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How can you Celebrate National Dentist Day on March 6th?

March 6th, 2024

1. Seek Professional Advice:

Just like you consult a pc tech for computer issues,
turn to your dentist for oral health advice.
Their guidance can significantly enhance your dental health.

2. Enhance Oral Habits:

Adopt simple yet impactful daily habits like brushing twice a day,
flossing daily, limiting sugar intake, staying hydrated, using mouthwash, and maintaining a healthy diet.

3. Raise Awareness:

Spread the word about National Dentist Day to friends and family.
Encourage healthy oral habits, make social media posts, and educate others about the importance of dental care.

Show Appreciation on Social Media: Give your dentist a shout-out on social media.
Share a photo from your dental visit and express gratitude for their exceptional service.

Use Hashtags: When posting about your dentist, don't forget to use hashtags like

#NationalDentistDay to amplify awareness and appreciation for dental professionals and #scdnj for Smile Central Dental.

4. Schedule Regular Dental Appointments:

Maintain optimal oral health by booking dental check-ups every six months.
Regular visits allow for early detection and prevention of oral problems.

Remember, raising awareness about the importance of dental health isn't limited to National Dentist Day on March 6th.
Every day presents an opportunity to prioritize oral care and spread the word to friends,
family, and community members. If you're in North Jersey and looking for a children's dentist,
consider speaking to a specialist at Smile Central Dental.

Our team is dedicated to providing compassionate care and ensuring your
child's dental health journey is a positive and rewarding experience.

And don't forget to smile more!
Brighten someone's day by smiling more often.
Not only does smiling spread joy, but it also has positive effects on your mood and well-being.

What are the health benefits of braces ?

August 3rd, 2022

What are the health benefits of braces? 
The first thing some may think of is cosmetics, but braces provide more than just great looking smiles.

1. Orthodontic Braces Help with Proportions
Ortho braces help with the following:

- Misalignment of teeth
- Overbites and underbites
- Overjet bites
- Periodontal problems ( elaborated below )
- Issues chewing and speaking
- Unmatched dental midlines


2. Orthodontic Braces Prevent Gum Disease
It's not a surprise that wearing braces can
be a factor in the cause of gum disease in
regards to the difficulty of brushing and flossing.
But without braces straightening of teeth,
one can find that food can set in between teeth.

Brushing and flossing consistently can help prevent
gum disease.

3. Orthodontic Braces Prevent Tooth Decay
Although braces can increase the risk of developing tooth decay,
braces can help to prevent tooth decay by straightening teeth.
Braces only become a factor in tooth decay development when
food particles become trapped under the braces and in between teeth
, and are not addressed.

Consult with the Orthodontist about dietary restrictions.
For example, The Orthodontist may explain why it is
imperative to limit the eating of candy.


4. Orthodontic Braces Prevent Cavities
If tooth enamel gets weak, tooth decay can occur.
Sugars and bacteria can combine to create plaque
which can create decay. If this occurs, cavities can
develop. As we spoke about previously,
braces can be a factor in prevention of tooth decay,
therefore leading to preventing cavities.

5. Orthodontic Braces Help with Digestion
You read that right.
Because braces help to create fewer gaps in
between teeth, chewing food can become easier
and leads to faster digestion.


6. Orthodontic Braces Prevent Injury
Braces can act as a shock absorber.
They can protect the teeth and lower jaw from
potentially breaking. Even though this is
the case, braces can get damaged upon impact.
If your child plays sports, consider a mouth guard
to protect their jaw, teeth, gums, and braces.


7. Orthodontic Braces Prevents Bone Erosion
To understand how braces can prevent bone erosion/loss,
we first should understand the causes of bone loss.

Alveolar Bone loss is irreversible.
Jawbones are essential for holding teeth
in place. While bone loss itself is not a disease, it can
be the result of an underlying issue.
Unfortunately many oral health conditions can cause

Here are the most common:

  • Bone loss
  • Tooth loss
  • Gum disease
  • Receding gums


8. Orthodontic Braces Help with Self-Esteem
Braces don't just help with straightening
teeth and correcting issues like malocclusion,
bruxism, and preventing the aforementioned
preventions. Braces are also cosmetic
and help to straighten and beautify great smiles.
This surely helps with confidence and self esteem.
Now, who wouldn't want to show off their awesome smile?


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We are here serving Paterson, Passaic, and Hudson NJ,
Dover 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.
Paterson (973) 742-4200
Passaic  ( 973) 574-1000
Union City (201) 325-8444
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How to relieve pain from braces ?

