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Keep Those Smiles Bright!

The Children’s Dental Health Center at Englewood Dental, we teach your children the proper way to take care of their teeth and just as important, they learn that going to the dentist can be fun. A checkup is the first step to a bright, healthy smile!

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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.

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Is It Time For My Teen’s Wisdom Teeth To Be Extracted?

School is out and summer is in session– everything would be just perfect if your kid would stop complaining about their aching jaw or sore gums. But, of course, their wisdom teeth are finally making an appearance. Once this third set of molars rudely interrupts what could have been your child’s perfect dental record, their removal may become very imperative. Although cavemen took to utilizing their wisdom teeth, we no longer need them and actually, don’t really have room for them in our mouths. This final eruption of molars often can cause major problems as they typically grow in misaligned, crowd the other teeth, or even cause jawbone and/or nerve damage. Even partial eruptions of wisdom teeth result in exposed and open gum lines which can lead to tooth decay, infection, and even gum disease. Most of the time, any pain or discomfort brought on by wisdom teeth means that it’s time for them to be extracted!

Did you know the stress of end-of-the-year exams can trigger increased infections around wisdom teeth?

The idea that stress can contribute to wisdom teeth-related pain has recently surfaced. This was discovered as more and more cases erupted where students noticed pain around the time of their exams. However, stress-induced wisdom teeth pain is not really reversible, but it can be somewhat preventable through the use of meditation and other stress-relieving methods. This still doesn’t mean take a yoga class as a means of fixing your oral problems. Instead, if your child is experiencing a pain that feels more severe than the pressure of their wisdom teeth just growing in, it is best to book an appointment with your dentist as soon as you are able to.

 

Are your children home for the summer?

This is the perfect time to have their wisdom teeth removed giving enough time to fully recover! As soon as the symptoms of erupting wisdom teeth are apparent, one should consider having them removed to prevent further pain, discomfort, and worsening oral conditions. The recovery process is a little tedious and uncomfortable for most patients, so we recommend leaving an open schedule for your child after their procedure. Some major swelling of the cheeks will most likely occur, to which many opt to have ice packs glued to their face until the swelling recedes.

Another hindrance to the typical teenage lifestyle is the new, very temporary, diet they will have to take on. Doctors recommend an all liquid, or soft foods, diet. But fear not, ice cream happens to be one of the most commonly consumed foods during the wisdom teeth recovery process, so you can avoid the complaining and questions asking when they can eat pizza again.

 

Not sure if your wisdom teeth are in the condition to be extracted?

Come by the office for a FREE consultation (regular value $165). Our Englewood, NJ teen dentistry provides a fully equipped modern surgical suite with a board certified anesthesiologist, perfect for more comprehensive dental treatment like wisdom teeth removal. It is important to keep your children’s teeth monitored, especially if they are constantly busy or living out of the house during the school year.

 

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It’s Time to Put Your Children (and You!) at Ease!

How many times have you had to lure your children with treats and promises after hearing “I don’t want to go to the dentist!” More than you can count– I’m sure. My goal as a pediatric dentist is to help kids establish a good dental home in which they feel safe, relaxed, and comfortable. One of the tools that have made us successful is through the use of sedation methods such as Nitrous Oxide and IV sedation.

At our office, we value our patient’s safety and comfort immensely, and because of this, we offer our patients special products to be used during their procedures. Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) is a safe and efficient sedative that makes it so your child does not recognize pain or discomfort during their procedure. Usually, the effects of nitrous oxide subside as soon as the mask is removed, so if that is the only anesthesia your child receives, then they will be able to move about the day, free of any lingering numbness.

Would Sedation Benefit Your Child?

There are several cases where children would greatly benefit from dental sedation. For example, children with high anxiety are great candidates, as they may prevent work from being done if conscious during the procedure. Children that are young and have difficulty cooperating would also benefit from receiving sedation. I also recommend sedation for children receiving a large amount of oral work who more than likely would not be comfortable with the lengthy duration of the procedures. Lastly, a candidate for sedation would be a special needs child that may have difficulty cooperating if conscious. Since our first priority is to make kids feel safe here at the Children’s Health Center, our goal is to create an easy, pleasant, and stress-free dentist visit for both you and your children.

