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LPDG Named Angie's List Contributor
3 years, 2 months ago 0

LPDG Named Angie’s List Contributor

Lasky Pediatric Dental Group is excited to announce that one of our submissions to the Angie’s List Experts Contributor Program was accepted!  The post on mouthguard safety is the first of hopefully many Dr. Jill Lasky (and Dr. Michael Lasky, too!) adds to the Angie’s List Experts Blog on children’s dentistry and oral health care.

Here’s a link to click on to read the final article on Mouthguard Safety.



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Piccolo Universe Features Dr. Jill Lasky
3 years, 8 months ago 0

Piccolo Universe Features Dr. Jill Lasky

Superstar Ricky Martin's first children's bookDrs. Michael and Jill Lasky are often called upon to contribute their expertise to a variety of publications – off and online – about pediatric dentistry and children’s oral health care. But recently when Dr. Jill was interviewed for an article, we were really honored and excited that it would be for the multi-lingual parenting blog Piccolo Universe, founded by international superstar, author and philanthropist, Ricky Martin. Here’s a link to the post entitled, First Trip to the Dentist: 5 things You Must Ask, here which has some very valuable information for new parents.

Superstar Ricky Martin's first children's bookRicky Martin rose to fame at a very early age in 1977 as one of the members of one of the first and most successful boy bands, Menudo. Since then he has sold over 70 million world wide , and has had 95 platinum records, six #1 Billboard albums, 11 Number 1 hit songs, two American Music Awards, one Grammy Awards, eight World Music Awards, three Billboard Music Awards, eight MTV Music Video Awards, with concerts in more than 60 countries across the globe.

Yet, despite this phenomenal success, Martin’s biggest achievement and most favorite role is that as father to his twin boys, Valentino and Matteo, now aged 7. He has been a hands-on father since their birth and he credits them with the inspiration for writing his first children’s book, “Santiago The Dreamer in Land Among The Stars,” released in 2013.  In addition, he then created the multi-lingual parenting community Piccolo as a place where members can explore, contribute, and connect with other parents and caregivers.

If you don’t know about the Piccolo Universe community, we suggest you check it out.  Articles by experts, parents and community members in English, Spanish and Portuguese make it a site for all parents, families and caregivers.

Here’s  founder Ricky Martin tell you why he started this community:

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Taking Care of Your Child's Smile
3 years, 10 months ago 0

Taking Care of Your Child’s Smile

The Saux FamilyDr. Jill Lasky was featured in an article in LA Parent‘s online magazine Special Needs section this past June. The article, authored by Christina Elston, is a comprehensive primer on caring for your child’s teeth whether you are a parent of a special needs child, one who maybe overly sensitive or fearful or one who just doesn’t like to brush.  Every parent of any child, young and old, may be able to learn something from the Dr. Jill’s special wisdom.

If your child has special needs, you are likely immersed in an array of tasks and therapies – occupational, educational and physical. As you work to help your child make the most of her or his abilities, don’t forget your child’s smile!

“You need to care for their mouths. It is a journey. It is a process,” says Jill Lasky, DDS, a pediatric dentist who practices in Tarzana and Studio City.

Lasky, who sees many patients with special needs, reminds parents of these children to pay attention to the enticements they use to motivate their kids. “A lot of therapies involve sugary rewards,” she says. For those offering sweet treats, she offers a few suggestions. “Things that melt away are typically better than things that stick,” Lasky says. So try:

  • M&M’s or chocolate kisses instead of Skittles,
  • Fresh fruit instead of raisins,
  • Lollipops sweetened with Xylitol instead of sugar, and
  • Gum sweetened with Xylitol instead of jelly beans.

Brushing your child’s teeth daily is important, and building the habit is more important than doing a great job every time. “It’s not the quality of the brush, it’s the consistency and the repetition,” Lasky says. If your child isn’t ready for toothpaste (because he or she can’t spit it out), Lasky recommends keeping things super easy by cleaning your child’s teeth right at the table after dinner. After you clean your child’s hands and face and the table or the high-chair tray, grab a damp wash cloth and clean your child’s teeth and gums.

