Wednesday, January 30, 2013

February Family Fun Events on Long Island!

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Are you looking for a few family fun events to get the kids out of the house this winter? We've got you covered!

Here are a few events happening on Long Island in the near future that the whole family is sure to enjoy! 

Let us know which events you plan on attending on our Facebook page, linked HERE!

Norther Spur Train Swap Meet
When: Sunday, February 10, 2013 @ 1 p.m.
Location: Knights of Columbus, Lindenhurst
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons

Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center
When: Daily from 9:30a.m.-10:15 and 3:00 p.m.-3:45
Location: Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center, Riverhead

Nature Tales
When: Friday, 2/8 2-2:30 p.m. Friday, 2/22 2-2:30 p.m.
Location: Seatuck Environmental Center, Islip

South Shore Theatre Experience: The Music & Magic
When: February 2, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: BACCA Arts Center, Lindenhurst

Monday, January 28, 2013

Are You Looking for a Pediatric Dentist for Your Child? Consider Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City!

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Are you looking for a Pediatric Dentist for your child? If so, we hope that you will consider Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City! Our office has a lot to offer and we would love to have your child as a patient in our office!!

Take a look at some of these pictures of our office! Here at Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City, we strive to make each and every child as comfortable as possible by welcoming them into a warm and friendly environment.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have at 516-740-5107. You can also visit our website, linked HERE or our Facebook page

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Tips For Handling Dental Emergencies!

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Dental emergencies happen unexpectedly at any time and at any place. No matter what the dental emergency, it’s important to take your child to the dentist office or emergency room as soon as possible!

However, in the event of a dental emergency, there are a few tips to follow that can be the difference of saving your child’s permanent tooth or losing it!

Here are a few tips to follow, courtesy of!
  • If a tooth is knocked-out, keep it moist. If you can, try placing the tooth back in the socket without it touching the root. If that is not at all possible, place it in between your child’s check and gum, or in a glass of milk.

  • If a tooth is cracked, immediately rinse your child’s mouth out with warm water and clean the area affected. Put a cold compress on your child’s face to keep the swelling down.

  • If your child bites their tongue or lip, gently clean the area and apply a cold compress.

  • If your child is experiencing a toothache, rinse the mouth out with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between the teeth. Do not put any aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissue.

  • For an object stuck in your child’s mouth, try to gently remove it with floss but do not try to remove it with any sharp pointed instruments.

Do you have any additional tips on how to handle a dental emergency? Let us know on our Facebook page, LINKED HERE!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tips on How To Protect Your Child's Oral Health!

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Many people often wonder when they should start taking care of their children’s baby teeth. The answer to that is when you see the first tooth! Brushing should begin when your child’s first tooth appears!

Tooth decay is one of the most chronic diseases in children ages 6-11. It’s extremely important to teach your children the importance of oral health from a young age!

Here are a few tips on how to protect your child’s oral health!
  • Start Oral Care Early
  • Teach the Brush & Floss Habit
  • Avoid “Baby Bottle Decay”
  • Control the Sippy Cup Habit
  • Ditch the Binky by 2 or 3
  • Beware of Mouth-Unfriendly Medicines
  • Stand Firm on Oral Hygiene

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Healthy Snack Ideas to Help Keep Your Child's Smile Beautiful!

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We’re sure your children probably love to snack on cookies, cake and various types of candy! Who wouldn't  However, these sugary snacks aren't so good for your teeth or your body! Eating sugary types of snacks in-between breakfast, lunch and dinner can cause tooth decay.

So parents, you know that having your children brush and floss each and every day is important.  However, monitoring the types of snack your children are eating is just as important for maintaining good dental hygiene. 

Here are a couple of snack ideas that will help to keep your child’s smile a healthy one!
  • Apple Slices with Peanut Butter
  • Strawberries
  • Oranges
  • Watermelon
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Celery
  • Red and Green Pepper Slices with Ranch Dip
  • Baked Tortilla Chips
  • Popcorn (no butter)
  • Low-fat milk or cheese
  • Slicked Turkey
  • Nuts

What kind of healthy snacks do your children enjoy? Let us know on our Facebook page, linked HERE! 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Tips on Your Child's First Dentist Visit!

