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    Give Halloween candy some healthy competition with these naturally creative snacks!

    Last updated 24 days ago

    Yes, this week ends with Halloween, and while it is celebrated throughout the United States with creative costumes, parties and parades, a big part of the tradition centers around “Trick or Treating” and large bags full of super sugary candy, specially packaged for this annual event. While we want our children to enjoy the festivities and not feel left out, there are some things we can do to control the Halloween candy-mania offering fun, healthier alternatives. It is also very important to determine the length of time your children can go trick or treating to limit the amount of candy that they will receive. Halloween is a one-day holiday and we recommend that the candy received be eaten on Halloween day only. Having a plan and sticking to it will ensure success! Also, drinking plenty of water and brushing teeth immediately after candy consumption is very important.

    Even though many parents do their part throughout the year limiting soda and sweets intake, and promoting more nutritious eating, we ought not abandon that philosophy at Halloween.

    Park View's Point of View

    At Park View Pediatric Dentistry we always promote fun and enjoyment, but we are also big on oral health education and creating awareness on how nutrition affects the teeth at all times of the year. Many of our parents ask us for a few pointers during Halloween time—especially on what types of fun candy alternatives they can serve.

    Here are some of our favorite, super simple healthy Halloween snacks:

    1. Frozen Boo-nanas. Peel a bunch of bananas and cut in half. Insert a wooden popsicle stick on the flat end of each half. Use raisins or cheerios (or a combo of both) for the eyes and mouth. Freeze on a baking sheet.

    2. Tange-o-lanterns. This is a nice refreshing Halloween desert. Peel a handful of seedless tangerines. Insert pieces of celery sticks in top for the stem. Again, raisins can be used to embed for eyes.

    3. Spider Snacks. Take your favorite round crackers and spread with a healthy nut butter or soft cheese spread. Cover with another cracker and insert thin pretzel sticks on each side for legs. “Glue” on olive slices for eyes with your filling and see how this snack seems to just crawl away!

    4. Monster Mouths. Core and quarter an apple. Remove a wedge from the skin side of each quarter to form an opened mouth. Insert variously shapes and sizes of slivered almonds for teeth.

    5. Sand-witches. Or ghosts or bats! Use your favorites Halloween cookie cutters to make festive sandwiches out of whole grain bread and healthy fillings, like natural nut butters or hummus.

    6. Creepy Crudité. Have fun with this one! Use a small bowl of your favorite healthy dip with olives for eyes as the head of your “skeleton”. Throw in a few leafy greens for hair. Assemble a wide variety of raw vegetables like the skeleton’s body, using pepper slices as ribs, cucumber slices and the spice and celery and carrot sticks as the arm and leg bones. Sliced mushrooms work nicely for the hip area, or for joints! Be creative and watch those veggies mysteriously disappear!

    Also, take part in our Halloween Buy Back Program. For every large zip-locked bag of Halloween Candy that you bring us by Friday, November 7th, your child will receive one dollar. The candy will then be packed up and sent overseas as a sweet gesture for our troops!

    Happy Healthy Halloween!

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

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    The Dentist Fear Factor—How to Deal With This in Children.

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Both children and adults alike experience Dentophobia—fear of going to the dentist. Like many phobias, the feelings are very real and anxiety producing. Many adults have suffered with a lifetime of poor oral health because this fear was not dealt with at a young age, and as a result have compromised overall health. The causes of this fear can range from fear of pain, to loss of control—but many adults claim that it was due to bad experiences they had at the dentist, particularly at a young age. Today, with Pediatric Dentistry elected as a specialty area, widely taught in most highly acclaimed dental schools, the trained Pediatric Dentist is well equipped to deal with young Dentophobia.

    Park View's Point of View

    At Park View Pediatric Dentistry, we believe in doing all that we can to make going to the dentist an enjoyable experience right from the start. From our brightly colored subway-themed office to goody bags, iPads and waiting room activities— we make checkups and oral health education something children feel good about. We pride ourselves on our all women staff, which especially for our youngest patients connotes a feeling of a nurturing mom. We also never want the child to feel like they are facing their dental visits alone, and provide special in-room seating for attending family or guardians. Naturally, we do still experience children that are initially afraid of the dental visit and have many helpful suggestions for parents.

