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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tips For Cutting Back On Sugar

Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II
Commack (631) 486-6364
Medford (631) 320-0880
www.SuperMolar.com


Too much sugar can certainly be bad for your health, particularly your teeth. When sugar is left on your teeth, it gives bacteria the food it needs to thrive and create cavities. It’s important to reduce the amount of sugar your children consume to ensure they stay healthy. Here are some ways to reduce their sugar intake:

Check Labels: Many times we don’t realize just how many grams of a sugar is in some of our favorite foods. Checking the labels will not only educate you on what you’re putting into your kids bodies, but will also help you make better decisions about what to feed them in the future.

Opt For Fresh, Never Canned: When it comes to fruit, fresh is always king! Canned fruit is often processed and preserved in a sugary syrup, negating the healthy purpose of eating fruit in the first place. If canned is your only option, be sure to choose fruits that specify being packed in 100% natural fruit juice over a “light syrup.”

Drink Water, Not Soda: By now, you’ve already heard about the dangers of drinking soda. But did you know that a 12 oz can of soda contains over 39 grams of sugar!? That is crazy! Always choose water to serve your kids over soda to avoid getting them into that sugary habit in the first place.

Try Xylitol: If your child is asking for some gum to chew, giving them gum with Xylitol can actually help them reduce cavities. Xylitol is a natural sweetener derived from plants and doesn’t break down like sugar in the mouth. It can help your child’s mouth maintain a neutral pH level and help bacteria from sticking to their teeth.

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Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County offers a caring and compassionate approach to pediatric dentistry, ensuring our patients are comfortable at all times. To learn more about our practice visit us here, or give us a call at 631-320-0880 to schedule an appointment today!




Common Causes of Bleeding Gums In Kids


Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II
Commack (631) 486-6364
Medford (631) 320-0880
www.SuperMolar.com



If your child has ever come to  your with bleeding gums, you know how scary that can be! But before you panic, keep in mind that there are a number of things that can be the culprit. Here are some common causes of bleeding gums in kids:

New Toothbrush: A new toothbrush with firm bristles that haven't been broken in can sometimes cause your kid’s gums to bleed. Be sure to always buy toothbrushes with soft bristles, which clean just as well as firm ones, but are more gentle on their tiny gums. It’s also important to supervise your child’s brushing to make sure that they aren’t putting too much pressure on their gums, which can result in bleeding and further sensitivity.

Medications: Certain medications can cause your child’s gums to be inflamed, resulting in extra sensitive or bleeding gums. If your child has recently started new medication, be sure that they stick to their medication routine and see how their gums respond over time. They should also be gentler when they brush, to make sure they are not stirring up their sensitive gums.

Flossing Routine: It’s so important to teach your child about the benefits of brushing from an early age, but when they first begin this regime, they might experience some minor bleeding. The deep crevices of the gums are incredibly sensitive and are easily agitated when they are disrupted by a new flossing routine. Have them keep at their new oral hygiene routine, where bleeding will usually calm down after a week of consistent flossing.

If you notice that your child’s bleeding gums aren’t subsiding, or their gums look swollen, red and tender, they may be suffering from gum disease. Be sure to bring them in to see us for an appointment, so we can better asses the situation and prescribe a proper treatment plan. Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County offers a caring and compassionate approach to pediatric dentistry, ensuring our patients are comfortable at all times. To learn more about our practice visit us here, or give us a call at 631-320-0880 to schedule an appointment today!


Monday, November 21, 2016

What Parents Should Know About Mouthwash For Kids


Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II
Commack (631) 486-6364
Medford (631) 320-0880
www.SuperMolar.com

Instilling proper dental hygiene is crucial to the overall well-being of your children, but in addition to brushing and helping them floss, are they also ready for mouthwash? Mouthwash for children typically feature kid-friendly flavors and graphics that make taking care of the teeth and gums a bit more fun. But there are a few things to keep in mind when adding this as part of your child’s daily oral regime.

