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    We are celebrating our dedicated all-women staff during National Women's History Month.

    Last updated 28 days ago

    Thanks to a courageous organization called National Women’s History Project (www.nwhp.org) each March is designated as National Women’s History Month. Their passionate lobbying in Sonoma County in 1987 led to Congress declaring the third month of each year as  a special month to honor women and their accomplishments. The goal is to ensure that the history of American women will not go unnoticed in our schools, workplaces and communities – providing information and educational materials upon request. This year the organization’s theme is “Women of Character, Courage & Commitment.” Though they honor countless historical women figures throughout the years, like Clara Barton – founder of the American Red Cross, the late Coretta Scott King – civil rights activist and wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, and Gloria Steinem – women’s rights activist and writer, they also “recognize the achievements of all women in all facets of life.” They also encourage women, particularly multi-cultural women, who have often gone overlooked, to learn of their own historical roots and background, as a support to their individual power and dreams.

    Park View's Point of View

    At Park View Pediatric Dentistry, we do not have to look far to find dedicated, hard-working women. Though they all have a variety of ethnicities and histories, their common goal is to support our philosophy of providing “dental care with a little extra care.” We are often asked why we choose to have an all-women staff. Though we whole-heartedly respect our male counterparts in the dental field, we find that in pediatric dentistry, young children feel an instinctual comfort level with female dentists, hygienists and assistants. Many of the women who work here, including our welcoming office management, are moms themselves – and what could be more comforting than being greeted by a caring mom. There is also a practical aspect to it as well. Women’s hands are smaller than men’s, allowing easier access into those little mouths. Since our goal is to perform all procedures as quickly as possible, ensuring very little discomfort, this is especially valuable.

    We also take this time to honor Dr. Deborah Pilla, who has been making children’s smiles brighter since 1985 when she pioneered one of New York City’s

    first dental practices, exclusively dedicated to children. Since then she continues to provide one of the most colorful, child-friendly environments, state-of-the-art technology and the most sedation options available.

    As a respected member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Little Baby Face Foundation, recently featured on NBC’s Dateline, Dr. Pilla volunteers her time to consult, coordinate and perform reconstructive surgeries for children with congenital facial birth defects. In 2010 she was celebrated as the organization’s Honoree and was awarded the prestigious Telly Award for her leading role in their documentary, highlighting some heartwarming case studies.

    Last month, Dr. Pilla partnered with her college alumni, Hobart William Smith and student Kathryn Pawlak to spread her "dental care with a little extra care" to children around the world. They just returned from their first dental mission, hosted by Foundation 3K, in Ojo de Agua, Dominican Republic to teach healthy oral habits to children.

    This March, National Women’s History Month, Dr. Pilla wishes to acknowledge her entire all-women staff for their commitment, dedication and their demonstration of what a positive role model is for every child who walks into Park View Pediatric Dentistry.

    You can contact us at:

    Park View Pediatric Dentistry
    212-879-6518
    www.ParkViewPedDent.com

    Pediatric Dentists—Oral Health Customized for Kids

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Many of us who grew up in the 60’s, 70’s and even early 80’s did not have the advantage of visiting a dentist, specifically trained and specializing in Pediatric Dentistry. We would visit our parent’s family dentist, and be treated in big adult dental chairs—many times not even offered a booster seat. There were no brightly colored walls, games or goody bags. The only source of entertainment was a couple of dog-eared copies of Highlights for Children magazine. Needless to say, many of us did not have very positive first experiences with dental visits or oral health.

    Much has changed today with most major dental schools offering specialty areas in Pediatric Dentistry—similar to Pediatrics in General Medicine. Many families all over the United States realize the benefits and importance of seeking out a specialized Pediatric Dentist.

    The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), a membership organization representing this specialty area has over 8,800 members, who work in private offices, clinics and hospital settings all over the country. On their website homepage they state that they are advocates for children’s oral health, and promote evidence-based policies and clinical guidelines. They educate and inform policymakers, parents and guardians, and other health care professionals. In addition, they foster research and provide continuing professional education for pediatric dentists.

    Park View's Point of View

    Our founder, Dr. Deborah Pilla is a distinguished member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, along with the American Dental Association, American Association of Women Dentists and the New York Society of Dentistry for Children. She has been making children’s smiles brighter since 1985, when she pioneered one of New York City’s first dental practices, exclusively dedicated to children. She also employs a top-notch staff of all-female dentists, hygienist and dental assistants. “Children, especially the very young ones, just feel more comfortable with female dentists. Our hands our also a lot smaller, making working in those little mouths a bit easier”, says Dr. Pilla.

    She also believes that tailoring an environment and treatment procedures specifically toward children, from infancy through young adulthood, creates a strong positive foundation for a lifetime of excellent oral health.

    Here are some additional ways that Park View Pediatric Dentistry provides children with “dental care with a little extra care.”