Now you may be wondering which sedation method is best for your child? Through consultations, proper preparation, and our amazing staff– finding what is right for your child is easy! We have a Board Certified Anesthesiologist on our team– with an expertise in pediatric anesthesia– who will find the safest method of care to the highest standard.

What Happens During the Visit?

Most healthy children above the age of two are recommended to receive some sort of sedation in addition to their treatment. Once the procedure has been planned, your child’s pediatrician must give their approval along with your child’s medical history, so that the dentist and anesthesiologist may review it in advance. We want to be able to address all of your concerns, as well as your child’s, so to do so, our anesthesiologist will call you prior to the procedure to discuss the plan of action.

We will provide your child with an oral premedication syrup upon arrival, to get a headstart on making your child feel sleepy, relaxed, and cooperative. Since the child typically does not remember walking into the procedure room, placing the IV shouldn’t be a problem, and your child will fall asleep soon after. Our anesthesiologist will continuously monitor your child’s vital signs and breathing, while the sedation procedure is occurring.

Although easy, relaxing, and painless, the entirety of the procedure may keep your child drowsy for part or the rest of the day, so we recommend you spend a calm and quiet day at home.

Let us help create the most efficient and stress-free trip to the dentist for you and your child!

Your Pediatric Dentist,

Dr. Agnes Barbagallo

 

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It’s Time to Get to Know Our Pediatric Dentists (and what they do!)

The Children’s Dental Health Center at Englewood Dental has been serving patients for several years– mainly in the Northern New Jersey and New York metropolitan area.  Our staff maintains their high-quality and continuous search of excellence for their patients as they take part in several continuing education courses each year. Our team continually strives to create the most exceptional dental care for our patients, and believes establishing a secure dental home early on is a must!

The staff at The Children’s Dental Health Center are educated in practices of all areas of pediatric dentistry and orthodontics.  Our facility has specialized equipment and staff to properly and specifically address your child’s oral needs while maintaining a warm, friendly, and caring environment.

 

Meet Our Pediatric Dentists!

Dr. John Minichetti: General Dentist, Director of Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry of Englewood, has years of experience in cosmetic dentistry, implantology, and prosthetic reconstruction. He is regularly thought of as Bergen County’s leading dentist for keeping patients relaxed and satisfied.

 

 

Dr. Anna HongCosmetic Dentist, Co-Director of Englewood Dental has more than 20 years of private practice experience; provides sleep apnea therapy, cosmetic, laser, dental implant prosthetics, general, and preventative dentistry

 

 

 

Dr. Nadine Keegan, M.D.: the Director of Anesthesia and Medicine at the Center for Implants and Aesthetics; She is experienced with special needs patients and provides sedation in our modern, fully-equipped surgical suite.

 

 

Dr. Jennifer Akkaway: a pediatric dentist with expertise in the unique needs of children and adolescents; As part of the Children’s Dental Health Center at Englewood Dental, Dr. Akkaway and her staff take time to teach their patients of proper dental maintenance techniques and ensure stress-free and fun visits. She is also experienced in working with children with special needs.

 

Dr. Agnes Barbagallo: treats patients of the Children’s Dental Health Center at Englewood Dental; has a deep sense of commitment to her community and has a passion for connecting with children. Under her care children with special needs are treated with special care.

 

 

 

Dr. Karolyn Kopcza: treats children and adults at Englewood Dental in need of interceptive orthodontics, corrective orthodontics, and other smile-improving treatments. She wants to help her patients gain confidence by giving them beautiful new smiles.

 

 

Our very well-established dentists will partner with your children to ensure comprehensive, diligent dental care, for a lifetime of strong oral health.

