3 Ways to Reuse an Old Toothbrush

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Do you recall the last time you replaced your toothbrush? On average, you should consider swapping out your dental hygiene tool every three to four months. However, before tossing it in the trash, there are a few ways you can reuse it around your home. Here’s what to consider: 1. Clean Your Computer KeyboardLet’s face it: There’s a chance your …

3 Reasons Avocados Strengthen Your Smile

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It’s National Avocado Day! This versatile fruit (yes, it’s a fruit) is not only delicious, but it’s nutritious too!  You can mash it on some toast, eat it as a dip, or just add it as your favorite sandwich topping. It’s a great first finger food to introduce to infants, too.  But beyond the flavor profile, avocados offer a ton …

Family Fun and Safe Activities to Enjoy on Long Island

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Summer isn’t over yet, and though this year hasn’t been like summers of Long Island’s past, that doesn’t mean you can’t get out and enjoy all the beautiful sights this island has to offer; you’ll just have to keep a few extra safety measures in mind.  So if you are looking for a way to get out of the house …

Adelberg Pediatric is LGBTQ Friendly

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Adelberg Pediatric is an LGBTQ Friendly Practice The relationship that our office has with your child and entire family is extremely important to us.  We think of it as a dental home, a relationship of trust established between dentist, parents, and patient. A dental home means feeling safe, comfortable, and respected—because when a child feels good about visiting the dentist, …

Picking Foods That Promote a Healthy Smile

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Summer Snacks For Better Dental Health The spring weather on Long Island is officially here, and before we know it, warm summer days will be upon us. With your family spending more time at home than ever before, you might notice that your little one’s snacking habits have increased. Because of this, healthy oral hygiene should be at the front …

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Understanding Dental Allergic Reactions

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If your child has allergies, you’re probably well versed in exercising caution at parties, grocery stores, and restaurants — but what about the dentist?  Here at Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dental, we always put our patient’s health and well-being first. As such, you can rest assured we’ve taken steps to minimize the chance of an allergic reaction during dental check-ups. Some …

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4 Ways to Make Brushing Fun

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How to Motivate Kids to Keep Tiny Teeth Healthy A new year brings new challenges. Regardless of your “improve oral health” resolution made at the start of the new decade, teaching your child to brush may still come as a struggle. Often times, children view brushing their teeth as another chore, specifically one they’d like to avoid whenever possible.  If …

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How to Fight Bad Breath

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What is halitosis (bad breath)? As adults, bad breath is something we are all aware of — but did you know children can suffer from it too? We’re not talking about the bad breath that lingers a bit too long after a smelly lunch or a large cup of coffee. We’re referring to chronic bad breath, or halitosis, which remains …

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What You Need to Know About Dental Sealants

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In addition to brushing and flossing regularly, dental sealants are an easy way to add an extra layer of protection to your child’s teeth. In fact, once applied, sealants protect against 80% of cavities for two years and continue to protect against 50% of cavities for up to four years (CDC). However, we know that you may have questions about …

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The Benefits of Flossing Your Teeth

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Why You Should Floss Be honest, how often do you really floss? You probably don’t think much of it, but flossing is vital to our health. It’s easy to forget about this step during our hectic schedules, but luckily it’s a simple process that only takes a few moments of time and gives you a lifetime of healthy teeth and …

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Sticking to Good Dental Health Habits

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Tips for Improving Your Oral Health There is never a wrong time for positive change, which makes now the perfect time to ensure you make the right choices for your dental health. From brushing techniques to a proper diet, here’s how you and your family can develop and keep good oral health habits: Commit to Your Dental Health Routine Good …

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The Benefits of Holistic Dentistry for Children

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Holistic dentistry is an alternative approach that focuses on how your oral health is directly connected to your overall health. Highlights include using non-toxic restorative materials, eliminating infections, and promoting the best structural relationship possible. Holistic dentists generally work with a variety of healthcare professionals to maintain integrated and complementary care. The main objective of holistic dentistry is to identify …

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The Importance of Board Certified Dental Professionals

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When you take your child to a doctor, you want to be completely confident in the medical professional’s capabilities — after all, you’re putting your child’s health in another’s hands. Well, rest assured that all doctors here at Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dental and Orthodontics are board certified, or board eligible. What is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist? In order to …

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Options for Whitening Your Teeth

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If you are worried about tooth discoloration, teeth whitening may be something you are considering. Whether you opt for whitening at home or by your dentist, being informed of your options can ensure you make the best decision for you and your teeth. There are many over the counter options available today, but there are also professional, dentist-supervised treatments that …

Do You Know These Shark Teeth Facts?

