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The Children’s Dental Health Center is your best resource to keep your child’s smile happy and healthy. Check our blog often to find tips, best practices and up-to-date information for your child’s optimal dental health. This is also where you’ll find events and specials you won’t want to miss!

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Character Day is Coming Up at The Children’s Dental Health Center!

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

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We Now Offer White Ceramic Crowns for Kids!all white crown for kids at childrens dental health center

A new alternative to stainless steel pediatric crowns has arrived at the Children’s Dental Health Center. Dr. Barbagallo is now offering white crowns to her patients. These ceramic crowns provide a natural looking alternative to traditional stainless steel crowns without compromising on strength and durability.

Ready to learn more? Call our office at 201.871.3556 today!

Halloween and the Holidays: Tooth Decay Prevention


With the neverending candy supply and yummy desserts served at fall and winter parties, Halloween is the commencement for all sweet heavy holidays. With this in mind, knowledge of tooth decay prevention is a big factor in helping to keep your mouth happy and healthy!



Make it through the Fall/Winter Holiday Season with these Helpful Tips

We should always be cautious and limit the amount of sugary food we consume, but during the season of cavities, it is extra important to be aware of potential tooth decay causes.

  • Always make sure your kids brush & floss regularly– not just during Halloween, but every day!
  • Be aware of your child’s brushing and flossing techniques as it is super important that they are brushing away any potential candy stuck in their teeth.
  • Take notice of the candy your child is consuming.
  • Hard candies stay in the mouth the longest, leaving the most time for potential tooth decay or other damage.
  • Chewy/Gummy candies get stuck in teeth and also end up spending the most time in the mouth.
  • Sugar-free candy is the way to go!
  • Candy goes better with meals (it sounds ridiculous, but trust us on this one)! The saliva your kid’s mouth produces while eating meals helps with the acidity balance by washing away acid-producing bacteria.
  • Be sure that they drink lots of water with the treats they consume. Water helps to rinse the mouth of sugars, lessening the enamel contact.
  • Gum is okay– as long as it is sugarfree. Just like water, this too increases your mouth’s production of saliva.
  • End your Halloween season with a fun & friendly trip to the dentist!

It is always important to take measures that will effectively reduce your child’s risk of cavities and tooth decay. Candy should not be totally shunned, but it should also never serve as your kid’s go-to snack. Make sure to follow these tips for a teeth-friendly Halloween and fall!


Why wait? Schedule your child’s post-treat checkup today!  Call us at 201-871-3556 or click here to connect with us online.



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Teething Children: What are the best ways to soothe sore gums?

Babies often begin teething by about 6 months of age. The first teeth that generally appear are the two bottom front teeth—lower central incisors—followed by the two top front teeth—upper central incisors.



So, what does typical teething look like? The most common signs and symptoms of teething are:

1. Drooling
2. Chewing on objects
3. Irritability or crankiness
4. Sore or tender gums
5. Sleeplessness
6. Decreased appetite



What are the best ways to soothe sore gums?

  • Rub your baby’s gums with a clean finger or moistened gauze pad. The pressure can help to increase your baby’s comfort
  • Use a cold washcloth, spoon, or chilled teething ring or refrigerate a pacifier
  • Make milk popsicles if your child is refusing to eat due to teething. Milk popsicles will keep your child fed and hydrated while also soothing the gums
  • Try chilled hard foods, if your child is eating solid foods, such as a chilled cucumber or carrot.
  • Let your baby gnaw on frozen apple chunks—cut a large piece of apple, let it chill in the freezer for an hour or more, and offer it to your baby
  • But keep a close eye on your baby, as pieces might break off and create a choking hazard
  • Serve your baby chilled purees if your baby is not yet eating solid foods
  • Give your child a foot massage—reflexology studies identify connections between certain spots in the foot and other parts of the body. The toe area correlates with the head and teeth, so massaging around the toes may offer relief
  • Dry the drool to prevent skin irritation. Keep a clean cloth handy to dry the skin, and possibly use a water-based cream or moisturizer to prevent irritation
  • Try a nice warm bath to take their mind off their pain by splashing around
  • Try an over-the-counter remedy like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Children’s Motrin) if your baby is especially cranky
  • Avoid homeopathic teething tablets and medications that contain the topical pain reliever benzocaine (Anbesol) or lidocaine as they are harmful to your baby.


