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3 months, 3 weeks ago 2

Should You Whiten your Child’s Teeth?

Many parents come to us and wonder why their young child’s teeth are so yellow. The answer may surprise you.

Pediatric Dentist Dr-Jill Lasky tells us if teeth whitening is appropriate for your child.  If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to call or email us.

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A Visit to Lasky Pediatric Dental Group
4 months ago 0

A Visit to Lasky Pediatric Dental Group

Jennifer is a first-time mom of an adorable baby boy. He chipped his tooth she went to her pediatrician who recommended she see a pediatric dentist. One of her friends referred her to Lasky Pediatric Dental Group and this is her story.

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Pediatric Dental Emergency? LPDG On Call 24/7
7 months, 2 weeks ago 0

Pediatric Dental Emergency? LPDG On Call 24/7

Parents what would you do if your child had a dental emergency? If it’s appears to be something minor, you most likely can treat it yourself. But if your child’s tooth has been knocked out, is very loose and/or if they are bleeding and it doesn’t stop fairly soon, you should definitely see your pediatric dentist.

If you are having a pediatric dental emergency, rest assured you will be able to have your child attended to 24/7. Just call our office during regular business hours, to arrange for your child to be seen as soon as possible. If it is after regular business hours, even if it’s in the middle of the night, Dr. Jill and/or Dr. Michael Lasky can be reached via their pager. Yes, the pediatric dentists still use pagers. Dr. Michael explains why in this video.

And Whether your child is one of our regulars patients or even if they are not, these dedicated pediatric dentists make themselves available any time they are needed. They will even come into the office in the middle of the night, if your child needs immediate attention. If in doubt, don’t hesitate to call, we can let you know how to treat the situation at home. The bottom line is your child’s oral health is our #1 priority.

If you have any other questions about this or any other of our services, we invite you to write or call us.

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Making Your Child Feel Safe at the Dentist
8 months ago 0

Making Your Child Feel Safe at the Dentist

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At Lasky Pediatric Dental Group, our mission is make sure our all of our young patients never have an unpleasant dental experience. Children are never pushed to be treated before they’re receptive and sometimes we ask parents to come in a couple of  times before their first exam to familiarize themselves with the office setting.

Dr. Jill Lasky treats dental patient on her lapThe Lasky Pediatric Dental Group prides itself on being a fear-free zone. Once in our office, if your child does not want to go into our exam room and sit in the dental chair – even on mom’s lap – we might take them to the toy box or our home-like waiting room and do the exam there.    In our Dr. Jill explains the clever ways she and Dr. Michael get their young patients to enjoy their visits. Are your children afraid of the dentist?

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KTLA - Health Smart: Summer Dental Health Tips with Dr. Jill Lasky
8 months, 2 weeks ago 0

KTLA – Health Smart: Summer Dental Health Tips with Dr. Jill Lasky

Lasky Pediatric Dental Group’s Dr. Jill Lasky was asked to contribute to a KTLA Channel 5 Health Smart report. The result is a very informative segment from reporter Lu Parker on how best to keep your children cavity-free in spite of summer’s sugary temptations.

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How to Find a Pediatric Dentist?
8 months, 3 weeks ago 0

How to Find a Pediatric Dentist?

Whether you are a new parent looking for your first pediatric dentist or are trying to find a new one, do you know the right questions to ask so you can find the best dental home for your family? Dr. Michael Lasky gives some of the best questions parents should ask when looking for a new oral health care practitioner for your child.

Please feel free to call us at the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group during regular business hours if you have any more questions:
818-465-7545 or if you have a DENTAL EMERGENCY, Drs. Michael and Jill Lasky can be reached on our 24/7 EMERGENCY PAGER: 818-215-0102

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Why Choose A Pediatric Dentist?
9 months, 1 week ago 0

Why Choose A Pediatric Dentist?

Pediatric Dentists are considered primary care doctors the same as pediatricians.  It is a dental specialty that requires additional specialized training to be able to provide oral health care for children ranging in age from first tooth to their teenage years.

In this segment, Dr. Michael Lasky of the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group explains why parents should choose a pediatric dentist over a general dentist for their child’s oral health care.  In addition to receiving a dental degree, Dr. Michael Lasky goes into detail about the additional courses required to become a pediatric dentist.

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First Time Parents - FAQ's
1 year, 3 months ago 0

First Time Parents – FAQ’s

In honor of National Dental Health Month, we are giving you some answers to the frequently asked questions from first time parents. A lot has changed since today’s parents have gone to the dentist and there are some updated methods and new equipment but belo

1. Why choose a pediatric dentist over a “regular” dentist?

Following dental school, the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group dentists have undergone an additional two years of training that focused on the specific issues involved with younger patients.  We believe that we are uniquely qualified in the areas of the growth and development of their teeth and jaws, orthodontics, sedation dentistry and how to treat the anxious patient or one with special health needs.

2.  When’s the best time to bring my child in for their first dental exam with a pediatric dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists  recommends that your child sees a pediatric dentist by their first birthday or around the time their first tooth erupts. These early visits are used to look at the child’s mouth and discuss any concerns you as the parent may have. We will discuss the best ways to brush your child’s teeth, which areas you might be missing, create a personalized hygiene program, review your child’s individual, diet, habits (thumb, finger or pacifier), decay potential, and how often your child should see the dentist.