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One of our favorite weeks of the year is here: SHARK WEEK. The Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week is well underway. The purpose? To demystify some of the ocean’s greatest creatures, while educating upwards of 35 million viewers. As you sink your teeth into Shark Week 2019, we’ve got some shark teeth facts to share: Fact 1: Sharks have numerous …

How to Throw a Tooth-Friendly Memorial Day BBQ

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Are you planning on grilling up your favorite foods this weekend? You’re far from alone! Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to summer — and many families will be spending time BBQing with loved ones. If you plan on turning on the grill this weekend, here are a few tips to help you celebrate a tooth-friendly Memorial Day. Tooth-Friendly …

Family Fun Memorial Day Weekend Events on LI: 2019 Edition

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Memorial Day Weekend is just about here and there’s no better place to kick off the start of the summer season than Long Island! Looking for things to do? We’ve rounded up some fun events for the whole family, all weekend long: Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach State Park (~15 minutes from our Massapequa Park location) Memorial Day Weekend …

Oral Health Tips For Children With Autism

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For children with autism, caring for teeth can be challenging. The sensation of brushing, opening their mouth, or laying back in a dental chair may feel uncomfortable. Every child is different! Fortunately, there are ways to make the experience less stressful. In honor of Autism Awareness Month, here are a few tips to help children with autism care for their …

Spring Cleaning: 5 Things to Throw Out

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Now that spring has officially sprung, where are you in your spring cleaning process? If you haven’t yet started, don’t worry — there is still plenty of time! Remember, when it comes to spring cleaning you’ll want to start small. Dedicate your energy to one room or space at a time — it’s always easier to tackle smaller tasks than …

Understanding Special Needs Dentistry

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Children with special needs need oral treatment much like anyone else; however they benefit most from seeing a dentist who caters explicitly to these patients. Often, special needs kids have special dental considerations; some are very susceptible to tooth decay; others require medication or a diet that is detrimental to dental health. Still, others find brushing and flossing to be …

Introducing the New iTero Scanner at AMPD

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At Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dentists and Orthodontics, we consistently strive to offer the latest and greatest technologies to our patients. That’s why we’re so proud to bring you the iTero Element 2 Scanner! Despite our best efforts, traditional impressions aren’t the most comfortable of processes. They’re gooey, unpleasant tasting, and restrict breathing and swallowing. That’s where the iTero comes in! …

5 Ways You Can Get Ready for National Children’s Dental Health Month

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T-minus two days until National Children’s Dental Health Month! What once began as a two city event in 1941 has developed into a nationwide annual program each February. This month long observance is meant to educate and promote the importance of oral health. By instilling good oral health habits early, your child will have a better chance at having a beautiful smile …

Importance of Establishing a Dental Home

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As a parent, one of the most exciting events in your child’s first year of life is watching their first tiny baby tooth come in. And one of the most important things you can do for their oral health at this time is establish a dental home!  Regular visits to the same dental office provide numerous benefits to your little …

How To Make Dental Visits Stress Free

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Dental visits can be stressful for both parent and child — they can also cause children to experience a great deal of anxiety! Fortunately, there are things that you can do to keep your little ones calm before heading into an appointment. Educate Them About the Dentist  One of the reasons that children are so afraid of the dentist is …

Family Friendly New Year’s Resolutions

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While you’re busy making your own New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to teach your little ones to do the same thing. Children tend to follow through when they see their parents sticking to their own goals as well — so why not make some resolutions together as a family! Here are 5 New Year’s resolutions you and your kids can …

Flu Prevention Tips

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The bad news? Cold and flu season is here. The good news? By instilling some good health habits, you and your family can help stop the spread of germs! While the flu can affect anyone, it tends to hit the very young and the very old the hardest. For those with little ones or grandparents in the home, here’s how …

Common Winter Mouth Woes

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Winter may be chilly, but that shouldn’t stop all the fun! But sometimes, the mixture of the cool temperatures and harsh winds can wreak havoc on your little one and their mouth.  Feel free to enjoy the winter in as many ways as you can think of, but be aware of these common winter mouth woes in the process to …

Healthy Habits to Keep Your Kids Smiling Through the New Year

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Can you believe 2019 is almost here? What better time than now to start considering some healthy changes you and your family can make for the new year. Even a few, slight changes to your daily routine can provide lifelong benefits! See below for 5 quick tips: 1. Encourage physical activity.  Everyone has a phone nowadays, including your little ones. …

