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Dr. Jill Lasky's Dental Tips on Teething
1 month, 3 weeks ago 0

Dr. Jill Lasky’s Dental Tips on Teething

Lasky Pediatric Dental Group’s Dr. Jill Lasky was one of the pediatric dentists offering up some valuable information and dental tips for a Parents.com article on “When Do Babies Start Teething.” For first time parents, dealing with a teething baby is both exciting and scary if you don’t know what to expect. The article, authored by Tameika Reece, is a great overview of what parents should expect and prepare for with their teething child.

Here’s an excerpt of the tips from Dr. Jill:

Not all babies have teething symptoms. But for babies who aren’t as lucky, the arrival of those tiny teeth can cause a whole lot of misery. “Symptoms a child may have when teething are drooling, which can cause a rash on the chin or face; gum swelling and sensitivity; irritability; biting; or sleep problems,” Dr. Josen says. Your baby may also rub her face, tug on her ears, or even refuse to eat and drink. Some parents report that their babies suffer from a mild fever, diarrhea, or runny nose, but Dr. Lasky says teething doesn’t cause these symptoms. “Instead, the tiny open wounds in the gums that result from the teeth erupting makes it more likely for the baby to catch a little bug,” she explains.

To read the entire article, please click here and if you have specific questions for Drs. Michael and Jill Lasky or your own pediatric dentist please call their office.

 

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Back to School Smiles
3 months, 1 week ago 0

Back to School Smiles

It’s hard to believe that summer vacation is coming to an end and many children have already gone back to school or will be going over the next few weeks.  Scheduling a trip to your pediatric dentist is as important as getting your children their yearly physicals. The Lasky Pediatric Dental Group recommends bi-annual routine checkups and cleanings, and having their dental visit right before school starts is a good way to teach and reinforce age appropriates oral care habits

The Lasky Pediatric Group team put together a few more dental tips to help keep your children’s back to school smiles bright and healthy through the year:

  • Pack a travel size toothbrush and toothpaste in your child’s lunchbox or backpack.

travel toothbrus

  • Choose “good” foods for your child’s lunch and snacks.  Good  stick to their teeth like raisins, candies and the like. Choose apple, carrot sticksfruits, celery and yogurt and ask your pediatric dentist if in doubt.  This is especially important  if your child is not good about post-lunch brushing

apple

  • Avoid soda, sugary drinks or juices.  WATER is the best thing for your child’s overall health and does not promote tooth decay.  Always pack extra water so your child has plenty to drink throughout the day and lunchtime.  Also they can use to do a post-lunch rinse if they don’t want to or can’t brush after their meal.

water bottle

Again, if in doubt about any aspect of your child’s oral health care, please don’t hesitate to call or visit your pediatric dentist. And, if you are one of our patients, we look forward to seeing you soon and helping your children get their back to school smiles shining bright.

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Dr. Jill's Sock Buddy!
3 months, 4 weeks ago 0

Dr. Jill’s Sock Buddy!

Recently, a young patient of Dr. Jill Lasky surprised her with his crazy socks he wore just for her. His mom told Dr. Jill that when he knew he was going to the dentist, he specifically asked to wear them so he could be just like his pediatric dentist. Needless to say, this young boy has no hesitation going to the dentist and in fact, looks forward to seeing his “sock buddy,”but so many other children harbor fears of going to the dentist.

Unfortunately, so many children (and adults too) are fearful about going to the dentist. All of the doctors at the Lasky Pediatric Group always make their young patients feel at ease, and use the latest behavioral modification techniques to ease a fearful child into the dental exam process. It is so important that parents help their child overcome any fears they might have in concert with their dentist and do not force the child into an exam or treatment if they are not ready.

At LPDG, all the doctors will examine the child where they are most comfortable – that could be in the chair, on the floor or on their parent’s lap. This has been very successful for many children and has allowed the doctors to avoid sedation in many cases. Also remember, the parent’s attitude towards dentistry and their own personal attitudes really influence the child, so even though you might have had a bad experience with a dentist once upon a time, it is recommended that you never let your child know that was your experience. Being and staying positive before, during and after your child’s pediatric dental visit, is really the number one way to insure your child has a good experience.

