Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Effects of Pacifiers and Baby Bottles of Your Child's Teeth!

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Although dental hygiene is important throughout your entire lifespan, it is extremely important in the first couple of years of your life. So, it’s no wonder many parents are concerned about whether or not pacifiers and baby bottles can ruin their child’s teeth.

Sucking is a natural reflex that babies develop and practice, even before they are born! It’s a normal part of development that is comforting to children even after they no longer need nourishment from breast or bottle feeding. 

So, are pacifiers a problem? Sucking habits most likely won’t damage a child’s mouth in their first couple years of life but frequent and long-term sucking can cause problems. The top front teeth may begin to slant out, the bottom teeth tilt in, the upper and lower jaws become misaligned, and the roof of the mouth may be narrower side to side. 

A couple of tips to consider if your child uses a pacifier are: to buy products that are constructed as one piece - the child shouldn’t have any parts that can break off easily and potentially be swallowed; and never fasten a pacifier on a string or necklace around your child’s neck - this could accidentally strangle your baby; and finally, offer your child a pacifier that is marketed “orthodontically correct.” This type of pacifier may not affect the teeth as much.

Children often satisfy their desire to suck by using a sippy cup or pacifiers. Children who are continuously sucking or breastfeeding long after they need too will increase the risk of decay. Also, when children consume sugars and other carbohydrates, they are provided with cavity causing bacteria. This makes children more prone to cavities at a young age. In early childhood years, a child’s teeth may appear to have small white spots or lines on them. These spots or lines show up on the edges of the gums and eventually may begin turning brown and chipped. Parents should contact their child’s dentist as soon as they notice this problem. 

It is important to keep baby teeth healthy and to stop tooth decay as soon as possible. Baby teeth often stay in children’s mouth long after their childhood years. Tooth decay can lead to pain and trouble with eating and speaking. If tooth decay begins at an early age and teeth are lost, this can cause the adult teeth to come in crowded or crooked. 

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Garden City Events for the Entire Family!

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Are you looking for some fun, family events in the Garden City area? Well, look no further! Here are some events in the Garden City area in the upcoming weeks, courtesy of the New York Times

Come down to Garden City’s the Long Island Children’s Museum for “In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb.” At this event, visitors use a variety of materials to create a two-sided wooden door hanger to reflect the two sides of this month’s changing weather. The event takes place March 27th through 30th, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Free with museum admission, $10 and $11.  
Also at the Long Island Children’s Museum
  •  “stART (Story + Art),” story time followed by literature-inspired activities and crafts, March 27th through 30th. $3 with museum admission. 
  • “Music and Movement,” with musical instruments and sing-along songs, March 28th and 30th, from 11:30 a.m. till noon. 
  • KaleidoZone Gallery: Walkin’ After Midnight,” interactive exhibition in which visitors can move through a miniature neighborhood with the help of dolls and folk stories, now through April 30th.
  • “The Mystery of the Mayan Medallion,” traveling exhibition, now through May 6th. $10 and $11 admission; members and children under 1, free. 

Another event in Garden City is at the Garden Stage Coffeehouse. Join the Garden City Chamber Music Society as they perform an all-Beethoven program on April 1st at 3 p.m.; $10 and $12 admission at the Garden Stage Coffeehouse, 223 Stewart Avenue. For more information visit or call (516) 248-8855. 

Come to Adelphi University’s Performing Arts Center for a performance of “Little Shop of Horrors,” a musical by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, running March 27th -April 1st. Admission is $7-$20. Adelphi University Performing Arts Center is located at the Adelphi University Campus on 1 South Avenue. For more information visit or call (516) 877-4000. 

Come see “Spring Awakening,” a musical adapted from Frank Wedekind’s play at Nassau Community College, running from March 27th- April 1st. Tickets are $15. Nassau Community College is located at 1 Education Drive. For more information call (516) 572-7676 or visit

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Friday, March 23, 2012

NYC's Anti-Sugar Drinks PSA "Pouring on the Pounds"...

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Are you or your children "pouring on the pounds"? Soda and fruit juices have hidden calories and negative effects for your overall well-being.

Soft drinks have been linked to lower calcium levels and high phosphate levels in the blood. Furthermore, soft drink consumption in children poses a significant risk factor for impair calcification of growing bones (Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine), not to mention all the cavities they're responsible for!

Check out this video Pouring on the Pounds - Man Walking Off Soda - NYC Health Anti-Sugar Drinks

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Frequently Asked Questions About Your Baby's Oral Health Answered!

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The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has answered some of your most frequently asked questions about children’s oral health. Below are a few of the Q’s&A’s. To read through all the “Frequently Asked Questions,” visit, or click HERE.

What should I use to clean my baby’s teeth?
A toothbrush will remove plaque bacteria that can lead to decay. Any soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, preferably one designed specifically for infants, should be used at least once a day at bedtime. 

When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up? 
In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday.

What is the difference between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist?
Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist has two to three years specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs. 

Are baby teeth really that important to my child?
Primary, or "baby," teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt.

How can I prevent decay caused by nursing?
Avoid nursing children to sleep or putting anything other than water in their bed-time bottle. Also, learn the proper way to brush and floss your child's teeth. Take your child to Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City regularly to have his/her teeth and gums checked. The first dental visit should be scheduled by your child's first birthday. 