Your Comprehensive Guide to Athletic Mouthguards

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You know what they say, “kids will be kids.” And with kids so full of energy, it’s no surprise they experience frequent bumps and bruises — especially when involved in athletics. Chances are, at one point or another, you’ve had to comfort your little one over a bruised knee or scraped elbow. As such, you’ll invest in some extra protection, …

National Dental Hygiene Month FAQs

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The month of October is National Dental Hygiene Month, which means it’s the perfect time to teach your child about dental hygiene — and how a good dental care routine now will last throughout adult years later. Here are the top pediatric dental hygiene questions, answered, so you and your child can feel confident with their oral care now and …

Sports Safety Tips: Stay Protected [Infographic]

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Playing sports and enjoying recreational activities is a normal part of being a kid, but unfortunately, with these activities, injuries can and do occur. One way to help reduce injury risk? Make sure your athlete is wearing the right protective gear for their activity. Here’s how your child can keep their face and head protected this sports season! Helmets Designed …

Q&A with Dr. Alyssa Levy

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We’re proud to introduce the newest member of our staff, Dr. Alyssa Levy! Dr. Alyssa is super excited to be part of the AMPD family — did you know, her first experience in the field of pediatric dentistry began when she shadowed our very own doctors at our Nesconset location during summers home from college?! We’re thrilled to welcome Dr. …

Reasons to Wear a Mouthguard [Infographic]

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We encourage you to play it safe! Dental emergencies and other injuries can be prevented, with the use of a custom fit mouthguard. Custom guards are more comfortable, don’t restrict breathing or speech, and provide the highest level of protection. As you may know, certain sports require the use of mouthguard — like football, lacrosse, wrestling, ice hockey and field …

Let’s Get This Straight: Q&A About Retainers

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Hooray — the time has come, your child’s braces are coming off! No more needing to avoid certain foods or use specialized tools for cleaning, but you’re not out of the woods just yet.  Children’s teeth continue to grow and shift into adulthood, which is why there is a crucial second step to keeping their smiles perfect — retainers. Here …

Fun Facts About the Tooth Fairy

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Have you ever wondered where the Tooth Fairy came from? Or what she looks like? You’re not alone! In fact, the story of the Tooth Fairy varies depending on who you speak to.  While we don’t have all the answers, we did want to provide you with a few this National Tooth Fairy Day. See below for some fun facts …

Brace Yourself: Braces-Friendly Recipe Ideas

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It happened, your child got braces, and now their life is ruined — their usual words, not ours, of course.  When your child gets braces, they may feel as if their food choices are limited. And while yes, some snacks should be avoided you can rest assured that there are still plenty of braces-friendly options: Breakfast Pancakes A huge breakfast …

5 Must Know Travel Dental Care Tips

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Have some upcoming vacations planned? We have five dental care tips you should know before you go. 1. Make time for a dental visit. We know how exciting it is to go on vacation. We also know how much prep work goes into getting the whole family ready to go. While this may not be your first thought, it’s a …

Reasons To Get a Custom Fit Mouth Guard

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When it comes to sports (competitive or recreational), safety is of utmost concern — and mouth guards are one of the most important pieces of sports equipment your child needs to stay safe!  In fact, according to the American Dental Association, an athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth if they aren’t wearing a mouth …

Dental Health Tips for Summer

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Ah, summer, one of our favorite seasons — filled with trips to the beach, sleep-away camps, family getaways, poolside BBQs and more! With all these new activities added into your daily routines, it’s no wonder maintaining good oral hygiene and healthy eating habits can be a struggle. This summer, don’t take a vacation from your dental health. Follow the below …

How to Create a Summer Routine

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What we love most about summer is that it’s two months of carefree ease. So long are the days of rigid morning schedules (who remembers the struggle of trying to get their kids’ teeth brushed and clothes on before the always punctual 7:35 a.m. bus?) and the after-school activities runaround. But be careful not to abandon a daily routine completely …

Summer Health Tips for the Whole Family [Infographic]

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Who’s excited for some summer fun? We know we’re smiling from ear to ear! Make this summer your best (and healthiest) yet, with the below tips: Choose the Right Drinks Sugar loaded drinks can wreak havoc on teeth, so instead of reaching for a cold soda when the temps are high, stick with water instead! Trust us; it’s just as …

5 Books About Dental Health [Pre-K – 3]

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Teaching children how to brush and take care of their teeth is all part of our parental duties. But sometimes we need a little bit of help in getting them to understand why good dental hygiene is important. Thankfully, we’re not alone in these efforts. There are plenty of books out there to help your child understand the importance of …