Another important part of good dental care is finding a dentist who can work with your child during regular checkups. Because dental visits involve lying on your back while a stranger puts her hands – or instruments that vibrate or make noise – into your mouth, they can be difficult for children with special needs. “It’s like a perfect storm,” says Lasky, who suggests seeking out a pediatric dentist who has completed two or three years of special training.

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Ask the dentist:

  • How much experience he or she has with children who have the same issues as your child,
  • Whether there is enough support staff present to assist with your child if needed,
  • Whether you can be present in the exam room to help interpret your child’s communication,
  • Whether the dentist can employ sedation if needed in cases where your child is in pain, and
  • Whether the dentist is available on a schedule that works with your family, at times of the day when your child is at her or his best.

Also check out the atmosphere in the dentist’s office. Make sure the environment is set up to accommodate these kids. “I set up my office with very little external stimulation,” Lasky says, because things such as music, TV or video games can be overstimulating to some kids with special needs. She arranges her office to promote soothing quiet, with stress balls and click toys for the kids to use, and adult-size chairs so that kids can even sit in parents’ laps during treatment if needed.

Finally, make sure the dentist is ready to take things slow. Lasky does what she calls “behavior modification visits,” which are brief, frequent visits to help build comfort and trust. She starts with simple things, like letting the child sit in the dental chair, and works up to visits where she can peek into the child’s mouth, and eventually examine her or his teeth.

Ultimately, you want your child to leave the dentist’s office with a smile – a healthy smile.

Our thanks to LA Parent Magazine for allowing us to reprint the article in its entirety on our website!

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Top Dentists 2015 - Lasky Pediatric Dental Group
4 years ago 0

Top Dentists 2015 – Lasky Pediatric Dental Group

Ventura Blvd. Top Dentists 2015In the May-June 2015 issue of Ventura Boulevard magazine, the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group has once again been named one of the magazine’s “Top Dentists.” This is the third time, that the pediatric dentists of LPDG have been a part of this prestigious feature in the print and online editions.

“Both Dr. Michael and I truly love our young patients and our pediatric dental practiced is blessed with some of the best families in all of Los Angeles.  We feel it is a privilege to be recognized in Ventura Boulevard Magazine – once again – for the work we love to do. said Dr. Jill Lasky.”

If you don’t get home delivery of Ventura Boulevard Magazine, you can click on the above link and read the profile on the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group – Drs. Michael and Jill Lasky and Dr. Ronen Krausz.

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Ventura Blvd. Magazine's Top Docs - Lasky Pediatric Dental Group
4 years, 9 months ago 0

Ventura Blvd. Magazine’s Top Docs – Lasky Pediatric Dental Group

Ventura Boulevard Magazine In the latest issue of Ventura Boulevard magazine, the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group has once again been named one of the magazine’s “Top Docs” in their latest issue on stands now. LPDG has been featured twice before over the past couple of years.

“It is always a privilege to be recognized for the work we all love to do, and it’s a privilege to be able to work with young patients, their families and staff that we love too!” said Dr. Jill Lasky. If you don’t get home delivery of Ventura Boulevard magazine, you might want to check it out.  Serving the San Fernando Valley, you’ll find great articles and guides to what’s going on in our neigborhood.

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L.A. Parent's
5 years, 1 month ago 0

L.A. Parent’s “Your Child with Special Needs” Resource Guide

The Lasky Pediatric Dental Group is proud to be one of the many excellent resources listed in L.A. Parent Magazine’s “Your Child with Special Needs 2014 Resource Guide.”  Dr. Michael Lasky, Dr. Jill Lasky, Dr. Lecia Harmer and the staff of LPDG are highly-trained and equally skilled in dealing with children with special needs.  While many pediatric dentists prefer to sedate these young patients, LPDG prefers to use behavior modification techniques over one to several visits and avoid using sedation for routine checkups and cleanings.  They have had great success over the years and parents are amazed and grateful that they don’t have to use drugs on their child.

The doctors and staff of the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group are also long time supporters of The Help Group, one of this country’s largest, most innovative and comprehensive nonprofit of its kind serving children (and their families) with special needs.

