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The doctors and staff of the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group have deep roots in the San Fernando Valley community as most live in the area. They’re not only focused on being dentists for kids, all are committed to giving back to their surrounding communities, the city of Los Angeles and the world at large. They participate in variety of pediatric dental service initiatives and other organizations they feel drawn to because they benefit children. Below are some of the notable highlights of how the kids’ dentists in the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group “family” makes the lives of others just a little bit brighter.

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Mouthguards are a Must

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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1025323_475311845886221_106127546_o Five: Sports Safety Tips for National Facial Protection Month

ROSEMONT, Ill., March 31, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Calling all MVPs, team captains, full roster players, practice squads, coaches, teachers and parents/caregivers. Five of the nation’s top dental associations want to remind everyone to play it safe during recreational and organized sports to help prevent serious, painful facial injuries that can take the fun out of the game. Take five, and take in these five simple safety tips.

  1. Mouth Guards are a Must. Mouth guards are significantly less expensive than the cost to repair an injury, and dentists and dental specialists can make customized mouth guards that hold teeth in place and allow for normal speech and breathing.
  2. Helmets are always Helpful. Helmets absorb the energy of an impact and help prevent damage to the head.
  3. Have 20/20 Vision with Protective Eyewear. Eyes are extremely vulnerable to damage, especially when playing sports.
  4. Face Shields Save Skin…and more. Hockey pucks, footballs and
  5. racquetballs can cause severe facial damage at any age.
  6. Cheer and Shout Out Your Support for Mandatory Protective Gear. Athletes who participate in football, hockey and boxing are required to wear mouth guards. If mouth guards have been proven to significantly decrease the risk of oral injuries, why is it not mandatory in every sport for kids to wear them?

Whether your child is playing a contact sport or just monkeying around on the monkey bars, accidents happen. A recently published study by the University of Alabama at Birmingham analyzed data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), a database of injuries treated at hospital emergency departments, for the period 2001-2008. Researchers found the five most common causes of childhood injuries were, in order of frequency, basketball, football, bicycling, playgrounds and soccer. 1

An estimated 12 million people between the ages of 5 and 22 years suffer a sport-related injury annually, which leads to 20 million lost days of school2 and approximately $33 billion in healthcare costs.3 Yet, some of these injuries could be prevented with protective gear. “A properly fitted mouth guard is an essential piece of any athlete’s protective equipment,” says Dr. Paul Nativi, DMD, FASD, and past president of the Academy for Sports Dentistry. “Talk with your dentist about what kinds of activities your family enjoys and ask about ways to make sure their teeth and face stay protected.”

Every April, National Facial Protection Month strives to raise public awareness and remind parents/caregivers, coaches and athletes to play it safe while playing sports. The Academy for Sports Dentistry (ASD), American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), and the American Dental Association (ADA) are collaborating to promote the 2015 April is National Facial Protection Month observance to help people learn more about how simple it can be to take five and make a play for better safety that protects not only your mouth and face, but also your peace of mind.

1. 2. National Athletic Trainers’ Association. (unpublished media review). 3. Ferguson RW. Safe Kids Worldwide Analysis of Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) data, 2013.

About National Facial Protection Month
National Facial Protection Month is sponsored annually during the month of April by the Academy for Sports Dentistry (, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (, American Association of Orthodontists (, and the American Dental Association ( Visit their Web sites for more information and helpful materials.

Choosing the mouth guard that’s right for your sport and recreational activities

The Academy for Sports Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association recommend that all children and adults engaging in organized sports or recreational activities should wear comfortable, well-fitted mouth guards that do not restrict breathing, resist tearing and are easy to clean.

Organized sports include, but are not limited to, football, wrestling, basketball, baseball, volleyball, ice and field hockey, softball and soccer. Recreational sports include cycling, inline skating, skateboarding or any activity in which the face could come in contact with a hard object, another person or the pavement.

Types of Mouth Guards:
There are three types of mouth guards available:






Custom made from a full-mouth impression taken in the dentist’s office and sent to a dental lab for fabrication.

Provides the most protection and comfort.

Covers all teeth and cushions the jaw.

No interference with speech or breathing.

Adjustable for all sports.

More expensive than commercially made mouth guards.

Mouth-formed or

Boiled in water for a period of time and then formed to the teeth by applying pressure.

Cost effective

Available from department and sporting goods stores.

Provides better individual fit than stock mouth guards.

Tend to wear quickly and may need to be replaced during the sports season.

Difficult to adapt to orthodontic appliances.

Difficult to speak and breathe.

Stock or commercial mouth guards

Rubber or polyvinyl and sold in small, medium or large sizes.

Sold in major department and sporting goods stores.


