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Building Healthy Smiles: A Month-Long Oral Health Challenge for Families

December 16th, 2023

Embarking on a journey to establish healthy oral care habits is not only essential for maintaining bright smiles but is also an exciting adventure for families. In this blog, we present the concept of a month-long oral health challenge—a dynamic initiative designed to engage families in fostering consistent dental care habits through a blend of fun activities, enticing rewards, and educational content.

Week 1: Brushing Bonanza

Kick off the challenge with a focus on the cornerstone of oral health—brushing. Introduce a brushing chart where children can mark their progress each day. Encourage creativity by letting them design their own toothbrush holders or selecting their favorite toothpaste flavors. Share insightful tips on proper brushing techniques and the importance of reaching every tooth.

Week 2: Flossing Fiesta

Transition to the world of flossing with a week dedicated to this crucial oral care practice. Create a friendly flossing competition within the family, complete with rewards for the most consistent flosser. Share fun facts about the benefits of flossing and how it contributes to a clean and healthy smile.

Week 3: Smile-Friendly Snacking

Explore the relationship between nutrition and oral health during the third week. Provide families with a list of smile-friendly snacks and recipes that are not only nutritious but also beneficial for dental health. Incorporate a cooking challenge where kids can prepare a tooth-healthy snack, aligning oral care with delicious and wholesome food choices.

Week 4: Dental Trivia Extravaganza

Cap off the challenge with an educational twist—Dental Trivia Week. Share interesting facts about teeth, oral hygiene, and the history of dentistry. Create a family quiz night with dental-themed questions and engaging prizes for the winners. This week is about reinforcing knowledge and celebrating the newfound dental expertise within the family.

Throughout the Challenge:

  • Social Media Sharing: Encourage families to share their challenge experiences on social media using a dedicated hashtag. This fosters a sense of community and allows for the exchange of tips and encouragement among participants.
  • Reward System: Establish a reward system to recognize and celebrate each family's commitment to the challenge. Consider certificates, small prizes, or even a grand prize for the family that demonstrates exceptional dedication to oral care throughout the month.

Conclusion:

The Month-Long Oral Health Challenge is not just about building healthy dental habits—it's about transforming oral care into a family adventure filled with joy, learning, and a sense of accomplishment. By combining fun activities, enticing rewards, and educational content, families can strengthen their commitment to oral health and embark on a journey toward a future of confident and vibrant smiles.

Tricks To Fight Sugar Cravings for kids

September 14th, 2023

  1. Drink plenty of water: Water can help to fill the stomach and curb hunger, which can help to reduce sugar cravings.
  2. Eat protein and healthy fats: Including protein and healthy fats in meals and snacks can help to keep blood sugar levels stable, which can help to reduce sugar cravings.
  3. Get enough sleep: Lack of sleep can increase cravings for sugary foods, so it is important for kids to get enough sleep.
  4. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber and nutrients, and can help to fill the stomach and reduce cravings for sugary foods.
  5. Avoid keeping sugary snacks in the house: If sugary snacks are not readily available, kids will be less likely to crave them.
  6. Find healthier alternatives:
    If kids are craving something sweet, try offering them a healthier alternative such as a piece of fruit or a small serving of dark chocolate.

Practice mindful eating: Encourage kids to pay attention to their hunger and fullness cues, and to stop eating when they are satisfied.

This article is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice or a substitute for professional consultation. We encourage parents to consult with a qualified healthcare provider for personalized guidance and recommendations concerning their child's dental health and any related concerns. Your child's well-being is our top priority, and we recommend seeking professional advice to address specific health issues or questions."

Why is it important to teach kids good oral health

May 31st, 2023

Girl Learning at the dentist

  1. To prevent tooth decay and gum disease: Good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing regularly and visiting the dentist for regular cleanings and checkups, can help to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
  2. To maintain healthy teeth and gums: Good oral hygiene helps to maintain healthy teeth and gums, which is important for overall health.

    • To improve self-esteem: Kids who have healthy teeth and gums may have higher self-esteem and be more confident in social situations..

        • To save money: Proper oral hygiene can help to prevent costly dental problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease, in the long run.

          • To set a good example: Teaching kids good oral hygiene habits can set a good example for them to follow throughout their lives.

            • Overall, teaching kids good oral hygiene is an important part of helping them maintain good overall health and well-being. It is important to start teaching kids good oral hygiene habits at an early age so that they can develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

              Whenever you are looking for Dental Mommy tips or daddy tips, you can consult with us, or check out our articles on those topics and more.

              Looking for the best kids dentist near the Paterson, Passaic, Union City, or Dover areas?
              We are here serving Paterson, Passaic, and Hudson NJ, and the surrounding communities, we offer comprehensive oral health services ranging from routine cleanings to emergency treatmentWe are committed to creating a warm, welcoming environment to keep all members of the family comfortable in the office.
              Paterson(973) 742-4200
              Passaic  ( 973) 574-1000
              Union City(201) 325-8444

              Find reviews and updates on Facebook, learn more about our practice online, or give us a call (973) 742-4200

              Keeping teeth Clean in a fun way Quick step by step

              May 23rd, 2023

              ? Fun Nighttime Brushing Routine with Your Kids! ?✨

              1️⃣ Step 1: Gather in the bathroom with your little ones, turn on their favorite song, and put on your toothbrush headbands!

              2️⃣ Step 2: Demonstrate proper brushing technique, making small circles on each tooth, and encourage your kids to do the same.

              3️⃣ Step 3: Use a timer or play a two-minute brushing challenge to make it exciting. Who can brush the longest? ⏲️

              4️⃣ Step 4: Finish with a silly dance or a high-five celebration to reward your little ones for a job well done!