January 19th, 2022

What causes Pain?
It is unknown to what the exact causes are but there
may be other factors at play.

These particular methods can help ease pain

Changes in blood flow when braces apply pressure
Over the counter pain relievers can be helpful
in relieving pain due to the pressure associated with braces.
Topical products may also be helpful.
In addition, toothpaste, mouth rinse, and dental floss designed for sensitive teeth.
Oral anesthetics
Over-the-counter pain medicine
An ice pack
Cold ice water
Soft foods
Orthodontic wax
A warm rinse
A gum massage
Good dental hygiene
Brushing your teeth softly
Protect the braces: Many patients play sports.

Using a mouth guard can help to protect your teeth, your gums and the braces.
Eating soft foods can help to avoid further pain that occurs from
eating tougher foods. These may include soft vegetables, pasta, jello, soup.

  • Other causes for pain:
    When brackets and wires physically rub it can cause pain
    as tissue becomes rough.
    Wires poking in the back of the mouth

When this is occurring, please make sure to contact your orthodontist.
Doing this can help to avoid any infections or any other complications
as well as addressing the pain.

If you are one of our patients and you are experiencing this, please contact us
so we can address the issue. If you are looking for a new Orthodontist, contact us, we are happy to hear from you and help you with any concerns or any needs you may have.

5 ways to prevent kids tooth decay

October 3rd, 2021

It’s National dental hygiene month!  October!
Here's a quick easy look at prevention of tooth decay.
1. Don’t share utensils with your child or “clean” a pacifier by putting it in your mouth. You can transfer cavity-causing germs to your child

2. Eat healthy and drink flouridated water

3. First dental visit: No later than 1 year old

4. Use flouride toothpaste

5. Seal out decay: Ask your dentist about applying dental sealants to chewing surfaces of teeth.




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.


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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.




Baby Teething Comforting tips

June 20th, 2021

Baby, might seem cranky, maybe crying or fussing more often, and seems to be drooling more often as well. What's happening to baby?

Most kids start the process of teething when they are 6 months of age. The 20 baby/primary teeth sitting below their gums start to emerge. Although teething is a natural process, it comes with sore gums, drooling, crankiness, and tears making it an ordeal for babies and parents alike.

You may also notice that baby is chomping away at fingers, crib sides, toys, blankets, and just about anything they get their hands on.


If your baby is having a hard time with teething, try these simple tips to help ease the pain and soothe sore gums.

Cold is comforting

Using a cold washcloth, or a gauze pad for massaging the baby's gums and applying gentle pressure might help alleviate their pain. A cold spoon or teething ring can be soothing on a baby's gums as well.

Give the Baby Chilled Fruits

If your baby has started having solid foods, you can give them chilled fruits to nibble on.
Make sure to give it in a mashed form to monitor the child at all times to avoid choking.

Pacifiers or Teething Toys

Naw Toy

Chilling pacifiers or teething rings and toys combine the idea of cold treatment as well as something to chew on and is one of the most widely used ways to comfort a teething child. Chilled teethers or pacifiers help in comforting a child in pain, as the cold soothes those irritated gums by numbing the pain. Just chill teething toys or pacifiers for around 10-15 minutes. Make sure you don't leave the objects in the freezer for too long, as the object develops a layer of ice around itself, chewing on them may cut the baby's delicate gums.

Prepare a Milk Popsicle

The discomfort of teething can make some children refuse to eat. Keeping the baby hydrated and well-fed while comforting their irritated gums at the same time is essential. Milk or fruit popsicles can be a good source of that.

Keep the drool away

Teething is often associated with drooling, and the drool buildup around the child's face can lead to rashes. Make sure to keep cleaning that excess drool off their face as this is very irritating for the baby but can also lead to discoloration of their sensitive skin.

Have Some Extra Cuddles with your baby

If the baby seems to be in an irritable mood when teething, rocking them in a chair or carrying them around the house can work wonders for helping with the discomfort. This will help the child relax, while also creating a calm environment for both of you to fall asleep.

Extra cuddles with baby

Over-the-Counter Medications

Going for over-the-counter pain medicines such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen is recommended as the last resort when nothing seems to help the child feel better. Consult your baby's doctor to find the correct painkiller that suits your child, along with the right dosage. It's better to avoid teething gels and medicines containing benzocaine or lidocaine as these can make swallowing difficult and numb a baby's mouth.
There is also Orjael cooling gel and baby Orajel tooth/gum cleanser.

