My son just got his tooth knocked out… what do I do?

The Pediatric Dentists of Woodbury Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Want Parents to Know What to Do in a Dental Emergency

With all the after school activities, keeping your child safe from injury has become more and more challenging. Although you may not be able to prevent all mishaps, knowing what to do can be comforting. Although not life threatening, hearing that your child injured a front tooth or lost it completely is a common parental fear. Wearing a mouthguard during contact sports is important, but we all know that accidents can happen.

Whatever the case, it’s important for both moms and dads to know how to both handle your child and the avulsed (knocked out) tooth in order to achieve the most favorable outcome.

The Woodbury Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic team has some advice for parents of children who have experienced dental trauma.

If your child’s baby tooth is knocked out, do not attempt to re-insert it. It’s okay to give your child Tylenol or some other kind of pain reliever. It is also okay to allow them to rinse with cold water to keep it clean.

Professional intervention isn’t always immediately necessary, but it’s important to consult with your child’s pediatric dentist so he or she can evaluate the situation and offer solutions to the dental trauma.

Unlike the loss of a baby tooth, there are several steps to be mindful of when dealing with a child that has avulsed a permanent tooth. An avulsed permanent front tooth can often times be re implanted. However, time is of the essence, and you should call our office immediately.

Find the tooth as soon as possible, and hold the tooth by the crown rather than the root tip. If dirty, you can gently rinse it in cool water. Make sure not to scrub it. If possible, replace the tooth in the socket, and hold it there with a clean gauze or washcloth. If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container of milk, saliva or water while transporting it to the office.

The tooth can even be transported in your own mouth, under the lip, but this is not recommended with small children who are at risk of swallowing the tooth. In summary, get to the pediatric dentist immediately.

The faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth. It’s no fun watching your child suffer from dental trauma. Follow these steps in order to make an unfortunate traumatic experience as painless as possible. You’ll thank yourself later, and your child will too.

Woodbury Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics has a staff of specially trained dentists with advanced degrees to diagnose and treat all of your child’s needs. Their practice focuses on prevention and the oral health needs of young people. Drs. Lisa Ritter-Kahn, Douglas Schildhaus, Celia Spatt Penzer, Harry Tsotos and Alexandra Anagnostis all share the same philosophy of care. Their primary goal is to create a non-threatening environment and build a relationship of trust and confidence that will last a lifetime. Call today for an appointment: (516) 921-0400.

Woodbury Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics: serving the Woodbury, Syosset, Plainview, Huntington and surrounding Long Island communities.

Woodbury Pedo & Ortho Introduces The Importance Of Sealants

Woodbury Pedo & Ortho Explains the Importance of Sealants

Are dental sealants a procedure you should consider for yourself or your child?  If you are like most parents, you probably aren’t sure about how the process works, and the benefits it provides. Basically, the process involves “painting” a thin, plastic coating on the surfaces of the teeth involved in the chewing process, and is beneficial for preventing decay which often begins in the little “nooks and crannies” a toothbrush and dental floss cannot effectively reach. The doctors at Woodbury Pedo & Ortho introduce the benefits of sealants for you and your child.

Who benefits from dental sealants?

Children & Adults

Children, whose molars and premolars have grown in.  Most cavities form between the ages of 6 and 14; by protecting the permanent molars and premolars initially, future tooth decay can be reduced or avoided. Adults who do not have fillings and decay also benefit from having a protective coating applied to the molars.  Even though you are an adult, it doesn’t mean cavities and decay won’t occur in those deeper grooves and depressions!

How does the dental sealant process work?

The application of dental sealants is fairly simple and completely painless. Here’s how it works:

  1. The first step involves thoroughly cleaning the teeth to be sealed.
  2. Each tooth to be sealed is dried, then an absorbent material such as cotton placed around the teeth to be sealed to keep them dry.
  3. The surface of the teeth are roughened so that sealant will adhere using an acid solution.
  4. The acid solution is then rinsed, and the teeth are dried.
  5. Lastly, the technician will “paint” the sealant on to the surface of each tooth, where it bonds and hardens; in some instances hardening of the sealant may be enhanced with a special curing light.

On average, dental sealants last for about 10 years; however, it is important to have a doctor at Woodbury Pedo & Ortho take a look at the teeth that have been sealed at your regular checkup, as the sealant may chip or wear away.  In this situation, the sealant may be replaced.

Dental sealants hold up very well under the pressure of normal chewing, and protect your teeth so that cavities and decay do not develop as they keep bacteria and small food particles from penetrating down to the tooth enamel.  When properly applied, teeth are 100% protected from cavities and decay.

Whether for yourself or your younger age or teen children, Woodbury Pedo & Ortho believes the benefits of dental sealants are well worth the cost when you consider the preventive benefit, and that you will potentially save the costs of fillings, caps, and root canals down the road due to decay!

