Thursday, September 22, 2016

Ease Your Child’s Fear of the Dentist

Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II

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

Taking kids to the dentist is necessary to keep their teeth healthy and promote excellent oral hygiene habits. But from a child's point of view, a trip to the dentist can be a scary event! Help ease your child’s dental fears with these tips to leave them feeling comfortable and more relaxed:

Introduce your child to the practice outside of any procedure: Bringing your child to visit the office and meet the staff prior to any visit, will help them feel more relaxed and less formal. Starting visits early ensures more of a “meet and greet” style, where you can get your child excited about future visits.

Avoid using negative words when referring to the dentist:  Avoid saying things like drill, pain, hurt and shot. Talking about the dentist with a positive tone will make your children feel that there is nothing to worry about.

Emphasize the importance of good oral hygiene: Teach your child that visiting the dentist is a necessity, not a choice, and that the dentist will take care of their teeth so they can have a beautiful smile. It’s also important to emphasize how proper oral hygiene will allow for teeth that are strong enough to eat with.  A no-nonsense attitude from the parent will set the stage for what the child should expect, in order to achieve excellent oral health.

At Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County, children should never be afraid to come in for a visit. Our nurturing  and compassionate approach to pediatric dentistry, ensures that 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!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

After School Tooth Friendly Snacks For Kids

Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II

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

While at school, your kids have a long day of playing, learning, and building an appetite. Although the old milk and cookies will do the trick, snack time can be a lot more healthy and creative.


Here are some parent and kid approved snack ideas to keep everyone happy, and your kids stomach’s occupied until dinnertime.

Peanut butter banana roll ups
  • Peanut butter sandwiches are a popular snack for a reason. Parents love the protein, potassium, and vitamins their children receive and kids don’t mind eating it! Try using a whole wheat wrap for healthy bite sized pieces perfect for your kids.

  • A great way to fill the kids up until dinner time! You can mix any fruits and vegetables you have in your fridge, add milk (almond or coconut is the healthiest), ice and voilà! Check out these tips and tricks to transition your child to drink healthy smoothies.

Fruit on a stick
  • A fun and creative way for kids to get their daily fruit servings in. Add your child’s favorite fruit and dip it in yogurt and coconut for a little twist. TIP: Use a straw instead of a wooden skewer to prevent any injuries!

Homemade veggie chips
  • This snack is so delicious your kids won’t even mind that you tricked them so they aren’t eating greasy potato chips. Veggie chips are healthy and easy to make too! Simply coat the vegetables with olive oil and spices, bake in the oven for about 12 minutes and you’re done.

Next time you find yourself struggling to find tooth-friendly snacks for your children, remember these recipes! For any questions or concerns about your child's oral health, contact Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County today! For further information, visit or connect with us on Facebook.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Make Going To The Dentist Fun With These Dentist Approved Books

Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II

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

We understand that trips to the dentist can sometimes make your children apprehensive about what’s to come. It’s important to talk to you child about going to the dentist and to teach them that they are there to not only provide you with good dental hygiene, but to make you feel welcome and comfortable as well. At Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County, we can assure you, that going to the dentist is not scary--in fact, it’s fun!

A good idea to prepare your child for their visit, is to read some books to them, so they can learn just how important proper dental care is. Here are some dentist approved books that your child will be sure to love:  

What should you do if you lose a tooth? How should you brush the back of your teeth?  The Tooth Book provides advice with some bite-sized bits of history. This book makes learning how to care for your teeth fun, and was named a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year.

The Berenstain Bears series tackles dentist visits!  Join Mama, Papa, Brother, and Sister for a trip to the dentist where they’ll get checked for cavities and have their teeth cleaned. Complete with a visit from the Tooth Fairy, this beloved story is the perfect way to calm children’s nerves about going to the dentist.

Melvin helps children actually want to brush their teeth. This book promotes brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist. Melvin helps readers make sure they will have healthy happy smiles to last a lifetime!

In this book, children get to follow the sugarbugs as they try to destroy your teeth and ruin your breath. Children learn about the causes of dental disease which will make it easier for you to get them to brush their teeth and go to the dentist.

In this humorous and colorful book, a crocodile and a dentist learn to not be fearful of one another. In the end, everyone ends up intact and regular dental care is encouraged.

If you’re looking for a superior pediatric dentist on Long Island to care for your little one’s teeth, look no further than Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County. For more tips on how to keep your child’s teeth healthy, give us a call! We offer 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!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Ways To Fight Bad Breath

Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II

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

What’s that smell? Is it coming from your child’s mouth? They’re not alone. Halitosis, better known as bad breath, can affect people of all ages.

So what’s a kid to do? Keep these four things in mind to help your child avoid this problem and keep their mouth healthy.

1. Brush Regularly! 
Everyone should brush and floss their teeth twice daily to keep their teeth clean. What most people forget is that your gums need cleaning too. Make sure your child is cleaning right beneath the gum line where bacteria can build up and cause bad breath, among other problems. 

2. Tongue Scrape!
Tongue scrapers may seem like an unnecessary step to take but it is essential in keeping mouths clean. Less food particles on the tongue means less of a chance for bacteria growth.

3. Avoid Smelly/Sugary Foods!
Soda, candy, desserts - don’t let your child near them! The bacteria from the sugar gives their breath that foul smell. Try replacing these foods with a sugar-free option.

