Blog – Pediatric Dentist Brooklyn

Getting Ready for Your Child’s Cavity Filling

Dental appointments are often scary for many kids, particularly when they need to go for a cavity filling. Here are some tips from pediatric dental professionals on getting your child through the procedure: Answer questions [...]

Coverage with Healthfirst

Healthfirst is a provider-sponsored health insurance company serving over 1.2 million patients in downstate New York. Healthfirst provides high-quality Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, Child Health Plus, and Managed Long Term Care plans. Healthfirst mas many no-cost [...]

Coverage with PBA

PBA is a Third Party Administrator that goes beyond plan design and claims administration to manage costs and contribute to the health and wellbeing of covered members. PBA provides products, services and capabilities designed to [...]

Your Child’s First Dental Visit – What to Expect

New parents often wonder when to schedule their child’s first dental appointment It is recommended that your child has their first dental visit by their first birthday. Many parents are surprised that such early dental [...]

How to pick a pediatric dentist for your child

Whether your child has only a few newly-sprouted teeth or already has a mouthful of permanent adult teeth, routine dental care with a dentist your child is comfortable with is crucial. This helps ensure that [...]

EmblemHealth PPO Coverage

EmblemHealth provides three dental plans to employer groups throughout New York State and to their employees who live in or out of the state. These are PPO (preferred provider organizations) plans and are underwritten by [...]

Coverage with Fidelis

Fidelis Care is a Statewide health plan with over 1,000 participating doctors and hospitals in their network. Coverage includes the benefits and services that are most essential, like: checkups, preventive care, x-rays, and more. Fidelis [...]

Invisalign® vs. Traditional vs. Ceramic Braces

How Do Clear Braces Work? Clear braces are made with translucent ceramic. The backbone of these braces is called the “arch wire” which runs along the teeth in a jaw. The arch wire is a [...]

DDS PPO Coverage

DDS has designed a plan that covers the participant’s needs while staying within budgetary guidelines. Here are examples of what their provider networks have to offer: Accept discounted fee schedules that are between 30 –50% [...]

Advantages of Invisalign®

Here are the benefits of Invisalign®: Invisibility - They are made of clear, medical grade plastic, which makes Invisalign® aligners invisible to the naked eye. Removable - Another advantage of Invisalign® is that you can [...]

Affinity PPO Coverage

DentaQuest provides dental services to members of Affinity Essential Qualified Health Plans through their network of contracted providers. All Affinity Qualified Health plans include child dental and vision coverage. The final premium rates vary depending [...]

United Healthcare PPO Coverage

Are you looking for a pediatric dentist near you that accepts United Healthcare PPO? Kaufman Children’s Dental Hospital accepts many kinds of plans including United Healthcare. For all employer-provided insurance plans, preventive care is covered [...]

The Pediatric Dentist and the New Dental Home

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommend that every child be seen by a pediatric dentist by age one. It also encourages parents and other care providers to help every child establish a dental home by this age as well. The AAPD modeled the concept of the Dental Home based on the current Medical Home concept in Pediatric Medicine.

Boosting Self-Perception through Orthodontics

Can orthodontic treatment improve an adolescent’s estheticself-perception?

That question was central to a long-term study initiated in 2006 at Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro State University Orthodontic Clinic. Results of thestudy were published in the June 2012 edition of the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. The treatment group for the study consisted of 92 patients ranging in age from 12 to 15 years. The study includeda control group of 226 untreated adolescents, 124 of whom were waiting for treatment. Another 102 adolescents were attending public school and had never undergone or sought orthodontic care.

Canker Sores- What are they, and why does my child get them?

Also known as aphthous ulcers, canker sores are small sores that can occur inside the mouth, cheeks, lips, throat, or sometimes on the tongue. Canker sores shouldn’t be confused, however, with cold sores or fever blisters, which are sores that are caused by the herpes simplex virus and are found outside the mouth around the lips, on the cheeks or chin, or inside the nostrils. Whereas cold sores are contagious, canker sores are not contagious — so kissing cannot spread them.

At a different time we will certainly discuss all issues concerning sores that are caused by the herpes simplex virus. However, if your child was diagnosed by your pediatric dentist or pediatrician with canker sores, you should definitely read the following.

Although canker sores aren’t contagious, the tendency to have outbreaks of canker sores can run in a family. If you’re prone to canker sores, your child has a 90% chance of getting them as well. If both parents are prone, unfortunately your child is even more prone. Although we don’t know exactly what causes canker sores, many factors are thought to put your child at risk.

Diet may be a factor. Children who have nutritional deficiencies of folic acid, vitamin B12, and iron seem to develop canker sores more often. Also, children with some food allergies are prone as well. Canker sores may also indicate that a child has an immune system problem.

Mouth injuries, such as biting the inside of your lip or even brushing too hard and damaging the delicate lining inside the mouth, also seem to bring on canker sores. Even emotional stress seems to be a factor. It’s always hard to imagine what kind of stress your three or four year old child may have; however, little stress can also go a long way with young children. One study of college students showed that they had more canker sores during stressful periods, such as around exam time, than they did during less stressful times, such as summer break.

Although anyone can get them, young people in their teens and early twenties seem to get those most often, and females are twice as likely to develop them as males. Some girls and women find that they get canker sores at the start of their menstrual periods.