Growing Smiles

Growing Smiles is a pediatric dental practice that treats patients from infancy to teenagers, including those with special needs. We have offices in Bel Air, White Marsh, and Havre de Grace.

In the specialty dentistry arena, Growing Smiles is considered a leader in the field, featuring child-centered dental care, comfort care for anxious patients, and a family-friendly treatment area. To meet the needs of busy parents and caretakers, the practice offers email and text messaging appointment confirmation options. Growing Smiles and Dr. Diana have both earned many accolades throughout the years, having consistently been named one of Baltimore Magazine’s "Top Docs."

Operating as usual

06/16/2021

For anyone that might be feeling this way.

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For anyone that might be feeling this way.

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06/15/2021

Today is National Smile Power Day! There are lots of reasons to smile. Smiling is contagious! What is making you smile today?
#nationalsmilepower

Today is National Smile Power Day! There are lots of reasons to smile. Smiling is contagious! What is making you smile today?
#nationalsmilepower

15 Fun Last Day of School Year Traditions to Do This Year - Coffee, Pancakes & Dreams 06/14/2021

15 Fun Last Day of School Year Traditions to Do This Year - Coffee, Pancakes & Dreams

What are your last day of school traditions?

15 Fun Last Day of School Year Traditions to Do This Year - Coffee, Pancakes & Dreams Celebrate the start of summer break with these last day of school year traditions you can do with your family and friends.

06/11/2021

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06/10/2021

A perfect summertime veggie!

A perfect summertime veggie!

Timeline Photos 06/09/2021

Good advice!

"Most parents think that if our child would just "behave," we could maintain our composure as parents. The truth is that managing our own emotions and actions is what allows us to feel peaceful as parents. Ultimately we can't control our children or the hand life deals them— but we can always control our own actions. Parenting isn't about what our child does, but about how we respond."
—Dr. Laura Markham

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06/08/2021

It's hot out there! Be sure to drink plenty of water!

It's hot out there! Be sure to drink plenty of water!

20 New Ideas and Activities to Try This Summer | Parenting Tips & Advice | PBS KIDS for Parents 06/08/2021

20 New Ideas and Activities to Try This Summer | Parenting Tips & Advice | PBS KIDS for Parents

Looking for fun things to do this summer? Here’s a great list!

20 New Ideas and Activities to Try This Summer | Parenting Tips & Advice | PBS KIDS for Parents In a time when families across the country are shifting and readjusting summer plans, we can still look forward to summer fun. Here are new ideas to try to bust up boredom this summer!

06/07/2021

Poor dental hygiene can cause damaging effects on the body. Remember to brush 2 times per day for 2 minutes.

Poor dental hygiene can cause damaging effects on the body. Remember to brush 2 times per day for 2 minutes.

Timeline Photos 06/04/2021

It's #dentalsmilesmonth ! Share your healthy smile with someone!

Did you know that June is Dental Smiles Month? Share a smile with a friend or family member all month long to celebrate!

Timeline Photos 06/03/2021

Beautiful.

“Kindness in words creates confidence, kindness in thinking creates profoundness, kindness in giving creates love.”
—Lao Tzu

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39 Edible Sensory Play Ideas for Little Ones 06/02/2021

39 Edible Sensory Play Ideas for Little Ones

Really fun sensory play ideas!

39 Edible Sensory Play Ideas for Little Ones Just what I was looking for: easy ways to let my baby play that are literally harmless!!

Photos from Growing Smiles's post 06/01/2021

Congratulations to our winning teachers! Mrs. LJ Stern, Mrs. Colleen Patzer, and Mrs. Michelle Carlson! Below are some of the wonderful things said by those who nominated them. ❤️🍎

"Mrs. Stern is kind, patient, supportive, compassionate, dedicated, encouraging, loving, funny and that’s just a start. Mrs. Stern is always going above and beyond for her students. She makes every single student in her classroom feel SO welcomed, seen, heard, valued, loved and supported every day. She makes learning SO fun for her students; she is always coming up with creative ways to teach them new things! She is not only an amazing teacher but I know she is a true asset to Abingdon Elementary School! She is a total rockstar, a true gem of a human being. Not only are the students SO lucky to have her as their teacher but the parents are just as lucky. We have an always-supportive, wonderful advocate for our children, and we couldn’t be more thankful! We appreciate her and all she does more than she will ever know!❤️❤️❤️"

"I nominate Colleen Patzer from Abingdon Elementary School. She is absolutely wonderful. My daughter's grades have improved so much since she has been with Ms. Patzer. Honor roll! Ms. Patzer works tirelessly on evenings and weekends in order to make sure that her students stay on track, when she should be enjoying her own family. I could not have wished for a more patient and kind teacher to guide my family, not just my child, through the Covid pandemic."