    —   Colorful subway-themed office with an activity filled waiting room that includes games and iPads—plus a calming view of Central Park in the major treatment rooms.

    —   Provides fluoride and sealant treatments to actually prevent tooth decay.

    —   Offers oral education to children and parents in-office, and off-premises at neighboring schools and events.

    —   Uses the latest state-of-the-art digital x-rays to reduce the level of radiation and provide a more accurate diagnosis.

    —   Offers various sedation options, both in the comfort of our office and at nearby LIJ/Lenox Hill Hospital for more complex cases.

    —   Cartoon/TV viewing right from the dental chair for a more relaxed, entertainment-filled experience.
    —   Gives children goodie bags, special seasonal give-aways, fun stickers, sugar-free ice pops and more!

    —   Plus, conducts raffles throughout the year to encourage maintaining the six- month visit schedule.

    Here’s to your child’s oral health!

    Contact us at:
    Park View Pediatric Dentistry
    212-879-6518
    www.ParkViewPedDent.com

    Children can experience sensitive teeth too. Here are some reasons and solutions.

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Has your child ever cried or complained about pain or discomfort whenever they consume foods or drinks that are very hot or cold? Little ones, unable to verbalize this, may suddenly hold their hand to their face or rub their mouth when they eat. They may be suffering from sensitive teeth or more often a sensitive tooth condition. Though it is unlikely for children to have the kind of tooth sensitivity, known as dentinal hypersensitivity, that is a result of gum recession and exposed roots, typically caused by excessive and improper tooth brushing, or by gum disease (periodontitis). These are generally conditions beginning in adolescence and progressing through adulthood. If you feel that your child’s vigorous brushing has worn away some of the tooth enamel, switch to a softer toothbrush and consult your pediatric dentist before using any of the desensitizing toothpastes, generally made for adult use. If your child’s teeth continue to be sensitive, your pediatric dentist may apply a fluoride gel to the affected teeth.

    Park View's Point of View

    At Park View Pediatric Dentistry, we believe that catching and addressing any oral health problems early is important, since it will get worse the longer it goes untreated. The first time your child complains of tooth sensitivity it may be something simple, like a piece of food stuck in between the teeth or gums. You may want to rinse the child's mouth with warm water to loosen any food particles that you cannot see. If you notice food stuck between the teeth, gently remove it with dental floss. If your child continues to have discomfort and complains about sensitivity, make an appointment with your pediatric dentist. As we are well aware, children are at risk for cavities, and that can be a major cause of tooth sensitivity. Your child could also have an oral infection or have a filling that is loose, which may result in additional decay. This could potentially lead to an infection. Children may also develop sensitivity after a tooth cracks or breaks. Cracked or broken teeth may be the result of biting on ice or hard candy, playground/sports injuries, using the teeth as a tool to loosen objects and caps, or teeth grinding.

    At Park View Pediatric Dentistry, we treat all of the above conditions that may cause tooth sensitivity from filling cavities to bonding and repairing cracked or broken teeth. However, one of the areas that we pride ourselves on in our practice is oral health education. We not only include the prevention of cavities, but tooth safety as well. The goal is to nip any of the causes of tooth sensitivity in the bud, so your child never has to experience discomfort from an oral condition.

    Prevention of Cavities

    1. Teach your children proper bushing habits.  Use a soft bristled toothbrush, both in the morning and before bed. See our past story on teaching and helping children to brush their teeth, and when to incorporate toothpaste.

    2. Flossing is equally important. See our past story on flossing your child’s teeth.

    3. Starting as early as the first birthday, you should schedule pediatric dental visits twice a year.

    Prevention of Tooth Injuries

    1. Always use a seat belt or age-appropriate child seat in the car.

    2. Teach children playground safety.

    3.  Instruct children never to use the teeth as tools for opening bottle caps or packaging.

    4. If they do have an occasional hard candy, impress upon them that it will last longer if they suck on it, rather than bite it. Always brush afterwards.

    5. If your child plays sports, make sure that they get and use a properly fitted mouth guard at all times.

    You can contact us at:

    Park View Pediatric Dentistry
    212-879-6518
    www.ParkViewPedDent.com

    The new year is the perfect time to evaluate your children's oral health routine!

    Last updated 3 months ago

    At we approach the end of 2013, and the holiday festivities are about to come to a close, many children got a temporary free pass when it came to holiday sweets, with the promise of getting back into healthy oral habits in the new year. As the start of 2014 rapidly approaches, it is an excellent time to evaluate your children’s oral health routine, diet and pediatric dental visit schedule.

    Park View's Point of View
    At Park View Pediatric Dentistry, we promote oral health education throughout the year, including dietary advice. The goal at our practice is to always report cavity-free visits and educate our parents and young patients on the necessary steps needed to create a lifetime of healthy smiles. Throughout the year we offer articles on our blog on all aspects of your child’s oral health and provide valuable information on our website geared towards setting the foundation for that super star smile. The following checklist will reference and link you to highlights of the past year. It is a good place to start for your own family oral health checklist.

