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    Though cavities are still a #1 dental problem for children, most of the time they are preventable.

    Last updated 4 days ago

    During February, National Children’s Dental Health month, the AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) president often comes fourth with tips and advice for having children maintain cavity-free visits. This year was no exception and we’d like to share their highlights, plus our own important reminders, with parents.

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    At Park View Pediatric Dentistry, we make it our mission to stay ahead of all of the latest advances in pediatric dentistry and incorporate them into our practice.

    Our goal here 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. We enjoyed hearing from the AAPD this February for National Children’s Dental Health Month, and no matter how many times we promote cavity-prevention, we must remember that it is not a once in a while routine, but an ongoing lifestyle.

    Here are some “must-do” steps and tips for having your child proudly walk out of the dentist office with a “no cavity” report.

    Start dental visits by the first birthday
    Many parents still wait until their child is 2 or 3 years old for the first dental visit and that is too late, as some may already have cavities that have been untreated. We have seen cases where toddlers come in for the first time with a mouth full of cavities and need to be treated with sedation. The earlier the parent brings in the child, the sooner the parent can understand all of the proper preventative measures to take. Many parents don’t realize that as soon as your teething baby’s tooth comes in, it is subject to getting a cavity. Also the earlier a child comes in, the less likely dental visits will be a source of stress and more of a normal, positive routine. Once your child goes to the dentist for their initial visit, it is important to return every six months for a cleaning and checkup.

    Baby teeth matter 
    Many parents have the attitude that baby teeth are going to fall out eventually and don’t place that much importance on diligent brushing and flossing. Dr. Edward Moody, current president of the AAPD says, “What parents don’t realize about baby teeth is that the first ones come in around 6 to 9 months and don’t come out until about 6 or 7 years of age. The teeth that come in at 2 or 3 years of age don’t come out sometimes until 12 or 13. A small cavity at age 3 or 4 will get bigger. The cavity is an infection, and it’s going to get worse. The tooth starts to hurt. The infection can get all the way into the nerve, the nerve could die, and the tooth could abscess.”

    Parents should lead the way when it comes to brushing and flossing 
    Brushing and flossing keep tooth decay away. Since most young children do not have the proper motor skills to do an adequate brushing job, parents should brush their children’s teeth for them until age six or seven, depending on their motor skill development. The AAPD recommends the 2 x 2 formula—brushing two times a day, for two minutes. Parents should also floss young teeth as soon as the first two teeth touch with dental floss or kid-friendly floss picks.

    Diet makes a difference 
    There’s no getting around the fact that diets containing sugary snacks or soda contribute to tooth decay. Many parents often make the mistake of putting fruit juice in their baby’s bottles, which contributes to “Nursing Bottle Syndrome”, a mouth full of early decayed teeth. At Park View Pediatric Dentistry, we promote hydrating with water and offer nutritional advice and recommendations for healthy snacks, like popcorn, vegetable sticks and fresh fruit.

    We’re here for you 
    If you have not made a choice yet for you baby’s pediatric dentist, we’d be happy to meet with you for a consultation. Children love our warm caring all-female staff, subway–themed office, activity-filled waiting room, goody bags and more!

    Contact us at:

    Park View Pediatric Dentistry
    212-879-6518

    www.ParkViewPedDent.com

    To chew or not to chew? Chewing gum with Xylitol may provide some positive answers!

    Last updated 24 days ago

    I’m sure we could all think back to a childhood experience of chomping on a big piece of sugary bubble gum and even blowing that big pink bubble. Though the memory most likely brings a smile to your face, chances are that gum habit could have been the cause of a few cavities to those young pearly whites.

    When our own children ask for gum, we now wisely choose sugar-free options, but did you know that chewing gum containing Xylitol actually has some oral health benefits? Unlike other natural or synthetic sweeteners, Xylitol is actively beneficial for dental health by reducing caries (cavities) to a third in regular use, according to some recent studies.

    Park View's Point of View

    At Park View Pediatric Dentistry, we promote oral health education at all times, including dietary advice. This often includes good alternatives to snacks or treats that contain sugar. The goal at our practice is to always report cavity-free visits and educate our parents and young patients on the better choices needed to create a lifetime of healthy smiles. We also try to make oral health a fun, positive experience for children, and rather than deny them of some of the little treats they crave, offer healthy substitutes.

    Therefore, we were pleased to educate you about the surprising benefits of Xylitiol, a sugarless, white crystalline substance that looks and tastes like sugar, and is now found in some chewing gum products.

    What is Xylitol?