Reasons for Bad Breath in Children

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While you might be diligent about keeping your kids on a regular oral schedule at home, there may be times that bad breath, also known as halitosis, can creep up on them. But why does this happen? Your little one’s not so fresh breath might be telling you more than you realize! 3 Reasons for Bad Breath in Children 1. …

How to Handle a Dental Emergency

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Any time a child gets hurt, it can be a scary moment for parents and caregivers. From a scraped knee to a chipped tooth, this is never something you want to see! But kids will be kids, so where dental emergencies are concerned, we’ve got you covered: How to Handle a Knocked out Baby Tooth Contact Us: If your child knocks …

Your Tongue: 3 Fast Facts

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Have you ever looked in the mirror and examined your tongue after brushing your teeth, wondering about its purpose? Is it just for making food taste delicious or for teasing our siblings with it? Don’t get all “tongue twisted” trying to figure it out! Find out how your tongue functions and its impact on your overall health, below! 1. It’s …

4 Dental Hygiene Steps For Infants

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When it comes to your little ones, dental hygiene varies from age to age. While an older child may be able to brush their teeth on their own, your infant depends on you for care to keep their mouth healthy. Follow these 4 tips for good infant dental hygiene that will instill good habits for years to come! The Earlier, …

Apply for a $1,000 College Scholarship!

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Attention graduating seniors: our scholarship contest is BACK! This July marks 20 years since opening Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dental and we’ve been privileged to know and care for so many of you from cribs until college. In recognition of this milestone, our office has decided to award $1,000 scholarships in each of our three locations. The criteria: Must be an …

Chewing Gum Myths Debunked!

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Chewing gum has amassed its share of tales over the years from if it’s swallowed it will remain in your digestive tract to chewing it can rot your teeth. But just what is the truth about chewing gum, can it be beneficial for you? Well, you’re in luck! Below, we’ve debunked three common misconceptions — how many of these did …

Top Dental Tips to Follow While Pregnant

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As a busy parent, it can often be easy to think about your little one’s dental hygiene, while neglecting your own. Though life can get hectic, your dental care is essential, especially if you plan on growing your family. If you’re currently expecting, here are just a few of the ways you can take care of your dental health, as …

Stop Teeth Grinding By Lowering Stress

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It is not abnormal for people to clench or grind their teeth at times. The medical term is called bruxism and is not usually harmful. However, those who grind their teeth on a regular basis can run the risk of oral health complications. How Do I Know I’m Grinding My Teeth? Most of us are unaware that we grind our …

What Type of Mouthguard Should You Use?

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Mouth guards are flexible devices worn over the teeth and gums to prevent damage, braces damage, to protect bridgework, and the shape of your mouth and teeth. An ideal guard does not restrict breathing or speech and should comfortably fit over upper teeth while staying in place during athletic activities. When Do You Need A Mouth Guard? Not all sports …

Is Your Child Too Old For Wisdom Teeth Extraction?

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Having wisdom teeth doesn’t makes someone extra wise or intelligent. Instead, these extra set of teeth are molars that have grown in at the back of a person’s mouth and can be painful and irritating when infected. What Are Wisdom Teeth? Wisdom teeth are located at the back of a person’s mouth. Technically speaking, they can be found at the …

How To Ease Your Child’s Dental Fear

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Many have a fear of going to the dentist and that includes children; however, there are things we, as parents, can do that can help such as initiating your child’s visits to the dentist early, at age one or when the first tooth is visible. Follow the KISS principle Most importantly, keep it simple when you talk with them about …

What Does A Hygienist Do?

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A dental hygienist plays an important role in the care of our teeth. A licensed and degreed health professional, he or she works under the supervision of a dentist to provide preventative care and teach patients about oral hygiene. A hygienist also assists a dentist in the treatment of dental problems. Cleaning Teeth A hygienist cleans the patient’s teeth, removing …

How Children’s Teeth Erupt and Fall Out

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Though they can’t be seen when most babies are born, teeth start to grow in a baby’s jaw surprisingly early in pregnancy. Beneath those bare gums are the buds of all of the baby teeth. As the baby grows, the teeth start to form around the buds, helped by calcium from the baby’s diet. The calcium deposits develop and harden …

Why Dental Cleanings Are Essential

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Routine dental cleaning sessions are important. They’re actually vital for people of all age groups. From children, young adults, and elderly people, the positives of dental cleaning sessions are worth sharing! Stopping Cavities Dental cleaning can stop cavities from making your days unpleasant and painful. Cavities feel awful and call for fillings. Cleaning does away with the pale film layers …