 

What It Takes to Become a Pediatric Dentist and What Makes it Special

Becoming a pediatric dentist, or pedodontist is a long and challenging path.  Along with the typical high school and undergraduate studies, one must also complete Dental School, a 4-year study in which they will receive a Doctor of Dental Surgery or Doctor of Dental Medicine.  Once completed, aspiring dentists move on to a 2-year residency program where they will gain experience and skills, in this case, relating to kid patients.  Within this program, one learns about child psychology, childhood development, child-related pharmacology, and more in the pediatric dentistry field. The last step in the process is receiving your license, and in most states, this means completing a degree from an accredited dental school and passing a written and practical examination, and possibly pediatric dentistry exam as well.

According to the Commission on Dental Accreditation, pediatric dentists are trained with different standards to address the special needs of children and adolescents, like pediatric sedation, thumb sucking therapy, fluoride treatments, baby tooth root canals, dental sealants, and more.  Pedodontists must know the correct products to recommend to patients, as well as create a welcoming, enjoyable, friendly environment.

 

Our Mission Statement

At The Children’s Dental Health Center at Englewood Dental, we believe there should be a close relationship between the doctor and patient. Due to this, we have advanced training in all of the specialties of dentistry and orthodontics. This allows our patients to receive comprehensive dental care within one office. By avoiding referrals to outside specialists, anxiety is avoided, time and money are saved, and patients receive the optimal continuity of care. Our amazing staff is committed to providing your children with the highest quality of care. We will make every effort to ensure that your child’s first visit with us is a comfortable and informative experience.

 

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The Best Ways to Avoid Cavities in Young Children

 

Cavities, specifically early childhood cavities, are decayed tooth surfaces occurring in children 6 and under. Cavities are very common (one of the most common health issues), but also very easy to prevent. Eating the wrong foods, consumption of sugary substances, and improper cleaning can all lead to tooth decay.

 

Symptoms:
– Major tooth sensitivity
– Pains when eating or drinking (mainly sugar, hot, or cold substances)
– Pains when chewing
– Intense toothache (with little or no cause)
– Staining on tooth surfaces
– Observable or sensible holes in teeth

 

 

Do you want to prevent your children from getting cavities?
1. Create an efficient oral routine– Whether your child has teeth or not, it’s important to instill a routine in their heads to maintain a healthy mouth. For babies with no teeth, you can still clean their gums with a damp cloth to get rid of any trapped food.

2. Brush & Floss as a family– Create a family-fun routine to incorporate and instill healthy oral habits. This creates a healthy habit and also allows you to make sure they are doing it properly.

 

3. Establish a healthy diet– Snacking frequently creates more bacteria in the mouth, producing acids and wearing down the teeth. Try to avoid heavy consumption of acidic beverages and foods, or brush your teeth to clean away the bacteria.

4. Avoid sugary food and drinks– Sugary substances tend to stay in your mouth longer, so avoid putting sugary drinks in baby bottles or sippy cups. Diluting milk and juice with water is another helpful and healthy trick.

5. Don’t give your child a bottle before bed– This is one of the most unhealthy decisions you can make for your children’s’ teeth. The sugar in regular milk, formula, and breastmilk can heavily lead to tooth decay and extreme discomfort and pain. Try giving your child a bottle of water before bed if a bottle is a must-have before bedtime.

6. Find a good dental office- Like Englewood Dental!

 

The longer a cavity goes untreated, the worse the damage gets, and the harder it is to treat. Cavities are painful and uncomfortable, but they are unnecessary if you follow these healthy tips!

 

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Englewood Dental is Giving Kids A Smile This February

Did you know that millions of underprivileged children in the U.S. go without receiving dental care every year? The Centers for Disease Control claims that tooth decay is known to be one of the most common chronic childhood conditions, leading to serious health issues into adolescence and late adulthood. Unfortunately, as family income levels decrease, the amount of tooth decay and dental issues increase.

40% of New Jersey citizens said “cost” was the primary reason they did not visit their dentist more frequently. Families with lower income who find it hard to put food on the table, often put dental care at the bottom of their priority list, sometimes even cutting it out completely. The damaging effects of little to no dental care can result in a myriad of non-dental related health issues. The cycle continues as smaller salaries lead to the favoring of cheap food options, which typically contain processed ingredients that worsen oral health. These alarming statistics led to the American Dental Association’s (ADA) creation of Give Kids A Smile, an organization that gives free dental care to underprivileged children.