              Let's make brushing fun and build healthy dental habits together! Share your family's brushing moments using

              #BrushingWithJoy #HealthySmiles #FamilyDentalRoutine

              Remember, a happy toothbrushing routine helps keep those smiles shining bright! ?✨

              KidsDentalHealth #OralCare #HappyTeeth #BrushingTogether

              Give kids a Smile Day - Friday - Feb 4 - 2022

              January 29th, 2022

              We are once again proud to announce that we are participating in the " Give kids a smile " program
              (A program where we provide specified free oral health services for children 12 and on the specified day of Feb 4 - 2022)
              ? ❤️❤️❤️
              For hours, scheduling and further details please
              contact the office you would like to visit via Phone Call.
              _________________________________
              When: Friday, Feb 4th, 2022 ( Children 12 and under )
              Cuando: Viernes, 4 Febrero, 2022
              Where: 2 of our three locations.
              1. 140 Market St, Paterson, NJ 07505
              Children's Dentistry - 3rd Floor
              Orthodontics Center - 2nd Floor
              Treatment Center - 4th Floor
              (973) 742-4200
              2. 625 Main Ave
              Passaic, NJ 07055
              Children's Dentistry - 3rd Floor
              (973) 574-1000
              Through the ADA Foundation's Give Kids A Smile program, launched nationally by the American Dental Association in 2003, more than 5.5 million underserved children have received free oral health services. These free services are provided by volunteers including approximately 10,000 dentists annually, along with 30,000 other dental team members.

              Halloween and Halloween Candy Safety Tips For Parents

              October 18th, 2021

              Many children everywhere are excited to dress up, go out on Halloween and claim their fair share of Halloween candy. Here are some Halloween safety tips for parents.

                1. Remember to check labels. Here are some of the reasons why it is important to read the labels. An allergen can be present in their treat and can affect your child.
                  Some ingredients can affect your child negatively due to conditions.
                2. Homemade Treats can seem innocent and safe but there's just no telling what ingredients are in them, not only because of allergens but because of deliberate harmful content. These are absolutely a NO-GO.
                3. No snacking while actually trick or treating.
                  Many children will want to snack on some of their candy during the trick or treating fun but this is dangerous because it means the candy was most likely not checked. If they absolutely feel like having some of the candy while they are out, make sure to check it thoroughly before they have at it. It is best practice to be with your children while they enjoy this traditional national pastime but if you find yourself in the position of sending your kids out, make sure that they don't go out hungry. They may not want to snack after having a snack or a light meal. Let them know that they are not allowed to have anything anyone gives them until it is checked.
                4. Bobbing for apples should be individualistic. Apples should be washed before use.
                  Children can also share germs and bacteria as well as illnesses such as covid if they share the same barrel for bobbing.
                5. Party Food should be protected. Food should be safe before serving. Unpasteurized products can contain Salmonella. Keep Salads, Sandwiches, fruit, cold cuts, and cheese platters chilled.
                6. Halloween Costumes and Sizes. Make sure to get the right size to prevent any unwanted trips and falls. Face paint is typically safer than masks.
                  Sometimes Halloween masks can limit children's vision as well as breathing. Check their masks before they go out. Also, check the masks for harmful materials like fake hair and excess strands of material inside the mask that can get caught in their mouth from breathing it in.
                  Costumes, wigs, and accessories should be fire-resistant.
                7. Glow sticks, reflective tape & strips, and costumes do wonders for being able to see and be seen by drivers and neighbors alike.
                8. Crossing: If there is any night to cross at crosswalks and corners, it's definitely on Halloween.
                9. Predators. We wish we didn't have to mention this one but because it's a reality, we must all be aware that there will be predators out there. If your children are trick or treating without you, Make sure that they are in a group.
                10. Never enter a stranger's home or car.
                11. Group Tactics. Keep safe distances from each other due to covid but stay close enough so that no child gets left behind. The group should check behind themselves and around the area every time they move or even stay stationary.
                  Staying aware of the people around you and people walking past is suggested. If something or someone looks suspicious, say something.
                12. Doorbells. Don't ring doorbells with exposed hands. Use a prop if you can.
                13. Some towns like Clifton NJ and Nutley NJ tend to use crossing guards and neighborhood watches for Halloween. Your small group should walk past them and stay in highly lit areas so the guards can remember your group and be able to share needed details.

              Going back to school 2021 Full time North NJ | and items to pack in your child's backpack

              September 5th, 2021

              Going back to school in 2021 is not the same as the days of old.
              With Covid-19 we as a society have to take precautions that we
              haven't needed to do for a very long time. ( Virus Pandemic of 1918 )

              In this health article, we go over what items we should consider placing
              in our children's backpacks. Ok, NJ, let's take a look!

              1. Extra Masks

              Sometimes children lose their masks or drop their masks.
              People may step on it. But even if a person doesn't step on the
              mask your child may have dropped, a dropped mask should never be picked up and used again. There are all sorts of bacteria including covid-19 residue
              on the ground.

              Taking pre-cautions and having extra masks is a healthy habit to have.

              Extra Masks should be placed in your childs backpack

              2. Phone Charger
              We need to communicate with our children at all times, especially during emergencies. Having a charger in the backpack is super beneficial.
              Phone Charger

              3.  Small refillable water bottle
              It's better to have their own water to avoid getting sick from water fountains or sharing.
              In school they are told to not drink from fountains, but having a water bottle stops them from rebellious fountain drinking.
              Water bottle

              4. Lunchbox
              The lunchbox is self explanatory. Sometimes kids eat lunch at school. But like we will state later, having snacks available is a good habit.

              5. File Folder
              Have you ever went into your child's backpack and saw that a tornado hit the inside? Papers being thrown around is never desirable.

