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    Cancelling Your Child's Dental Care Has Its Consequences

    Last updated 6 months ago

    As parents, we all know the challenges of juggling children’s busy schedules— from sports to after school activities, to play dates and piles of homework. It’s crucial to remember that making time for their overall health and oral health is also an important part of scheduling and vital to the healthy growth process. Although occasional situations do arise when cancelling a pediatric dental appointment is simply unavoidable, rescheduling on the spot is of the utmost importance to maintain the recommended twice a year routine checkup.

    The end of the school year is also a particularly busy time in a pediatric dentist’s office, as parents prepare to send their children to sleep-away camp or get ready for a summer vacation. The last thing any parent wants is for their child to have a dental emergency while away. Therefore, be aware that rescheduling may be difficult at this time of the year, so it’s wise to make keeping your child’s dental appointment a pre-summer priority.

    Park View's Point of View

    At Park View Pediatric Dentistry we always strive for having our young patients proudly claiming cavity-free visits. Maintaining that twice a year schedule is a major factor in this preventative approach. We often warn that the tiny beginnings of a cavity can occur beyond this period. We urge our parents to reschedule rather than cancel and also offer a valuable problem/solution approach to some typical cancellation reasons.

    Here is our Park View Cancellation Problem Solver List:

    “My child’s weekday schedule is just too jammed and it’s hard to get them there right afterschool.”

    PVPD Solution:
    Don’t worry – we’ll work with you to get them in. We have special early hours every Saturday, between 8:30 AM and 2:30 PM. We also pride ourselves on keeping appointment times to a minimum – getting our young patients out the door as soon as possible.

    “My teen has so many after school activities and homework is piling up”

    PVPD Solution:
    Our teen patients are important to us. We’ll even get them an Uber car home or to their next activity, if they get themselves here on time. We also have iPads available in our waiting room if they need to do any research for a homework assignment while they wait.

    “My young child is afraid to come in and has anxiety about the dentist.”

    PVPD Solution:
    Then you’ve come to the right place! Children love our bright, colorful subway-themed office and caring all-female staff. We’ll help you explain to your child what a great positive experience is waiting for them here – complete with waiting room activities, goody bags, stickers and sugar-free ice pops. We also offer the widest range of safe sedation options for children with high anxiety.

    Contact us to learn more about ways to keep your child on schedule for cavity-free visits at:
    Park View Pediatric Dentistry


    Dental care for special needs children could prove to have its challenges.

    Last updated 7 months ago

    According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1 in 5 households
    in the U.S. include at least one child with a special health care need. [1] Special needs children generally need help with all of their daily activities, and maintaining proper dental care is no exception. It is now documented by many reliable dental and healthcare authorities that there is a direct relationship between optimum oral health and overall health. Therefore, extra attention needs to be paid to special needs children’s growing teeth to ensure that they stay healthy.

    What do special needs parents and caregivers need to know about their child’s oral health?

    Since most general dentists are not equipped to care for special needs children, it is important to find a good, caring pediatric dentist experienced with various types of special needs cases. It is also important to do this early (by the first birthday) so that a comfortable, trusted relationship is in place as the child’s dental home.

    According to the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network, research shows that young patients with autism do particularly well if they can see the same staff and same dentist every single time. The pediatric dentist will determine the best staff fit for the patient. The pediatric dentist also will want to be thoroughly informed of the child’s condition and will very often collaborate with their pediatrician.

    Park View's Point of View

    At Park View Pediatric Dentistry we have specialized in treating children with special needs and more challenging pediatric dental cases for decades. We are also New York City’ leading specialists in safe, sedation dentistry. Sedation is most commonly used for young children who are unable to cope with the delivery of dental care, children who have a high level of anxiety and for some children with special needs. For our more severe cases, we also provide general anesthesia—a care management technique that uses medications to allow your child to go to sleep while receiving dental treatment in a hospital setting. Our patients requiring anesthesia are treated at North Shore LIJ Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan.

    Here is our checklist for special needs parents and caregivers:

    • Do research in your area and find your pediatric dental home early, making sure that you stick to visiting them twice a year for checkups and cleanings.

    • Provide the pediatric dentist with all of the children’s medical history and pediatrician information.

    • Teaching any child to brush and floss is challenging enough, but for parents with special needs children extra patience and attention to keeping the routine is needed. A good pediatric dental team will be happy to educate you on tips and techniques and proper positive dental phrases to use with your child. Some children will need a toothbrush handle with a thicker or longer extension to make gripping the toothbrush easier.

    • Make oral health fun with tooth brushing songs, dental visit books and a bright, positive pediatric dental experience. We find that our special needs patients are particularly grateful for the goody bags, stickers and sugar-free ice pops that they receive after their checkups.

    • If your child is unusually anxious, can’t sit still in a dental chair or has a high volume of cavities, make sure that your pediatric dentist can provide the appropriate sedation options.

    Contact us to learn more about treating special needs children at:

    Park View Pediatric Dentistry


    .[1]. Definition provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: those who have or are at increased risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally

    What is fluoride and how can it help prevent tooth decay?

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water. Fluoridated water can be found in about two-thirds of cities and towns in the United States. Fluoride also plays an important role in today’s oral health care in preventing tooth decay.

    How does fluoride help prevent cavities?
    A process called “demineralization” refers to the loss of minerals from the tooth’s enamel. This occurs when acids formed from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth attack the tooth’s enamel. The good news is that the tooth’s enamel can be strengthened with the reverse process called “remineralization.” This can occur when minerals like fluoride, calcium and phosphate are redeposited to the tooth’s enamel. If the tooth’s enamel is experiencing too much demineralization, without the repairing benefits of remineralization, the unwanted environment for tooth decay is present.

    Fluoride is one of the most powerful minerals to help prevent tooth decay by making the tooth enamel more resistant to those attacking acids. It can also actually reverse very early decay.

    How can your family receive the cavity-fighting benefits of fluoride?
    Fluoride is found in certain foods (meat, fish and eggs) and in most cases, local drinking water. It can also be directly applied to the teeth through fluoridated toothpastes or mouth rinses. The mouth rinses containing a low strength of fluoride can usually be purchased over the counter, while those with a higher concentration of fluoride, may require a prescription. Many dentists, especially pediatric dentists, offer fluoride treatments in their office. These treatments contain a much higher level of fluoride and are applied directly to the teeth in the form of a gel, foam or varnish. Varnishes are generally painted right on the teeth, while foams are placed in a mouth guard for one to four minutes. Fluoride supplements are also available in liquid or tablet form with a prescription from your dentist or doctor. 

    Park View's Point of View
    At Park View Pediatric Dentistry we believe that sufficient fluoride is most important for children, to ensure extra protection against cavities in their developing teeth.

    We use fluoride treatments for patients who are at an increased risk of tooth decay, including those with:

    •   Poor oral hygiene

    •   Active cavities

    •   Eating disorders

    •   Poor diet

    • Tooth enamel defects

    Children may also be given fluoride supplements to take in small doses each day, especially if there is not a sufficient amount of fluoride in their regular water supply or if they only use store bought bottled water. Children may also be given prescription fluoride gel to use at home to decrease tooth decay. Fluoride treatments are often repeated every three, six or 12 months, depending on each patient’s individual needs.

    Contact us to learn more about fluoride treatments and preventative dentistry at:

    Park View Pediatric Dentistry

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

    Last updated 9 months 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.

    Park View's Point of View
    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

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

    Last updated 9 months 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

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