Fun Facts About Saliva

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Saliva is a watery substance that is found in the mouths of all people. This substance is a natural part of the body that is used for chewing and swallowing food and it is also used to aid in the digestion process. Saliva not only helps us with the eating process it is also used to destroy bacteria, reduce incidence …

Tips on How to Get Your Child to Their First Appointment

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Even as parents a trip to the dentist doesn’t sound like the most exciting thing. However, it’s important to get your child to the first dental appointment, even if it feels more like a chore than an exciting time. Here are some ways you can make it a bit easier on you and your child. Preparation Comes Early Some of …

Top Tips For Soothing Teething Babies

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One of the most difficult times for any new parent is the time when their baby begins to teeth. You may not see teeth, but you’ll know through a number of signs such as constant drooling, the baby trying to bite multiple items, crying, fever, and even potentially a runny nose or diarrhea. Whatever the sign, the moment you know …

When Will My Baby’s Teeth Start Growing In?

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Our children’s first anything is always a big deal and we always love to document it. First steps, first laugh, first words: everything is so important and timelines can be found online for all of these things. However, it’s important to know like all firsts, the first tooth is never guaranteed in a specific timeline. The First Tooth May Appear …

How Early Does My Child Start Visiting the Dentist?

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Parents are in a difficult situation, especially with their first child when everything is so new and they’re unsure about what to do. You’re going to encounter a number of “first times,” and deciding when to officially take your child for their first trip to the dentist is just another one of these moments. Is it a matter of when …

Wiggling Teeth, Do I need to Worry?

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For parents, waiting for your child to start sprouting teeth can be an exciting time, especially as you start to see them break through your infant’s gums and begin to fill their mouth. This is why it’s unfortunate, however, to watch the reverse happen after so many years. As your child gets older, they’ll start to lose their baby tooth. …

Do I need to Worry About Thumb Sucking?

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Let’s face it, there are going to be plenty of things to be concerned about when it relates to our children and their health. Unfortunately, we have more control over some things than we do others. One of the things we probably wish we had more control over is thumb sucking. For many kids, thumb sucking is all about comfort …

Can Kids get Tooth Decay?

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Often times, we assume kids get cavities because they aren’t brushing well and are eating a lot of sweets. Sometimes it’s more than that and can actually be genetic! Below are some of the most common habits that can result in tooth decay in your child. Sugary Foods Foods with lots of sugar are extremely hard on the enamel of …

How Frequent Should My Child Brush

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Teaching your child good dental hygiene can be difficult. Until they are older, it’s hard to understand why you should brush and floss your teeth. This is where you step in as the parent to help them understand the importance and how often they need to brush! At Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend your child brushes his/her teeth for …

When Should I Change My Child’s Toothbrush?

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Sterilizing your toothbrush routinely and changing it when it is necessary is crucial to practicing a good oral hygiene. Our children may not realize the harmful effects of poorly kept toothbrushes, so it is necessary for us parents to manage their hygiene equipment ourselves. Know When to Change Toothbrushes As parents, we must educate ourselves regarding professional dental recommendations for …

What’s The Best Child Toothpaste?

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In order for children to have good oral health, they must regularly visit the dentist. Choosing the right toothpaste is also important. Many companies try to reach parents by promoting their different features. With so many companies on the market, choosing the right toothpaste for their children can be a stressful experience for parents at times. Here is a look …

Why Primary Teeth Are Important

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Primary teeth play a number of roles, thus they affect many major developments in a child’s life. Primary teeth, also known as baby teeth, are necessary for the purpose of proper chewing, and eating. They help in the proper development of jawbones and muscles. In addition, they serve as space holders for permanent teeth – this is crucial for the …

How Does A Pacifier Affect My Child’s Incoming Teeth?

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Pacifiers and bottles are an important and necessary part of most children’s infancy in many countries around the world, but there are certain dangers that stem from overuse. The older the child gets, the greater the risk of them harming their incoming teeth becomes from pacifier habits. Their dental development is likely to suffer in cases where the use of …

Teething Stages

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Your child is teething and you’re looking for answers on what to expect. You’ve come to the right place, At Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dental, we want to ease the pain that comes along with teething and help give you the right information. 5 Stages Of Teething Stage 1 (0-6 months): All 20 primary teeth are there beneath your little ones’ …

When Should I Have Checkups For My Child?