              6. Tissues
              A tissue on the spot is highly beneficial to a child when needing to sneeze or blow their noses.
              Healthy snacks and tissues

              7. Healthy Snacks
              Who doesn't love a healthy snack? A good strong case will protect their snacks.
              protect those snacks and they will protect a child's oral health as well as their overall health.

              8. Strong Pencil case
              Weak pencil cases will break and they will not protect the contents inside.
              Pencil case and sneakers

              9. Sunscreen
              Even in the beginning of the school year, that pesky Sun could be troublesome.
              Sunscreen

               

              Looking to make an appointment? Contact us

               

               

               

               

               

              A brief history when Americans wore masks during a pandemic

              August 28th, 2021

              What other time did we wear masks in the U.S?

              In the midst of involvement of World War 1,
              the world saw the outbreak of H1N1 Flu.
              One of the precautions taken was to wear masks.

              In 1918 an H1N1 Pandemic claimed 675,000 lives
              in the U.S alone.

              The first recorded infection was in a U.S. Army private stationed at Fort Riley,
              Kansas on March 4, 1918. ref link

              They closed schools and businesses,
              banned public gatherings and isolated and
              quarantined those who were infected.

              Many communities recommended or required that
              citizens wear face masks in public – and this,
              not the onerous lockdowns, drew the most ire.

              Mid-October 1918
              In addition to nationwide posters,
              The United States Public Health service recommended
              that citizens wear masks by way of leaflets.

              The Red Cross organization put out instructions
              on how to construct masks with gauze and cotton string.

              Regardless of where covid-19 really came from, today we look
              back on the history and we all do our part to prevent the widespread.
              Times will soon be better.

               

               

               

              Union City NJ Children's General Dentist

              July 27th, 2021

              About Our Practice
              Smile Central Dental has always emphasized that outstanding people are the key to our success. Our strength and future growth depend on the contributions made by our team and each person within our organization. To ensure continued success, we feel it is important that all employees understand our policies and procedures. We hold them to that standard and they perform to the highest level.
              Our staff is dedicated to serving our community and providing the very best care.

               

              Mission Statement
              Smile Central Dental’s mission is to enhance the life of anyone we come in contact with. We accomplish this by educating both children and parents on the importance of their dental health, eradicating cavities on our beloved patients, and providing all members of our team with an opportunity to grow personally and professionally. All this while proudly serving the communities we are in that have given us the opportunity to do what we love.

              Children's general Dentist Location:

              Smile Central Hudson County
              Address:
              3196 Kennedy Boulevard
              3rd Floor
              Union City, NJ 07087

              Phone: (201) 325-8444
              Fax: (201) 325-8447

              Office Manager: Inocencia Troncoso
              Current Operation Hours

               

               

              Tips for choosing the right Children's Dentistry

              June 12th, 2021

              Is the appointment schedule convenient?

              Is the office easy to get to and close by?

              Does the office appear to be clean and orderly?

              Was your medical and dental history recorded and placed in a permanent file?

              Does the dentist explain techniques for good oral health?

              Is information about cost presented to you before treatment is scheduled?

              Is your dentist a member of the ADA (American Dental Association)?

              Know the difference between a children's general dentist and a family dentist.
              Family dentists provide general dentistry for all ages, not only children.

              Take a look at google reviews. Genuine accounts from people who
              leave reviews can be helpful when seeking a good children's general dentist.
              Beware of irrational statements, however.

              Schedule Consultations With Each children's general Dentist.
              Scheduling consultations can help with getting beneficial information.

              You need to find a dentist who has strong behavior management skills.
              Our doctors hold themselves to a high standard, professionalism, care, and making sure that patients feel comfortable.

              Do They Have Special Training?
              Our Doctors are not only licensed practitioners, but they have continuing education credentials and continue to stay updated in children's general dentistry.

              Do They Have a Fun, Clean, and Comfortable Environment?
              At our practice, we believe in helping our patients be at ease and having a fun and engaging experience.

              Do They Take A Preventative Approach?
              Our team has a systematic approach to preventive dental care.

              Location.
              When it comes to children, choosing a dentist that is close 
              is good practice.

              How are the practices of customer service?
              We are dedicated to providing not only the very best dental care but excellent experiences and customer service as well.

              Make your pick And Schedule Your Child’s First Appointment!
              If your child has not been to the dentist yet, it would be a great preventive measure to schedule and attend a dental visit.

               

              Looking for the best kids dentist near the Paterson, Passaic, and Union City areas?
              We are here serving Paterson, Passaic, and Hudson NJ, and the surrounding communities, we offer comprehensive oral health services ranging from routine cleanings to emergency treatmentWe are committed to creating a warm, welcoming environment to keep all members of the family comfortable in the office.
              Paterson(973) 742-4200
              Passaic  ( 973) 574-1000
              Union City(201) 325-8444

              Find reviews and updates on Facebook, learn more about our practice online, or give us a call (973) 742-4200

               

              Easter Coloring PDF and Egg coloring Instructions!

              April 4th, 2021

              Easter is a time for joy and family!

              Hello!  Kids just love coloring. It keeps them actively creative and entertained.
              We have provided below a link to follow for Easter egg coloring instructions!

               

              Easter Activity Links below:

              Check out "My Frugal Homes"
              Instructions for Easter Egg coloring here
              Download the Easter Coloring PDF Here

              Here is what the coloring PDF looks like:

              Happy Easter everyone!

              Why dentists use x-rays?

              March 15th, 2021

              So what's the big deal about dental X-rays anyway? In fact,
              these tests are one of the most important ways for dentists
              to identify potential problems in teeth before they get worse.

              Why dental X-rays are used?