Woodbury Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics focuses on the oral health and needs of young people. The goal of this office is to help all children feel good about visiting the dentist and teach them how to care for their teeth while providing the best dental care for children of all ages. Call us today, at (516) 921-0400.

Woodbury Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics: serving the Woodbury, Syosset, Plainview, Jericho, Huntington and surrounding Long Island communities.

Why Fix Baby Teeth?

“It’s just a baby tooth… it’ll fall out anyway.” Have you ever said this, or heard someone else say it? You may be nodding in agreement, but it’s actually not altogether correct. Baby teeth serve very important functions for your child until the adult teeth make their appearance.

For example, when tooth decay develops in a baby tooth, the decay will slowly worsen over time just like a permanent tooth. The only exception is if the baby tooth is loose and ready to fall out. It is always best to consult with your pediatric dentist for the best advice.

In the meantime, here are a few important points to remember:

  • Tooth decay can cause unnecessary pain

Have you ever experienced a toothache? Tooth decay in baby teeth is a prime source of pain in children. The good news is that it is preventable. Routine six-month exams and cleanings will allow your dentist to diagnose and treat decay before it becomes painful.

  • Tooth decay can affect your child’s quality of life

If left untreated, decay in baby teeth, may result in difficulty chewing or loss of appetite. Serious infection or an abscess can cause facial swelling as well.

  • Cavities are infections and can be contagious

Bacteria cause cavities, the most common of which is the streptococci mutans. This and other bacteria can be passed between you and your child and untreated decay may require antibiotics to control infection.

  • Premature loss of baby teeth because of tooth decay can cause orthodontic problems

If baby teeth are lost prematurely or extracted, your child’s adult teeth may grow in crooked or otherwise improperly positioned. In the normal course of development, your child’s baby teeth should fall out just as the adult teeth are coming in. This helps ensure that the adult teeth come in properly positioned.

Remember to call your pediatric dentist if your child experiences any of the following:

  • Difficulty chewing hard foods or a change in eating habits
  • Any facial swelling
  • A fever of unknown origin
  • Any dental discomfort

Woodbury Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics has a staff of specially trained dentists with advanced degrees to diagnose and treat all of your child’s needs. Their practice focuses on prevention and the oral health needs of young people. Drs. Lisa Ritter-Kahn, Douglas Schildhaus, Celia Spatt Penzer, Harry Tsotos and Alexandra Anagnostis all share the same philosophy of care. Their primary goal is to create a non-threatening environment and build a relationship of trust and confidence that will last a lifetime. Call today for an appointment: (516) 921-0400.

Woodbury Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics: serving the Woodbury, Syosset, Plainview, Jericho, Huntington and surrounding Long Island communities.

 

Flying Doctors of America: A Life Changing Medical Mission to Peru

By: Douglas Schidhaus, D.M.D., Children’s Dentist, Woodbury Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics,  Woodbury, L.I., N.Y.

In May, I packed my bags, boarded a plane at John F. Kennedy International Airport, and was officially Peru-bound.

I first landed in Lima, and then continued on to the city of Cusco. From Cusco I was bussed into the Andes Mountains to a village called Incahuasi, where I stayed in a farmhouse for four days. The Incahuasi District is one of six districts of the province Ferreñafe in Peru. The majority of its population of under 15,000 speaks Inkawasi-Kañaris Quechua.

Our accommodations at the farmhouse mirrored the stark realities faced by the Incahuasi people: lack of heat, despite temperatures often dipping into the 30s in the evenings, intermittent electricity, no hot water, no real showers and limited bathroom facilities. This agricultural area was also home to cows, pigs, chickens, sheep, goats, and many dogs. Nothing like Woodbury, Long Island.

My Flying Doctors team, consisting of four dentists, five physicians, three nurses, seven additional volunteers of various backgrounds, and translators, bonded quickly. I was in good company — since Flying Doctors is 100% volunteer, each of these professionals had paid their own way to Peru, borne out of a desire to provide services to people who otherwise would never receive professional medical care.

Since none of the villages have existing medical facilities, each morning, we were taken to a different village to set up our clinic. The first two days we set up in local schools; the third day we were in the Town Hall.  We set up our makeshift clinic in tents or in the school classrooms, using only the dental and medical supplies we’d brought with us from the U.S.

During our short stay, our team treated close to 1,000 people, with the Dental team treating almost 400 patients. While both adults and children lined up, we saw mostly children. Being the only pediatric dentist, I had the pleasure of treating the majority of the kids.

Due to our location and supplies we were limited to only dental extractions. Our goal was to be able to provide at least temporary relief from pain, but in addition to the medical treatment, we wanted to provide education on taking preventative measures. We stressed the importance of home care and taught basic dental health, hoping this would help the children learn how to prevent toothaches in the future.

