real victory is a loving partnership.

Esther Boykin, LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist, relationship expert, and co-founder of Group Therapy Associates in Haymarket, VA.

Infant Dental Care

Advice for New Mommies and Daddies

By Dr. Angela Austin

As a pediatric dentist, I have the unique advantage of motivating and encouraging parents to take an active role in preventing dental disease, so problems don’t occur.

As soon as a baby is born, parents can be active in avoiding dental diseases and fostering good dental health for their child. Most people don’t even realize we can start the prevention process before our newborn’s teeth have erupted.

During the last three months of pregnancy the 20 baby teeth are almost completely formed in the bone. At birth there can be as many as 12 adult teeth starting their development.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry advises that we start cleaning a baby’s mouth even before the teeth start coming in. Before teeth come in, use a clean damp washcloth and gently wipe the child’s gums. This will help reduce the decay-causing bacteria that form in the mouth, and start the healthy habit of daily routine dental care.

It is also recommended that your child see a pediatric dentist by 12 months of age. This appointment is for evaluation, guidance and education. At this visit a complete examination is performed and recommendations are given for home dental care, oral habits, diet choices and the correct use of toothpaste and fluoride. Many dental diseases can be avoided or treated more gently if found early.

Baby Teething Teething normally occurs from about six months to 36 months of age. Once a baby’s first tooth comes in, the other teeth follow in small groups until all 20 baby teeth are in. During the teething process, many children become irritable, drool a lot, suck on their toys, blankets, or fingers, and sometimes lose their appetite. While some discomfort is normal, teething does not cause fever, ear tugging, diarrhea, and flu-like symptoms. If your baby is experiencing any of these symptoms during teething, call your pediatrician. You can ease teething discomfort by offering your baby cool teething toys, or frequent cool drinks of water.

Baby Teeth

After the Teeth Come in…

Here are my top 5 pointers on taking care of those new teeth and preventing dental problems:

  1. Visit a pediatric dentist by 12 months of age.
  2. Do not allow sweetened liquids to bathe teeth for prolonged periods of time. The sugars in milk (human or cow), formula, fruit juices, or other sweetened liquids can contribute considerably to dental decay, so it is important to minimize the amount of time the bottle or sippy cup is in the mouth. Also, when sleeping, we rarely swallow; therefore, if a child falls asleep with sweet liquid in their mouth the danger of dental decay is much greater.
  3. Don’t put your baby in bed with a bottle/sippy cup filled with formula, milk or juice. If a bottle is needed to help your baby sleep, fill it with water. Replace the bedtime bottle with a special blanket, stuffed animal, or special bedtime routine, like singing a song, listening to a tape, or reading a 
  4. Did you know dental decay is transmissible (“contagious”)? If a parent or a caregiver has active dental decay (cavities) please try to avoid kissing the child’s mouth or sharing utensils. The decay-causing bacteria can be transferred to the baby, and start the process of making your child more prone to dental decay due to the bacteria that has been transferred to their mouth. Please take care of your dental problems.
  5. Pacifiers aren’t evil! Of course, ideally, we’d rather not have your child having these types of habits, but this type of sucking is completely normal for babies and young children. It provides security. In fact, babies begin to suck on their fingers or thumbs even before they are born. Taking the pacifier away too early may cause your child to replace the sucking habit with their thumb, which is a much harder habit to break. For all habits, we just would like to motivate our kids to cease the sucking habit by the time their permanent teeth come in (between 5-7 years old).

That’s it! Let’s get our children off to a great start and encourage them to have amazing smiles for life.

Dr. AngelA Austin is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist located in Alexandria, VA. She speciali
6303 Little River Turnpike,Suite 345,zes in treating patients aged 1-21. She is also specially trained to treat special needs patients as well as patients with high dental anxiety. She is the owner of Alexandria Children’s Dentistry located at:

Alexandria, VA 22312.
Phone: 703-942-8404

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