The Children’s Dental Health at Englewood Dental is Here Every Step of the Way

We know that the first few months of a child’s life are full of excitement and growing! With all of these changes occur, we know that you will have a lot of questions about how to supply the best care for your child. If you are looking for more information about how to care for your baby while they are teething, or if you have any other questions about their developing oral health, give us a call at 201-871-3556 or make an appointment to speak with a pediatric specialist today!


Tooth Fairy Day!

Join us for an afternoon of fun and learning!

Saturday, October 13

12pm – 1pm

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Mouthguards Save Smiles!

As we begin signing out of summer camp and into after-school activities and sports, it’s important we take the time to focus on what’s important—our children’s smiles! It’s possible to avoid thousands of dollars in dental repair work by simply wearing a mouth guard. If that isn’t reason enough, did you know athletes who do not wear mouth guards are sixty times more likely to have a dental injury? Yikes.


Benefits of Wearing a Mouth Guard:

  • Mouth guards are designed to absorb the impact and act as a barrier between the teeth and soft tissue. This reduces the number of cuts to lips and gums and prevents chipped or broken teeth.
  • Mouth guards can protect against damaging expensive braces or orthodontic work. Suffering a blow to the mouth while wearing braces can not only cause extreme discomfort for your child by cutting and tearing the lips and soft tissue but can actually damage the brackets and wires as well.
  • Mouth guards are just as unique as your child! Not only are there multiple types of mouth guards, but they can also be custom made to ensure proper fit and comfort.

  1. Over the Counter or Stock mouth guards are the least recommended by professionals because of their lack of protection and bulk manner. Because they are created in a “one-size-fits-all” fashion, they are known for causing breathing issues during sports activity for wearers.
  2. Boil and Bite mouth guards are considered semi-custom. They are designed at home by dropping the mouth guard in boiling water and creating a mold yourself. This type is known for losing its shape rather quickly and most children complain of the foul taste it gives.
  3. Custom-fitted is the most recommended by orthodontists and pediatric dentists. Not only do they offer the best form of protection, but they are the most comfortable for your child as well. A mouth guard is only effective if the child wears it!


Taking Care of Your Mouth Guard:

  • Most mouth guards come with a protective case to store it when not in use. This can protect it from tearing, losing shape, and attracting bacteria.
  • It is crucial to keep mouth guards sanitized. While it is highly recommended to rinse the mouth guard before and after each use, it’s also suggested to use a toothbrush and toothpaste to ensure proper cleaning.
  • Due to the material mouth guards are made out of, it’s imperative they are not left in hot water or in the hot sun for too long. This can cause the mouth guard to lose its shape, rendering it ineffective.

No matter if the sport your child enjoys is non-contact or contact, it’s recommended they wear a mouth guard. The benefits greatly outweigh the costs of not protecting your child’s mouth.

If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment with one of our pediatric dentists to custom fit your child for a mouth guard, call us at 201-871-3556 or click here to connect online! 

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Tips For Helping Your Child Overcome Dental Anxiety

Going to the dentist for the first time can be a scary idea for a child. However, most children overcome this fear and grow up to be quite the regular dental office visitor, and very responsible when it comes to their oral health.
Still, there are children who remain deathly afraid of dentists for any given reason. Considering the importance of proper oral care, parents must do whatever they can to alleviate any fear they children have of dentists. If they fail to do so, then they are condemning their kids to a lifetime of poor dental care, all because dentists scare them. To help your child overcome dental anxiety, here are some tips that might prove to be useful.


Tell your child that proper oral care is extremely important

Your child may be young, but he or she should be able to understand a clear and calm explanation from you about the important role a dentist plays in our lives. Explain to your kid how dentists are good people who only want to make sure that your teeth and gums get the care they need. To drive your point home, tell your child about how bad his or her teeth are going to get if your family dentist doesn’t get to attend to them.


Role-playing helps

Playing “dentist” at home with your child should give your kid an idea what to expect during your visits to the dental office. A toothbrush, a mirror, and a chair should be enough props to show your child there’s nothing to fear.


A pediatric dentist is best for your child

There are regular dentists, and there are pediatric dentists. While they have similar skills and expertise, pediatric dentists are trained to work with children. They are also better-equipped to deal with kids who are afraid of them. Their offices are also kid-friendly with the bright colors and fun pictures everywhere.



Learn more ways of helping your child conquer that fear of the dentist by checking out the infographic below.


It’s Children’s Dental Health Month!