"I nominate Michelle Campbell Carlson! She works so hard and really makes a difference to her kids. And she is a fabulous co-worker! Ring Factory Elementary!"

You are so wonderful! Thank you for everything you do! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Ring Factory Elementary School and Abingdon Elementary School

05/31/2021

Remembering, with gratitude, the gold star families and the soldiers who gave their life for our freedom.

Remembering, with gratitude, the gold star families and the soldiers who gave their life for our freedom.

05/27/2021

Excellent information for parents and caregivers.

Self-regulation involves the ability to manage your #emotions and #behaviour in accordance with the demands of a situation.

It's a set of skills that enables your #child to inhibit their emotional or behavioural responses and direct their behaviour towards a goal, such as making it to the end of the birthday party for the cake to be served, or not hitting their friend so they can have a fun playdate.

Kids with good self-regulation can pay attention to classroom activities and ignore distractions, remember the teacher's directions long enough to carry out a task and resist impulses. All of these skills may give them an advantage to succeed in school. In fact, kindergarten teachers rank self-regulation as one of the most important skills for school readiness.

Self-regulation comes in different forms:

🔄 #Emotional self-regulation is important for helping children manage how they express and experience emotions.

🔄 #Behavioural self-regulation helps children demonstrate control over their actions. Simple games, like Simon Says, have been shown to help children control their impulses.

🔄 #Cognitive self-regulation helps children follow rules and plan out the appropriate response, such as listening during story time.

Essentially, a child's emotional regulation skills come down to how they manage incoming and outgoing stress. Research consistently shows that self-regulation is necessary for social-emotional and academic success and well-being and is one of the most important skills for children to develop.

As parents we can help our kids develop self-regulation by explaining why they have to wait for something or why they have to take turns. And we can also nurture its development by being mindful of our own stress response if it urges us to move away from our child when they're emotionally floundering. What is often needed from us when helping our child deal with anger and other intense emotions is for us to move toward them.

A caregiver's calm and steady physical presence fills the gap of developmental immaturity during the time when a child feels and acts out of control. This collaborative approach to a child's emotional well being can help improve your child's self-regulation skills with time.

Infants do not have the ability to regulate their emotional arousal and need the soothing presence of caretakers to help them manage fear, frustration, and anger. They calm by experiencing their caretaker's voice tone and warm physical contact, being stroked and gently rocked, and having their physical needs attended to. From a developmental perspective, effective parenting of young children can be understood as a process of co-regulation.

Bessel van der Kolk, researcher on developmental trauma, maintains that a ‘primary function' of parents is to help children learn to manage their own arousal. Repeated cycles of emotional upset, followed by relaxation after the caretaker's calming intervention, provide the basis for developing a sense of trust and safety. In time, the child internalises this co-regulation as an expectation of a soothing response which provides a foundation for learning self-regulation.

The need for co-regulation continues throughout our lives. In times of crisis, troublesome emotions are managed with the support and soothing presence of attachment figures. For instance:

🔄 The small infant is totally reliant on caregivers and has many crises each day.

🔄 The pre-school child is expected to manage emotions and impulses more effectively, but will still be overwhelmed on a regular basis and need external soothing and support.

🔄 Even adolescents and adults must rely on attachment figures to get through periods of high stress.

In a broader sense, the patterns of self-regulation that one develops may come to define the individual throughout their life. Daniel Siegel states that “How we experience the world, relate to others, and find meaning in life are dependent on how we have come to regulate our emotions”

Children have immature sensory systems to process environmental stimuli. The parts of their brains responsible for impulse control and other self-regulation tasks are also underdeveloped. They are physiologically incapable of calming themselves down like adults can, but an effective way to expand your child's skill in handling big emotions is to envision an active partnership and co-regulate to help them learn self-regulation.

While the concept of co-regulation to nurture self-regulation is seemingly basic, it's more challenging than it sounds. Next time your child is in the throes of an emotional meltdown, some tips to call to mind in that gap between thought and reaction are as follows:

💙 Model positive emotional regulation skills for your child. Identify and respond to the stressors in your daily environment mindfully, not aiming for perfection but by making constant improvement.

💙 Help your child cultivate an awareness of what consistently causes them stress. Common scenarios are lack of sleep, excess hunger, loud noises, unexpected change, and transitioning away from electronic devices.