The Peruvians I met were in a word: amazing. My experience working with them was life-changing. Spending time with these proud, hardworking people was extremely humbling and it’s increased my desire to bring awareness to the lack of infrastructure and healthcare resources in these remote regions.

For those of you who are willing and able, I highly recommend this experience. The benefits far outweigh any time or money you’ll spend on the venture. I’ve already informed my team leader that I look forward to another mission next year, perhaps working in the Amazon in Ecuador.

For more than 20 years, Flying Doctors of America has been bringing together physicians, dentists, nurses, chiropractors, other health professionals, and non-medical support volunteers to care for people who do not have access to professional medical care.  The group operates under the “Mother Teresa Principle,” focusing on the poorest of the poor who live in conditions that are difficult for most Americans to imagine.

Dr. Douglas Schidhaus is a pediatric dentist serving the Woodbury, Syosset, Plainview, Huntington and surrounding Long Island communities.

Baseball Ticket Giveaway- Get Your Wristband Today

 L.I. Ducks Game – Win Two Free Tickets
Join Us Monday Night August 26, 2013 @ 7pm

The doctors and staff of Woodbury Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics would like to show our appreciation to the best patients in the world:

We’re taking our contest winners out to the ball game! 


Lancaster vs. Ducks — Monday, August 26th 7pm –Central Islip (click here for directions)

Entering is as easy – We now have two ways to win!!!   You can win (4) tickets!

1) Just click here to sign up on Facebook (no wristband necessary)

and/or

2) Stop by the office and get your wristband.  Check back here every weekend to see if your wristband’s number has been picked.  Keep your wristband on and come down to the office and pick up your 2 tickets!

** Click now for important rules about this contest! **

Winners will be posted every Saturday, and will appear below 

Winners for the week!

00341, 00343, 00782

Remember,  you have to pick up your tickets by next Friday.

Congratulations! Come by our office while still wearing your bracelet to pick up your tickets.

Visit our official contest rules here for more information.

 

WOODBURY PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY AND ORTHODONTICS SERVING THE WOODBURY, SYOSSET, PLAINVIEW, HUNTINGTON AND SURROUNDING LONG ISLAND COMMUNITIES.

The Winners are In!

We’re thrilled to announce the winners of our Cutest Pet Contest! Watch the video below to see who the lucky first, second, third and “staff pick” winners are!

Stay tuned for our next fun contest… a baseball ticket giveaway!

Did you know that Invisalign Teen is available at Woodbury Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics?

Straight Teeth Without Braces

The Woodbury Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics team knows that, for some teens, wearing braces is not ideal. Kids want to look their best for school pictures, dances, proms and all of the smaller social events that occur during the school year, and frankly, braces aren’t usually part of that equation.

The good news is that there’s a new solution, and we’re proud to offer it to our patients. It’s called Invisalign Teen, a state-of-the-art technique can put a smile on your teen’s face while their teeth are being straightened. It involves a series of crystal clear, snug aligners that friends and teachers can barely see! 

At Woodbury Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics we love treating our patients with Invisalign Teen.  We think that it may be the biggest advance in orthodontics in the last 50 years!  No braces, no wires, easy cleaning and no forbidden foods. What great news!

Let us know what you think by commenting below!

WOODBURY PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY AND ORTHODONTICS SERVING THE WOODBURY, SYOSSET, PLAINVIEW, JERICHO, HUNTINGTON AND SURROUNDING LONG ISLAND COMMUNITIES.

www.woodburypedoortho.com

Our “Cutest Pet” Contest – Win an IPad

Introducing our newest event: The Cutest Pet Contest!

Submit a cute photo of your pet to our Facebook contest and get your family and friends to vote for it. The five entries with the most votes become our finalists.  
Woodbury Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics will select a winner from the finalists, who will receive:

A New iPad!!!

To enter, you can:

A) visit our Facebook Page and upload your photo directly to the contest app

Click here to enter your photo on Facebook now!

OR

B) snap a photo with your phone and:

  • Twitter: Tweet a photo and tag it with #woodburycutestpet  (add your Pet’s name and your name, too)
  • Instagram: Upload a photo and tag it with #woodburycutestpet (add your Pet’s name and your name, too)

To view an instructional video, click here.

Good Luck!

Woodbury Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, Woodbury, NY   516-921-0400

 

 

 

Welcome to Woodbury Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

The entire team at Woodbury Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics wants to welcome you to our new blog!  We truly value the relationships we have developed with our patients and their families.  This blog (web-log) is an online extension of our desire to enhance those relationships.  We will use this venue to announce all of our contests, upcoming events and special occasions.  We also look forward to your comments.  Don’t forget to “like us” on Facebook!

WOODBURY PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY AND ORTHODONTICS SERVING THE WOODBURY, SYOSSET, PLAINVIEW, JERICHO, HUNTINGTON AND SURROUNDING LONG ISLAND COMMUNITIES.