Monday, December 23, 2013

In Need of a Few Last Minute Gifts?

Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City & Glen Cove
Garden City:516-222-5100
Glen Cove: 516-759-7000

Do you have any last minute holiday shopping to get done today? Many local shops and malls have extended their hours to accommodate all last minute shoppers!

Below are today's store hours for some of the most popular shops in the area. Let us know what last minute gifts you're running out for on our Facebook page!

Happy holidays from Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City and Glen Cove! We look forward to seeing all of you in 2014!

Roosevelt Field Mall
630 Old Country Rd Garden City, NY

7am – 11pm

Smith Haven Mall
313 Smith Haven Mall Lake Grove, NY

7am – 11pm

Walt Whitman Shops
160 Walt Whitman Rd Huntington Station, NY

8am – 11pm

Westfield South Shore Mall
1701 Sunrise Highway Bay Shore, NY

10 am – 9:30 pm

Westfield Sunrise Mall
1 Sunrise Mall Massapequa, NY

10 am - 9:30 pm

Monday, December 16, 2013

Holiday Edible Craft Idea

Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City & Glen Cove
Garden City:516-222-5100
Glen Cove: 516-759-7000

We found this adorable edible holiday craft on Pinterest and couldn't help but share. Donut Snowmen on a Stick are a great craft idea to set your children up with on Christmas morning after presents have been opened and you need some time to cleanup and prepare for arriving guests!

Here is what you will need:
  • 1 Box of Powdered Donuts of your choice
  • 1 Box of Fruit by the Foot (Strawberry flavored) – Scarf
  • 1 Box of Mike and Ike Candy (Orange Only) – Nose
  • 1 Bag of Jelly Beans – Buttons
  • 1 Tube of Black Icing – Eyes/Mouth
  • 1 Package of Wooden Skewers

Set up all needed material on the table. Instruct your children to slide three of the powdered donuts on the stick and then use their imagination for decorating their snowman! When complete, you can set aside your children’s newly created treat for an after dinner snack!

We hope you enjoy! Thanks, Pinterest! Let us know if you have any other holiday edible craft ideas on our Facebook page

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Brushing Videos

Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City & Glen Cove
Garden City:516-222-5100
Glen Cove: 516-759-7000 provides children with a series of two minute long videos that can be watched while brushing! This is a great way to ensure your children are brushing for two minutes, two times a day! 

CLICK HERE to see all of the different types of videos has for your children. Let us know which ones your children like the best and if this helps them to stay on track with brushing! 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City and Glen Cove is LIVE on YouTube!

Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City & Glen Cove
Garden City:516-222-5100
Glen Cove: 516-759-7000

Are you interested in learning more about Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City and Glen Cove? We've just added a couple of videos to our YouTube channel with tons of information about both of our locations! 

Click on the link provided to check out our patient rooms, waiting room and exclusive interviews!

For more information about Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City and Glen Cove, visit us on the web at

Friday, December 6, 2013

Weekend Fun on Long Island

Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City & Glen Cove
Garden City:516-222-5100
Glen Cove: 516-759-7000
The winter season is right around the corner!  Get your kids out of the house before it gets too cold for outdoor activities!  Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Get your family in the holiday spirit with these fun activities here on Long Island. 
Snowball Buddies
Location: Long Island Children's Museum
When: Weekly beginning December 6, from 2:30-4:30 pm.
*Free with museum admission
The Polar Express Trolley Ride
Location: All-Star, 96 Main Road, Riverhead, NY
When: 12/6, 12/7, 12/8, 12/13 and 12/14.
Breakfast With Santa
Location: A Taste Of Home, North Bellmore, NY

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

When Should You Start Child Dental Care for your Children?

Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City & Glen Cove
Garden City:516-222-5100
Glen Cove: 516-759-7000

A child's teeth begin to form before they are even born, making it essential to begin dental care prior to their first tooth even appearing.  A great was to remove harmful bacteria from their gums is to run a damp washcloth over the area daily.  Once the teeth start to come through you can begin to brush them using a wet toothbrush with a dab of toothpaste.  This routine should be done every day until the child is able to brush on his or her own.  