The Give Kids A Smile program launched by the ADA in 2003 as a way to spread awareness, as well as provide screenings, treatment, and education to children in New Jersey. Since the launch of the program, more than 5.5 million disadvantaged children have been given free oral health services. All of these services are provided by approximately 40,000 volunteer dentists and dental team members.

 

This year, Englewood Dental is hosting our 5th Annual GKAS event on Friday, February 1, from 9 am to 1 pm (Give Kids A Smile Day!). At this event, we will be offering free dental care to children 12 and under who do not have a dental home and cannot afford access to dental care. Our office will be hosting the GKAS event during Children’s Dental Health Month (February) along with additional initiatives to promote pediatric dental health awareness and encourage regular dental checkups and preventive care practices at home.

Participation in these events is a great way for communities and dental practices to ultimately terminate the dental health crisis children and families are facing. Remember the way you monitor your family’s dental health now, will affect them for the rest of their lives. Let us help you February 1st, 2019, by expanding your child’s access to dental care!

 

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How to Deal with Kids who Don’t Want to Brush Their Teeth

At some point, most young children are bound to go on a strike against brushing their teeth. This is a very frustrating time for parents, since brushing teeth is so crucial to kids’ health. There can be many causes of kids resisting to brush their teeth, so it is important to identify those specific reasons and get your kids back on track with good dental hygiene.

 

Why Your Children Are Resisting

Sometimes your kids will fight brushing their teeth due to sensory issues.  At this age, new teeth are erupting, which means there is a possibility that their gums are tender and sensitive. If it’s a hypersensitivity issue (low tolerance for certain tastes, sounds, or sensations), using an index finger wrapped in gauze serves as an alternative for a toothbrush, while alleviating these concerns.

It is known that children will strive to be independent, which includes not listening to Mom and Dad’s orders to brush their teeth.  Simply, it may be that your child is resenting brushing their teeth because they are constantly being “forced” to. Instead of forcing them to follow your orders, get into the process of letting them think that they are making this beneficial decision on their own.  You can do this by working as a team, this way, they slowly learn to do it on their own.  While brushing together, ask your child what they want to brush first. “Top row or bottom row? Left side or right side?”  Essentially, you are letting them know that they are in charge of whether their mouths get clean and receive proper oral care.

Sometimes kids want to be just like Mom and Dad, so take advantage of this and model good oral hygiene habits, like brushing and flossing twice daily.  Say the steps of the process out loud, as well as admire your teeth in the mirror afterward, letting them know you are proud of the healthy smile you have achieved.

 

How to Make Brushing Fun

Turn this seemingly “boring” (in kids’ eyes) process into an exciting daily routine!  Approach this activity as if it is just as fun as any children’s game. Associating the task with the same affection towards playtime will result in your child enjoying brush time.  

Helpful Tips:

  • Play their favorite song and have a bathroom dance party!
    • Choose a shorter song, similar to the length of proper brush time (This can include flossing, too!)
  • Make or print out a Brushing/Flossing Sticker Chart and reward them with a sticker to add to the chart every time they execute proper oral care. 

  • Let them pick out a fun toothbrush (one with their favorite superhero, etc.) and toothpaste (try a new flavor– fruit, bubblegum, etc.)
  • Brush as a family, bring it into your routine

Regardless of perfect technique (for now), it is most important to just instill the habit of twice-daily brushing.  Practice makes perfect! So for now, mainly focus on the development of a daily morning and nighttime routine, and ingrain the healthy, super beneficial habit of a lifetime.

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5th Annual Give Kids A Smile Day!

Friday, February 1st, 2019

9 am – 1 pm

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Best and Worst Foods To Ensure A Healthy Mouth: The Do’s and Don’ts

In order to achieve the healthiest mouth possible for your child, it is crucial that you establish a healthy diet. Their diet will not only affect their general health but their oral health as well. Initiating a balanced diet will help ensure properly developing teeth. Many dentists will recommend specific foods and vitamins for their teeth, however, there are also several foods your child should avoid. In fact, the signs of poor nutritional health will first appear in your mouth!