    1. First Year Tooth Care
    Taking care of your baby’s new teeth on a daily basis may seem like a chore, but it is a very important, necessary parental job. Taking on the role of the “Tooth Police” right from the start will pay off toward a future of cavity-free dental visits.
    Read more.

    2. Caring for Baby Teeth—Early Brushing Techniques
    Baby teeth, and how they are cared for, are the foundation for permanent adult teeth. When your child is about six years old, it is time to start teaching them to brush and care for their own teeth. Teaching basic oral hygiene techniques and habits begin in toddlerhood and is an important process that continues throughout the childhood years. We have put together a helpful step-by-step list that will guide you through this process and are happy to help you during our oral education sessions.

    3. Children’s Flossing—A Must for Oral Care
    Much has been written about the importance and teaching of brushing, however flossing is equally important. Flossing helps to remove food and plaque from in between the teeth where the toothbrush cannot reach. Experts concur that flossing is necessary once your child has two teeth that touch. This usually happens initially with the last two molars (around age 2- 2 1/2). This is the time to get in the habit of flossing every night at bedtime before brushing. We are happy to help guide you in flossing your young toddler’s teeth and making it a positive experience!
     

    4. Visiting Your Pediatric Dentist Twice a Year 
    With the holiday vacation about to end, after school activities, sports and lessons are about to ramp up again. It is often hard to schedule those all-important dental visits even just once a year, let alone twice. Many parents often question the need for that second visit. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry not only recommends, but continually stresses the importance of visiting your dentist twice a year, as an essential factor in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. A new cavity can actually form within a six month time period. Like any other problem, the longer it goes unattended, the worse it can get. Coming in every six months is also a good checkpoint to monitor whether or not your child needs early orthodontic care. We have listed several other reasons for maintaining the twice a year pediatric dental schedule. Read more.

    5. Additional Answers to Your Pediatric Oral Health Questions
    Many of the parents that we see have several important questions throughout the year. From tooth accidents and toothaches to preventive techniques, like fluoride and sealants, we provide answers and advice. You may want to review and consider some of these points as you compile your oral health checklist for 2014. We have put these frequently asked questions in one place on our website for your convenience. Read more.

    Here’s to Happy New Yew!

    Contact us at:
    Park View Pediatric Dentistry
    212-879-6518
    www.ParkViewPedDent.com

    In the midst of all the holiday festivities, remember that teeth are not tools!

    Last updated 3 months ago

    During the holiday season there is so much fun and activity all around. From baking and parties, to decorating and gift giving, children get caught up in the excitement of the moment. So much so, that they may impulsively use their teeth to rip open ribbon on a gift or packaging on a new toy. Others may try to use their pearly whites to crack open a nut or twist off a cap on a bottle, while adults are busy preparing holiday meals. It is true that the enamel on the teeth is the hardest part of the human body, but teeth should never be used as tools under any circumstances. What could be worse than having holiday fun turn into an emergency dental situation?

    Park View's Point of View

    At Park View Pediatric Dentistry, we are concerned about our patients’ oral health at all times, which is why we are big on oral health education. In addition to learning how to prevent cavities, we offer safety tips on how to prevent accidents and tooth breakage. Throughout the years, we have found that accidents involving children’s teeth happen frequently around holiday times. Here are some helpful suggestions to keep your holidays safe and happy:

    1. Present Opening

    Opening gifts is usually an energy charged event, with lots of activity going on. It is wise to include a pair or two of child-friendly scissors on the scene and inform the family of where they are located. Remind children to never use their teeth for opening gifts or packaging, and offer assistance when needed. Also, why not make a conscious effort to slow down the process and enjoy each person’s present opening. Let the fun be more focused and last longer.

    2. Nuts

    What says holiday time more than a large bowl of nuts in their shell? Eager children wanting to enjoy these healthy tidbits should be cautioned never to use their teeth to crack them open. Large bowls of nuts should include one or two nutcrackers. A fun, family activity could also involve teaching children how to use them. There are always interesting character type nutcrackers available on the market; both new or vintage (think Nutcracker’s Suite). These fun nutcrackers could become part of the family holiday ritual, making their appearance once a year.

    3. Hard Candy

    Although we do not recommend having hard candy around, we recognize that exceptions are often made at holidays, especially with people dropping by and bringing treats. Remind children to suck on candy canes, and not bite into them. You should also monitor their intake and have them brush their teeth or rinse their mouths afterwards, as you do at other times throughout the year.

    4. Opening bottles and cartons

    Again, always warn children about the dangers of using their teeth as a bottle cap twister or carton opener. Remind them of the effort you put out all year to care for their oral health, and tell them that their beautiful smiles need to last a lifetime!

    Here’s to happy and safe holidays!

    Contact us at:

    Park View Pediatric Dentistry
    212-879-6518
    www.ParkViewPedDent.com

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