3. What to expect at your child’s first visit to the pediatric dentist’s office?

Depending on the age of your child, you can expect an examination, cleaning, and, if necessary, fluoride treatment.  These procedures can be done many different ways, depending on the cooperation level of the child.  In fact, we will even examine a child’s mouth in our waiting room sitting on his or her parent’s lap.

At each subsequent visit, your pediatric dentist will assess the child’s needs and anxiety level and alter the treatment accordingly to make the visit a pleasant one and allay any fears.

4. If my child hurts his mouth outside of regular business hours what should we do?

First assess the injury and, if the child has knocked out a tooth, make sure you find the tooth and pick it up by the enamel portion. Do NOT try to put it back into the socket! If it is an adult tooth, rinse it off and put it in water or milk and make sure you call your pediatric dentist as soon as possible.

Please note that the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group is here for our patients 24 hours a day – 7 days a week. We have an after hours emergency pager number (818) 215-0102 to be used in case of a dental emergency. And while many pediatric dental situations can be assessed and handled over the phone, we will determine at that time if your child needs to be seen immediately or if you can wait to see us the next business day.

These are only a few of the most common frequently asked questions for first time parents. If you have any other questions, feel free to email us or call us at our office 818-465-7545 at any time. Our goal is to provide your child with exceptional oral health care and allay any parents concerns and fears about creating good oral health habits at home.

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Protecting Your Child's Smile
1 year, 8 months ago 0

Protecting Your Child’s Smile

If your child is participating in any sport during this school year, Drs. Michael and Jill Lasky recommend your child children playing sportsbe fitted with a custom mouthguard. So, just as you wouldn’t let your child play without a football helmet or shin guards, it would be a wise decision to add a custom-fitted mouthguard to their list of protective gear.

The  American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry states about 39 percent of childhood dental injuries reported are sports related. Mouthguards do help to prevent injury to the teeth, lips, cheeks and tongue. They can also help protect your child against head and neck injuries that could otherwise cause concussions or jaw fractures.

A Custom-fitted Mouthguard from your Pediatric Dentist is the best way to Protect Your Child's Smile

A Custom-fitted mouthguard from your Pediatric Dentist is the best way to protect your child’s smile

There are over the counter solutions, but only a custom made mouthguard from your pediatric dentist will give your child the best fit and comfort – you know that if it doesn’t feel good your child won’t wear it regularly- if at all. Lastly and most importantly, it is the best protection against possible permanent damage to their teeth and jaw.

While mouthguards are not required in most sports and it is not impossible to eliminate all risk of dental injury during sports activities, Drs. Michael and Jill say one will significantly decrease the frequency and severity of these
injuries with proper protective gear. In fact, both children and adults would benefit from getting one – especially in high contact sports such as football, soccer, ice hockey, basketball, lacrosse, and field hockey.

To read more about the types of mouthguards you can check out this article or better yet, give Lasky Pediatric Dental a call, Drs. Michael and Jill are available to talk to you about getting one fitted especially for your child.
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Summer Vacation - Oral Health Care Tips
1 year, 11 months ago 0

Summer Vacation – Oral Health Care Tips

School’s out for summer and your children are no doubt excited for their summer vacation and a chance to break from routine.  But whether your child stays close to home or ventures off to sleep-away camp, it’s safe to assume their regular oral health care regimen will suffer, opening them up to increased risk of tooth decay and cavities.

Here are some of the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group’s simple oral health care tips to help your child keep the cavity bugs Lasky Camp Photo 3 2015away during summer vacation:


It’s probably time to change your child’s toothbrush, so bring them with you to shop for one. Let your child pick out one in their favorite color and choose an appropriate toothpaste they like. If you will be traveling with your child or if he or she is going to Grandma’s or sleep-away camp, buy several brushes to pack – at least one per week. This way, if their toothbrush falls to the bathroom floor and can no longer be used, they will always have a backup and NO excuse for not brushing.

Toothpaste and Floss

Buy/pack one travel size toothpaste tube for every two weeks away.  No only will you be able to monitor how much brushing really went on, your child doesn’t get to say they lost their toothpaste or it ran out.  To keep your kid flossing, buy/pack a couple of packs of dental floss or individual flossers – again, no excuses for lost floss. If your child wears braces, buy/pack some of those little dental brushes to help to keep their favorite summer food from getting trapped in their braces and hiding in their mouths.

Drink Water, Water, and more Water! Did we say water?

Sipping soft drinks, sports drinks, even juices will promote tooth decay at any time but over summer vacation your child may be more vulnerable with a break in their normal dental routine. At home, make sure your child has access to water at all times, buy/pack a few BPA-free reusable water bottles to help them keep their supply at hand.  Not only will they stay well-hydrated, water helps to rinse food particles away and boost saliva levels in their mouth which will also help prevent tooth decay.

Summer Sports Can be Risky for Teeth!

If your child hasn’t been fitted with a mouthguard, now is the time. There are over 200,00 cases of mouth or jaw injuries every yeaSummer Camp Oral Health Care tipsr that can easily be avoided with a professionally fitted mouth guard.  If away at summer camp, it might be wise to pack an extra one, in case of loss.

Schedule Cleaning Appointment

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 back to their regular routine or have returned home.


If you have any questions, need some extra toothbrushes or floss samples, please don’t hesitate to call and come by the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group during regular business hours.  Also, in case of emergency, we can be reached 24/7.

Wishing all of our families a safe and fun summer!

Drs. Michael and Jill Lasky




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