Thursday, May 30, 2013

Baby’s First Dental Appointment

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Did you know a baby’s first dental appointment should come no later than age 1? According to a 2010 AAPD survey, 97% of parents were unaware of the first-year, first visit recommendation. 

In fact, tooth decay is one of the leading chronic childhood diseases, more common than asthma, and it's almost entirely preventable. This recent CNN article highlights some great, need-to-know information about your child’s baby teeth, including some of these dental health tips for parents:
  • Establish a routine: Lifting the child's lip, wiping the mouth and inspecting the gums and teeth should be done regularly, dentists say.
  • Begin brushing with the first tooth: And begin flossing daily as teeth line up, doctors say. The child will likely fuss or cry, but don't let that deter you.
  • Find a dental home: Having a pediatric dentist means parents know where to go and who to call in an emergency.
  • Avoid sugary drinks and use water to transition from bottle to cup
  • Remember that preventative care pays: Costs are 40% lower in the first five years for children who have their first dental visit before age 1, the AAPD estimates. Pediatric dentists aim to make that first exam as standard as any other medical checkup during the first year of life.
New parents don’t forget to schedule your child’s first dental appointment with us today!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Play it Safe! Invest in a Mouth Guard

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With summer right around the corner, your kids are probably itching to get outdoors, join their summer sports teams, or even go to their favorite summer camp.  It’s great to keep them busy but of course the more active your child is, the higher the risk of dental calamities.

According to the National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety:
  • Dental injuries are the most common type of orofacial injury sustained during participation in sports; the majority of these dental injuries are preventable
  • The cost of a fractured tooth is many times greater than the cost of a dentist diagnosed and designed professionally made mouth guard
  • An athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a protective mouth guard
  • A properly fitted mouth guard reduces the chances of sustaining a concussion from a blow to the jaw
So play it safe! Help prevent sports-related mouth trauma by making sure your child wears a mouth guard during a game or practice. With proper care and use of a mouth guard, you’ll be able to appreciate your child’s smile after their winning game – not be busy worrying about it!

Read more on the importance of mouth guards on our website and ask us which mouth guard is best for your child!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Family Fun at the GC Belmont Festival to Celebrate the 145th Running of the Triple Crown.

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Bring your family to celebrate the final leg of the Triple Crown during the 16th annual Garden City Belmont Festival!

This year’s festival will be held from 6pm-10pm on June 7th on Seventh Street in Garden City.

Sponsored by the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and Stifel Nicolaus Investment Services, the festival will include face painting, pony rides, carnival games with prizes, food and live music. Activities everyone in your family can enjoy!

For more info on the festival please visit:

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Healthy Snacks for your Child!

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Snacks don’t have to spoil your child’s appetite (or their teeth). Especially for children, healthy snacks should be a staple of their diet!
According to MyPlate, a balanced diet for your child should include:
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  • Fruits and vegetables - Combined these should be half of what your child eats every day.
  • Grains - Make sure at least half of their grains are whole grains, such as oatmeal, whole wheat bread and brown rice.
  • Dairy - Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy foods.
  • Lean proteins - Make lean protein choices, such as lean beef, skinless poultry and fish. Try to vary protein choices to include eggs, beans, peas and legumes, too. Eat at least 8 oz. of seafood a week.

Most foods contain some type of sugar, which can contribute to tooth decay. As you know, children need strong, healthy teeth to chew their food, speak, and have bright, shining smiles! So be sure to keep an eye on the amount of sugar your child consumes to avoid future problems.

Need some healthy snack ideas that fit into MyPlate’s guidelines? Try some of these!
  • Ants on a log – spread peanut butter on celery sticks and sprinkle them with raisins
  • Homemade bagel bites - Whole-grain English muffin with sauce and low fat cheese
  • Cottage cheese with cut-up peaches, nectarines, pineapple, or bananas
  • Canned salmon mixed with low-fat mayo and spread on baked whole-grain crackers or celery stalks

 And, as the temperature heats up – try dipping a banana in yogurt, rolling in crushed cereal, and freezing it for a tasty frozen treat!

For more nutrition information please visit:

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Colgate Bright Smile Video! A Must See for All!

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Parents, this is a great video to show to your children about brushing and the importance of dental health! Colgate hit a home run with this video! 

Let us know what you think on our Facebook page! If your child has a favorite brushing video, please be sure to share it with us on our Facebook wall!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Buzz about Fluoride!

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We’re sure that you've probably heard the word fluoride being tossed around now and then. However, have you made sure your child is getting a sufficient amount?

Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources, including lakes, oceans and rivers. (

Fluoride can also be found in various toothpastes, mouthwash and even in your community’s tap water. If toddlers and infants aren't in taking the proper amount of fluoride, they may be at an increased risk for tooth decay.

To read more about fluoride, CLICK HERE

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Fun Brush Your Teeth Song to Share with Your Children!

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Share this cute and fun video with your children and encourage them to make brushing their teeth fun! Associating teeth brushing to smiling faces and music can give your toddlers a totally different perspective on oral health and dental visits!

If you're looking to develop lasting dental health habits that give your children a smile that they can be proud of for a lifetime, contact Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City at (516)-225-5100! We look forward to hearing from you and letting you see first-hand how we're making Garden City a brighter place, one smile at a time! 

Friday, May 3, 2013

Brushing To-Dos!

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Encouraging and helping your kid’s brush their teeth for 2 minutes, 2 times a day will lead your child to healthier teeth, good breath, and fewer cavities. It can also help avoid painful dental problems! provides great tips and videos to help your kids get into the routine of brushing each and every day!

Here are a few “tooth to-dos”, courtesy of! Let us know what you think of these helpful brushing to-dos on our Facebook page!
  • Encourage your kids to brush with toothpaste that includes fluoride.

  • Use a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste for kids that are between the ages of 2 and 6, they can use a tad bit more when they’re older.

  • Make sure your children know to spit out their toothpaste when they complete brushing, you don’t want the swallowing it!

  • For any children under the age of 2, use a soft toothbrush and a little water, no toothpaste.

  • Help your kids place their toothbrush at an angle against their gums. Make sure they move the brush back and forth, gently, in short strokes. Help them reach the front, back and top of their teeth.

  • Last but not least, don’t forget to teach them to brush their tongue to remove germs and freshen their breath!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Celebrate May on Long Island at These Great Events!

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May is here! What better way to celebrate springtime and the beautiful weather than by attending a few free and cheap events on Long Island!

Whether you’re looking for plans for during the week or the weekends, we've got you covered. Let us know which events you plan on attending on our Facebook page!

Boater’s Maritime Festival at Harborfront Park
Location: 101-A East Broadway Village Center, Port Jefferson
Date: May 4-5 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Mayfair Family Fun Day
Location: Play Groups School, East Setauket
Date: May 4th 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Family Nature: Who Lives in the Ground
Location: Bailey Arboretum, Lattingtown
Date: May 5th at 2 p.m.

Scavenger Hunt
Location: Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Date: May 18th 1:30-3:00 p.m.