Bad feeding habits can also cause child tooth decay.  Having a child fall asleep with a bottle can damage their teeth and lead to a condition referred to as "Bottle Mouth".  Sugars from the liquid sit on the child's teeth for hours, thus eating away at the enamel.  Keep an eye out for pitted or discolored front teeth as signs of Bottle Mouth.  

Finally, it is essential to visit a pediatric dentist to help prevent potential problems before they occur. Here at Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City, we are trained to handle a vast range of issues pertaining to child oral health. Contact us to schedule an appointment or to learn more about your child's options.  

For more information on child dental care, click here.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Does Your Child Fear The Thought of the Dentist?

Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City & Glen Cove
Garden City:516-222-5100
Glen Cove: 516-759-7000

A child’s fear of going to the dentist can be overwhelming. Seeing the dentist is a significant part of a child’s health in order to maintain proper oral hygiene. Island Gazette provides pointers to easing your child into going to the dentist and preventing and diminishing fear.

Fear is learned through emotional responses. Children develop a fear through experience and listening. There are certain things to avoid or assert so your child won’t be afraid to go to the dentist:
  • Speaking of your own dental fears or anxieties can put it in your child’s mind that the dentist is not a safe place. They pick up on your fears even through an innocent comment.
  • Delaying going to the dentist will only increase any anxieties your child may have about the dentist. Children should start visiting the dentist at around ages 1-2 years old. The younger your child goes, the less likely your child will fear the dentist.
  • Sympathizing with your child may only legitimize their fear. Instead interpret a dental experience as a normal and positive experience.
  • Do not bribe your child into going to the dentist because from then on they will expect a reward every time they go to the dentist. Share the importance of oral hygiene as a reward instead. 
A dental visit can be fun. If you are going to a reliable pediatric dentist like Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City, the atmosphere can be positive. Make sure your child understands all the benefits of going to the dentist’s office.  

Don’t let fear take over your child’s thoughts about the dentist. Oral hygiene is extremely important to a child’s overall health.

To read more about the Island Gazette article, please CLICK HERE.

To set up a fun and painless appointment for your child, please visit Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City at,

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Are You Participating in the Garden City Turkey Trot?

Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City & Glen Cove
Garden City:516-222-5100
Glen Cove: 516-759-7000

Are you participating in the annual Garden City Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving? We sure hope so!

The Garden City Turkey Trot takes place each year on Thanksgiving Day and is open to all. Runners meet at St. Paul’s School, located on Stewart Avenue, and then trot throughout Garden City. The 5 mile Turkey Trot begins at 10 a.m.

If you haven’t registered for this year’s trot, CLICK HERE. Be sure to let us know if you’re participating on our Facebook page! 

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Friday, November 15, 2013

VOTE for Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City and Glen Cove to be Named Best Pediatric Dental Practice on L.I.!

Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City & Glen Cove
Garden City:516-222-5100
Glen Cove: 516-759-7000

We've been nominated in the Pediatric Dental category in the 2014 Best of Long Island. We need all of YOUR help to win and be named the best pediatric dental practice on Long Island.

You can find us in the health and wellness category. Please look for "Stacey Reynolds, DDS - Garden City" under the Pediatric Dental category and cast your vote!


Voting us open until December 15th.

Thank you for all of your support! For more information, visit our Facebook page.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Help Your Children Get Into Thanksgiving Spirit With These Books!

Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City & Glen Cove
Garden City:516-222-5100
Glen Cove: 516-759-7000

November is all about giving thanks! With Thanksgiving right around the corner, try getting your children into the Thanksgiving spirit with a few of these classic Thanksgiving books.

Let us know which book is your favorite on our Facebook page!

