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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Healthy Back To School Lunches

As your children head back to school, it’s important to keep the healthy, daily routines going that they followed all summer long. While you may love to cook nutritious foods at home, cafeteria selections can be less than desirable. Pizza, chicken nuggets and french fries are normally at the top of every school’s menu, offering some not so healthy options. However, recently schools have been hopping on the health bandwagon--at least slightly.



Based on a CDC survey conducted at U.S public schools, school lunches are now lower in sodium and more likely to contain whole grains, fruits and vegetables than they have in the past 10 years. While that’s definitely taking a step in the right direction, it’s important to make sure that your child always has healthy options when they're away from you. Here are some tips to ensure your little one’s meals are delicious and nutritious:

Swap Out The Sugary Drinks: Packing a water bottle for your child to bring to school is a great way to decrease their sugar intake and make sure they stay hydrated. If they don’t love the taste of plain water, infuse some fruit in it for an extra (healthy) kick!

Shape Their Sandwiches: Sending your child to school with a healthy sandwich on a whole grain bread does not ensure that they’ll actually want to eat it. Try cutting the sandwiches in whimsical shapes to make eating a healthy lunch much more appealing and fun!

Wrap It Up: Using the contents of a boring old sandwich and rolling it in a wrap, can give life to even the most basic of fillings. Take the classic PB&J, or for a more sophisticated eater--opt for hummus and veggies-- and wrap it up! You can swap out a traditional tortilla with a lettuce wrap for an extra healthy bonus!

Serve Up a Bento-Box: A bento-box is a great option for a picky eater or for someone who loves a little variety. This unconventional take on the brown bagged lunch, can be stocked with items like fruit, nuts, veggies and protein to add a combination of different flavors a textures! Get creative with it!  Your child will be so excited by their meal, they won’t even realize that they’re eating super healthy!

Another component of your child’s healthy routine, is ensuring that they maintain proper oral hygiene. Get your kids back to school ready and schedule their “new-school-year” visit with Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County.  Our caring 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

Thursday, August 18, 2016

6 Ways To Encourage Your Kids To Brush


Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II

Commack (631) 486-6364

Medford (631) 320-0880

www.SuperMolar.com


Much like getting ready for school or sitting down for dinner, brushing their teeth is often an activity that kids resists. Exhibiting good dental hygiene can't be ignored, because establishing habits now will set your kids up for a life of a healthy mouth! If your children are giving you a hard time about brushing their teeth, try making it FUN! Here are some creative ways to encourage your kids to brush and keep those teeth sparkling:


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!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

4 Back To School Dental Tips

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

School is almost back in session. And while you’re probably busy running around getting your child the latest wardrobe and new school supplies they’ll need this year, there’s one very important thing you can’t forget--ensuring they have the right tools for a healthy mouth! To keep their smiles bright and sparkly, incorporate these healthy mouth tips in their back to school prep:



Take them for regular dental check-ups: The best way to diagnose or treat any problem early, before bigger issues arise is by staying on top of their dental exams. Parent and teachers might not realize that there is an issue, so taking them for regularly scheduled visits for routine fluoride treatments and sealants is very important.

Maintain a healthy regime at home: Encouraging your child to brush twice daily, for two minutes each time with fluoride toothpaste and then floss is the best way to practice good oral hygiene. When you’re out shopping for school supplies, make sure to start the school year off right by heading to the dental aisle and allowing your kids to pick a cool, new toothbrush. Getting your kids excited about their new supplies will help them stick with their routine.

Eat healthy: Packing healthy tooth friendly snacks and drinks to bring to school will benefit their teeth in a huge way. Remember to send them with things like cheese, raw vegetables, yogurt or fruit. Keep the drinks sugar-free and opt for water or low-fat milk. Providing them these meals ensures they will always have a healthy and satisfying option at lunch time.

Protect their teeth: If your child does play a sport, make sure that you have them properly fitted for a mouth guard to protect their tiny teeth from getting hurt or injured during an activity.

Get your kids back to school ready and schedule their “new-school-year” visit with Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County.  Our caring 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, August 9, 2016

Protect Your Baby’s Teeth From Cavities


Did you know that babies are born without the bacteria that causes caries- the diseases that leads to cavities? And since that’s the case, cavities are actually caused by germs that are passed from adult to child! It’s really important for parents to be diligent with proper oral hygiene of their baby to prevent the onset of cavities. Here are some ways you can protect your baby from getting cavities:


Tips For You:
  • Avoid putting anything in your mouth that will come in contact with the baby’s mouth, like  spoons, pacifiers, food, etc.
  • Don’t blow on your baby’s food to cool it down.
  • Use water to clean your baby’s pacifier, and never put it in your own mouth to clean it.
  • Eat healthy foods and avoid sugar to limit the amount of germs and bacteria in your own mouth-- and always remember to brush your own teeth 2x a day.
Tips For Your Baby:
  • Before your baby’s first tooth settles in, wipe the mouth with a wet washcloth each day.
  • Once the baby develops more teeth, you can begin to brush them 2x a day with a small soft bristle toothbrush. Be sure to use a small amount of toothpaste that includes fluoride.
  • Avoid giving your baby a bottle to fall asleep. Sugars from milk and juice can cause baby bottle tooth decay.
  • Before the age of six months old, your child should not have juice. When they are old enough to drink it, make sure to give them no more than 6 ounces.
It’s very important for you to remember to schedule an appointment with your pediatric dentist as soon as your child is one year old, or sooner if you suspect any issues with their teeth. The earlier you establish a good oral hygiene regime for your child and take them for professional cleaning, the healthier their teeth and gums will be.
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!