              Dental X-rays can help to see problems that cannot necessarily
              be seen by an oral exam. They are used to track the progress of a dental
              issue and/or treatment. This is done typically yearly - twice a year.
              *Reasons for Dental Xrays:

              Your age
              Your current oral health
              Pain in the gums
              Bone loss in the jaw
              Any symptoms of oral disease
              A history of gum disease (gingivitis) or tooth decay
              Decay development
              Space in the mouth for incoming teeth.
              Wisdom teeth development
              If teeth are unable to emerge through the gums.
              Decay beneath existing fillings.

               

              Are there risks involved with Dental X-Rays?

              Not to worry.
              Risks from radiation exposure by using Dental X-rays are
              extremely low.

              When taking X-rays, to prevent exposure, dentists or
              dental assistants will place a "bib-like" Vest over your chest,
              abdomen, and pelvic area that are regulated by federal laws.

              Children are well taken care of at Smile Central Dental.
              Our practitioners and assistants are certified personnel,
              are professional and dedicated to your child's safety at all times.

              Types of Dental Exams:

              The first type of exam you'll be given is usually referred to as a "dental assessment exam" or "dental point of care" exam. X-rays used in dental point of care exams are used to determine how healthy your teeth, jaw, and gums are.
              Specifically, They are used to identify potential problems with teeth,
              such as gum disease, cavities, tooth decay, and tooth sensitivity.

              The X-rays will be taken using an endosseous ruler that is held
              against your gum tissue. Using this ruler will give a closer
              look at the teeth and the extent of any problems in teeth.

               

              What can Dental X-Rays Find?

              Looking at the types of X-rays will help to understand
              what can be found.

              Bitewing: dental X-ray designed to the crowns of the upper and
              lower teeth simultaneously and to see if they match up.
              One would bite down on a bar with a plastic
              protective material to ensure the patient does not get exposed
              to bacteria and germs.
              This xray can help determine if there is decay between teeth.
              In addition, it can detect filling wear.

               

              Occlusal: This dental x-ray can show the roof of the mouth and detect
              extra teeth that have not erupted through your child's gums.
              In addition, it can help detect cysts, abscesses, growths, jaw fractures,
              and cleft palates, and even foreign objects.

               

              Periapical: This dental x-ray gives a full view of the tooth.
              This includes the root to the crown. This is to see if there is
              any changes in the bone structure surrounding the root.

               

              Intraoral X-rays: This dental x-ray helps dentists locate cavities,
              review root health, review bone structure, and the Jawbone.

               

              ExtraoralX-rays: This dental x-ray helps dentists look at Skull and Jaw
              bones, impacted teeth, jaw development, and to identify problems between the
              temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and teeth.
              These x-rays are typically not used to detect individual tooth problems
              or cavities.

              Panoramic: This dental x-ray is used for reviewing tooth development,
              finding impacted or emerging teeth and can display the entire mouth.

              Tomograms: This dental x-ray shows just a portion/side of the mouth.

              How often should a child have their teeth x-rayed?

              Children: Children generally need X-rays done more often than adults
              because their teeth and jaws are still in development and are susceptible
              to be affected by tooth decay.

              After dental X-Rays:::::: Re-write this when you come back!

              - The dentist will review the xray results for abnormalities.
              - A dental hygienist may perform a cleaning
              - If a cavity is found, a dentist may discuss with you the options
              for treatment such as a filling may be put in place and the crown
              of the tooth restored.

              - If tooth decay is detected, a root canal treatment may be done to remove any infected tissue and disposed of with the teeth.

               

              To schedule a first consultation or visit, please contact us at
              one of our locations:
              SCHEDULE an appointment here

               

              What do you do when your child refuses to brush their teeth?

              February 12th, 2021

              There are many reasons why the little ones don't like to
              brush their teeth. Many parents have questions and say things like,
              "What do you do when your child refuses to brush their teeth?"
              and "help little one just won't brush their teeth"

              Toddlers tend to take control of what's theirs. In this case, their mouth.

              But there are a few ways to get your reluctant toddler to scrub their pearly whites. Toddlers don't like to stand still. They have to be constantly on the move.
              So in their mind, 2 minutes of brushing can seem eternal.

              • Get them involved:
                Have them pick out their favorite color toothbrushes at
                your general store of choice.
              • Let them lead the way!
                If they are the ones holding the toothbrush,
                they feel more in control.
                Stay aware that they make a mess and that's normal. Kids are not proficient in
                brushing until they reach the ages of 7 - 8.
              • Supervise how much toothpaste goes onto the toothbrush
                and the activity of brushing.
              • Singing a cute children's song while they do it may help make it fun.
              • Standing behind them in front of a mirror or embracing them
                can help give them a sense of security. If they can't see the mirror,
                use a stepping stool if needed. This helps them see everything
                going on rather than blindly waiting on the activity.

              The "Deep Pressure technique"
              Pressing firmly on their shoulder can keep your child grounded
              and can keep them calm especially when their teeth are sensitive.

              Is my toddler refusing to brush their teeth due to pain?
              What to do?

              It's very possible that their teeth are sensitive.
              Don't be alarmed. This does not require a diagnosis of any sort.
              Simply ask them if they don't like brushing their teeth.
              If it's no. Ask them why.

              But here's a little winning tip.
              Don't ask them when their emotions are up.
              They most likely will answer with bias.

              Your tot can surprise you with their response.
              Once you know why they don't like it, you can move forward from there.

              Is your child a picky eater. It's a clue.
              When a child is a picky eater, it means they are sensitive to textures. The feel of the brush alone may be the reason why they don't want to brush.

              What if my toddler child doesn't like the taste?
              Introducing to them another flavor may come in handy.
              If they are involved in picking it out, it may
              make things go smoother.

