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    Give thanks for your children's bright smiles and help keep them healthy throughout the holidays.

    Last updated 2 years ago

    As this week ends with the Thanksgiving holiday, many parents are busy shopping and preparing the family feast. Most likely this will include cranberry sauce, deserts, nuts and apple cider. While we want our children to enjoy this special family day, which revolves around food and festivities, there are some things we can do to make sure we are still aware of our children’s dental needs. There are also precautions and steps you can take to avoid tooth accidents or the onset of tooth decay.

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    At Park View Pediatric Dentistry we love brightening children’s smiles and we feel that oral health education, including teaching how nutrition affects the teeth, is a big part of what we do. Even though many parents are super aware of their children’s oral hygiene during the year, sometimes the endless holiday “To Do” list may shift our focus away from our children’s precious teeth. At this time of the year, we always like to provide important reminders and some simple steps that will ensure that you are keeping those young pearly whites in tip top shape.

    Here are some helpful holiday tips to keep teeth healthy this Thanksgiving:

    1. Drink lots of water. Make sure children drink extra amounts of water during the entire holiday meal, especially during desert time, or if they are drinking apple juice or cider, which can have a high sugar content. This will act as a mini rinse to cleanse away food and desert particles and residue from fruit juice. Remember never to put any type of juice in a baby’s bottle, as they may fall asleep while drinking, and it can promote nursing bottle syndrome and the onset of severe tooth decay. Only put water in the baby’s bottle

    2. Try to take a brush, floss, rinse break. If you can, especially if the meal is in your own home, try to take a “brush break” to counteract any excessive intake juices or deserts. This is especially important after that yummy, but teeth staining cranberry sauce is consumed, which also generally has a high sugar content. Colored sauces and berries are high on the list of foods that stain teeth the most, so their intake should be monitored. If you are visiting , you may want to do just a floss and rinse break, packing some floss sticks. There are also some good pre-pasted travel toothbrushes available that you can throw in your purse.

    3. Watch out for those nuts! Often a large bowl of nuts in their shells is included on the holiday table. The last thing we would want is for the fun festivities to turn into a dental emergency. Please keep whole nuts out of the reach of toddlers. Make a game out of teaching older children to use a nutcracker. Several fun character nutcrackers, from squirrels to soldiers, are available to not only brighten the holiday table, but save young teeth.

    Most importantly, smile and give thanks for friends and family. We wish you a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving!

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

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

    Last updated 3 years 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 3 years 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

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