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Good dental health for children is something parents must begin to work on while they are infants. As soon as a child begins to get teeth, they should begin getting regular check-ups. A pediatric dentist will examine the mouth of your child, looking for new teeth and signs of infection. At age 12 months, some children have 8 teeth and …

How Do Fillings Work?

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Dental decay can be unsightly and painful in most instances. It is the sugar in foods that you eat collaborating with the bacteria in plaque in order to produce an acid that can begin to erode and destroy the enamel. The body can give its best attempt to neutralize such activity, but this usually takes about an hour during which …

Common Child Dental Problems

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When it comes to children, most teeth problems are common and not very serious. This is the good news, but if there is a problem, that most likely means you need to upgrade your child’s oral health. Children are more likely to suffer from poor dental development mainly because of their diet. Consuming a lot of sugary stuff without properly …

Dental Hygiene After Cold or Flu

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At Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dental, the dental health of your child is our utmost priority. Our diverse team of professionals is highly skilled and dedicated to offering the best services that can improve children’s lives forever. We understand that cold or flu can adversely affect the dental health of a child. For instance, when a child is enduring a cold …

Why It’s Important To Keep Your Gums Clean

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Everyone is well versed in the importance of keeping your teeth brushed and flossed. However, it is equally important to clean the unsung hero of your mouth: the gums.  The gums are often neglected, which leads to gum disease. Gum disease is infection that affects the tissue and bones which support your teeth. There are two basic types of gum …

What Makes Us Have Crooked Teeth?

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At the offices of Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dental, your child can have a number of service types such as preventative and diagnostic, aesthetic, restorative, pain-free and sedation dentistry, interceptive orthodontics, as well as holistic dentistry. It is essential for children to have good dental care so that they can avoid having problems with their teeth later on. One of the …

How Do I Know I Have A Cavity?

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Cavities are technically decayed areas of the teeth. This is an extremely common dental health problem, and if a cavity is not treated it can cause pain, infection, or even loss of the tooth. There are various symptoms of a cavity, here are the most common to watch out for. A Tooth Ache If/when you have a cavity, pain in …

Our Favorite Dental Jokes!

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Scheduling regular appointments with a dentist is extremely vital to keeping our teeth sparkling clean and in good working condition. That being said, it is not always a barrel of laughs having to lean back with a blinding light in our faces and a mouth wide open  saying, “ahhh!” However, there is still a lot to crack up about and …

Electric Versus Regular Toothbrushes

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Have you ever wondered why people use a regular toothbrush over an electric or vice versa? Electronic toothbrushes are nothing new but for some reason used less than regular brushes. Take a look at the pros and con to regular versus electric, and see which type of brush best fits you. Manual Toothbrushes Pros • Many styles that can fit …

What Nail Biting Does To Your Teeth

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Nail biting is one of the most common habits people have. Most know it can mess up your fingers and nails, but what they don’t realize is that it can also damage your teeth. This article is about what actually happens to the teeth and gums when someone bites their nails over a long period of time and the potential …

Make Teeth Brushing Fun

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When children are young and you want them to develop good brushing habits, it’s a good idea to mix a little fun in with it! All too often children look at teeth brushing as one of those annoying things they have to do, and simply demanding they do it to avoid cavities isn’t usually the answer. There’s a few things …

What To Do About Teething

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Every baby goes through the process of teething in different way. This can be an especially difficult time for new parents as you might not be sure of what to expect, what’s normal, and how to deal with the discomfort. Here are some teething tips to keep your know what’s going on and to keep your baby happy! What To …

Ways To Make Flossing Fun

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Emphasizing the importance of flossing and gum health to kids is more difficult than it seems. Are you a parent of a child that isn’t the biggest fan of his/her nightly dental routine? You’re not alone! There are more than enough ways to make flossing fun, so here are a few of our favorites! Use a Reward System A reward …

Thanksgiving Foods That Harm Your Teeth

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and it’s kicking off with the most anticipated meal of the year — Thanksgiving! As you and your little ones mill about the kitchen this week in preparation for the festivities, it’s important to keep dental health top of mind. It may surprise you to hear that some of your favorite Thanksgiving …

Thanksgiving Family Fun on Long Island

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One week left until it’s time to carve the turkey and present your great aunt’s famous green bean casserole at the Thanksgiving dinner table! If you’re anything like us, you and your family can’t wait to dig in… and maybe you don’t have to. There are plenty of pre-Thanksgiving festivities taking place on Long Island this weekend to help you …

When Should My Child Have His First Dental Visit?