4. Schedule Regular Cleanings!
Stay on top of your child’s oral hygiene by attending regular cleanings at your pediatric dentist! Dental professionals can help clean all the hard to reach areas and answer any oral hygiene questions that may arise! 

Is your child giving you a hard time with brushing? Schedule an appointment with Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County and we'll explain the importance of proper oral hygiene to them.  With two convenient locations in Medford and Commack, we offer 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!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Greek Yogurt: The Ultimate Tooth Superfood

Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II

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

Every once in awhile we come across something that is so great for you that we just need to shout it from the rooftops. In this case, it’s greek yogurt! Not only is greek yogurt healthy all around, but it is also a dental superfood. Here are some reasons to incorporate greek yogurt into your diet to keep you smiling:

Healthy Gums: Greek yogurt is chock full of probiotics, which is known as a “good bacteria.” These active cultures help slow the cause of cavity causing bacteria. Healthy gums are essential to your overall health because gum disease can put you at an increased risk for a wide range of complications including heart disease.
Strong Teeth: Yogurt is high in calcium, which is one of the most important nutrients for strong teeth. Calcium works by maintaining the density of your skeletal bones through years of deposit while your body is growing the most.  Children especially benefit from the calcium found in yogurt.  Once permanent teeth appear, calcium continues to help prevent tooth decay by keeping enamel strong.
Fights Bad Breath: Eating six ounces of yogurt each day greatly reduces the bad breath causing compounds in your mouth. Probiotics mentioned earlier, help keep the
“smelly” bacteria in check and keep things fresh. These probiotics also help balance your mouth’s PH levels, creating a less acidic place for bacteria to thrive.

The next time your child is looking for a snack, whip up some greek yogurt and keep their bellies full and their smile bright. Opt for plain and sugar free choices, and if they crave some sweetness, you can toss in fruit in moderation. Make sure to brush afterwards and to visit Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County to keep their smiles healthy! For more toothy tips, visit our website.

Avoid Cavities: Baby Bottle Dos & Dont’s

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

Childhood cavities are the most common chronic childhood disease and are entirely preventable! Preventing cavities in your child starts with taking proper steps to ensure they are using their bottle the right way. Here are the dos and don’ts of a baby bottle to avoid cavities:

Do: Wipe their mouth after meals. Keeping a clean cloth handy will keep their mouth free of sugar and debris that can lead to cavities.
Don’t: Put anything sugary in your child’s bottle. That includes fruit or sports drinks! These drinks are packed with sugar and can cause dental problems as teeth appear.

Do: Let them have a drink before bed. Giving them a big drink before bed will help wean them off of wanting to go to sleep with a bottle.

Don’t: Send them to bed with a bottle. This can be destructive for their gums and developing teeth.

Do: Heat their bottles in a pot of warm water. Make sure to test the temperature on your arm before you give it to your baby, but a bottle heated on the stove is the easiest way to make sure it is heated evenly throughout.

Don’t: Heat their bottle in the microwave. This can heat the formula unevenly, causing your child to get burned by the too hot temperatures. The extreme heat can also damage their plastic bottles and emit toxic gases.

Do: Check up on cavities every six months:  The best way to prevent childhood tooth decay is by establishing a dental home for your child before their first birthday.

Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County offers a caring and compassionate approach to pediatric dentistry and ensures that  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, August 31, 2016

Celebrate Labor Day on Long Island

Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II
Commack (631) 486-6364
Medford (631) 320-0880
Labor Day weekend is quickly approaching. While it’s the unofficial end to the summer, there’s still time left to have fun with your kids around Long Island. If you're looking to take a break from the beach or barbecues this weekend, round up the family and head to one of these events this weekend:

Shinnecock Powwow at the Shinnecock Powwow Grounds (Westgate Road, Southampton). Kids and adults alike will enjoy storytelling, crafts, native foods, tribal dances and more on Friday from 3 to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Price: $15, $10 ages 6-12, free ages 5 and younger.
Messy Afternoons at the Long Island Children's Museum (11 Davis Ave., Garden City). Enjoy a variety of sensory artistic activities that will get messy, for children ages 18 months to 4 years on Saturday and Sunday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Price: Free with museum admission ($12).
If I Were a Whaler at The Whaling Museum and Education Center (301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor). Learn about a whaler's role at sea through interactive, hands-on stations, which include a collection of nautical tools and artifacts on Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Price: $6 adults, $5 children.
The Hampton Classic Horse Show (240 Snake Hollow Rd., Bridgehampton). Daily through Sunday, families can check out a 65 acre showground, more than 1,600 horses and more. Gates open at 8 a.m. Price: $10, $20 carload, free ages 6 and younger.
100 Nature Things Tour at William Floyd Estate (245 Park Dr., Mastic Beach). In honor of the 100 years of the National Park Service, on Saturday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., families can search for 100 natural things from the roadsides only at the William Floyd Estate. All nature things will be included such as wildflowers, birds, insects, ferns, shurbs, trees, butterflies and more. See them all and earn the centennial pencil. Price: Free.
Amateur Annual Labor Day Sand Creation Contest at the Fire Island National Seashore Headquarters (120 Laurel St., Patchogue). All ages and families are welcome to enter the end of the summer sand sculpting contest on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year's theme is national parks. Price: Free, cost of ferry.
For a list of other events, visit here.
From all of us here at Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County, we hope you have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day Weekend! For more information about our pediatric dental practice, visit