Monday, August 8, 2016

FAQs: Flossing For Kids

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


By now you’ve heard us mention how important flossing is for your little ones. But we’re often asked questions from parents about the specifics of what type of floss is best for their kids and just how often they should do it. To clear up any flossing misconceptions and to answer some of your most asked questions, we’re here to set the record straight! After all, a smile really is your child’s best accessory, so you’ll want to help them treat it right!




Should my child floss?
Yes! Absolutely! Definitely! For sure! In case you’re still unsure of how we feel, let us elaborate. Flossing is perhaps the most overlooked part of keeping your child’s teeth clean. It's critically important in preventing cavities as it allows you to clean in between where their teeth, where a toothbrush can’t reach. In addition to preventing cavities, flossing also freshens their breath and polishes tooth surfaces.

How old should my child be when they start flossing? How long should they floss for?
Once a baby’s primary teeth begin to touch together, it’s necessary to start flossing. Sometimes this is as early as 10 months old, but for most children, their teeth don’t need to be flossed until around age two. Once you determine if they're ready to begin flossing, it should take place at least once a day for two to three minutes each time to be most effective.

What type of dental floss is best?
There are many different types of dental floss that can be used. Waxed and unwaxed, flavored and unflavored, wide and regular, textured and smooth--these are just a few options to choose from. While each parent and child need to determine which floss works best for them, we find that fun flavored flosses can help get your kids in the mood to practice their oral hygiene routine.

What is the best floss technique?
The key to flossing your child’s teeth is determining a good flossing position. Once that’s determined, ask your pediatric dentist to demonstrate any of the following techniques:
  • Spool Method- The Finger Wrap Method
  • Loop Method- The Circle Method
  • Pre Threaded Flosser

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, August 4, 2016

Testimonial Thursday: See What Our Patients Are Saying!



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

Here at Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County, it's our priority to make sure all of our patients are happy and comfortable during every visit. We feel that by working together with our patients parents and taking the best steps towards dental health in the early years, we are paving the way for a lifelong of healthy mouths!


If you're considering making your child an appointment at Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County, check out what some of our current visitors are saying about their experience with us in both our Commack and Medford offices.


These testimonials say it all:



  • This office is amazing! They are so kind and friendly with the children! My daughter loves the dentist and want to go back even though she had cavities filled. They made her feel safe it was a great experience!! I so glad I found them! -Elissa T.


  • I have 3 children who have all been to see Dr. Mike since they were 3. I live in Syosset with many other Pediatric Dentists available to us, but Dr. Mike is worth the trip! My children have only received the best care by the Dr and his entire staff. They are always accommodating to any of their needs and concerns. Dr. Mike has always treated the kids like they were little adults. Talked and made them understand exactly what would be happening to them. I have 3 children who LOVE going to the dentist!! I wish all my children's appointments can be as easy and fun as the ones to Pediatric Dentistry! Have already recommended friends and family!!! We love you Dr. Mike and Staff!!! -Maryann C.


  • Great doctors- patient, funny and nurturing. Hygienists are so wonderful and patient. My kiddos love going for their check ups! -KJ B.


  • Dr. Chris and his staff are amazing!!! My children (9 & 3 years old) always have a wonderful experience and never give me a hard time to go... they actually says it's the "coolest office ever." Thank you Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County!!! You’re the best!!!!! -Tori G.


To schedule an appointment with us, call (631) 486-6364 for our Commack office and (631) 320-0880 for our Medford office. To learn more about our practice, visit www.supermolar.com.



Facts About Baby Teeth

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



Baby teeth are a critical component of every child’s development. Since so many parents come in with questions about their children’s teeth, how they look, how they’ll grow and ways to care for them, we thought we’d share some facts that might help:


  • Your baby is not born toothless! Babies are born with 20 primary teeth in the jaw, and they should all fully errupt by the time your child is three years old.
  • Baby teeth are just as important as adult teeth. They should be brushed as soon as they appear and children should make sure they have regular dental checkups from the start of their teeth appearing.
  • No two mouths are the same--baby teeth come in all shapes and sizes! Some children may have fangs, two headed teeth or even an extra row, but rest assured, these are all normal!
  • If you notice your child grinding their teeth, don’t totally panic. Studies show that most kids outgrow this habit by the time they reach adolescence.
  • Drooling is good for baby’s teething process. It helps to moisten the gums and reduce inflammation.
  • Extended bottle feeding not only contributes to baby bottle tooth decay, but childhood obesity too, so try to wean them off early.

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!