Regular visits during the early years help healthy teeth and gums in the long run as proper oral hygiene prevents dental problems from occurring later in life.

Once your child turns 6 months or their first tooth starts erupting - they are ready for their first dental visit.


Babys first dental visit

Did you know that the first time to schedule a visit to the dentist is as soon as you start seeing teeth develop? That's right, visits to the dentist can be as early as that.
If you haven't scheduled a visit yet, contact us...

Mommy Tips and Daddy Tips

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, 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

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Does your child have erupted teeth behind their baby teeth

June 5th, 2021

When a permanent tooth starts erupting under a baby tooth, the root of the baby tooth is resorbed and the permanent tooth takes its place. 

Sometimes the permanent tooth starts erupting in the mouth while the baby tooth is still there - this is known as shark teeth because of its appearance. It usually occurs in the lower and upper front teeth. If the baby tooth does not get out itself then it has to be extracted and the permanent tooth will naturally come in its place.

What causes Shark teeth?

Most commonly, at the age of 5-7 years, the permanent teeth start to push the baby tooth so they shed off. But sometimes the baby teeth don't want to leave the baby’s mouth and the permanent one comes right behind it and causes two rows of teeth to exist, one of the adult teeth and one of the baby teeth.

When should baby teeth fall out?

In total, a child has 20 baby teeth ( 10 upper and 10 lower) which start erupting at the age of 6 months. All these teeth come off before the age of 12 years. The permanent adult teeth are 32 in total and start erupting from the age of 6yrs.

Adult teeth eruption chart

What should you do if your baby has 2 rows of teeth?

For this case, there are some solutions for you. If the baby tooth is loose, tell your child to wiggle it out so it can come out on itself naturally. If the tooth is not loose you can take an appointment with a Children's general dentist. The dentist will perform a tooth extraction to remove the baby's tooth. If one of the front teeth grows the teeth behind it then it's most likely possible that the other one will do the same because pairs of teeth often act the same way. So instead of two visits, you can wait for the other adult tooth to grow so you can get your child’s teeth extracted in the same visit.

If your child is experiencing erupted teeth behind their front teeth,
all the Paterson Office 
(973) 742-4200 to schedule an appointment or
Passaic  ( 973) 574-1000
Union City(201) 325-8444

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.

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

Why you should not remove plaque on your own

May 25th, 2021

What is Plaque?
Plaque is an extremely sticky buildup of bacteria in your mouth.
The bacteria mix with food byproducts and proteins to form a sticky film called dental plaque.

It acts as a coat on your teeth and can get under the gumline. This is between the tooth and gums. Have you ever seen buildup in the corners of your teeth where the gums are? That's plaque building into tartar. The plaque can develop into a hard substance we call calculus and tartar.

Plaque and tartar can damage your tooth enamel.
The gums can bleed from this. If this is happening, please schedule an appointment as soon as possible. It is important to not try and remove tartar on your own. The best action to take is to schedule an appointment so a trained hygienist can remove tartar professionally.

How do you remove plaque on your own?
Flossing can help to prevent tartar.
Brushing your teeth twice a day especially in the morning and at night before you go to sleep can be very helpful to prevent plaque and tartar buildup.
Brush regularly, twice a day for 2 minutes a time.
Brushing for 30-seconds twice a day won’t remove plaque or prevent tartar.

Removing plaque and Tartar:
Do not attempt to use any other appliances to remove plaque or tartar. You can damage your child's gums or teeth.

Dental Hygienists and Dentists make it look easy when removing tartar from your teeth. This leads to the belief that one can do the removal themselves and save themselves from an appointment.

It is very important that you don't attempt to remove tartar on your own. It can be very dangerous to do this because it can cause damage to your gums and create recession in the gums. This is where gums move away from the teeth and expose roots. These roots are sensitive, can be damaged,
and can lead to infections.


As stated above, If your child is bleeding, has gum damage,
or is in pain, please schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
all (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 treatmentWe are committed to creating a warm, welcoming environment to keep all members of the family comfortable in the office.

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Breaking News - Flossing prevents tartar

May 15th, 2021

What is Tartar and Dental Plaque?

Tartar also called calculus, is hardened dental plaque.
Dental plaque is soft, extremely sticky, and is the buildup of
millions of bacteria. It then gets hardened
and is called tartar.

