Friday, December 30, 2011

Healthy New Year Resolutions for Kids!

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The American Academy of Pediatrics has some great ideas for a happy and health New Year for children and teenagers. It starts with these New Year’s Resolutions:

  • Preschoolers can resolve to brush their teeth twice a day, and wash their hands after using the bathroom and before eating!
  • Children ages 5 to 12 can promise to drink reduced-fat milk and water every day, and save soda and fruit drinks for special occasions.
  • Teenagers can commit not to use a cell phone or text message while driving and always to wear a seat belt.
  • Teenagers can also resolve to resist peer pressure to try drugs and alcohol.
  • Preschoolers, children and teenagers can all pledge to always wear a helmet when bicycling, skateboarding, rollerblading, roller skating, scooting, etc.
Everyone here at Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City wished you a happy, healthy and bright New Year!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Looking For Something To Do With Your Children Over This Vacation Week? Come down to Garden City's LICM...

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Are you looking for something to do with your children over this vacation week? Consider heading down to the Long Island Children’s Museum for a full day of fun for any age.

The Long Island Children’s Museum (LICM) is a hands-on museum for kids and their grownups. You’ll find places to play, learn and have fun – right here in Garden City! 

The many galleries include Bricks and Sticks, where little ones can investigate, build and shape our three-dimensional world using a variety of building blocks and interactive software; Bubbles, where children can blur the boundary between play and experimentation as they step inside a giant bubble, blow bubbles within bubbles and make a giant bubble honeycomb; Changes & Challenges, where children can enter a house, school or outdoor environment and experience how people with differing abilities adapt to daily challenges and ClimbIt@LICM, where children can stretch their muscle and imagination while venturing through this two-story climbing structure and its meandering ramp.

There are special events being held this week due to the holiday break. Bring your children down on Wednesday, December 28th at 1 or 3pm in the theater to enjoy winning films from the 2011 Brooklyn Film Festival’s kidsfilmfest. On Thursday, December 29th and Friday, December 30th, Ben Rudnick and Friends presents “Holiday Fun,” where children can celebrate the holidays with a foot tapping sing-along featuring Ben Rudnick and Friends. Children can enjoy the energetic sounds of this award-winning rock and bluegrass ensemble as they put their unique spin on original classic holiday songs.

On Saturday, December 31 from noon to 4pm join the Long Island Children’s Museum for the Countdownto 12! Celebrate the New Yearin the tradition of New York’s famous Times Square with this animal-themed party in honor of the opening of the newest LICM gallery Feasts for Beasts. The day will be filled with fun activities, a ball drop, live music, a dance party and a preview of Feasts for Beasts

For more information on activities at the Long Island Children’s Museum, visit

Thursday, December 22, 2011

My Personal Connection to Children with Prader-Willi Syndrome

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If you haven’t already heard, this holiday season Dr. Stacey Reynolds and everyone at Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City are going to give a very special gift to a very special cause for children with Prader-Willi Syndrome.

As a pediatric dentist who treats children with special needs, I have a huge place in my heart for children with special needs. Children with Prader-Willi Syndrome, specifically, are particularly important to me.

Not too long ago, a child very close to me (whose family wishes to remain anonymous) was diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome. I have known him since birth and have watched him grow to be a loving, caring, fun and silly child.

I have seen what early intervention can do for children with PWS.  He has had PT and OT since several weeks’ old, speech since he was a toddler, and has attended a special school since he was 2 years old.  Had all of these services not been available to him since his early diagnosis, I am certain he would not be as advanced as he is today in his everyday tasks.

I anticipate the difficulties he will face as he goes through elementary school considering almost all children with Prader-Willi Syndrome have learning disabilities, social deficits and motor insufficiencies.

His dietary challenges haven't surfaced as of yet but we know this is inevitable.  I strongly believe that all of the information that his family received before he was even 2 months old has helped them cope tremendously. 

The power of prevention and knowledge of what lies ahead is astounding.

This is one of the reasons why raising funds and more importantly awareness to the Prader-Willi Syndrome is a goal that’s very important to me, my family and friends. I would like everyone to understand what the syndrome consists of and just how hard it is for families and children to cope with.

Not enough people are familiar with the syndrome and turn their heads to the chronic issue. Please help me raise awareness for the Prader-Willi Syndrome.

Do you know someone who has been affected by the Prader-Willi Syndrome? Tell us your story so we can share it on our blog and Facebook.

From everyone here at Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City, we wish you, your family and friends a Happy & Healthy Holiday.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Are you looking for a pediatric special needs dentist? Look no further!

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Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City treats children with special needs. 

Most children with special needs require special dental needs. Some children with special needs are very susceptible to tooth decay, gum disease and/or oral trauma. Others require medication or diet detrimental to dental health. Furthermore, other children have physical difficulty with effective dental habits at home. 

The good news is dental disease is preventable. If dental care is started early and followed conscientiously, every child can enjoy a healthy smile. 

Your child will benefit from the preventive approach practiced at Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City which is recommended for all children –effective brushing and flossing, moderate snacking, and adequate fluoride. 

Home care takes just minutes a day and prevents needless dental problems. Regular professional cleanings and fluoride treatments are also very beneficial. Sealants can prevent tooth decay on the chewing surfaces of molars where four out of five cavities occur. 

Dr. Stacey Reynolds is trained and prepared to care for your child with special needs. Pediatric dentists have two or more years of advanced training beyond dental school. Their education as specialists focuses on care for children with special needs. In addition, pediatric dental offices are designed to be physically accessible for patients with special needs. 

Bring your child in for their first visit at Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City and start your child on a lifetime of good dental health! 

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