    Xylitol is actually already right inside of us. Our bodies naturally produce between 5 to 10 grams every day from other foods that we eat, using our own energy paths. It is a natural, normal part of our everyday metabolism and not a strange or artificial substance. We can find in naturally in some of the foods that we already love like delicious fruits, berries, mushrooms, lettuce and corn on the cob. Xylitol has been researched for over 40 years, resulting in thousands of studies confirming its effectiveness and safety. Some people even cook with Xylitol, resulting in new recipe books, articles and videos.

    What are some benefits of Xylitol?

    Xylitol is also considered by many dental health groups as one of the newest and easiest ways that people can improve oral health, with its usage resulting in preventing tooth decay. It has the benefit of inhibiting the creation of acid in the mouth. This minimizes the damage to the teeth. Chewing gum containing Xylitol is something that tastes good and is good for you!

    In a recent paper published by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, they state the following:

    “Numerous clinical studies have demonstrated a decrease in caries (cavities) rates, increment, and/or onset among children who were exposed to daily xylitol use for 12 to 40 months. Long- term benefits on caries rates, increment, and/or onset also have been observed up to five years after the cessation of xylitol intervention.  Xylitol works most effectively on teeth that are erupting.”

    Though we agree that gum chewing has its time and place, if your child wants that occasional piece of gum why go sugarless, when you can go sugar-free with added oral health benefits.

    Contact us at:

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

    "Absolutely Wonderful"

    Last updated 2 months ago

    "Dr. Lambert and Anaika and her wonderful staff at Park View Pediatric Dentistry are absolutely wonderful. They are the consummate professionals who go the extra mile in making sure your children feel good, comfortable, and happy when they go for their dental visits. The support staff are competent, friendly and always helpful. We've been going to them for 15 years and would recommended them without hesitation. "

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    Last updated 2 months ago

    "The hygienist was very good with making Ryan comfortable by talking to him through the cleaning."

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    The New Year is the perfect time to help your child make some "Smile-utions" for continued oral health and brighter smiles!

    Last updated 2 months ago

    At we approach the end of 2014, and the holiday parties and activities are about to end, many parents would be the first to admit that they put their children’s oral health routine on the back burner for the last couple of weeks of the year. The start of the New Year is an excellent time to make some “Smile-utions”— resolutions geared toward maintaining a healthy diet, a daily oral health routine and dental visits every six months.

    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. We also try to make oral health a fun, positive experience for children, starting with our bright, subway-themed office, goody bags, contests, raffles and informative blog stories and Facebook posts.

    This year we are introducing our NEW YEAR’S SMILE-UTIONS — six resolutions that will keep young smiles bright for a lifetime.

    SMILE-UTION #1— Visit Your Pediatric Dentist Twice a Year 
    We know that busy schedules make it difficult to come in for 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.

    SMILE-UTION #2— Don’t hesitate to ask your pediatric dentist lots of questions.
    At Park View Pediatric Dentistry, we feel that maintaining an ongoing dialog with our patients’ parents can make all the difference toward your child’s next cavity-free visit. We encourage our parents to ask questions from the simplest, “Are we brushing and flossing correctly?” to “Why is my child experiencing swollen gums?” The more specific questions that our parents have about their child’s oral health, the more customized our approach and treatment can be. It is also wise to keep your pediatric dentist’s phone number handy at all times, should an emergency situation occur.

    SMILE-UTION #3— Teach your children proper bushing techniques from the start.  
    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 move from brushing their teeth for them, to 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. 

    SMILE-UTION #4— Remember that flossing is also an important part of your child’s oral health routine.
    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. 

    SMILE-UTION #5— Maintain a healthy, low sugar diet for your child.
    It goes without saying that limiting sugar intake and maintaining a healthy diet, complete with raw fruits and vegetables is of the utmost importance for oral and overall health. Choose sugar-free snacks like humus and carrot sticks, popcorn, pretzels, apple slices or cucumber rounds dipped in a yogurt and herb dressing. Do not give children sugary soda drinks, rather pure water, flavored with fresh citrus or mint. Getting child in the water-drinking habit is also good to rinse the mouth fresh throughout the day and keep children hydrated.

    SMILE-UTION #6— Prevent accidents that can result in broken or lost teeth
    Many of our young patients, both girls and boys, participate in a wide range of sports activities from skiing to soccer, softball to basketball. We cannot stress enough the importance of wearing a mouth guard during sports activities. We have seen countless face and tooth trauma situations that could have be prevented if the child simply had used a mouth guard or a protective helmet during sports. The last thing any parent wants is for fun time to turn into emergency time. Plan safely for all sports activities with the appropriate helmets and mouth guards.

    Here’s to happy New Yew. We look forward to seeing you in 2015!

    Contact us at:

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

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