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    Healthy Snack Skewers for Kids—they're a natural!

    Last updated 4 years ago

    We all know how children are drawn to sweets and the constant challenge we face limiting their intake of candy, soda and ice cream, especially in the warm weather months where there is more of a focus on recreational activities. During a recent visit to the beach, I was pleasantly surprised to see families packing their coolers with small bottles of spring water, and their children enthusiastically diving in to quench their thirsts. The same can be true of candy and ice cream. When presented with healthy alternatives, especially ones that are colorful and visually appealing, children will become accustomed to new ways of snacking. What better time than summer to experiment with fresh fruit and vegetable options.

    Park View's Point of View

    At PVPD we believe in starting healthy habits at an early age. Similar to the approach we take at our dental practice, we like to make all that is involved with health an enjoyable experience—one that children can actively participate in.

    The following “Snack Skewers” suggestions are not only packed full of fiber and vitamins they’re packed full of fun when you take them on as a playful, creative project that you can do together with your children. We also feel that the skewer stick can simulate the same enjoyable behavior as a picking up a lollypop or ice cream pop.

    HEALTHY SNACK SKEWERS
    For all of the recipes below use short (about 6” or less) party or Hors d’oeuvre skewers. These may come in wood, bamboo or reusable plastic.

    Tropical Delight
    —  Cut your favorite tropical fruits like pineapple, kiwi, melons and banana in bite sized pieces. Choose fruits of varying colors.

    — Place one of each type fruit on skewers for a yummy rainbow treat.

    — Sprinkle with coconut or dip in a desirable flavor of low-fat yogurt.

    Veg Out!
    — Similar to above, but use your favorite veggies like cucumbers, avocado, cherry tomatoes, carrots—even blanched asparagus tips!

    — Dip in plain yogurt seasoned with your favorite garden herbs or spices.

    Berry Cool
    — Choose a variety of fresh berries. Grapes will also do nicely.

    — As with Tropical Delight, alternate berries for a colorful effect.

    — Place in freezer until hard for a frozen treat.

    Fun Fromage
    — Start with a piece of orange and white cheese at least ½” thick.

    — Cut into cubes or choose your favorite cookie cutters and cut out shapes

    — We like orange crescent moons and white stars! Flowers are great too.

    — Alternate on skewers with an occasional pitted olive and/or cherry tomato in between.

    PB & Joy!
    — Start with a red and green (Granny Smith) apple and a banana

    — Cut into bite sized pieces and alternate on skewers

    — Dip or spread on your favorite peanut or nut butter. Choose a natural, non-processed brand that does not have sugar added. Some health stores have nut butter stations where you make your own, fresh-ground.

    We hope now that we have your own creative juices flowing you will invent your own varieties our healthy Snack Skewers. We think they’re a natural when it comes to what kids enjoy to eat—and make!

    Contact us at:

    Park View Pediatric Dentistry
    212-879-6518

    www.ParkViewPedDent.com

     

    How Did the Tooth Fairy Come About?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    There are many colorful stories about the origin and history of the tooth fairy, but one that is particularly interesting relates to history in Europe hundreds of years ago. During that period, it was a common practice that when children starting losing their primary (baby) teeth between the ages of 5 to 7, for parents to take the teeth and bury them in the ground close to their homes. The logic behind this was that a brand new tooth would then grow in its place.

    Later on as people of different cultures stated to migrate to the United States, they brought their stories and folklore with them. Since a lot of these people were moving into urban areas, there may have been less open land in towns and cities. These new immigrants compromised by placing teeth in gardens, planters and flowerpots— things found in the home. As time went on, the teeth that fell out were placed under children’s pillows and the parents switched the teeth for money usually after the children fell asleep.

    Even the Vikings had a ritual called “tooth fee” whereby a small gift was given to a child upon loss of a tooth. The curious children always asked what happened to their old teeth. Since children love to hear stories, parents came to tell the story of the tooth fairy. What better “fairytale”, than one of an actual good, loving fairy, who supports this natural growth process.

    The Tooth Fairy became widely popular from the 1950s onward, and appeared children's books, television cartoons, jokes, etc. At this point she even became a spokeswoman for good oral health—focusing on children's dental hygiene. Parents enthusiastically bought the concept of the Tooth Fairy into family life. The 1980s saw the commercialization and merchandising of the Tooth Fairy, with special pillows, dolls, banks, etc., which we still see today. Children for centuries have come to love this story, belief and the token gift they receive

    Park View's Point of View

    At Park View Pediatric Dentistry, we believe that any idea, story or devise that promotes a positive focus on teeth and oral hygiene is beneficial. Losing teeth is a natural growth process and we support the loving, generous tooth fairy cheering that on. However, some parents may opt for their own story or unique way of having their children deal with loosing teeth. As long as the approach is positive and supportive, we are all for that as well.