Cannot be modified to fit the individual’s mouth.

Least effective in terms of protection.

Impairs breathing and stays in place only when mouth is closed.

To get the most of your mouth guard, you’ll need to take proper care of the device. Wash it in cool soapy water and rinse it off well before and after each time you use it. For even better protection against germ build up, brush the guard with a toothbrush and toothpaste before and after every use. Also, don’t chew on the mouth guard, don’t wear removable retainers with your mouth guard and replace your mouth guard when it shows signs of wear and tear.

Because different sports involve different levels of risk and potential injury, talk to your dentist or dental specialist before selecting a mouth guard that meets the needs of your child’s specific activity.

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Autism Awareness Month 2016
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Autism Awareness Month 2016

Saturday April 2, 2016, was World Autism Awareness day and L.A’s Autism Speaks Walk marked the official kick-off of our city’s celebration of Autism Awareness Month,  a worldwide movement consisting of a series of events and fundraisers to educate and enlist support of those not directly affected by someone with autism. Dr. Micheal and Dr. Jill Lasky are longtime supporters of the L.A. event and its founding organization Autism Speaks.  Over the past few years, the Lasky Pediatric Group team has participated in this fundraising walk or have supported patients’ families who had created walking teams.

This year, the Autism Speaks Walk 2016 raised over $1.2 million dollars which will go to support research, education, and family support programs. For more information about Autism Speaks or to make a donation help them meet their goal, please go to the Autism Speaks Los Angeles Walk 2016  website.

Autism Speaks LA Walk 2015The Lasky Pediatric Dental Group holds their young patients on the autism spectrum as well as those with other special needs in a special place in their heart.  Many parents come to find the Lasky Pediatric Dental group after many years and just as many unsuccessful attempts to get their child proper pediatric dental care with or without sedation. Dr. Michael and Dr. Jill are known for their high success rate in caring for special needs children with no sedation, although they have it just in case.  The Drs. Lasky and their team of dental assistants, hygienists, and even the front desk personnel, are all highly experienced and sensitive to the needs of these very special patients and their families.

How do Dr. Michael and Dr. Jill  succeed where some other pediatric dentists may fail? Both of their Studio City and Tarzana offices were specifically designed to look like an average a living room, with couches, chairs and a child’s play area.  The one thing you won’t find in their offices, are TVs or video games, also purposefully done to prevent  overstimulating all of their young patients.

A young patient gets a pediatric dental exam on Dr. Jill Lasky's lap.Again, while many pediatric dentists prefer to sedate the special needs or highly fearful patient, Dr. Michael and Dr. Jill may use
it as a very last resort. Their gentle and effective method – scheduling several short visits over weeks or months, as long as it takes – eases a child into the dental experience.  Plus, the Drs. Lasky will treat a child where she or he is more comfortable which can be in their home-like waiting room, on the floor near the toy box or on a parent’s lap. Other siblings or family members are also invited to participate in the “treatment” of the child to make him or her more at ease.

It’s a very happy day for all, when one of their special needs patients allows Dr. Michael or Dr. Jill to look in their mouth and proceed with an exam. Some parents say that their embracing of their pediatric dental experience dental experience has helped their child grow more confident and secure in other areas of their life.  Not to mention that they did not to have their child subjected to unnecessary sedation.

Finding a pediatric dentist who is experienced with special needs children may be a daunting task. Below, the Drs. Lasky offer several tips to help you find the perfect pediatric dentist for your family and your child’s particular needs:

  • Ask your local Autism Speaks group or other similar organization for recommendations
  • Ask other parents or neighbors or teachers for pediatric dentist referrals
  • Make sure you get several recommendations, meet the dentists to ask about their methods and philosophy
  • Don’t be afraid to “shop around” – you should feel comfortable with the entire staff and not just the doctor
  • Go with your gut and you will find the right pediatric dentist for your child

If you live in the Greater Los Angeles area, the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group always welcomes young patients on the autism spectrum or with other special needs to their practice.  You may call one of our offices or email us with any questions and in case of pediatric dental emergency, please call their 24/7 EMERGENCY PAGER: 818.215.0102.

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Poison Prevention – What Parents Need to Know

During this year’s Poison Prevention Week, we were reminded of the many ways you can protect your child from accidental poisoning. While the statistics may be scary – almost two million calls made to the poison prevention hotline each year and of those almost half are children under the age of five – the solutions are simple.

Dr. Michael and Dr. Jill Lasky are ardent supporters of, the national organization dedicated to keeping our children safe from the preventable causes of accidents and death. Their website has several great articles on poison prevention, medication safety and a great infographic that are great information resources.