Martha Speaks: Thanksgiving Reunion
Author: Susan Meddaugh

Happy Thanksgiving Day!
Author: Jill Roman Lord and Jody Wheeler

The Turkey Train
Author: Steve Metzger and Jim Paillot

Thanksgiving Day Thanks
Author: Laura Malone Elliott and Lynn Munsinger

Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving
Author: James Dean and Kimberly Dean

Give Thanks for Each Day
Author: Steve Metzgar and Robert McPhillips

The Night Before Thanksgiving
Author: Natasha Wang and Tammie Ly on

Happy Thanksgiving, Curious George
Author: H.A. Rey

The Littlest Pilgrim
Author: Brandi Dougherty and Kristin Richards

(Thanksgiving Books courtesy of Newsday

Friday, November 8, 2013

FAQ's Answered: Sedation/General Anesthesia

Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City & Glen Cove
Garden City:516-222-5100
Glen Cove: 516-759-7000

If you’re bringing your child in for a dental visit and it ends up they may need general anesthesia, you may be quite nervous or apprehensive about the process.

Here at Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City & Glen Cove, we have a wonderful group of Anesthesiologists that can help treat very young, apprehensive and/or special needs patients by sedation or general anesthesia.
Below we have answered a few FAQ’s about Sedation and General Anesthesia. If you have any additional questions, please give us a call at either one of our locations.

What is general Anesthesia?
General anesthesia is a controlled state of unconsciousness that eliminates awareness, movement and discomfort during dental treatment. A physician or dentist with specialized training can use various medications to provide general anesthesia for patients receiving dental care.

Who should receive general anesthesia for dental treatment?
General anesthesia may be indicated for children with extensive dental needs who are extremely uncooperative, fearful or anxious or for the very young who do not understand how to cope in a cooperative fashion. General anesthesia also can be helpful for children requiring significant surgical procedures or patients having special health care needs.

Is general anesthesia safe?
Although there is some risk associated with general anesthesia, it can be used safely and effectively when administered by an appropriately-trained individual in an appropriately-equipped facility. Precautions are taken to protect your child during general anesthesia; personnel who are trained to manage complications will monitor your child closely. Your pediatric dentist will discuss the benefits and risks of general anesthesia and why it is recommended for your child.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Glen Cove Office Photos

Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City & Glen Cove
Garden City:516-222-5100
Glen Cove: 516-759-7000

As you all know, we've recently opened our second location in Glen Cove. Below are a few photos of our new office!

Let us know what you think on our Facebook page!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween! Spooky Treat and Craft Ideas

Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City & Glen Cove
Garden City:516-222-5100
Glen Cove: 516-759-7000

Halloween is here! Halloween is every child’s favorite holiday. Filled with Halloween Candy and cute and crafty costumes, what’s not to love?  

When you return home this evening from a long afternoon of trick-or-treating and your little goblins are snacking on treats, try making a few of these Halloween crafts and treats.

Let us know which Halloween craft is your favorite on our Facebook pageHalloween Crafts courtesy of

Spider Lollipop
Lollipops are a popular treat given out on Halloween. Choose your favorite and make one of these adorable Halloween spiders!

Marshmallow Dips
This is one of our personal favorites! This is the perfect treat to warm up too after a long, chilly afternoon of trick or treating. Make a cup of your favorite hot cocoa and decorate a marshmallow on a stick and dip 

Shimmery Pumpkins

If you have any extra pumpkins laying around that haven’t been carved or decorated, try making these cute and crafty shimmer pumpkins!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Space Maintainers

Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City & Glen Cove
Garden City:516-222-5100
Glen Cove: 516-759-7000

If you’re a parent with young children, we’re sure you've come up with several questions regarding their oral health.

Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City and Glen Cove is here to answer as many frequently asked questions as possible! Today we’re covering FAQ’s about space maintenance.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to call either one of our offices or send us a Facebook message.

Why do children lose their baby teeth?
A baby tooth usually stays in until a permanent tooth underneath pushes it out and takes its place. Unfortunately, some children lose a baby tooth too soon. A tooth might be knocked out accidentally or removed because of dental disease. When a tooth is lost too early, your pediatric dentist may recommend a space maintainer to prevent future space loss and dental problems.

Why all the fuss? Baby teeth fall out eventually on their own.
Baby teeth are important to your child’s present and future dental health. They encourage normal development of the jaw bones and muscles. They save space for the permanent teeth and guide them into position. Remember: some baby teeth are not replaced until a child is 12 or 14 years old.