Children’s Dental Health Month is the perfect time to get a checkup with the Tooth Fairy and a smile to celebrate. Come in on Saturday, April 28, 12:00pm – 1:00pm to meet the Tooth Fairy and get a FREE checkup!

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About the Author

Dr. Megan Peterson Boyle is a cosmetic dentist with Dental Studio 101 in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is focused on providing anxiety-free dental services, including sedation dentistry. She enjoys spending time outdoors and being around friends and family


Bring Your List to Santa!

santa with giftsBring Your List to Santa When He Visits The Children’s Dental Health Center!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Each child will receive a Free Dental Checkup and Goody Bag!

Space is Limited, Please reserve your child’s spot early.

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Follow These Do’s and Don’ts for a Healthy Smile this Halloween

Keep the Tricks away and Treat your children’s teeth right with these helpful tips for a healthy mouth this Halloween!



Halloween is right around the corner, but there’s no need to be afraid for you little one’s teeth. Check out our Halloween Do’s and Don’ts for a trick-free holiday.





DO choose your children’s candy wisely – Opt for sugar-free candy, lollipops, and gum whenever possible. Not only will the increased saliva production help prevent a dry mouth, but sugar-free gum can help remove any leftover particles of food from between teeth.


DO be sure to drink more water – By drinking less sugary beverages such as soda, juice, and flavored waters, the likelihood of tooth decay is minimized. As an added benefit, drinking more water will help rinse away bacteria causing sugar.

DO make brushing twice a day a priority – Brushing and flossing are your primary defenses against tooth decay, so be sure brush twice a day for 2 minutes, and floss once a day to remove anything brushing missed. Remember, toothbrushes should be replaced every 3-4 months!


DON’T chew sticky candy – Avoid sticky or chewy candy whenever possible. They will cling to teeth and get stuck in crevices, which can lead to cavities quickly.

DON’T go for long-lasting candies – The longer your child’s teeth are in contact with sugary candy, the greater the risk for tooth decay. Try to limit candy intake to mealtimes or right after.

DON’T skip a visit to your dentist – Regular dental checkups are important, but especially so during this time of year. A timely visit with your dentist will not only help prevent dental issues but if there is anything going on, your dentist will be able to catch it before it becomes a painful emergency. Be sure your children’s teeth are healthy Before they indulge in treats.


Group Of Young Friends Together

At The Children’s Dental Health Center, we’re welcoming our Special Guest, the Doggie Dental Defender to help you get ready for a season of treats! Join us on Saturday, October 22, 2016, between 12pm – 1pm to meet our Doggie Defender. Your child will get a Free dental checkup, have their picture taken and take home a goody bag! For more information and to register online, click here.

Want a sneak peek at our special guest? Click here to visit our Facebook page for a behind-the-scenes look at our Doggie Defender.




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What Happens at My Child’s Sedation Dentistry Appointment?

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Getting ready for “back to school” often means a physical and dental check-up. Scheduling your child’s dental check-up early ensures there’s time to address any treatment that might be necessary. But what happens when your child needs extensive work, has special needs or is perhaps a little too anxious to cooperate comfortably? This may be the time to consider pediatric sedation.




What Is Pediatric Sedation?parrot says sedation for comfort

Pediatric sedation is the introduction of calming or anti-anxiety drugs into the blood system during dental treatment. Although sleeping, the child remains conscious, and may be able to understand and respond to requests from the dentist. Unlike general anesthesia, there is no need for a breathing tube or ventilation. The child’s vital signs and breathing are monitored by an Anesthesiologist, who also administers enough medication to keep the child comfortably asleep.


What Happens If My Child Needs Sedation?

Once you have discussed your options with your child’s pediatric dentist and decided to schedule a sedation dentistry appointment, the dentist will request a number of items.  The dentist will need your child’s medical history, a letter of clearance from your pediatrician, so a copy can be given to the Anesthesiologist for review before treatment. You may be given a questionnaire regarding your child’s medical health and history, as well as any concerns you have. The Anesthesiologist will speak with you before the scheduled treatment date to discuss your child’s history, your concerns, and the anesthesia plan. Your child will need to be free of any cold symptoms, including a cough, sore throat, and fever.