Plaque damages tooth enamel and leads to cavities.
It can get under your gums and irritates gum tissues.
It also sticks to fillings and other dental work.
Tartar also absorbs stains, and causes cosmetic issues.

Signs and symptoms of Gum Disease:
Red or swollen gums
Tender or bleeding gums
Painful chewing
Loose teeth
Sensitive teeth
Gums that have pulled away from your teeth



According to Crest, 75% of Americans will experience
gum disease at some point in their life.
When the gums bleed and become swollen, plaque has made its
way under the gum line. This is called gingivitis.
This can lead to pain and weakened tooth enamel as well.

Poor oral Hygiene,
Not fully removing plaque,
poor nutrition,
(sugars and starches), such as Candy, milk, Cakes,
soft drinks, or raisins are frequently left on the
Chronic diseases

The best way to treat this problem is
to get it early.
Brushing twice a day and flossing at least
twice a day will help you to eliminate
as much plaque as possible.
Mouthwash can also be helpful to eliminate

Many children tend to get tartar quickly due to
things like candy, cake, and soft drinks like soda.
Make an appointment as soon as you can so a
dental professional can remove plaque and tartar
from your child's teeth.
Professionals use special tools to accomplish this.

Dental Hygienists and Dentists make it look easy when
removing tartar from your teeth. This leads
to the belief that one can do the removal themselves
and save themselves from an appointment.

It is very important that you don't attempt
to remove tartar on your own. It can be very dangerous
to do this because it can cause damage to your
gums and create recession in the gums.
This is where gums move away from the teeth and expose
roots. These roots are sensitive, can be damaged,
and can lead to infections.


All in all, maintaining your child's dental care
routine can be easy.
If your child has not had a dental visit in a while,
or if you don't have a Children's general dentist for your child,
please contact us.

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


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Top 14 questions to ask your dentist

February 26th, 2021

1. How can I improve my child's smile?
This is a broad question and it is awesome because
there are quite a few ways to improve your smile.
This question keeps things open for your dentist to address. The learning possibilities here are ample.

2. What should my child's oral hygiene regimen be?
Not everyone does the same routine. Your dentist
can address how to set up an at-home care regimen
that fits yours and child's lifestyle.

Some examples are:
Brush, floss, and rinse daily.
Eat a balanced diet and limit snacking.
Examine your mouth regularly.
Develop a partnership with your dentist.


3. When should my child have their first checkup and how often should they have a dental exam and cleaning?

Asking your dentist this question is good because
the dentist can address your child's specific case.

For average, every 6 months is good practice.
It is still good to ask your dentist this question.

4. How can I keep my child's teeth whiter?
This is a good question to ask because you may find out extra ways to combat staining your teeth while staying overall healthy.

5. Does my child have any dental health conditions I should know about?
There are some things that concern me.

This question will be a great way to start a conversation about
your health goals for your child, and how you can reach your goals
as well as reach improvement.

If you have some concerns, let your dentist know so they can
address these so nothing gets missed.

6. When Do Baby Teeth Typically Fall Out?
Most children begin losing their baby teeth between the ages of six and eight.
Every child is different and their teeth may fall out in different times.
Consult with your dentist.

7. Is mouthwash safe for kids?
Typically mouthwash is not advised for kids until they reach the
age of 6 or 7. But it is highly advised to consult with your dentist.

8. What is Causing the Pain in My child's Teeth?
Pain in your children's teeth can be caused by several
reasons such as tooth sensitivity, a broken tooth,
or an infection.

It is very important to seek consultation and ask your dentist
questions if your child is experiencing pain.

X-rays will be taken but causes can be detected by a full examination.

9. Are Sports drinks good for my teen?
This question is great for several reasons.
Sports drinks may be good for energy and performance, but they
contain alot of sugar and artificial elements which can be very harmful
to your childs or teens teeth.

Ask your dentist about sports drinks and healthy drinks.

10. Does my child need any dental treatments?
Even if you feel your childs mouth or teeth are fine,
dental treatments may be beneficial.
Talking about potential options with your dentist
is a good strategy.

11. What are your payment and financial policies?
Asking about a Dental firms policies and practices is
important so you may be fully informed before you move forward
with any treatments.

12. Is my child grinding their teeth and why?
What should I do?
Bruxism (BRUK-siz-um) is a condition in which you involuntary grind,
gnash or clench your teeth. Some people may not
know they are experiencing it and why, especially kids.