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It's important to get your child familiar and comfortable with the dentist as early as possible! You should schedule their first appointment as soon as the first tooth appears. Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City specializes in dental work with children! 

The ADA recommends scheduling your child’s first appointment up to 6 months after their first tooth appears but no later than their first birthday.  Although the first visit is usually for your dentist to examine their mouth and to check growth and development, it is important to get your child comfortable with the dentist’s office and get them practicing healthy habits.  

Here are a few tips to make the first visit run as smoothly as possible! First, start with the time of the appointment.  Try to schedule it when the child will be rested and cooperative.  Your children can pick up on any anxieties, insecurities and fears so it is important to project a positive emphasis.  Try to never bribe your children to go or use the appointment as a threat or punishment.  This gives a negative connotation to the dentist and can produce anxiety about the visit.  It is good to talk to your child and let them know before what procedures the dentist might be performing.  You can expect the dentist to clean and perform a search for any oral injury or cavities, and provide tips on how to proceed.  He also might discuss habits like teething, pacifier use or thumb sucking, followed by a discussion of treatment if need and when to schedule the next check up. 

 At Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City, we are dedicated to making dental appointments run as smoothly and comfortable as possible for you and your child! 

For further questions please visit our website, linked HERE

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Tips to Help Maintain a Healthy Smile!

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Do you want to help your children maintain a healthy smile? We’re sure you do! Your smile is one of the first things people notice! So, it’s very important that you take great care of it each and every day!

Here are a few tips to help keep your child’s mouth healthy on the inside and out!
  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes
  • Floss every single day!
  • Avoid sugary and starchy snacks
  • Wear a mouthguard when active
  • No lip/mouth piercings
  • See the dentist regularly

Do you have any additional tips to help keep your child’s smile beautiful? Let us know on our Facebook page, linked HERE

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Can Elmo Help Get Your Little Ones to Brush More? Watch this Video!

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Do you need some help getting your little ones to brush every day? How about showing them this video of Elmo featuring Bruno Mars? The duo teamed up and sings about the importance of "brushy brushing" your teeth every day!

Do you think showing this video to your kids will get them to brush more? Let us know what you think on our Facebook page, linked HERE

Friday, January 4, 2013

Do You Have Plans this Weekend? See Whats Happening on Long Island!

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Looking for plans for this weekend? There is TONS of stuff happening on Long Island that is sure to keep everyone in your family occupied!

Here are a few of our favorite picks, courtesy of!

Family Adventures: First Walk of the New Year
Location: Caleb Smith State Park Preserve – Smithtown
When: Saturday, 1/5 @ 10 a.m.

Trout Birthday Party
Location: Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium – Cold Spring Harbor
When: Sunday, 1/6 @ 2 p.m.

Broadway: Through the Decades
Location: St. Joseph’s College – North Patchogue
When: Friday, 1/4 and Saturday, 1/5 @ 7:30 p.m.

Let us know if you’d be interested in attending any of these events on our Facebook page, linked HERE

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Preventing and Treating Cavities in Preschoolers!

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Preschoolers tend to be more prone to cavities. So, here are a few tips to prevent them or treat them if they do develop!

The easiest way is to insure that your child practices proper dental hygiene, meaning brushing at least twice a day in the morning and before bed.  It is helpful to cut out bottles of juice or milk before bed.  Juice is typically high in sugar but can also be very acidic, which can damage the enamel of their baby teeth and potentially adult teeth as well.  You should dilute their juice with water and limit the amount.  

One of the most obvious things to do is limit the amount of sweets and snacks your child eats.  Some snacks are better than others but only in moderation.  Plain chocolate can be a good snack as opposed to a cookie or cracker that is mashed into teeth and can remain their for and extended period of time.  Cavities usually occur in the chewing surfaces of molars, ask your dentist about tooth sealants that can protected the grooved and pitted areas where plaque will build.  

Additional fluoride helps the growth and development of teeth.  It can be found in toothpaste and rinses, although children under 4 should not use rinses.  You can ask you dentist to prescribe fluoride pills.  If a cavity does develop in your child’s baby tooth it is essential to fill it, decay can spread from one tooth to another.  If decay is left untreated it can lead to premature extraction or it can spread to permanent teeth and gums.  

Help your child to avoid the pain of a cavity by enforcing these rules and methods!