Are Your Kids Ready?
Typically, mouthwash isn't recommended for kids under the age of six. There are two reasons for this.  Since mouthwash contains fluoride, in combination with their fluoride toothpaste, too much fluoride can cause fluorosis in children. Fluorosis can occur only when a child's teeth are still forming, and the condition causes changes to the color and texture of the teeth.  It is also important that your child doesn’t swallow mouthwash. It should be spit out, just like toothpaste, but can be tricky for young kids to get used to swishing the liquid rather than swallowing it like a beverage.
Benefits of Mouthwash
Mouthwash is meant to boost the effects of flossing and brushing once and twice a day, respectively. It can help give kids fresher breath, if that's a concern for them. If your child wears braces, mouthwash can loosen bits of food that often get stuck in the brackets, ensuring a more thorough cleaning job until the braces come off. Once your child is ready for mouthwash, they can enjoy extra cleaning benefits that come with it.
Using Mouthwash
When your child first starts using a mouthwash, it's a good idea to provide some supervision to make sure he or she doesn't accidentally swallow it. Supervising your child in the early stages of using a mouthwash will also let you make sure that he or she is brushing and flossing before using the rinse.
While mouthwash isn't a must-use for every child, next time you make a visit to our office, speak to your child’s dentists to see if they are ready to start swishing! Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County offers a caring and compassionate approach to pediatric dentistry, ensuring our patients are comfortable at all times. To learn more about our practice visit us here, or give us a call at 631-320-0880 to schedule an appointment today!





Thanksgiving Events on Long Island



Thanksgiving week is here! If you’re looking for fun things to do with your kids leading up to turkey day, or want to have some fun as you try to cure your stuffing hangover, we’ve got some ideas for you!

Tuesday, November 22
Drop-Off Pasta Party - Bridgehampton
While parents are grabbing a few last-minute items for this year’s Thanksgiving feast, kids are invited to enjoy dinner and a movie! They can cut and shape their own pasta and learn how to prepare some healthy meals.  Kids can also play in the exhibit gallery, and enjoy a classic, kid-friendly movie.


Wednesday, November 23
This special holiday package includes skate rental, unlimited pizza and soda, a light rope necklace and 10 game tokens.


Thursday, November 24
Before you sit down to enjoy a meal with your family, you can burn it off prior to eating it!  Donations of non-perishable food are also welcome.

Friday, November 25
Elf Jr. The Musical - Smithtown
This classic holiday film that is loved by so many was adapted for the stage to provide fun entertainment for the whole family!

For more fun events Thanksgiving week, click here.

Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County wishes you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful for our patients’ support for making our practice what it is today. For more information on our practice, give us a call at our Medford office at 631 320 0880 or our Commack office at 631 486 6364.



Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tooth-Friendly Thanksgiving Meal



Thanksgiving is right around the holiday. While we know you’re thankful for your friends and family, you should also be thankful for the good dental health of your little ones! Since Thanksgiving is a holiday infamous for rows of food choices, and tons of sugary desserts, it’s important to know what is the healthiest when it comes to feeding your kids. Have a tooth-friendly Thanksgiving meal with these healthy options:
Cheese, Raw Veggies and Nuts
Cheese , veggies and nuts are all great ways to satisfy your child’s hunger and protect their teeth.  Cheese is great for teeth because it contains strength-building calcium and fortifies the surfaces of the teeth. Nuts contain calcium and minerals that strengthen and remineralize teeth. The chewing of hard, crunchy nuts also produces extra saliva, which fights germs and prevents decay. The same is true for chomping on raw veggies--especially celery, which can act as dental floss and help clean between the teeth.
Green Beans Sautéed in Sesame Oil
While we know that no Thanksgiving would be complete without eating some turkey, try adding sauteed green beans as a side dish to help keep your child’s teeth healthy. Sesame oil  has been shown to reduce the effects of plaque and even, in some cases, to reverse the effects of gingivitis.
Fresh Pear Slices with Honey Yogurt Dip
Forego the super sugary pecan pie and serve up some fresh pear slices with honey yogurt dip. This simple yet delicious dessert will satisfy your kid’s sweet tooth and is so easy to make! Just combine a cup of plain Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons of honey and a sprinkling of freshly ground cinnamon. Fresh pears have been shown to neutralize acid on the surface of teeth. Calcium and phosphates in yogurt strengthen and remineralize teeth and honey is a natural antiseptic.

These healthy Thanksgiving tips make it possible to enjoy a delicious holiday dinner without jeopardizing your child’s sparkling smile. We hope you and your family have a very happy Thanksgiving.

Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County offers a caring and compassionate approach to pediatric dentistry, ensuring our patients are comfortable at all times. To learn more about our practice visit us here, or give us a call at 631-320-0880 to schedule an appointment today!




The Importance Of Mouthguards


Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II
Commack (631) 486-6364
Medford (631) 320-0880
www.SuperMolar.com



Encouraging your children to play sports is a great way for them to learn the importance of teamwork and to stay active. But as a parent, you naturally might worry about your child’s health and safety--especially the safety of their little teeth. According to the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, between ten and 39 percent of all children’s dental injuries are sports related accidents.. Protect their tiny teeth by ensuring they always wear a mouthguard!
Why Are They Important?
Mouth guards absorb the energy caused by impact and can prevent or reduce injury to the teeth, jaw, lips, cheeks and tongue. They are especially effective in reducing the risk of losing a tooth. With that said, more than 84 percent of children don’t wear mouthguards during organize sports simply because they are not required to wear them. You can be proactive and protect your child from significant dental trauma that may also affect their appearance and self-confidence.

Types of Mouthguards

Your dentist can recommend the best type of mouthguard for your child, especially if he or she has braces that could cause further injury and/or be damaged upon impact. Here are the three main types of mouthguards you should consider for your child:
  • Custom mouth guards: Custom-fitted mouth guards are made by a dentist. An impression is taken of the mouth and then plastic is molded around the impression. Custom-made mouth guards provide the best protection and are the most comfortable to wear because they fit precisely in the mouth and are more likely to stay in place.
  • Boil and bite mouth guards: These mouth guards are molded to the mouth by boiling the guard in water and then allowing the wearer to bite down on the heated plastic. Although these offer a somewhat customized fit, boil and bite mouth guards are not as strong as custom mouth guards and do have a chance of bite-through problems.
  • Stock mouth guards: Stock mouth guards offer basic protection by fitting loosely over the teeth. These guards can make it difficult to breathe or speak because teeth must be clenched to keep the mouth guard in place, so typically aren’t the best choice when selecting a guard for your little one.

How to Care For Mouth Guards:

Mouth guards should be checked regularly for any changes or wear to see if they need to be replaced. They should be washed before and after use with toothpaste or mouthwash and a soft-bristle brush in order to avoid buildup of bacteria that could cause decay or infections of the mouth. Be sure to store them in a clean and sturdy container, and keep them out of direct sunlight or extreme heat.
If you have any questions about selecting the best mouthguard for your little athlete, give us a call. Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County offers a caring and compassionate approach to pediatric dentistry, ensuring our patients are comfortable at all times. To learn more about our practice visit us here, or give us a call at 631-320-0880 to schedule an appointment today!


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Canker Sores in Kids



Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II

Commack (631) 486-6364
Medford (631) 320-0880



According to the American Association of Pediatric Density, roughly one in five children suffers from canker sores. Canker sores are small sores that appear inside the cheeks, on the lips, on the surface of the gums, and under the tongue.

Even though, canker sores are not contagious, they can certainly be a nuisance with your children.  Canker sores are said to be genetic with other factors determining them such as:
  • Vitamin B12, iron, and folic acid deficiencies
  • Biting of the lip or cheek
  • Injury to mouth, where the skin breaks can cause a canker sore
  • Brushing their teeth too hard, or sensitivity to a certain toothpaste
  • Stress
If your child suffer from canker sores it might be helpful for them to avoid food that is acidic, salty and spicy, and to brush with a toothbrush that has soft bristles.
Some ways to relieve canker sore discomfort include:
  • Eating yogurt that contains Acidophilus will relieve the pain and help the canker sore heal faster.
  • Putting one teaspoon of baking soda in an eight-ounce glass of lukewarm water. Have your child gargle and swish it around his or her mouth several times a day. This should help relieve the pain and make the canker sore heal faster.
  • Placing a wet tea bag on the sore and hold it there for a few minutes several times a day. This remedy will help with the pain and quickly heal the sore.
Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County offers a caring and compassionate approach to pediatric dentistry, ensuring our patients are comfortable at all times. To learn more about our practice visit us here, or give us a call at 631-320-0880 to schedule an appointment today!