13. Should I change my diet in any way?

Believe it or not, food has a big impact on dental health.
A great way to improve your childs smile is to ask your dentist
about a healthy diet that promotes great dental health.

Every child needs a healthy diet but some may have allergies and other conditions. Make sure to speak with your dentist about this.


14. What is your continuing education policy?
This is a great question but it can better be asked the following way.

Do your dentists continue learning about dentistry, tools,
Are your dentists part of any organizations?

Dentists have supporting organizations that keep them
informed and educated as science and dentistry practices
undergo change.

It's ok to ask them how they keep up with continuing education.
Our Dentists stay diligent on trends and continuing education in several ways.



Next time you visit the dentist, don't be afraid to ask these questions.
They are there to help your child with their dental health, overall health and to educate the community about dental health.

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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.

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:
English version maze:
Spanish version crossword:
Spanish version maze:

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

My child's teeth don't seem to be straight

January 29th, 2021

Why some teeth do not come in straight?

It’s quite common for children to get adult teeth that are not straight.
The most common factors include extra teeth, missing teeth, large teeth, wide spacing, or inadequate spacing/small jaws. Habits like thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, premature loss of baby teeth, or a poor breathing airway caused by enlarged
adenoids aggravate the problem, resulting in crowded teeth and/or an abnormal bite.
Crooked Teeth

Regular visits to the dentist

The first primary/baby teeth start to come in at about 6 months of age. As soon as your child first gets their baby teeth, it’s important to get them on their first trip to the dentist. This allows the dentist to help ensure your child’s teeth stay clean,
and they can examine the inbound adult teeth.
Once the adult teeth start coming in, regular dental visits will allow your dentist to notice if some teeth are not coming in straight and they can refer you to an orthodontist or in our case, to our orthodontist department.
Dentist Visit


A children's general dentist can help you identify and correct bad habits that might cause teeth to not erupt straight. One of the most common examples is pacifiers. While it can be a great way to soothe a baby and even provide health benefits for infants, it can also
play a part in teeth erupting differently.
However, One should wean their child of the pacifier by the age of two, otherwise, it can cause teeth to grow incorrectly. Thumb sucking is another big instigator of crooked teeth.
A children's general dentist has extensive experience helping children change habits and they can work with you to create a plan for breaking them and know how to provide the right kind of motivation to cause change.


Keep an eye on growth

Sometimes when children start getting adult teeth, they erupt (break through the gums) in a crooked fashion.
While they might look quite crooked in the early stages of growth, they do most of the time end up aligned in a correct position by the time they’re fully grown.
So even if your child is getting teeth that are initially crooked, there’s no need to panic. Your active role during this period is to have regular visits to your child’s dentist so they can provide timely professional insights about any required treatments.

Visit the Orthodontist

If your child gets a reference for an orthodontist, then you should definitely get a consultation. The sooner they can visit the earlier they can begin treatment. Earlier treatment means it's easier and cheaper to fix the teeth and bite,
by correcting minor issues instead of waiting until they become major issues.
Around the age of 7, adult teeth can start to come in, and that is a good time for a visit to the orthodontist, who can assess if early treatments are necessary to prevent major treatments in the future.
Do you feel that your child's teeth seem to be not straight?
Do you feel they may need braces? Contact one of our offices near you.

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


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



Is it Covid or is it a toothache ? Know the difference

December 22nd, 2020

Have a fever? Wondering if it's Covid-19 or Toothache?
Since Jan of 2020, Covid-19 has caused fear, anxiety, and uncertainty. Because you may already be aware of the symptoms of covid-19, and that's good, but it can make you panic.

Having a fever can make most people believe they or their children have covid
but having a fever can mean several other reasons such as a dental infection.
Let's read more to have a better understanding of the differences.

Kid with fever

First, here is a list to understand the symptoms of covid-19.
Knowing the common symptoms is very important.

Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting

If you are experiencing these, stay as safe as possible, practice social distancing, and get tested. It is important to also limit your contact with the outside world to avoid being affected and spreading the virus respectively.


How do we determine if it is a toothache?
Here are the common symptoms of a toothache:

Pain in a tooth
Persistent throbbing or aching in a tooth
Sensitivity to hot or cold foods/drinks
Sensitivity to pressure when chewing
Swelling in the face or cheek
Tender/swollen lymph nodes under the jaw or in the neck

These symptoms create discomfort in the mouth. So self-monitoring for these signs can be very helpful in distinguishing a toothache from covid-19.