At the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group, many parents ask us about the safety of fluoride in toothpastes. While fluoride may be Most of us are aware of the usual offenders, household cleaners, prescription and non-prescription medications, art supplies, and personal care products -including makeup, to name a few. But how many of you have thought about the dangers of fluoride

D But – how often do you take inventory to insure these and other potentially deadly products are well out of the reach of your child? The Safe Kids Organization offers many great articles and resources for all to learn about poison prevention from on storing through disposal of hazardous items.

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Lasky Pediatric Dental Team Enjoys Kids Day Out Event
2 years ago 0

Lasky Pediatric Dental Team Enjoys Kids Day Out Event

Dr. Jill Lasky and members of her Lasky Pediatric Dental Team attended the Kids Day Out Event this past Sunday in Pasadena.  Dental hygienist, Maral, brought her two daughters to help out at the Lasky Pediatric Dental Booth.

Dr. Jill and the team spent there day meeting and greeting the families, handing out balloons and toothbrushes for the children.  More importantly, the pediatric dentist was answering questions on teething, proper tooth brushing technique and other oral hygiene issues.

At noon, Dr. Jill did a formal presentation for parents of kids ages 3 months-5 years on the best way to reduce your child’s risk of getting a cavity and the best way to clean your child’s teeth.

The Lasky Pediatric Dental Team is committed to community service and parent education.  If you would like to have Dr. Michaela and Dr. Jill Lasky speak at your event, please call us at the office number above.

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Pediatric Dental Education at Health & Fitness Fair
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Pediatric Dental Education at Health & Fitness Fair

Dr. Jill Lasky and registered dental assistant, Jackie Diaz, attended the Burbank Temple EmanuEl Health and Fitness Fair. At the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group booth, families received teeth-brushing demos, information of some of LPDG’s recommended oral health care products for children and small giveaways. More importantly, Dr. Jill and Jackie were there to answer parents’ and children’s questions about good oral health care and developing good dental habits.

The Burbank Temple Emanuel Health and Fitness Fair had a great turnout and children loved the LPDG balloons, toothbrushes and getting their own low-tech hourglass timer – to remind them to brush for at least two minutes! There were several other booths highlighting stress management, optimal health, body-fat testing, personal training and more.

It was a great day for all involved and Drs. Michael and Jill Lasky and their team really enjoy doing these educational events at pre-schools, temples, churches, special needs fairs and community centers. Dr. Michael and Jill’s commitment to oral health care education is an integral part of their commitment to community service for the greater Los Angeles area and beyond. If you would like to schedule one of them and/a team member to speak to your school or group, please call either of the offices at the numbers on the header.

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Lasky Pediatric Group
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Lasky Pediatric Group “Gives Kids A Smile”

Give Kids A Smile Program LogoFor almost four years now, Drs. Michael and Jill Lasky have volunteered their expertise for the American Dental Association’s Give Kids A Smile® (GKAS) program.  Give Kids A Smile®  provides much-needed oral health screenings, care and education to underserved children in their local communities. Drs. Michael and Jill Lasky coordinate their participation in this program through the  San Fernando Valley Dental Association which has additional information and resources for families and children in need of dental care on their website.

Last week, the Napa Street Elementary School in Northridge, California got a visit from Dr. Michael Lasky, who was able to screen about 25 pre-school age children for dental disease and to help introduce them to an oral health care exam.  All  children went home with “report cards” to inform their parents of the state of their dental health and if further examinations or treatments were necessary.  Dr. Michael reports that he was pleased that only seven of the children showed signs of decay.  The SFVDA and/or the GKAS program can  help parents identify a low or no-cost dental clinic or pediatric dentist who can perform any needed 3 photo 5

From the ADA website:

The American Dental Association began the Give Kids A Smile program in 2003 as a way for dentists to join with others in the community to provide dental services to underserved children. The program initially began as a one-day event in February, but has since grown to local and national events year-round. Dentists and other team members volunteer their time, and services, to provide screenings, treatments and education to children throughout the United States. Each year, approximately 350,000 children benefit from more than 1,500 events, all because of the efforts of 40,000 or more annual volunteers.

February is National Dental Health Month and Dr. Jill, Dr. Michael and their registered dental hygienists have many visits planned to Los Angeles area pre-schools, kindergarten classes and community centers this month and beyond.  It is part of LPDG’s continuing commitment to community service, outreach and dental health education.  If you would like to schedule a visit from one of their pediatric dentists or one of the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group’s team, please call or email them at the information above.