💙 Empower your child with knowledge. Familiarise them with emotions by discussing anger warning signs such as sweaty palms or pounding hearts. Helping kids notice the physiological signs of anger works towards promoting concrete internal signals that promote self-awareness.

💙 Teach the basics of emotional intelligence by widening your child's emotion vocabulary. Identifying emotions is the first step to working through them.

💙 Explore coping strategies together. Taking good quality breaths can soothe and calm the nervous system and lower a child's baseline emotional arousal level. Every child's nervous system and sensory system is unique, so it is realistic to expect plenty of trial and error, and solutions that change over time. Consider:

—Is there a particular space my child finds calming?

—Where do they run when upset or frustrated?

—Do they seem to calm with physical touch or appear to avoid it?

—Do they prefer to be around others or respond better to quiet solitude?

There is hope for improved emotional regulation for all children, regardless of any challenges they may face emotionally, behaviourally or environmentally. Or as Dr Stuart Shanker once said, “There isn't a single child who, with understanding and patience, can't be guided along a trajectory that leads to a rich and meaningful life.”

Working in an active partnership with your child in quest of developing self-regulation can lead to a radical change in outlook for both parties. And with time, you should eventually see your child begin to emulate your hard work by putting the pieces of self-regulation into practice themselves when things don't go their way.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/282744852_Effect_of_Self-Regulating_Behaviour_on_Young_Children's_Academic_Success

https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2005-05449-005

https://cyc-net.org/cyc-online/cyconline-mar2010-bath.html

https://parentswithconfidence.com/6-guaranteed-ways-to.../

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5675896

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05/26/2021

She’s all grown up! Congratulations, Olivia, on graduating!

She’s all grown up! Congratulations, Olivia, on graduating!

05/25/2021

Congratulations, graduates! We are so, very proud of you!

Congratulations, graduates! We are so, very proud of you!

05/24/2021

[05/21/21]   We have our winners! 3 teachers were randomly chosen, and prizes have been generously provided by local businesses. 🍎

When you have a moment, read through the comments from the original post. The comments are so touching. We are very fortunate to be surrounded by so many outstanding teachers in our community. ❤️

The winners are: 🏆
1st- Mrs. Lauren Stern- Abingdon Elementary School
2nd- Mrs. Colleen Patzer- Abingdon Elementary School
3rd- Mrs. Michelle Carlson- Ring Factory Elementary

Teachers, please contact our office next week to pick up your prizes. (410-569-6700). And thank you so, very much for having such a positive impact on students.

We would like to thank our generous sponsors! Innovative Physical Therapy, Canton Car Wash, True Yoga, The Nest on Main Bel Air, Breanna Kuhlmann Lifestyle Photography, Washday Floral, Chick-fil-A Constant Friendship, The Arena Club, Harford Bank, Philly Pretzel Factory, and Salt Works Spa.

05/21/2021

Today is the last day of our Honor a Teacher contest! Be sure to nominate a teacher on our original post. 3 winners will be randomly chosen today at 5:00!

Today is the last day of our Honor a Teacher contest! Be sure to nominate a teacher on our original post. 3 winners will be randomly chosen today at 5:00!

[05/20/21]   Tomorrow is the last day to submit your nominations to Honor a Teacher!!! Submit their name on our original post.

3 winners will be announced tomorrow at 5:00 PM!

A huge thank you to our amazing sponsors! Innovative Physical Therapy, Canton Car Wash, True Yoga, The Nest on Main Bel Air, Breanna Kuhlmann Lifestyle Photography, Washday Floral, Chick-fil-A Constant Friendship, The Arena Club, Harford Bank, Philly Pretzel Factory - Bel Air, MD, Salt Works Spa.

Timeline Photos 05/19/2021

It might be time for you to replace your toothbrush!

Ramp up your dental hygiene routine this spring by replacing your toothbrush every three months, brushing and flossing #2min2x per day, visiting the dentist regularly and maintaining a healthy and balanced diet.

05/18/2021

Honor a Teacher! 🍎
In case you missed it, check out our post from yesterday. 👇🏻Nominate 1 amazing teacher (on the original post), and they could be 1 of 3 winners! 👏🏻

Honor a Teacher! 🍎
In case you missed it, check out our post from yesterday. 👇🏻Nominate 1 amazing teacher (on the original post), and they could be 1 of 3 winners! 👏🏻

05/17/2021

HONOR A TEACHER 🍎 Over the past year, teachers have been through a lot. And because teachers hold such a special place in our hearts, we would like to honor them for going above and beyond during the year. Teachers have had to be flexible, innovative, creative, patient, and work longer hours to support their students. We want to say “THANK YOU!”