    Contact us at:

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

    Playground Tooth Traumas. A Time to Swing into Action

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Summer is here, and in spite of being off to a cool and rainy start, sunny days will soon have children out and about—playing, running, climbing and diving. Whether in playgrounds, parks, pools, camps, sports fields or vacation spots—often tooth trauma accidents can quickly occur. In fact, an astonishing five million teeth are knocked out each year, and every two-and-a-half minutes, a child is injured on a playground in the United States.1 These accidents mostly cause cracked/fractured teeth and lip lacerations.

    Park View's Point of View

    At Park View Pediatric Dentistry, we want parents, guardians and childcare workers to be fully equipped to handle playground tooth trauma accidents. First and foremost the attending adult should:

    — Be informed

                This would be an excellent posting to share or forward with sitters, friends or relatives who may have the responsibility of watching your child, or escorting them on an outing/trip.

    — Stay Calm

                As with any accident your child will take their cue from you. Your calm, focused action will start to put them at ease. Often parents may even try to interject a little humor to let the child know that they have things confidently under control.

    — Act Quickly

                1. If the tooth is displaced or loose push the tooth back in it’s original position with light finger pressure. Have the child bite down gently so tooth does not move as you proceed to attend pediatric dentist's office or emergency room.

                2. If the tooth has come out completely (root and all), proceed to dentist or emergency room immediately with the tooth. The longer the tooth stays out of the mouth, the smaller the chances are of saving it. Place the tooth in a cup with the patient's saliva to help keep the tooth alive. If it is not possible to collect the saliva, then put a little milk in the cup with the tooth.

                3. If a piece of the tooth is fractured off, with some tooth still visible in the mouth, it will need to be built up with restorative material, so do not be concerned with finding the rest of the tooth.

                4. In all cases use an icepack immediately to control swelling.

                5. Use a small square of first aid gauze rolled up with light pressure at the site of the broken tooth or lacerated lip, to control bleeding.

    If your child will be participating in active sports or activities on a frequent schedule, then we strongly recommend them being fitted for a mouthguard. It is also wise to review playground safety precautions to help avoid accidents from the start.

    Here's to a summer of happy, healthy smiles! We look forward to seeing you at Park View Pediatric Dentistry212-879-6518.

     

    1. Department of health—State of Florida

     

    Understanding Bad Oral Habits for Young Smiles

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Proper oral care should begin before an infant’s teeth even erupt, and as a parent, it is up to you to teach your child healthy oral habits and prevent bad habits from forming. From thumb-sucking to poor oral hygiene, bad oral habits can affect your child’s future oral health, causing cavities and jaw pain, and even malocclusion and speech problems in the case of prolonged thumb-sucking.

    As a parent, you can foster good oral habits in your children by making oral hygiene fun. For example, incorporate songs and games into the practice of brushing and flossing. At the same time, you should set a positive example for your children by brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day. It’s also important that you stress the importance of regular dental checkups by taking your children to the pediatric dentist by their first birthdays.

    Learn more about protecting your child’s oral health by making an appointment with Park View Pediatric Dentistry. You can reach our Manhattan office by calling (646) 402-6578. 

    Reasons to Choose a Pediatric Dentist for Your Child's Oral Care

    Last updated 4 years ago

    According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, you should schedule your child’s first dental checkup when his or her first tooth appears or no later than his or her first birthday. A pediatric dentist has two to three years of specialty training after dental school and focuses his or her practice on only treating children. This means that a pediatric dentist has extensive experience helping children’s teeth develop and treating oral health conditions that occur throughout adolescence.

    Caring for Baby Teeth
    Baby teeth play an important role in your child’s oral development, as they aid in the proper chewing and digestion of food as well as in speech development. For this reason, it’s important that your child’s teeth remain in place until they are naturally lost and replaced by permanent teeth. In fact, baby teeth help permanent teeth grow in your child’s mouth by saving space for them in the gum line. Pediatric dentists can help make sure that your child’s teeth are developing properly and teach children how to brush and floss their baby teeth.

    Preventing Tooth Decay
    In order for your children’s teeth to stay strong and healthy, they need to learn how to prevent cavities. Cavities form as bacteria, sugar, and carbohydrates accumulate on the tooth enamel. Pediatric dentists can help children learn about healthy eating habits and hygiene techniques to remove bacteria and prevent the onset of tooth decay.  

    Enhancing Comfort
    Pediatric dentists only treat young patients, so they understand how to familiarize children with the dental treatment. In addition, they are trained to make their office and treatment as comfortable as possible for children. For example, many pediatric dentists offer sedation dentistry to alleviate anxiety in children and adolescents.

    Call (646) 402-6578 to schedule an appointment with Park View Pediatric Dentistry of Manhattan. We focus solely on caring for children’s dental needs, including general checkups and orthodontic care. Our office also offers sedation dentistry techniques for children who suffer from dental anxiety.    

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