Teen with toothache


When to visit the dentist for emergencies

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If you feel your child has a toothache, please call the dentist right away.
Your child may have an infection. Infection can spread through the face and even the
body if left untreated.



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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5 Steps of gum care

September 15th, 2020


September is gum care month. Let's take a look at some great habits to have as a routine for clean and healthy mouths.

5 steps of gum care

1. Eat a nutritious diet:   Eating a balanced nutritious diet that is low in sugar and carbs gives your body the nutrients it needs to function correctly. It can help your body fight off harmful bacteria, inflammation, and infection.

2. Brush twice a day:  Both plaque and tartar contribute to gum disease. Brushing twice a day will help to break this down and keep your gums healthy.

3. Floss: It's very important to floss when it comes to taking care of your gums.
This is because flossing can help you remove particles of food that get stuck in the crevices of your teeth.

There are different types of floss.
- Unwaxed floss is thin nylon floss made of about 35 strands twisted together.
- Waxed floss is a standard nylon floss with a light wax coating.
- Dental tape is broader and flatter than standard floss and comes in waxed or unwaxed versions

Consult with your dentist so they can advise you on which floss is right for you.


4. Brush Gums: This comes to a surprise to most people but brushing your gums gently with circular motions helps remove debris from the gums.


6. See Your Dentist: Regular visits to your dentist can help detect gum disease early. If gum disease is detected, your dentist can recommend a treatment plan to stop it from spreading and can minimize the damage.




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

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
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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

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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

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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
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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.
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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

Facts, Quotes and benefits to Smiling!

May 20th, 2020

Facts and Quotes about Smiling!

Smiling gives us so many benefits that may be subtle and unnoticeable.

Group of friends smiling

  1. It's so much easier to smile than to frown for our muscles.
  2. It's contagious! When people see others smile, they tend to smile too.
  3. Smiling actually reduces blood pressure.
  4. Smiling makes you happier or can change your mood.
  5. Smiling Boosts Heart Health
  6. A smile helps with optimism. It's been said that people who smile for optimism tend to have a more positive attitude and strive for success.
  7. Happiness Adds years to your life.
  8. Smiling is a universal language. And since smiling is contagious, it doesn't matter what language people speak.
  9. Smiling can lead to work promotions.
  10. Smiling while speaking on a telephone makes you sound happier.
  11. Smiling can attract people to you. It opens up opportunities.
  12. Smiling can often be a first facial expression when meeting someone.
  13. It's possible, women smile more than men
  14. A neurologist of the 19th century, Duchenne de Boulogne ran an experiment to discover how many types of smiles there are. The claim is 19.
  15. Smiling reduces stress.
  16. Smiling releases endorphins.
  17. Smiling helps your life span.
  18. Happy people tend to not get sick as often as those who are unhappy.
  19. The current claim to the number of muscles used to smile is 17 out of 43.
  20. 99.7% of people say a smile is a social asset. These numbers vary.
  21. 74% of people believe a bad smile hurts careers. These numbers vary.
  22. 47%of people will notice your smile before anything else. These numbers vary.
  23. At least half of the people you smile at will smile back. These numbers vary.
  24. Less than 25% of people think their smile looks best closed.
  25. Waiters and waitresses tend to be tipped more often because of their inviting smiles.
  26. The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness.
  27. It's free to smile. You pay nothing.
  28. People seem to trust you more with a great smile.
  29. Almost half of the young adults worldwide have untagged themselves from a photo on social media due to their smiles.
  30. Kids laugh a lot more than adults every day. kids overall, laugh from 300-400 times a day while adults overall may laugh about 15 times a day or less.
  31. Babies Can Smile Moments After Birth.



Here's some cool smile quotes:

  1. "Everyone smiles in the same language." - George Carlin
  2. "You'll find that life is still worthwhile if you just smile." - Charlie Chaplin
  3. “A simple smile. That’s the start of opening your heart and being compassionate to others. “– Dalai Lama
  4. "Somehow when you smile, the day seems brighter" - Phil Collins
  5. "Share your smile with the world. It's the symbol of friendship and peace." - Christie Brinkley
  6. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”– Dr. Seuss
  7. “I love those who can smile in trouble.”– Leonardo da Vinci
  8. “The robbed that smile steals something from the thief.”– William Shakespeare
  9. “A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose. “– Tom Wilson
  10. “When things are difficult, smile by faith. Don’t wait until you feel better.”– Joel Osteen
    “A smile is the best makeup any girl can wear.”– Marilyn Monroe
  11. "Smiling is free therapy" - Douglas Horton
  12. “Smile, smile, smile at your mind as often as possible. Your smiling will considerably reduce your mind’s tearing tension.”– Sri Chinmoy
  13. “Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.”– Mark Twain
  14. “Smile! It increases your face value.”– Robert Harling
  15. "You're never fully dressed without a smile." - Martin Charnin
  16. “A smile is a friend maker.”– Bangambiki Habyarimana
  17. “I wake up every day with a smile on my face.”– Henry Ian Cusick
  18. “A smile cures the wounding of a frown.”– William Shakespeare
  19. “Learn to smile at every situation. See it as an opportunity to prove your strength and ability.”– Joe Brown
  20. "When I wake up, I smile because I'm alive and ready to succeed" - Raul Perez


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 treatmentWe 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


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.

Orthodontics For Teens

February 7th, 2020

Orthodontics for teens!

Braces, retainers, and everything else that you want to know about orthodontics!
You've just heard the three words that every teen dreads: “YOU NEED BRACES!”

Braces! What now?
Don't worry! Braces aren't nearly as scary as you may think. In fact, braces today come in a variety of styles, materials, and colors, making life with braces much easier, more comfortable, and even more stylish than in the past.

How long will I have to wear braces?
The amount of time it takes to treat your smile with braces depends on three key factors:

Early treatment — Early treatment allows orthodontists to monitor the growth of the jaw and recommend further orthodontic treatment if it becomes necessary. Not everybody receives early orthodontic treatment; in some cases, it may be recommended that a patient wait to receive treatment.

What needs correction — The amount of treatment needed to correct a problem will determine how long the process takes. Different patients react to treatments differently. While it may take one patient only 12 months to complete treatment, it may take another patient 24 months. Treatment times can vary depending on how quickly your body responds and how much work is needed to give you the show-stopping smile you expect.

YOU! — Your willingness to use the appliances your orthodontist gives you plays a major role in the length of time it takes to complete your treatment. Always remember to take care of your braces and appliances; this truly will help make your treatment shorter!

Braces Your Way!
Our practice offers a variety of braces, types, and styles, to choose from. Some common options include:

Ceramic braces
Invisible braces
Lingual braces
Traditional metal braces

Orthodontic braces are a big part of life for many people your age.
While braces may have had a bad reputation in the past, today's braces make it easy to look good and feel good!

Please contact our practice to schedule your next orthodontic checkup.



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 treatmentWe 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


Common Orthodontic Problems

January 18th, 2020

Common Orthodontic Problems

The way your teeth align and meet together is known as occlusion. Typically, the upper teeth rest above the lower teeth when your jaw is closed and the top surfaces of the molars line up. However, teeth do not always match up. Malocclusion of the teeth is a misalignment problem that can lead to serious oral health complications.
The following problems all classify as Malocclusion of the teeth.


Common Orthodontics Problems

1. Underbite

An underbite, clinically called prognathism, is the malocclusion or
"bad bite" that happens when lower teeth overlap the upper teeth.
Severity can vary between a mild underbite, where the two rows of teeth almost meet;
and a situation wherein the teeth don't meet at all because the gap is so wide.
It can give the impression you're expressing emotion that isn't intended,
and it is, therefore, a common social issue that many are eager to eliminate for good.

The main cause of an underbite is a misalignment of the lower jaw, which is usually present at birth.

The problems associated with an underbite depend on how pronounced it is. If the gap is wide, it can cause:

Eating difficulties

Challenges with speaking
Chronic jaw or joint (TMJ) pain, as well as head- and earaches
Tooth decay from excessive wear of the tooth enamel
Chronic mouth breathing, halitosis, bacterial infections, sleep apnea, snoring, and other nighttime breathing difficulties.


2. Crossbite:

Is when some of the upper teeth close inside the lower teeth rather than the outside. This can form for a variety of reasons. Although a crossbite can be genetic, reasons such as prolonged use of a pacifier or thumb-sucking, delayed loss of baby teeth, and oversized tonsils or adenoids can be the source of a crossbite. Basically, the upper teeth close inside the lower teeth rather than the outside.