              • Your toddler may then get excited when it's time to brush because
                the flavor they chose is fun.
              • On the next visit, ask your dentist to help
                explain why brushing is good and (hint: fun )
              • Characters can play an important role.
                Characters like Disney princesses and Spiderman play big roles
                in making tots feel more comfortable and at ease.
                It feels like they're not alone in this journey.
              • Also having a favorite toy or stuffed animal near
                can give a sense of security and comfortability.
              • Practice makes perfect! Well, not really but it helps.
                you can make things fun for your toddler by giving them
                an extra toothbrush for them to practice on a doll
                and supervising them.
              • The Toothpaste battle avoidance
                If your little one doesn't want the toothpaste,
                you can use just plain water in the meantime as you gradually
                try again later to get them used to toothpaste.

              More Character Examples:


              The act of brushing is more important than the toothpaste battle.
              - The laughing technique.
              Your toddler can fall into some giggling
              from you brushing their nose or chin and making it look
              like an accident. Oops. That doesn't go there.

              • While practicing on a doll, you can make a joke about the
                doll using a hairbrush to brush its teeth.
                Ask your child if that's right. They will tell you
                it's supposed to be a toothbrush

              Sensory Activities before brushing. The "Sensory Diet technique"
              When a child is active, they can tire out or slow down
              after a while. Having them be active before bath time
              and brushing can make them more toleratable to
              brushing their teeth especially when they
              are sensitive.

              • Use a routine.
                Having a routine can ensure the consistency of brushing their teeth
                as well as promoting good habits.
              • Brush in the morning after waking up.
              • Brush after a bath or before bedtime.
              • 5 - 10 minute reminders can be helpful
              • Have a special song or a few different ones to sing
                while they brush, before or after.
              • Maybe singing a victory song afterward can help.

               

              We hope that this helps with your reluctant tot.

              If your tot is still reluctant, you can always sing a song while having
              an exciting visit to the dentist.
              Our experienced, caring, and dedicated Children's general team of
              dentists and hygienists are looking forward to providing
              comprehensive dental and gentle care for your child.
              Please contact us for an appointment.

               

              Our Team!
              Our experienced, caring, and dedicated Children's general team of
              dentists and hygienists are looking forward to providing
              comprehensive dental and gentle care for your child.
              Please contact us for an appointment.

              To schedule a first consultation or visit:   Appointment Request Form here

               

               

              February is National Children's Dental Health Month

              February 2nd, 2021

              February is National Children's Dental Health Month
              but celebrating children's dental health month is all
              year-round for us.

              News!:
              February 2021 is National Children's Dental Health Month.

              2021 NCDHM Campaign

              This is brought to you by the ADA.
              This is a national month-long observance. It brings together thousands of dedicated professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers, and many others.

               

              ADA American Dental Association  

               

              Fun Activity Sheets for the children!

              English crossword: http://bit.ly/3b1wplo
              English version maze: http://bit.ly/3aY4frz
              Spanish version crossword: http://bit.ly/3dVwgSn
              Spanish version maze:  http://bit.ly/3qXGrK1

              News!:   GKAS:  "Give kids a smile day"
              We are so proud to once again participate in the Give Kids a Smile day event.
              This occurred on Friday, Feb 5th, 2021.
              launched nationally in 2003, thousands of dedicated dental healthcare professionals provide free oral healthcare services to children. Give Kids A Smile Vision
              To ensure access to quality oral healthcare for all children.

              Looking for Healthy smile quick Tips!

              • Children should brush their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
              at night before bedtime is an excellent time to do so.
              • Children should clean between their teeth daily.
              • Children should eat a healthy diet that limits sugary beverages and snacks.
              • See your dentist regularly for prevention and treatment of oral disease

              Our Team!
              Our experienced, caring, and dedicated Children's general team of
              dentists and hygienists are looking forward to providing
              comprehensive dental and gentle care for your child.
              Please contact us for an appointment.

              To schedule a first consultation or visit:   Appointment Request Form here

              Babys first birthday equals babys first checkup

              January 20th, 2021

              Babys first birthday equals baby's first checkup
              Subtitle: What happens at baby's first dentist visit?

              The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a dental visit for children by age one.

              Many parents may not know that baby teeth can get cavities just as permanent teeth can. Primary teeth/Baby teeth are necessary for children to chew and speak as well as to hold space for developing permanent teeth below the gums.

              What are the benefits of visiting a children's general Dentist by age one?

              • Cavity prevention starts when they have their first tooth.
              • Starting when your child is young will allow them to become familiar with visits to the dentist.
              • Being proactive early can help keep their pearly whites healthy for life.
              • Earlier visits can be helpful for the detection of early tooth decay or any other dental developmental anomalies as well as provide parents with information on proper oral hygiene and development, and answer questions.

              Baby smiliing first tooth

              Recent studies show early childhood tooth decay to be on the rise.  Earlier visits to a children's general Dentist can prevent childhood tooth decay through education and regular visits.

              Here is how you can make your child’s first dental visit a successful one:

              • Be positive and show excitement before and during your child’s first visit to the dentist. If you show any anxiety that you may have about visiting the dentist, your child would also be scared.
              • Talk about it-  use books and relevant resources to help prepare and get your child familiar with visiting the dentist.
              • Timing is vital- Plan beforehand so that you have plenty of time and arrive early so your visit is not rushed.  Make sure your child is well-rested before the visit so they are comfortable.  Morning is usually the best time for young children to visit the dentist.
              • Start them early-  Starting healthy habits like proper oral hygiene at an early age is important to prevent problems. 

              Babys dentist visit

              What Happens at the First Dental Visit?

              The first dental visit is usually brief. It gives your child an opportunity to meet the dentist in a non-threatening and friendly way and involves little to no treatment. 