    Here is how parents can help make children’s dental visits less scary:

    — First and foremost, choose a dentist that is specifically a Pediatric Dentist. Not only are they trained to deal with children from infancy through college, but in most cases their offices are more child-friendly and inviting. Don’t hesitate to make an initial consultation visit before selecting your Pediatric Dentist.

    — If you yourself have a fear of going to the dentist or have had unpleasant dental experiences in the past, it is very important not to share these, even if things turned out fine and you were going to use your own fear as an example.

    — Tell your child about the dental visit in very positive terms. If you have visited the office beforehand, report all of your positive findings like waiting room activities, friendly dentists, goody bags, reward stickers, etc.

    — It is a great idea to read very young children books about going to the dentist. There are some wonderfully written and illustrated ones available today. See last month’s blog story for some great suggestions. 

    — In cases where children are extremely afraid, you may want to set a preliminary visit where they just meet the dentists and take a tour of the office. This way the actual visit will not feel like the fear of the unknown.

    — In severe cases where a child’s anxiety cannot be overcome, or for children with special needs or complex cases, we recommend sedation dentistry, which is a specialty of Park View Pediatric Dentistry. Please see this section on our website for more details.

    — Look in the mirror together and SMILE and describe the importance of having a beautiful one for the rest of your life. Explain how in addition to brushing and flossing, the dentist is the one to help make that happen by keeping teeth healthy and beautiful.

    Here’s to positive and stress-free dental visits!

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    212-879-6518
    www.ParkViewPedDent.com

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    Fun bedtime storybooks that will brighten your child's smile.

    Last updated 2 months ago

    As summer rapidly comes to a close, the focus is switching from play and outdoor activities to school and learning. Many parents also use this time for a back to school dental visit, before the homework starts to pile up and the flurry of fall activities get into full swing. After a looser evening schedule for the kids during vacations or having them away at camp, this is also the time of year when parents resume the routine of bedtime story reading. Many of our parents ask us for some ideas on books that promote positive attitudes about dental visits and healthy oral habits.

    Park View's Point of View

    At Park View Pediatric Dentistry, we believe in doing all that we can to make going to the dentist an enjoyable experience. From our brightly colored subway-themed office to goody bags, iPads and waiting room activities— we make checkups and oral health education something children feel good about. When our efforts are supported by our parent’s efforts at home, it’s a win-win situation. Reading your children any number of the wonderful, charming books on visiting the dentist or taking care of teeth is an excellent, entertaining way to do this. Plus, books from our childhood tend to leave a lifetime impression.

    Here are some great suggestions and reviews:

    Maisy, Charley, and the Wobbly Tooth: A Maisy First Experience Book
    by Lucy Cousins

    On his first trip to the dentist, with a wobbly tooth, Charley gets lots of moral support from Maisy and friends. Since it is his very first dental visit, he’s a little nervous. Luckily, Maisy, Tallulah, Eddie, and Cyril are happy to accompany their toothy alligator  friend to the dentist’s office, where they make some fun discoveries. This book is part of the popular series, A Maisy First Experience Book.

    Sugarbug Doug: All About Cavities, Plaque, and Teeth
    by Dr. Ben Magleby

     

    Follow these cartoon-like “sugarbugs” as they try to destroy teeth and ruin breath. Children learn what it takes to stop these oral health villains so that they can keep their teeth healthy for a lifetime. Sugarbug Doug is a children’s book written and illustrated by a dentist to help children learn what causes dental disease. Many parents and dental professionals report that this book is one of the most fun ways to convey valuable oral health education.

    Brush Your Teeth, Please: A Pop-up Book
    by Leslie McGuire.
    Young children get to imitate a chimp brushing its teeth back and forth and a shark that flosses every day! Kids will have lots of fun learning about proper dental hygiene with this engaging, delightful pop-up book. Many parents report that children take this book into the bathroom with them, and that it was the cure for the resistant brusher!

    —Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World
    by Selby Beeler
    Many of our children put their baby teeth under their pillow after they lose them and wait for the tooth fairy. Not if you live in Botswana! In Botswana, children throw their teeth onto the roof. In Afghanistan they drop their teeth down mouse holes, and in Egypt they fling their teeth at the sun! Travel around the world and discover the surprising things children do when they lose a tooth. Kids and adults alike enjoy this book on teeth traditions around the globe.

    Happy reading! We appreciate all of our parents’ efforts to teach healthy oral habits.

    You can contact us at:
    Park View Pediatric Dentistry
    212-879-6518
    www.ParkViewPedDent.com

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