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Celebrations in Garden City!

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You certainly do not have to be Irish or in New York City to celebrate and enjoy St. Patrick’s Day! There are many festive parties, food and various types’ of entertainment here on Long Island to enjoy this year with family and friends. 

Here are a couple of ideas and suggestions for family-friendly events here on Long Island, provided by, to enjoy this holiday weekend. These events include Celtic Fun in Garden City; Family Craft: Irish Soda Bread in Brentwood; Family Adventures: St. Patrick’s Day Walk in Smithtown; Irish Pirates Flag Workshop in Cold Spring Harbor; St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast and Brunch also in Garden City; and St. Patrick’s Day Party in Port Washington. 

There are two events right here in our hometown of Garden City to participate in!

Celebrate “Celtic Fun” at the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City, which is located off of Charles Lindbergh Boulevard. The museum will be providing Irish music by Darlene Graham and the Shades of Green Band, for ages 3 and up. Festivities will begin both Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm. Your family can enjoy this classic and festive Irish music for the small cost of $4 along with museum admission and $8 for the show only! 

Another great option for your family is breakfast or brunch at The Cupcake Corner located on New Hyde Park Road in Garden City. Breakfast and Brunch will be served on Saturday, March 17th between 9-10am and 10:30-11:30 am. The Cupcake Corner is charging $12.95 per child under 14 and $19.95 per adult. The buffet breakfast and brunch will be serving traditional Irish and English food items and will also include crafts, music, and stories in celebration and observance of St. Patrick’s Day. 

What are your plans this St. Patrick’s Day Weekend? Let us know on the Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City Facebook Wall, linked HERE.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sing-A-Long with Elmo While Brushing Your Teeth!

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Elmo is joined by families and some of his celebrity friends including Bruno Mars, David Hyde Pierce, Nicole Kidman, Amy Ryan, Wendy Williams, Jay Sean, Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber as he sings a song about the importance of brushing your teeth as part of Sesame Street’s newest oral health initiative: Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me.

Share this video of Elmo singing a song about brushing teeth with your kids to help encourage taking care of their teeth! If Elmo can do it, so can you!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Tooth Decay in Preschoolers Featured on the Today Show!

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Tooth decay between the ages of 2 and 5 is on the rise! Check out this clip from the Today Show, discussing the NY Times front page story regarding preschoolers and cavities. 

Tell us what you think and how you are helping limit the number of cavities in your toddler on the Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City Facebook Wall, linked HERE

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Kids and Cavities: A Growing Epidemic

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Preschoolers and dental decay are becoming just as popular as peanut butter and jelly; how do we fix this?

Dentists have provided a number of reasons why preschoolers are suffering from extensive dental decay, and all are preventable! Snacking, sweet drinks at bedtime, and bottled water over fluoridated tap water are some of the common mistakes parents make ( 

The quick and simple routine of brushing your child’s teeth has become a war in itself, but Dr. Jed Best, a Pediatric Dentist in Manhattan has given some friendly advice- “I’d much rather have a kid cry with a soft toothbrush than when I have to drill a cavity,” ( Even if your child has only a few teeth, it’s important to start brushing as well finding a pediatric dentist to see how prone he/or she may be to cavities. 

At Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City, Dr. Stacey Reynolds will help provide you with information about your child’s dental health and how to create excellent dental health habits. Call our office today at 1-516-222-5100! If there’s a problem, it’s always better to address it sooner than later.

Stay on top of the problems that can be avoided and see what else needs to be done for your child’s teeth! For information on Dr. Stacey Reynolds and Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City, Visit!

Friday, March 2, 2012

FDA Says Spinbrsuh is a Choking Hazard Causing Chipped Teeth and Injury

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The last thing you would expect to happen when handing your child their toothbrush is for parts of the device to pop off, chip teeth, fly into their eyes or get stuck in their throat. 

But, that’s exactly what has happened to some users of the battery-powered Arm & Hammer Spinbrush – or the Crest Spinbrush, as it was called before 2009.

An article published by the FDA stated, “It’s important that consumers know how to avoid the risks associated with using the Spinbrush… We’ve had reports in which parts of the toothbrush broke off during use and were released into the mouth with great speed, causing broken teeth and presenting a choking hazard,” ( 

The FDA regulates toothbrushes, both manual and electric, as medical devices that are intended to help prevent tooth decay. “Electric toothbrushes can be very effective in removing dental plaque, and so they can help prevent dental decay and gum disease… At the same time, it’s important to supervise children when they use these brushes, and to look out for any malfunctions of the toothbrush that might cause an injury,” said Susan Runner, D.D.S., chief of FDA’s dental devices branch (

The FDA is alerting the public about the potential for injury while using the following models of Spinbrush: 
  • Spinbrush ProClean 
  • Spinbrush ProClean Recharge 
  • Spinbrush Pro Whitening 
  • Spinbrush SONIC 
  • Spinbrush SONIC Recharge 
  • Spinbrush Swirl 
  • Spinbrush Classic Clean 
  • Spinbrush For Kids 
  • Spinbrush Replacement Heads
For "Advice to Parents, Caregivers and Consumers" from the FDA, CLICK HERE

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