              During the visit, your dentist will 

              • Examine all existing teeth for decay. Hint: When that first tooth erupts. You can visit the dentist.
              • Look at your child's bite
              • Get a look for any potential problems with the gums, jaw, and oral tissues.

              Your children's general dentist would also educate you about oral health care basics for children and discuss dental developmental issues and answer any questions that you might have.

               

              To schedule a first consultation or visit, please contact us at
              one of our locations:

              1. 140 Market St, Paterson, NJ 07505
              Children's Dentistry - 3rd Floor
              Orthodontics Center - 2nd Floor
              Treatment Center - 4th Floor
              (973) 742-4200

              2. 625 Main Ave
              Passaic, NJ 07055
              Children's Dentistry - 3rd Floor
              (973) 574-1000

              3. 3196 John Fitzgerald Kennedy Blvd
              3rd Floor
              Union City, NJ 07087
              (201) 325-8444

               

               

              Eruption of baby's first tooth?

              October 9th, 2020

              When is baby's first tooth eruption?
              Typically, the bottom two front teeth called central incisors, are the first teeth to emerge.
              The top four front teeth are the next to erupt. Teeth will then appear in pairs, typically.
              This doesn't mean they will appear right next to each other. These teeth will appear on each side of the upper and lower jaw respectively.
              This happens until 20 teeth, ( 10 top, 10 bottom ), have filled in. The child will be around 2 1/2 to 3 years old.

              Why is it important to take care of baby's teeth?
              The variations in teeth such as size, shape, and location enable teeth to work together to chew, speak, and smile. The teeth also contribute to the shaping of the face.
              They help in attaining good nutrition, and they help with a healthy start for permanent teeth. Decay and infection in baby teeth can cause damage to the permanent teeth developing beneath them.

              Primary Teeth Development Chart
              Upper Teeth When tooth emerges When tooth falls out
              Central incisor 8 to 12 months 6 to 7 years
              Lateral incisor 9 to 13 months 7 to 8 years
              Canine (cuspid) 16 to 22 months 10 to 12 years
              First molar 13 to 19 months 9 to 11 years
              Second molar 25 to 33 months 10 to 12 years
              Lower Teeth
              Second molar 23 to 31 months 10 to 12 years
              First molar 14 to 18 months 9 to 11 years
              Canine (cuspid) 17 to 23 months 9 to 12 years
              Lateral incisor 10 to 16 months 7 to 8 years
              Central incisor 6 to 10 months 6 to 7 years


              Additional Facts of Tooth Eruption:

              • Approximately 4 teeth will erupt every 6 months
              • Girls generally precede boys in tooth eruption.
              • Teeth in both jaws usually erupt in pairs -- one on the right and one on the left.
              • Primary teeth are smaller in size and whiter in color than the permanent teeth that will follow.
              • Lower teeth usually erupt before the upper teeth.
              • All primary teeth should have erupted by the time they turn 2 to 3 years old.

              Do you have questions about babys teeth and dental care?
              Contact us at any of our locations listed Below:

              140 Market Street
              Paterson, NJ 07505
              Orthodontics Center - 2nd Floor  (x 21 or x22 )
              Children's general Dentistry - 3rd Floor
              Treatment - 4th Floor
              Phone: (973) 742-4200

              625 Main Ave
              Passaic, NJ 07055
              Children's general Dentistry - 3rd Floor
              Phone: (973) 574-1000

              3196 Kennedy Boulevard
              3rd Floor
              Union City, NJ 07087
              Phone: (201) 325-8444


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              Covid 19 Back to school Tips 2020

              August 28th, 2020

              Back to School covid 2020

              1. Up to date Records:
              It's important for students to have their immunizations up to date

              2. Mask etiquette: Teach your children to wear their masks properly as well as removing them safely. You want to remove a mask by its straps, not by the fabric.

               

              3. Encourage proper hygiene:
              Children should be encouraged to wash their hands frequently.
              Sometimes singing a song while doing it can get them to get used to it more often and quicker.

              4. Studies:
              A good homework regiment can be very helpful to the success of any student.
              A good routine can be a great foundation for success.

              5. Safe socializing:
              Children have been kept away from their friends and have not socialized as much.
              It is important to make sure they socialize safely.

              6. Virtual School:
              Some schools have Online classes. This may change after a while and it is important to stay updated with your school district.

               

              7. Prevent Back to school anxiety:
              Children may become nervous when going back to school after spending so much time not being around other children. Some may be afraid of the situation.
              Be ready to perhaps see behavior changes.
              Teens can tend to be quiet and younger children may act out.
              Talking with your children about the current situation can help to express themselves.
              This can help them have the right tools to adapt.
              Be available as much as possible.

               

              8. Reward your children:
              A prize for adapting well can be beneficial.
              Acknowledge their success often.

               

              9. Oral health:
              Keep a great Oral health routine.
              Children should brush their teeth in the morning and at night before going to sleep.
              They should also floss before going to bed.

               

              10. Children feeling ill:
              Before sending your child to school, make sure they aren't feeling sick.
              Here are some of the signs:
              temperature over 100.4 degrees, sore throat, coughing, diarrhea, severe headache, vomiting, or body aches

               

              11. Packing additional things in their bag:
              Packing a pocket sanitizer and teaching them to be used to using it properly can be very helpful to their health. Gloves and backup masks are also great additions to a backpack. Fabric masks should be washed regularly.

               

              We hope that these tips have helped.
              Make sure to follow up with your child's school or school board to stay updated.

              12 Healthy kid friendly Summer Snacks

              July 14th, 2020

              Here are some great summer snacks that are kid-friendly.
              Kids just love having fun with tasty snacks and below you will find some healthy snacks.