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Happy Teeth Happy Baby
4 months, 1 week ago 0

Happy Teeth Happy Baby

Many parents cringe when they think of their first visit to the dentist. Well as you can see, a visit to Lasky Pediatric Group is a very happy experience for children…and for Dr. Jill Lasky too! One of LPDG’s parents submitted this video of their child with Dr. Jill “discussing” Happy Teeth – a natural toothpaste designed just for kids. It’s really a cute video that you can share with your children to help show them why they don’t have to have any fear of going to the dentist! 

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Post-Halloween Teeth Tips
1 year ago 0

Post-Halloween Teeth Tips

The Trick or Treating is over, but now your children have enough candy to last them until next Halloween.  The dilemma, how to let them enjoy their bounty in moderation and having them maintain their healthy oral care habits.
The Lasky Pediatric Dental Group found this great article in Metro.us that offers up several ways to handle this issue so your kids can have their candy and eat it too!

Here are some highlights from the article:

- Cut some of the candy into smaller pieces
- Freeze candy for future treats
- Find alternate uses for candy, for example use in arts and crafts projects

To read the entire article, click here:

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1 year, 5 months ago 0

Your Child’s Oral Hygiene at Sleep Away Camp

We don’t want your last words to your kids as they start camp this summer to be, “Remember to brush…Remember to brush…!”

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Let’s face it, remembering to brush for two minutes twice a day is not going to be on your child’s mind while at camp. So here are some packing tips to help keep the cavity bugs away while at camp.

1. Pack one travel size toothpaste tube for every two weeks away. This way you can monitor how much brushing really went on AND they can’t say they couldn’t find it or it ran out.

2. Pack more that one tooth brush. Pack one per week. This way, the toothbrush’s accidental fall to the camp bathroom floor can not be used as an excuse for not brushing. Come into our office. We will supply you with a few extra brushes.

3. If your child is due for their dental cleaning this summer, schedule it for AFTER they come back from camp and let them know about the appointment BEFORE they go. If they happen to forget to brush more than they brushed while away, the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group Team can clean them up and get them back on track with good oral hygiene once they are “home sweet home.”

camp

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1 year, 10 months ago 0

Chewing Gum Can Be Healthy And Fun

Chewing sugarless gum after meals can HELP decrease tooth decay. Clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay.

The chewing of sugarless gum increases the flow of saliva, which washes away food and other debris, neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth and provides disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth. Increased saliva flow also carries with it more calcium and phosphate to help strengthen tooth enamel.

The only varieties of gum the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group recommends are the sugarless type . They are sweetened by non-cavity causing sweeteners such as aspartame, xylitol, sorbitol or mannitol. Of course, chewing sugar-containing gum increases saliva flow too, but it also contains sugar which is used by plaque bacteria to produce decay-causing acids. Further research needs to be done to determine the effects of chewing sugar-containing gum on tooth decay.

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2 years ago 0

When Should You Change Your Toothbrush?

With the flu season upon us, remember to change your toothbrush when you get sick. You don’t want to re-infect yourself. You should also remember to change your toothbrush when the bristles of the toothbrush head are flared or don’t standup straight. For some this could be every 3 months, for some younger children who might chew on the head of the toothbrush,  this could be every 3 weeks. Just remember, you can’t brush effectively when the bristles are wore. 

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2 years ago 0

Cavities are NOT made in one night!

Cavites are NOT made in one night. Enjoy Halloween….just don’t let the candy consumption linger too long. The best choices are chocolate based candies. They melt away faster than the sticky hard choices. M&Ms, chocolate bars and Kit Kats are better choices than Skittles, Gumdrops, and Lollipops.

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2 years, 1 month ago 0

Does It Matter When My Child Stops Sucking Her Finger Or Thumb?

Did you know that if your child continues to suck his or her thumb after the permanent teeth have come in, it can cause problems with tooth alignment and your child’s bite? The frequency, duration and intensity of a habit will determine whether or not dental problems may result. Children who rest their thumbs passively in their mouths are less likely to have difficulty than those who vigorously suck their thumbs. If you are worried about your child’s sucking habits, talk to your pediatric dentist at Lasky Pediatric Dental Group. Drs. Lasky and Harmer are here to help.

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