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If you’re thinking you’ll wait to visit the pediatric dentist until your little one’s first full set of chompers has arrived, you’d be surprised to hear you’re terribly wrong! Studies have shown that most children don’t visit the dentist until they’re over two-years-old, but experts suggest you make that first appointment sooner rather than later. So, when is the best …

3 Things Your Pediatric Dentist Wants You to Know

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We get it, life as a parent can be stressful. Fortunately, we can help take your parental dental duties out of that stress-ridden equation altogether. Remember these five pediatric dental do’s and you’ll be in better shape to cross “visit the dentist with Little Johnny” off your never-ending to-do list! Don’t procrastinate that first dental exam. It may surprise you …

How Do Pediatric Dentists Differ From Family Dentists?

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You may be asking yourself, “what’s the benefit of choosing a pediatric dentist for my child over a family dentist?” The answer, in short — a lot! Allow us to break down some of the main differences that make pediatric dentists the obvious choice for parents worldwide. Pediatric dentists receive specialized training. All pediatric dentists are required to complete a …

Things A Dentist Knows Just By Looking in Your Mouth

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Your eyes may be the windows to your soul, but your mouth is the window to your body. There’s a lot more your dentist can tell from your little one’s mouth than just if they’re actually brushing when they say they are and how soon until they lose their first tooth. Just by looking at their little teeth and gums, …

5 Tooth Safety Tips For Halloween

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Happy Halloween! As pediatric dentists, we’re not necessarily fans of the treats, but we would certainly prefer them over tricks! Unless of course, those tricks would help you and your little one keep their pearly whites in tip-top shape this Halloween! Save the sweets for after dinner. Not only will this keep your children from spoiling their appetite, but it …

Newsflash: Chocolate is Good For Your Teeth!

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Okay.. we admit it. That’s not entirely true, but there are some benefits to chowing down on chocolate over other sweet treats. In fact, it may surprise you that dark chocolate has actually been deemed beneficial for your health in more areas than one. What makes dark chocolate a good dental decision? As compared to other types of candy — …

3 Dental Musts to Have in Your Phone

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Technology is a wonderful thing. Not only does it allow us to stay connected and in the know, but it has afforded us the opportunity to stay organized as well. Nowadays, folks keep everything at the ready in their phones, and these dental musts should be no different! Booked Appointments: Gone are the days of getting that dreaded “you missed …

Why Are Bedtime Routines So Important?

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Tucking your little ones into bed at night can be hectic if you don’t have a routine in place. That’s why it’s imperative that you create a bedtime routine from a young age — and stick to it! Here’s why: Bedtime routines promote healthy sleep patterns. Studies have shown that parents who set a regular routine for winding down at …

How to Tame Your Sweet Tooth

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With Halloween right around the corner, there is one thing on every child’s mind — trick-or-treating! However, as all of us parents know, sugary sweets may taste delicious, but they aren’t good for our teeth. If you’re struggling to tame your child’s sweet tooth this Halloween season, here are a few tips to keep in mind. Celebrate with Tooth-Friendly, but …

What To Do About Chapped Lips

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With the fall season in full swing, and the temperatures starting to drop here on the island, many of us will be suffering from a common cold weather frustration — chapped lips. We know how frustrating (and painful) chapped lips can be, especially when they crack. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help your little ones …

Why Are Pacifier Habits Bad?

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Young children love pacifiers, but while they may be comforting, they do pose a few dangers when it comes to developing a healthy smile as an adult. The effects are actually very similar to thumb-sucking, but that doesn’t mean you have to avoid giving your baby a pacifier all together! We will dive a bit deeper into how it affects …

What is Xylitol?

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We are always looking for new ways to help our patient protect their teeth. And while brushing for two minutes twice a day, flossing, and scheduling your bi-annual dental cleanings and exams are essential to staying on track, there are extra things that you can do to help prevent tooth decay at home. By eating the right foods, reducing the …

Weekend Events on Long Island

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September flew by — but that doesn’t mean that you can’t spend the last weekend of the month having fun with your little ones! There are still many weekends ahead to spend enjoying all of the awesome fall events happening across the island. Visit the Babylon Fall Festival Hay rides, pumpkin picking, petting zoo animals, and more! There is no …

Should I Be Doing More to Help My Kids Prevent Cavities?

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Tooth decay isn’t just a problem that affects adults — and it’s not just a problem that affects adult teeth. Our little ones can develop cavities at any age! Even baby teeth can develop tooth decay. So, as a parent, you may be wondering if there is anything more than you can do to prevent cavities and keep your little …

Our September Testimonial Round Up!

