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Why Choose A Pediatric Dentist?
2 years, 8 months 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
3 years, 2 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 number 818.213.1087to 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
3 years, 7 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.
Children need mouthguard

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Summer Vacation - Oral Health Care Tips
3 years, 10 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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Dr. Jill Lasky's Dental Tips on Teething
4 years, 6 months 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 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
4 years, 8 months 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


  • 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!
4 years, 8 months 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 years, 9 months 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
5 years, 5 months 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 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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5 years, 10 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.”


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