DO Eat the Healthiest Snacks and Vitamins for Your Teeth
It is known that fiber has significant impacts on your health, but little did you know– it affects your teeth too! Actually, fiber is known to be one of the most impactful nutrients you could put in your mouth. When consuming fibrous fruits and vegetables, they actually scrub your teeth and help with saliva flow. This, in turn, helps to remove mouth bacterias, ultimately lessening your chances of cavities and tooth decay. Be sure to add more fruits and veggies, like apples, carrots, and celery, into your diet– nature’s natural teeth cleaners!

There are several known benefits that come with drinking sufficient amounts of water, and improving your oral health is one of them! Foods like apples, a very water-rich substance, helps with the mouth’s production of saliva. Saliva works to prevent tooth decay through washing away food particles, which cleans the mouth and neutralizes the damaging acids attacking your teeth.

Vitamin C serves as a strong antioxidant, helping with the protection and healing of gums, as well as fighting gum inflammation. Oranges, grapefruit, and kiwi are all rich in citrus, which contains Vitamin C. However, those fruits are very acidic, so be sure to rinse your mouth out with water after enjoying them!

Vitamin A is one of the leading vitamins in ensuring overall oral health. Vitamin A works in magical ways by maintaining a proper saliva flow, which naturally cleans teeth of damaging acids, and prevents dry mouth. It also works to sustain the healthy mucous in the mouth that coats cheeks and gums, making them less susceptible to infection and disease. Some foods that are rich in Vitamin A include carrots, eggs, sweet potatoes, and fish.

Did you know that the hardest part of your body is your teeth? Due to this, it is imperative that one works to maintain their strength. Be sure to include lots of calcium in your diet. Calcium aids in several processes which include building and maintaining strong teeth and bones. Most, if not all, dairy products contain calcium, which will help to lessen oral acidity levels, prevent tooth decay, and maintain proper bone density. The protein, casein, found in cheese is essential for building strong tooth enamel. Dairy is not the only way to fulfill your calcium requirement. There are plenty of juices, soy or almond milk, and many other dairy-free products that all contain calcium, and will help you keep up healthy oral and general health.

Don’t Eat These Healthy Foods That Are Surprisingly Unhealthy For Your Teeth 
Did you know that some foods that are marketed as healthy are actually terrible for teeth and overall oral health? You may be surprised…

Contrary to what one might believe, “healthy” snacks like granola and trail mix contain a hidden and concerning amount of sugars and fats. These snacks can ultimately become detrimental to your health due to the high amount of calories. The excessive amounts of sugar and calories can cause eventual tooth decay and will leave your child hungry, causing them to overeat. Try to pick the brands (or make your own) with a high fiber content and a low amount of sugar.

This may be a no-brainer, but it is so often overlooked– “nutritional” sports/energy drinks. This exceptionally unhealthy beverage contains more sugar than the recommended daily amount for adults– they’re equally comparable to a can of soda! Although these drinks are a common drink to give your child during a sports game, it’s significantly healthier to simply give them an ice cold water (another natural teeth cleaner!)

Smoothies can serve as a wonderfully healthy snack full of nutrients and other beneficial substances– when made or purchased sensibly. Using ingredients like non-fat greek yogurt and natural nut butter can add exceptional proteins, but be careful to limit your high-bearing sugars. Fruits like grapes, mangoes, cherries, and pomegranates are packed with sugar and calories, easily turning this healthy snack into an unhealthy one. Healthy Tip: Use a straw to minimize direct sugar contact with your teeth!

On top of brushing and flossing, the best oral advice would be to make sure to base your child’s diet on foods that won’t cause tooth decay or cavities. Beautiful smiles will come when a healthy diet is included as part of your oral and general health care. If you’re concerned about how your child’s diet may be affecting their teeth, then bring them into our office where we will evaluate their smiles and offer a variety of treatment options that fit their case. We will teach your children (and you) the proper way to take care of their teeth!

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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!

 

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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!

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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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