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

    Last updated 25 days 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!

    You can contact us at:

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

    "I Would Recommend them to all my Friends and Family!"-We Are So Glad to Hear That!

    Last updated 25 days ago

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    • "I love Park View Pediatric Dentistry because they take good care of my child's teeth. They are very professional, knowledgeable and they have up-to-date technology. I would recommend them to all my friends and family."

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

    Last updated 1 month 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

    Cool ideas for healthy summer ice pops

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Summer is here, and in full swing, with temperatures really heating up. With the onset of vacations and a more relaxed schedule, most parents find that this also comes hand in hand with more requests for sweets, ice cream and flavored ices. Though it is hard to control what is being served at parties and picnics, you can control what you have on hand at home. Many parents also find that taking on the task of making frozen treats is not only a great way to get some fresh fruits and veggies into the diet, but can also be a fun summer family bonding activity. To aid in the process, there are a wide variety of popsicle molds on the market in various sizes, shapes and colors – either in kitchen stores or online.

    Park View's Point of View

    At Park View Pediatric Dentistry, we believe that nutrition is a big part of cavity prevention. We promote healthy eating habits with all of our patients, and when we go out to teach at local schools, day camps, and mom-oriented programs. We often find that one consistent request from parents is to find some good healthy substitutes for sweets, that equally appeal to children. And what can be more fun that enjoying a delicious, nutritious ice pop that kids actually created themselves. 

    Cool Notes:

    In many of the recipes below we suggest adding your favorite sugar substitute as an option. We like Stevia as a choice, but an even better alternative is to train young palettes to enjoy the natural sweetness of fruits and certain vegetables without added sweeteners.

    —If you don’t have a popsicle mold and are using cups (non-glass), freeze until partially frozen and slushy – about 30 minutes, then insert sticks. Freeze until firm, at least 6 hours.

    —Avoid adding sprinkles, sweetened granola or other candy bits to your pops. This will defeat the purpose of this healthier treat alternative.

    Here are some of our favorite healthy ice pop recipes:

    Very Berry Watermelon Pops—Puree 3 cups of watermelon chunks, 2 cups fresh or frozen berries (raspberries, strawberries, blue berries or a combo of all) in a blender. Mix in 2 tbsps. of fresh lime juice and 2 tbsps. of a sugar substitute (optional—see above notes).

    Push the mixture through a fine strainer into a bowl with a flexible spatula. Discard solids. Then, pour the mixture into molds and insert sticks.

    Minty Melon—Puree 4-5 cups of cantaloupe or honeydew melon cubes in a blender with a handful of chopped fresh mint. Mix in 1 tbsp. of fresh lime juice and 2 tbsps. of a sugar substitute (optional—see above notes). Then, pour the mixture into molds and insert sticks. Freeze for 5-6 hours.

    Peachy Creamy Banana—Puree 5-6 large, juicy peaches chopped and 2 bananas in a blender. Mix in ¼ - ½ cup of plain low-fat yogurt (depending on desired creaminess) and 2 tbsps. of a sugar substitute (optional—see above notes). Then, pour the mixture into molds and insert sticks. Freeze for 5-6 hours.

    Cool Colada —Puree 1 large, ripe, juicy pineapple, cut up into chunks into a blender. Add ¼ - ½ cup (depending on taste) of light coconut milk and 2 tbsps. of a sugar substitute (optional—see above notes). Then, pour the mixture into molds and insert sticks. Freeze for 5-6 hours.

    Veggies Under Cover —For the real health enthusiasts, who want to disguise vegetables as a tasty treat for kids, try freezing your favorite veggie and carrot mixture or carrot and beet juice. Mix in ¼ - ½ cup of plain low-fat yogurt (depending on desired creaminess) and 2 tbsps. of a sugar substitute (optional—see above notes). Then, pour the mixture into molds and insert sticks. Freeze for 5-6 hours.

    Let’s make the summer of 2014 one of the coolest and healthiest ever!

    You can contact us at:

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

    A more complex case and one grateful mom!

    Last updated 3 months ago

    My 5 year old son had been seeing a dentist for a long time, (6 months from the time his first tooth broke). He never had x-rays because they were too large and hard to fit into his mouth. When a cavity was apparent, they were unable to see how big it was because of the x-ray situation. They recommended a velcro mummy type wrap to keep him in so they could work on the cavity. I truly believe he would've been traumatized beyond belief, (he already had to have a tooth extraction previously from a fall and was fearful).
     
    Then I found Dr Pilla. Her staff were so caring and kind and they got full mouth x-rays on his first visit, (softer and more flexible for his mouth). He had 8 cavities and I would not have known about 7 of them, (btw my other son had none so xrays are so important)! We sedated him at the hospital and had them all worked on at once. Dr Pilla was amazing, as was her fantastic, kid friendly anesthesiologist who put his and my mind at ease. Liz was amazing at helping with the insurance before and after the procedure.
     
    I am so thrilled with the results and he has since had his check ups with zero fear of the dentist thanks to Dr. Pilla and her incredible staff. Thanks you!

    Serena R.

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