How does a lost baby tooth cause problems for permanent teeth?
If a baby tooth is lost too soon, the teeth beside it may tilt or drift into the empty space. Teeth in the other jaw may move up or down to fill the gap. When adjacent teeth shift into the empty space, they create a lack of space in the jaw for the permanent teeth. So, permanent teeth are crowded and come in crooked. If left untreated, the condition may require extensive orthodontic treatment.

What are space maintainers?
Space maintainers are appliances made of metal or plastic that are custom fit to your child’s mouth. They are small and unobtrusive in appearance. Most children easily adjust to them after the first few days.

How does a space maintainer help?
Space maintainers hold open the empty space left by a lost tooth. They steady the remaining teeth, preventing movement until the permanent tooth takes its natural position in the jaw. It’s more affordable – and easier on your child – to keep the teeth in normal positions with a space maintainer than to move them back in place with orthodontic treatment.

What special care do space maintainers need?

Pediatric Dentists have four rules for space maintainer care. First, avoid sticky sweets or chewing gum. Second, don’t tug or push on the space maintainer with your tongue or fingers. Third, keep it clean with the conscientious brushing and flossing. Fourth, continue regular dental visits. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Hilarious Halloween Video

Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City & Glen Cove
Garden City:516-222-5100
Glen Cove: 516-759-7000

Halloween candy is every child's favorite part of Halloween. Children look forward going door to door throughout their neighborhood in hopes of receiving their favorite treats.

Checkout this hilarious video (courtesy of Crest) to see how a few children reacted to being told their Halloween treats were going to be healthy ones this year.

This video is sure to brighten your Friday! Let us know what you think on our Facebook page

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Infant Oral Health

Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City & Glen Cove
Garden City:516-222-5100
Glen Cove: 516-759-7000

Many parents have a series of questions and concerns when it comes to infant oral health. They wonder why so early? Or why does my child need to see a dentist by their first birthday? Pediatric Dentistry of GardenCity & Glen Cove is here to answer some FAQ about Infant Oral Health.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to give us a call at either one of our locations or visit us on our Facebook page

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Why so early? What dental problems could a baby have?
The most important reason is to begin a thorough prevention program. Dental problems can begin early. A big concern in Early Childhood Caries (formerly known as baby bottle tooth decay or nursing caries). Once a child’s diet includes anything besides breast-milk, erupted teeth are at risk for decay. The earlier the dental visit, the better chance of preventing dental problems. Children with healthy teeth chew food easily and smile with confidence. Start your child now on a lifetime of good dental habits.

How can I prevent tooth decay from nursing or using a baby bottle?
At-will breast-feeding should be avoided after the first primary (baby) teeth begin to erupt and other sources of nutrition have been introduced. Children should not fall asleep with a bottle containing anything other than water. Drinking juice from a bottle should be avoided. Fruit juice should only be offered in a cup with meals or at snack time.

When should bottle-feeding be stopped?
Children should be weaned from the bottle at 12-14 months of age.

When should I start cleaning my baby’s teeth?
The sooner the better! Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. As soon as the teeth begin to appear, start brushing twice daily using fluoridated toothpaste and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush. Use a “smear” of toothpaste to brush the teeth of a child less than 2 years of age. For the 2-5 year old, dispense a “pea-size” amount of toothpaste and perform or assist your child’s toothbrushing. Remember that young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively.

Any advice on teething?

From six months to age 3, your child may have tender gums when teeth erupt. Many children like a clean teething ring, cool spoon or cold wet washcloth. Some parents swear by a chilled ring, others simply rub the baby’s gum with a clean finger. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Haunted Houses on Long Island

Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City & Glen Cove
Garden City:516-222-5100
Glen Cove: 516-759-7000

Halloween will be here before you know it! We’re sure your little goblins are asking to attend hay rides and haunted houses to help get in the Halloween spirit.

Check out a few Haunted Houses here on Long Island this weekend with your little ones! Let us know which Halloween hot spots are your favorite on our Facebook page.

RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns
Location: Old Westbury Gardens, Old Westbury
When: Thursday-Sunday throughout the month of October 17, 2013
*Must purchase tickets in advance

Scary Walk for Autism
Location: Darkside Haunted House, Wading River
When: Saturday, 10/19

Haunted Trail of Horrors
Location: Middle Island Fire Department, Middle Island
When: Friday, 10/18 and Saturday 10/19
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Truth About Fluoride

Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City & Glen Cove
Garden City:516-222-5100
Glen Cove: 516-759-7000

Hey, parents. Are you unsure about the importance that fluoride plays in your child’s oral health? We’re here to help!

Here are a few fluoride FAQ answered. If you have any additional questions or concerns, give us a call at either one of our locations at any time.

How does fluoride work?
When the element fluoride is used in small amounts on a routine basis it helps to prevent tooth decay. It encourages “remineralization” a strengthening of weak areas on the teeth. These spots are the beginning of cavity formation. Fluoride occurs naturally in water and in many different foods, as well as in dental products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, gels, varnish and supplements. Fluoride is effective when combined with a healthy diet and good oral hygiene.

Will my child need fluoride supplements?
Children between the ages of six months and 16 years may require fluoride supplements. The pediatric dentist considers many different factors before recommending a fluoride supplement. Your child’s age, risk of developing dental decay and the different liquids your child drinks are important considerations. Bottled, filtered and well waters vary in their fluoride amount, so a water analysis may be necessary to ensure your child is receiving proper amount.

How safe is fluoride?

Fluoride is documented to be safe and highly effective. Research indicates water fluoridation, the most cost effective method, has decreased the decay rate by over 50%. Only small amounts of fluoride are necessary for the maximum benefit. Proper toothpaste amount may be supervised, and other forms of fluoride supplementations must be carefully monitored in order to prevent a potential overdose and unsightly spots on the developing permanent teeth. Do not leave toothpaste tubes where young children can reach them. The flavors that help encourage them to brush may also encourage them to eat toothpaste. 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Halloween Snacks for Kids

Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City & Glen Cove
Garden City:516-222-5100
Glen Cove: 516-759-7000

Looking for some snacks this month that your kids won't 'boo' over? Try making some of these homemade Halloween treats for your kids (and grown ups too) courtesy of
Spider Deviled Eggs - Deviled eggs get a spooky Halloween makeover when you use black olives to turn the treat from so-so to spider-riffic.

Banana Witch Fingers - Just cut sandwiches in vertical slices, smear with chopped bananas and cream cheese, and add the silver almond "fingernail."
Ghostwitches - Surprise your kid with a ghostwitch! Use a ghost-shaped cookie cutter (or freehand it if you're crafty) to transform a boring sandwich into a spooky treat!

Bat Bites - Add some vamp to snack time! Just stick toothpicks in cheese cubes, spear a grape on top, and add tortilla chip wings!
Share your kid's favorite Halloween treat on our Facebook page! 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

National Dental Hygiene Month!

Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City & Glen Cove
Garden City:516-222-5100
Glen Cove: 516-759-7000

October is National Dental Hygiene Month! This year, the American Dental Hygienist Association is partnering with the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company with the theme of "Brush. Floss. Rinse. Chew."

Brush - 2 minutes, 2 times a day
Brushing 2 minutes is one of the single most important methods for reducing plaque(or plaque related diseases) and preventing cavities. So keep your smile healthy! Click here for proper brushing tips and techniques.

Floss - every day
If you don't floss every day try to work on adding this into your routine. Daily flossing removes plaque and food particles that get in those pesky places you can't reach with a toothbrush. Read more about the proper flossing technique here.

Rinse - with mouthwash
Brushing and flossing cannot get ALL plaque and germs. Another step in preventing gum disease is rinsing your mouth each day with an anti-microbial mouth rinse.

Chew - sugar-free gum after eating
Chewing sugar-free gum after eating is clinically proven to be an important part of good oral health. It stimulates saliva which helps fight cavities and washes away food particles.

Be sure to work on your oral health routine this month, on your own, and with your children! Getting kids into the habit early on will benefit them in the long run.
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