Another reason to check out the guide is the feature story about autism activists, Holly Robinson Peete, her husband, Rodney Peete, and their son, RJ.  The pair founded the HollyRod Foundation, originally dedicated to the fight against Parkinson’s disease (Robinson Peete’s father suffered with the disease), but then expanded to include the fight for autism awareness after RJ was diagnosed with the syndrome at the age of three.

The timing for the L.A. Parent resource guide’s release was to coincide with April 2014’s National Autism Awareness Month and the opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.  You can pick up a copy of the guide at one of the Lasky Pediatric Dental offices or read the online version click here.






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Tooth Fairy - Good or Bad for Kids?
5 years, 3 months ago 0

Tooth Fairy – Good or Bad for Kids?

Lasky Pediatric Dental Group’s own Dr. Jill Lasky was one of several experts recently interviewed by SHE KNOWS correspondent Kim Grundy about one of our favorite childhood myths, the Tooth Fairy. Grundy examines whether using the Tooth Fairy is good for children and how long they should keep up the practice.

She Knows WebsiteThere is some very good information in the piece from Dr. Jill and others and you can read the entire post its entirety here.

After you read it, please come back here and tell us what you thought or feel free to share your favorite stories about the Tooth Fairy below.

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Studio City Patch Features Lasky Pediatric Dental Group
5 years, 4 months ago 0

Studio City Patch Features Lasky Pediatric Dental Group

Lasky Pediatric Dental Group Studio City Office SignThe Studio City Patch did a great job welcoming the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group to Studio City in a recent article, written by Studio City Patch Editor, Matthew Sanderson. The article outlines the history of LPDG and why the husband and wife dental team, Dr. Michael Lasky and Dr. Jill Lasky decided to open a new pediatric dental office in Studio City to expand their already successful Tarzana pediatric dental practice.  Dr. Lecia Harmer as well as the Drs. Lasky will have hours in both locations.

Check out the Studio City Patch and read the entire post by clicking here.


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5 years, 7 months ago 0

Emma’s Children Discovers One of our Favorites

The popular blog, Emma’s Children, recently discovered one of the Lasky Pediatric Dental Groups favorite products, GUMCHUCKS on our website and its creator, Emma Jenner (who is an accomplished child development specialist) did quite an extensive review of one of our “favorites” and you can read it on her blog here.

Emma's Children Website

As most parents know, getting your child (or children) to brush their teeth regularly can be a daunting task, let alone getting them to floss regularly, as well.  It’s great to hear another mother’s (and professional’s) take on how Gumchucks encourages regular flossing by putting the fun in flossing.  GumChucks are proving to be “The Ultimate Attack on Plaque” as their website states.

The Lasky Pediatric Group team also recommends that you also check out more from Emma’s blog  for other interesting and informative subjects as well as her professional website as  source of valuable knowledge about parent-child relationships.  After you take a look, we’d love to know know what you think!


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5 years, 7 months ago 0

2013 Red Tricycle Awards – Lasky Pediatric Group

A few weeks ago, Dr. Jill Lasky got an unexpected phone call from the people behind the website  Their marketing person informed Dr. Jill that the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group was one of the finalists in their “2013 Totally Awesome Awards.”  Needless to say, this was very exciting news for the entire Lasky Pediatric Group Team!Lasky Pediatric Dental Group is a Finalist in the Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards 2013

In addition, invited the team to join them in a celebration with the winners, finalists, and the great Los Angeles supporters.  Their  #totallyawesomeparty took place at the Zimmer Children’s Museum on September 9th, 2013 and Dr. Jill was in attendance.

“The party was so fun and I loved meeting all of the Totally Awesome Awards finalists and winners,” said Dr. Jill after the event.  While the Lasky Pediatric Group did not take top prize, as they say, just being nominated was a blast.

As you can see, Dr. Jill is “totally awesome!” and you can check out more photos of the great event on Red Tricycle’s FacebookEvent Page.

About Red Tricycle’s 2013 Totally Awesome Awards:

Los Angeles area parents nominated their favorite family-friendly businesses!  Over 236,777 votes were cast and for over 20categories.  While LPDG did not come out on top  we were honored to be a finalist.

To find our more about Red Tricycle Los Angeles, click here.


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