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Join LPDG at the Mother's Haven Opening
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Join LPDG at the Mother’s Haven Opening

Join Dr. Michael and Jill Lasky at the grand opening and ribbon-cutting celebration for A Mother’s Haven boutique and education center in Encino. The pediatric dentists will be available to answer any of your child’s oral health care concerns and will be giving out goodies for the kids.

Mother’s Haven is located at 16101 Ventura Blvd and the event starts at 2pm and runs until 5pm. There is ample underground parking.

For more information on A Mother’s Haven products and classes, please click here to go to their website.


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Come to L.A. Parent Magazine Special Needs Fair
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Come to L.A. Parent Magazine Special Needs Fair

Our friends at  LA PARENT Magazine invite you to join them for their first Resource Fair for families with special needs at the Zimmer Children’s Museum (6505 Wilshire Blvd., #100, L.A) tomorrow Sunday December 7th.  The kids can enjoy riding in a plane, shopping in Main Street, cooking in the Blue Bagel Cafe and letting their imaginations soar at the Water Ways and in the Construction Zone at the interactive museum.

In addition, there will be live entertainment, face painting and fun prizes! There will also be lots of information on resources available for families with special needs  The fun begins at 12:30pm and runs until 5pm and admission is free for all and walk ups are welcome.

For more information, please go to LA PARENT website by clicking here.

Hope you check it out!

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Halloween Candy Buy Back to Benefit Operation Gratitude and Our American Troops
2 years, 11 months ago 0

Halloween Candy Buy Back to Benefit Operation Gratitude and Our American Troops

Halloween pumpkinIt’s hard to believe that Halloween is just a few days away, and no doubt children everywhere are gearing for their yearly ritual of gathering tons of Halloween candy. Drs. Michael and Jill Lasky are not just pediatric dentists but they are parents of two school age sons. Each year, they too have to deal with the voluminous amounts of candy that their boys bring home.

How do they handle it?  Dr. Michael shared that they would allow their boys to eat all the candy that they wanted only on Halloween. Then later that night after the boys were asleep, he and Jill would hide it away.  He also reveals, “When the candy was out of sight the next day it was out of the boys’ mind. But that meant Jill and I would hit the hiding place for our own sugar rush.” That might not be an optimum solution for parents who are trying limit their intake of sweets and LPDG has even a better solution.

This year, the Lasky Pediatric Group is inviting parents to gather their post-Halloween stash owrewards their children for giving up their candy for a very worthy cause – Operation Gratitude’s 2014 Halloween Candy Buy Back program. Many dentists from all over the country have joined this program and LPDG is excited to be one of them.

Our Halloween Candy Buy Back program starts on Saturday, November 1st and runs until the end of the day November 6th. Families are encouraged to bring their leftover candy to either one of the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group’s offices during regular business hours. LPDG will pay $1.00 per pound (up to $5.00 per child) and then they will turn it over to Operation Gratitude which will distribute this candy to American troops stationed all over the world.

For more information about Operation Gratitude please check out this link  and if you don’t live in the San Fernando Valley this link  will help you find a participating dentist in your area. For all other inquiries, please feel free to call our office.

Here’s wishing all a safe and bountiful Halloween and a not so gentle reminder to remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day!

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Join LPDG at Our Lady of Grace Encino's Fall Carnival 2014
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Join LPDG at Our Lady of Grace Encino’s Fall Carnival 2014

The Lasky Pediatric Dental Group invites you to come out to the Our Lady of Grace Church Fall Carnival 2014 which starts this Friday, October 17th and runs until Sunday, October 19th. OLG located at 17720 Ventura Blvd off of White Oak Avenue in Encino. For ride enthusiasts, you’ll find Twister, Skydiver Ferris Wheel and Bumper Cars to name a few.  The church grounds will be filled with  booths with games for children of all ages, foodtrucks serving up their finest fare and on stage, musical entertainment of all genres all weekend long..

LPDG Pumpkin MouthLPDG Team members will be manning a booth to promote good dental habits for kids – a very important service especially since their booth will be next to the carnival’s cotton candy stand!  In addition to answering any questions, families may have about their child’s oral hygiene routine, there will be giveaways of toothbrushes, balloons, and toys.  Plus, a demonstration of the very popular and effective children’s flossing system, GumChucks.

Lasky Sonicare PhotoThe proceeds from the OLG Carnival will support many of their school’s programs and if you can’t make it there,  you can also support OLG through their online-silent auction.  Click on this link, to be taken to the Bidding For Good/OLG site,  which is up now and will end precisely at 5pm on Sunday, October 19th.  Here’s your chance to pick up some great items including a Phillips Sonicare Electric Toothbrush and Kid’s Oral Health Care Kit.

For more information on the OLG Carnival and to purchase tickets in advance, please go to the event’s website and we hope to see you there!

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