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We absolutely love when we get to hear from our awesome patients! We are always looking to give you and your kids the best possible dental experience. Whether you are new to our practice or you’re just looking to see what others have said about our pediatric dentistry, these are just a few of the amazing reviews we received recently. …

Healthy Fall Snacks for Teeth

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Are you excited for all things fall? In addition to the changing leaves, the new season also means plenty of new opportunities to snack on festive (healthy) treats. Here are a few of our favorite fall snacks that you can indulge in — without hurting your teeth! Healthy Fall Snacks: Apples! – There are few snacks that say “fall” more …

How to Celebrate Fall on Long Island

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Autumn is one of the best times of year here on Long Island. From apple picking to fall festivals to taking in the changing scenery, there is so much to do! Below, we’ve listed a few of our favorite ways to celebrate fall on Long Island. What is your best way to celebrate? Go Apple Picking Out East It’s apple …

What Are Orthodontic Spacers?

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When it comes to braces, almost everyone is familiar with the metal brackets and wires that straighten smiles. However, before we can place braces on your teeth, we need to take a few steps to prepare your smile for your new orthodontic treatment. That’s where orthodontic spacers come into play! We’ll dive into what orthodontic spacers are and why you …

Healthy Back-to-School Snacks

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The school season is in full swing, but adjusting to your child’s busy schedule doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your health. There are plenty of easy, back-to-school snacks that you can put together for your little ones while remaining sane. We’ve listed a few of our favorite healthy treats below. Healthy Back-to-School Snacks: Apple “Donuts” Put peanut butter …

Why You Should Schedule Your Back-to-School Dental Check Up

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Here at Adelberg & Montalvan Pediatric Dental and Orthodontics, we know that the back-to-school season is a busy time of year for parents and children alike. However, although we know you’re busy dropping your little ones off at school, rushing to work and trying to get to soccer practice on time, we don’t want you to forget to schedule your …

Labor Day Weekend Events on Long Island

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Labor Day weekend is just a few days away! Do you know how you’ll be spending the three day weekend? If you don’t have plans just yet, don’t worry! We’ve compiled a list of Labor Day weekend events you’ll want to check out with the whole family. Labor Day Weekend Events on Long Island: Go Whale Watching (~2 hours from …

How Can Braces Correct An Overbite

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Overbites are an extremely common dental problem, but if they are not corrected, dental problems can occur. That’s why the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children are evaluated for orthodontic treatment at the age of 7. At this age, we can determine the best course of treatment and fix overbites, or any other dental problems. What is an overbite? …

Why Mouth Guards Are So Important

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Did you know that just about one third of all dental injuries are sports related? As the kids get ready to head  back to school — parents also know that means Fall sports season is right around the corner. If your child is actively involved in any after school sports, you’ll want to make sure that they are protected with …

Tooth Friendly Back to School Recipes

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Back to school season is around the corner! If you’re like most parents, you’ve probably already started shopping for fall clothes and school supplies. But have you given any thought to what you’ll pack into your child’s lunch box? Consider the snacks and recipes below, which will give your kids enough energy to learn and play all day while also …

Tips to Help Kids Learn How to Floss

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You know that you should be brushing for two minutes, two times a day, but do you also remember to floss? Flossing is one of the most important steps in your oral hygiene routine — and it’s an important habit to instill in your children, too. By teaching them how to floss, and the importance of flossing, at a young …

5 Ways to Make Braces More Comfortable

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Braces require an adjustment period. The brackets may feel strange against your lips and tongue, and your bite will feel different as your teeth straighten into position. As a result of these changes, we also know that whether you just received braces or you recently have them tightened, you may feel some soreness and sensitivity. Don’t worry, this is common …

3 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Tooth Fairy

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Losing a tooth can be an exciting (and sometimes scary) time for little ones. But what makes these childhood milestones even better is knowing that they can expect a visit from the mysterious Tooth Fairy. Here are a few Tooth Fairy fun facts that you might not know. Tooth Fairy Fun Facts: No one knows what the tooth fairy really …

How to Protect Your Toothbrush On-the-Go

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Planning a getaway with the family? No matter where you are traveling this year, we know how difficult it can be to keep track of all of your travel essentials, especially with young kids. However, while we know you’ll remember to protect your teeth by brushing every night — will you remember to protect your toothbrush, too? Here are a …

What Teeth Do Babies Get First?

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Are you waiting for your child’s first tooth to come in? This is an exciting milestone for any parent and their child! However, if you are like many new parents, you probably have a lot of questions about when to expect your child’s first tooth, where it will come in and how to care for these tiny teeth. That’s why …