What Happens in the Chair?kids sedation dentistry no memory appointment

Your child may be given an oral pre-medication before being taken into the treatment room. This allows your child to relax and become more cooperative. In general, you’re encouraged to hold your child in your lap while the Anesthesiologist places an IV. As your child starts to become drowsy, he will be made comfortable in the treatment chair and appropriate monitoring equipment will be set up. Once he is asleep, the dentist will give local anesthetic and the procedure can begin. Throughout the procedure the dentist and Anesthesiologist will communicate regarding how your child’s treatment is progressing, the level of sedation your child has reached or needs to reach, and where they are in the estimated treatment timeline. When the work has been completed and before your child wakes up, you will be brought into the treatment room to prevent any anxiety on your child’s part as he awakes, allowing him to gently and naturally wake up.


What Happens Next?

Once the procedure is completed, your child is usually ready to leave within an hour or so. Depending on the length of procedure and sedation needed, your child may be sleepy or drowsy for the remainder of the day. In any case, you will want to be sure your child has a quiet afternoon. The Anesthesiologist and dentist will discuss the home care instructions with you before you leave, which may include keeping your child on soft foods and being sure the Novocaine anesthetic has worn off before he attempts to eat.




At the Children’s Dental Health Center, we strive to make every office visit stress-free for both you and your child. We are proud to have a Board Certified Anesthesiologist with an expertise in pediatric anesthesia on staff to provide the highest standard of care available to your child. Our pediatric specialists and their staff are highly trained in pediatric sedation and work along with our Anesthesiologist, with your child’s safety being the highest priority.

Now is the time to schedule your child’s dental check-up and address any dental needs your child has. Take advantage of our $59 Back to School Special for a stress-free and affordable dental check-up. Call our office @ 201.871.3556 today or Click Here to request your appointment online.

$188 value. Our office accepts Metlife, Delta, Guardian and Cigna. 
Evening and Saturday appointments available. 
Offer valid until Sept. 10, 2016. Children 10 years old and younger



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What To Do When Your Child Chips a Tooth…and Other Dental Emergencies

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Seeing your child with a broken tooth or bleeding mouth can be a scary ordeal, but knowing the basics of dental first aid will help you stay calm and minimize dental damage. Here’s what to do in common pediatric dental emergencies.




  1. Toothache:

Clean around the sore tooth thoroughly. Rinse vigorously with warm salt water to dislodge trapped food or debris. DO NOT place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth. If you notice swelling, apply a cold compress. You may give an age appropriate dose of acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain and see your dentist as soon as possible.


  1. Cut Tongue, Lip or Cheek:

Apply ice to the bruised area. If you see bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a clean gauze or cloth. If bleeding hasn’t stopped after 15 minutes or gentle pressure does not control it, call your pediatric dentist or take the child to a hospital emergency room..


  1. Tooth Knocked Out:

TIME IS CRITICAL. Find the tooth if possible. Be sure to handle the tooth by the top (crown) of the tooth, not the roots. You may clean debris off of the tooth, but try not to handle the tooth too much. If you can, replace the tooth in its socket and have the child bite on a clean gauze or cloth to hold it in place. If you cannot replace the tooth in its socket, put it in a container of milk or water and see a dentist IMMEDIATELY.


  1. Broken Tooth:

Rinse the area with warm water. Place cold compresses to the face in the area of injury. If possible, locate and save any tooth fragments. See a dentist IMMEDIATELY..


  1. Broken Braces or Wires:

If you can easily remove the appliance, take it out. If you cannot remove it, cover any sharp or protruding areas with cotton balls, gauze, or chewing gum. If the wire is stuck in the child’s gum, cheek or tongue, DO NOT attempt to remove it. See a dentist IMMEDIATELY. If the broken appliance or brace does not bother the child, emergency attention is usually unnecessary. Speak with your orthodontist or dentist to determine whether the child should be seen right away or not.


In some instances, the need for emergency care can be minimized with a little prevention, such as wearing protective gear for sports activities or making safety the standard at swimming pools or playgrounds (click here for information on summer dental safety). When accidents do happen, knowing exactly what to do will help you remain calm and limit potential trauma. If you’re unsure of what to do or if a situation is an emergency, call your dentist; he or she can tell you if it is an emergency, if you need an appointment immediately, and how to treat the injury.


At The Children’s Dental Health Center, our skilled pediatric team is prepared to offer immediate treatment for your child’s dental emergency. We provide age-appropriate anesthesia and offer a variety of sedation options to ensure your child’s comfort during treatment. Our Board Certified Anesthesiologist Dr. Nadine Keegan is one of the few dual board-certified physicians, earning her Diplomate in both Anesthesia and Pediatrics. The Children’s Dental Health Center has the specialized equipment, facility and staff to minimize your child’s trauma and address their needs in a warm and caring environment. 

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