              1. Fruit necklace
              This is a fun activity that boasts fruity fun
              Find the recipe here

              Fruit Necklace
              Image credit

               

               

              2. Fruit & Cheese Kabobs
              Kabobs are usually sticks with meat on them, but these are kabobs that have fun fresh fruits and proteins.
              Find the recipe here
              Fruit Kabobs

               

               

              3. Peanut Butter Yogurt Fruit Dip
              Who doesnt love a great dip?
              We know kids just love it.
              Have it with fruits and veggies
              Find the recipe here

              Fruit Dip

              Image credit:   togetherasfamily.com

               

               

              4. Fruit Salad To Go
              These salad bags are great to-go snacks that can be enjoyed just about anywhere especially outdoor outings.
              Find the recipe here

              Fruit Salad to go

               

               

              5. Watermelon Popsicle Sticks
              These watermelon “popsicles” are so simple and fun!
              Find the recipe here

              Watermelon Pop

               

               

              6. DIY Kids Plates
              Kids can put together their own plate with a fun scene or image. We normally don't tell our kids to play with food.
              But this activity is way too fun!
              Find the recipe here
              Veggie plates

              Veggie plate fun

              Image credit

               

               

              7. Homemade Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
              A non-dairy, fruity, and banana tasty snack.
              Find the recipe here
              Strawberry Sorbet

               

               

              8. Blueberry Lemon Pudding Pops
              Your kids will never guess that this fun treat is a healthy nutritious snack!
              Find the recipe here
              Blueberry pops
              Image credit

               

               

              9. Watermelon
              This refreshing fruit is soaked with nutrients
              Each juicy bite is filled with vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acid

              Watermelon Bowl

               

               

              10. Cherries
              Cherries are known as energy fruit. And they're really tasty too.

              Cherry Snacks

               

               

              11. Smoothy Bowl
              Acai bowls are essentially thick smoothie bowls loaded with toppings.
              They are made of pulped and flash-frozen acai berries that are pureed with other
              frozen fruit then served in a bowl and topped with a variety of fresh fruit, granola, seeds, nuts, peanut butter.

              Acai Bowl

               

               

              12. Grapes
              These are so tasty and juicy and Packed With Nutrients, Especially Vitamins C and K. Their Antioxidant Contents May Prevent Chronic Diseases.

              Grape snacks

               

              Have fun with your new kid-friendly summer snacks!

               

              Credit:  Natalie's blog.
              https://www.superhealthykids.com/
              Reference credit

               

              We are Open Announcement!

              June 12th, 2020

              We're Open! June 2020

              We would love to announce we are open! 
              All locations are open! 

              Were Open since the covid shutdown! Smile Central Dental

              You can text the office number or make the call on Monday morning!
              You will find the numbers and locations at the end of this announcement.

              We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health.
              Our communities have been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines.
              While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same:
              our office’s commitment to your safety.

              Infection control has always been a top priority in our practice.
              We follow recommendations and guidelines made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This allows us to
              make sure that our infection control procedures are up-to-date and enable us to provide the safest environment for our patients and their family members.

              We ask that you please be patient and understand that we will do our best to accommodate your scheduling needs as we know many of you are anxious to get back into our office.
              During this time, we have implemented additional safety precautions to help protect our patients and staff.

              We will be scheduling appointments in a manner that promotes social distancing and allows for adequate time for us to disinfect all areas of use in between patient appointments.

              Upon arrival at our office, call us before entering the office to let us know you have arrived.
              We will call or text you once the office is ready for you to enter.
              We ask that patients enter the office unaccompanied, if possible.
              For those patients who need a guardian to accompany them, we ask that this be limited to a single-family member.

              Every person entering the office is expected to wear a face covering and will be asked to sanitize their hands immediately upon entry.
              Please take your temperature on the morning of your appointment.

              We will confirm no fever with a contactless thermometer upon your arrival.

              Our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, charging stations, and so forth, since these items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
              Clear plastic screens (sneeze guards) have been installed at the front desk to minimize exposure to airborne pathogens.

              Medical-grade high-efficiency particulate arrestance (HEPA) air purifiers have been installed in the office to help improve the air quality in the area for all patients, family members, and staff.
              Our doctor and staff will be wearing all of the recommended personal protective equipment (PPE).

              Thank you for being part of our family dental practice.
              We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.

              To schedule a dental appointment:
              .
              1. 140 Market St, Paterson, NJ 07505
              Children's Dentistry - 3rd Floor
              Orthodontics Center - 2nd Floor
              Treatment Center - 4th Floor
              (973) 742-4200

              2. 625 Main Ave
              Passaic, NJ 07055
              Children's Dentistry - 3rd Floor
              (973) 574-1000

              3. 3196 John Fitzgerald Kennedy Blvd
              3rd Floor
              Union City, NJ 07087
              (201) 325-8444
              .
              Find reviews and updates on Facebook, learn more about our practice online,
              or give us a call (973) 742-4200

              Dental emergencies during Corona crisis

              April 13th, 2020

               

              We have re-opened!
              This blog article was an older update upon the Covid-19 crisis.}
              You can call to schedule appointments once again!

              We want to make sure we do our part in providing helpful information for everyone.

              In an effort to support national efforts to fight the COVID- 19 pandemic, our practice is taking the following steps to help assure your health and well-being and that of our community:

              We are following directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a way to limit patient and staff exposure to this virus. Your health, and the health of our dedicated staff, matters to us.

              The safety and well-being of our patients continue to be our primary concern. We will continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 nationally and within our community and keep you up-to-date regarding our plans to reopen for business as usual.

               

              Current Status:    As of  Tuesday, April 14, 2020
              At Smile Central Dental, the safety of our patients, team members, and community is our first priority. Throughout the past weeks, we have carefully followed developing information regarding COVID-19.

              At this time, we have decided that it is in the best interest of our patients, team members, and community to NOT resume routine dental care for the next few weeks. We will continue to treat patients who require urgent care, please call the office and follow the instructions if you have a dental emergency.

