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    Cool ideas for healthy summer ice pops

    Last updated 1 month 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 1 month 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.

    Maintaining oral health is a natural with some additional, homemade recipes and tips to add to your routine.

    Last updated 1 month ago

    With the official start of summer last week, many families have planted gardens—either at weekend houses, on city terraces or in everyday backyards. Whether planting your own herbal or vegetable garden, or taking advantage of the many weekly farmer’s market selections, many of these herbs and veggies can be used to help aid in a variety of special oral health treatments or maintenance. In fact, many of these ingredients may be right in your own kitchen cabinet or refrigerator. This is especially helpful to know while traveling or visiting, when you may run out of the travel-size supplies from your oral health kit.

    Park View's Point of View

    At Park View Pediatric Dentistry, we want you to maintain your child’s daily oral health routine, as recommended by your pediatric dentist. This should include daily brushing and flossing and visits to your pediatric dentist twice a year. However, a special herbal or crunchy veggie treat for the mouth or teeth can be a very nice addition. This is especially true for a quick-fix for halitosis or bad breath.

    Here are some of our favorite natural tips to add a little boost to your child’s oral health routine.

    Garden-Fresh Herbal Mouthwash— Coarsely chop fresh peppermint, rosemary and lavender or sage. Take one generous teaspoon of this mixture and steep in a cup of boiling water for fifteen minutes. Strain herbs and cool. Use as a refreshing herbal mouthwash.

    Fresh Breath Chew—Chewing on raw mint or parsley leaves is another great way to help relieve bad breath, especially after that summer guacamole dip!  Fresh parsley is the best option, since it is high in cholorphyll, which is known to kill bacteria. Parsley was originally served on the plate as more than just a garnish— it can actually be used after meals as a breath freshener!

    Crunch and Clean— Crunchy vegetables like peppers, celery and carrots, plus crisp fruits like raw pears and apples have natural abrasive qualities. This means that they will actually remove strains from tooth enamel and give your child’s teeth a little polish, without harming or eroding the enamel of the tooth. Not to mention their nutritious qualities, as well. They also help the mouth to produce saliva, which is important because saliva helps protect teeth from cavity-causing bacteria. Saliva also contains compounds called surfactants as well as enzymes that give it detergent properties, which means the more saliva in your mouth, the fewer stains on your teeth.

    Let’s make the summer of 2014 a naturally great one!

    You can contact us at:

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

    First cavity filled was a breeze!

    Last updated 2 months ago

    My son is seven and a half. Today he had to get his first cavity filled, three sealants done and a baby tooth extracted. We were both nervous because he has some stress when he comes to the dentist. This was the easiest appointment we have ever had thanks to the love and care from Dr. Pilla and Jenny. They were beyond fabulous. They explained everything step by step and we're wonderful. Thank you so much.

    Nancy P.

    There is no Better Place

    Last updated 2 months ago

    The most important testimonial should come from a patient; thus, to quote my daughter, "Everyone here is so sweet and awesome! I can't believe a kid would say this, but I'm saying it, 'I love my dentist.'" As a parent of a child with anxiety, I'm telling you, there is no better place...Anywhere! Britt C.

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