In the comments, mention ONE teacher’s name that you would like to honor, where they teach, and what makes them special. 💜

Local businesses have graciously donated generous items to be awarded to a teacher. And because of the overwhelming community response, we will have 3 winners! Each winner will be RANDOMLY chosen. Keep in mind that the more nominations a teacher has, the more likely they are to win. So be sure to tell your friends about this! 👇

We would like to thank our generous sponsors! Innovative Physical Therapy, Canton Car Wash, True Yoga, The Nest on Main Bel Air, Breanna Kuhlmann Lifestyle Photography, Washday Floral, Chick-fil-A Constant Friendship, The Arena Club, Harford Bank, Philly Pretzel Factory - Bel Air, MD and Salt Works Spa.

Rules: Teachers must teach in Harford County (public or private school), kindergarten through 12th grade. Each comment must only contain 1 name. One submission per person. No purchase necessary. Winning teachers must pick up their prize. Winners will be announced on Friday, May 21st, 2021. 🏆

1st prize: True Yoga (1 month unlimited membership), BKLP (free photography mini session), Chick Fil A (free nugget tray), Growing Smiles (Oral B electric toothbrush), Philly Pretzel Co (free pretzel tray), Washday Floral (gift card) --($600 total value!)

2nd prize: Arena Club (1 month family membership), Canton Carwash (4 premium exterior washes), The Nest (gift basket), Chick Fil A (free nugget tray), Growing Smiles (Oral B electric toothbrush)--($500 total value!)

3rd prize: Innovative Physical Therapy (90 min stretching session), Salt Works (2 salty sessions, body butter, and bath bomb), Harford Bank (gym bag and gift card), Chick Fil A (free nugget tray), Growing Smiles (Oral B electric toothbrush) --($400 total value!)

Thank you for making a teacher SMILE! 🥰

HONOR A TEACHER 🍎 Over the past year, teachers have been through a lot. And because teachers hold such a special place in our hearts, we would like to honor them for going above and beyond during the year. Teachers have had to be flexible, innovative, creative, patient, and work longer hours to support their students. We want to say “THANK YOU!”

In the comments, mention ONE teacher’s name that you would like to honor, where they teach, and what makes them special. 💜

Local businesses have graciously donated generous items to be awarded to a teacher. And because of the overwhelming community response, we will have 3 winners! Each winner will be RANDOMLY chosen. Keep in mind that the more nominations a teacher has, the more likely they are to win. So be sure to tell your friends about this! 👇

We would like to thank our generous sponsors! Innovative Physical Therapy, Canton Car Wash, True Yoga, The Nest on Main Bel Air, Breanna Kuhlmann Lifestyle Photography, Washday Floral, Chick-fil-A Constant Friendship, The Arena Club, Harford Bank, Philly Pretzel Factory - Bel Air, MD and Salt Works Spa.

Rules: Teachers must teach in Harford County (public or private school), kindergarten through 12th grade. Each comment must only contain 1 name. One submission per person. No purchase necessary. Winning teachers must pick up their prize. Winners will be announced on Friday, May 21st, 2021. 🏆

1st prize: True Yoga (1 month unlimited membership), BKLP (free photography mini session), Chick Fil A (free nugget tray), Growing Smiles (Oral B electric toothbrush), Philly Pretzel Co (free pretzel tray), Washday Floral (gift card) --($600 total value!)

2nd prize: Arena Club (1 month family membership), Canton Carwash (4 premium exterior washes), The Nest (gift basket), Chick Fil A (free nugget tray), Growing Smiles (Oral B electric toothbrush)--($500 total value!)

3rd prize: Innovative Physical Therapy (90 min stretching session), Salt Works (2 salty sessions, body butter, and bath bomb), Harford Bank (gym bag and gift card), Chick Fil A (free nugget tray), Growing Smiles (Oral B electric toothbrush) --($400 total value!)

Thank you for making a teacher SMILE! 🥰

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2012 S Tollgate Rd, Ste 212
Bel Air, MD
21015-5902

General information

Growing Smiles is located in the professional building behind Bob Evans Restaurant on Rt. 24 and Bel Air S. Parkway. From Rt. 24, turn onto Bel Air S. Parkway toward Bob Evans Restaurant. At the STOP sign, turn right onto Tollgate Road and follow it to the end. Turn left at the last row of office suites. Growing Smiles is on the left at the end of the row.

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 8:30am - 3pm
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