              _________________________
              Canceled Appointments:

              We are assessing the situation daily and will communicate regularly with our patients. Please note that all appointments for the month of April and May are canceled. We are hoping to resume treating patients for routine care in the month of June, providing that health and government authorities consider it safe to do so.

              We will contact all patients to reschedule their appointments once we have a definite re-opening date.

              We hope that you and your family remain safe and healthy during this challenging time.
              Sincerely, The Smile Central Dental Team.

              Things to do at home with the Kids

              March 23rd, 2020

              Doing things at home with your kids, family, friends, or significant others can be a lot of fun and can wind up to great bonding and a lot of laughs.

              Explore below some ideas that can help pass the time in a very entertaining way.

              Drawing:
              - Draw half of a funny picture and pass the paper. Finish each others drawing
              - Draw:  Play "draw the same thing and laugh at the results"
              - Draw a family picture but each family member is doing something funny like hand gliding

              Play:
              - Play indoor hide and seek.
              - Play plastic Cup and paper ball basketball Family championship
              - Play board games
              - Play Pictionary
              - Play with magnets on a cookie sheet
              - Play dress up with mom and dad’s clothes
              - Play “The Floor is Lava.”
              - Play in a bubble bath
              - Play with sidewalk chalk
              - Play indoor volleyball or soccer with balloons
              - Play marbles on the floor
              - Play Jacks
              - Play Tic-tac-toe
              - Play 20 Questions

              Family board game night

               

              Misc:
              - Make decorations, curate a playlist, and throw a family dance party
              - Coloring books and crayons
              - Try a new cookie or cake recipe
              Bonus idea: Set up a camera or smartphone and film a cooking show!
              - Make a family Show
              - Family Movie Night
              - Build a fort with cards
              - Build a cushion fort
              - Write a short story together
              - Fill out an Add libs funny story
              - Design and go on an indoor treasure hunt
              - Go camping in the living room

              Father and son are playing with toy cars.

              - Kids read a story to parents or vice versa
              - Plan a family garden
              - Make ice cream in a bag. Recipe here
              - Make slime. Instructions here
              - Set up an in-home nail salon and try some nail art techniques. Ideas here
              - Make friendship bracelets
              - Teach your pet a new trick
              - Have an indoor picnic. Easy with cold cuts
              - Listen to an audiobook or podcast
              - Try Cosmic Kids Yoga
              - Make paper fidget spinners. Instructions here.
              - Create your own bingo cards and have a bingo tournament
              - Create a family tree.
              - Let your kids write and direct a stop-motion movie. Learn how it works here
              - Learn and play a new card game. Learn card games
              - Teach yourself to juggle
              - Practice origami, or the art of paper folding Ideas here.
              - Make a maze on the floor with painter’s tape
              - Have a pizza party. DIY Pizza Bagels recipe here
              - Make paper airplanes and see whose plane flies the farthest
              - Have a tea party
              - Snuggle on the couch and read your favorite books
              - Rearrange or redecorate your room
              - Have a pillow fight
              - Make an indoor obstacle course
              - Have a family music night
              - Put on a puppet show
              - Make a scrapbook
              - Do a puzzle
              - Make a treasure bottle Instructions here.
              - Decorate a T-shirt
              - Make a time capsule! One day your kids can use it to tell their kids all about this craziness
              - Have Legos? Build something cool and make a story out of it
              - Have Jenga? Family Jenga is always fun!

              Family playing Jenga

              Technology Oriented:
              - Start a Youtube Channel with fun ideas and topics ( Together )
              - Make some Funny Tik Tok videos ( Together )
              - Play video games together

              Mother playing video games with daughter

               

              There is always something fun you can do. Spending time with family is always valuable.

              3 Factors Orthodontists Consider When Giving Children Braces

              December 18th, 2019

              Dental braces are a way orthodontists correct alignment issues. As your child’s adult teeth begin to erupt, you may discover crooked teeth, an overbite, or other irregularities that may be signs that your little one needs corrective treatment. If you’re wondering whether your child is too young for braces, here are some guidelines orthodontists use to decide whether they’re ready.

              3 Factors Orthodontists Consider When Giving Children Braces

              1. Permanent & Baby Teeth

              Orthodontists recommend an evaluation when they are close to having all permanent teeth - there is still some value to capitalizing on space created when the last baby teeth are loose. Since baby teeth will be lost, correcting them is ineffective. The last baby teeth come out around the ages of 11 and 12. If you notice misaligned bites, gaps, crowding, and other alignment issues, your child may benefit from this treatment.

              2. Existing Dental Problems

              Braces can’t be used until other oral health issues are resolved. Extensive decay, oral trauma, and gum disease are all conditions that can progress if left untreated while braces are on. To avoid further issues, an orthodontist will address oral health before implementing braces.

              3. Ability to Care for Braces

              Your child will need to be diligent about brushing and flossing if they have braces since food is more likely to get stuck between wires and brackets. If you or an orthodontist feels that they haven’t yet developed adequate dental care practices, braces may be a treatment for the future. Their dentist can help them build healthier habits so that when it’s time for braces, you can be confident they’ll keep their teeth healthy.

              Dentist teaching a little girl to brush her teeth

               

              If you think your child requires dental braces to correct an alignment issue call (973) 742-4200 to schedule an appointment. ( Orthodontics ext: 21 )

              Serving Paterson, NJ, and the surrounding communities, we offer comprehensive oral health services ranging from routine cleanings to emergency treatment. We are committed to creating a warm, welcoming environment to keep all members of the family comfortable in the office.

              Find reviews and updates on Facebook, learn more about our practice online, or give us a call (973) 742-4200

               

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