Thumb Sucking can create Malocclusion issues

3. Overbite:

It is also called "deep Bite", The upper teeth protrude further than the lower teeth and may completely cover them. Although this can hereditary, an overbite can be caused by a malformed jaw. Underdeveloped lower jaw or an overdeveloped upper jaw can result from the pressure of certain habits children may develop such as thumb-sucking and prolonged bottle-feeding or tongue-thrusting. Chewing on foreign objects can also form an overbite.


4. Overjet:

Overjet although mistaken for an overbite, refers to a horizontal issue while overbites refer to Vertical issues.
Overjet can be genetic, however, in many cases, it is due to childhood habits.
Much like the habits that cause Overbites, these habits include, thumb-sucking, tongue-thrusting, or prolonged bottle or pacifier and can cause the front teeth to splay out over time.

5.Upper Front Teeth Protrusion:

The protrusion of the upper front teeth often is caused by finger and thumb-sucking or tongue thrusting. It is commonly confused with an overbite. The pressure placed on the front teeth causes the teeth to become pushed forward.

Orthodontic treatment can be used to adjust the angle of the teeth and align with the lower teeth of the jaw.



Crowded teeth can make it difficult to brush and floss well which makes things easier for plaque, tartar, and other harmful bacteria to build up. This can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.


7. Spacing:

Spacing also called Diastema, refers to gaps or space between teeth which causes the teeth to not fit normally in the jaw. They are most noticeable in the two upper front teeth but can be from anywhere in the mouth. In children, gaps may disappear once their permanent teeth grow in. Some gaps happen to be large and are a cosmetic issue, but some gaps are small and barely noticeable.


Diastema can be caused by multiple factors and can be determined by genetics.
Jaw bone size and teeth size
Some cases include the size of the jaw bone and the size of teeth and results in teeth being spaced too far apart. An overgrowth of the tissue that borders the gum line and the teeth can also result in a gap.

Bad Habits
Bad habits can also be the culprit for spacing. The pressure that thumb-sucking involves can cause the teeth to pull forward.

Gum Disease
This infection damages the gums and tissue with inflammation and can lead to tooth loss and gaps between the teeth. Signs of gum disease include red and swollen gums, bone loss, loose teeth, and bleeding gums.


8. Openbite

An open bite occurs when the upper and lower teeth do not meet when the mouth is closed. When a person closes their jaw, the teeth will have a gap or opening.

What causes an open bite?
It can be passed down by genetics.
The problem normally corrects itself around the age of four and doesn’t persist into adulthood, however, a child may develop an opening in their bite when they have a mix of baby and permanent teeth and too much bone growth. A lisp can develop as well as other speech impediments.

Temporomandibular joint problems may also be the culprit. The Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge that allows your mouth to open.

Other causes are prolonged pacifier or thumb-sucking, tongue thrusting ( pushing the teeth with the tongue ). Tongue thrusting happens when you push the tongue through the teeth during swallowing or while speaking

Types of Open bites
Anterior open bite is defined as the front teeth not connecting properly when the back teeth have already made contact the opposite is a posterior open bite, where the back teeth don’t touch when the front teeth are closed.

An open bite can be noticed by the following:
Self-consciousness if your smile isn’t how you would like
A lisp or other speech impediments
Increased wear on the back teeth
Difficulty eating some foods



Treating an open bite in early childhood increases the chances of being able to fix an open bite without surgery. Ask your dentist about the options available.


Age Treatment
0-4 Tongue thrusting and open bit are normal. No need for intervention.
Restrict thumb sucking and pacifiers.
7-10 A tongue crib can be worn if tongue thrusting persists.
A dentist can recognize if adult teeth are coming through in an open bite speech therapy for tongue thrusting can start.
11-17 Braces can be fitted to correct an open bite.
Tongue thrusting treatment and therapy will still be successful.
18+ Jaw surgery can happen now that growing has finished. Untreated open bites in adults nearly always need surgery.
Options can include braces and Invisalign. Veneers become an option at this age too.


Open Bite braces will pull teeth back from protruding forward and can place them into proper alignment. The course of treatment can take anywhere from six months to two years and will need to be followed up with retainers. The job of the retainers is to make sure that the teeth do not go back to their old position.

Dentist checkup

Treatment for tongue thrusting

Tongue therapy:
Exercises for the tongue and therapy can be offered through a speech therapist.

Appliances like a tongue crib:
A bit like a retainer, a tongue cradle or crib attaches to your molars and puts a barrier across your mouth so the tongue can’t push forwards.

If a person stops the habit of tongue thrusting, it will not correct the misalignment, but it will make sure the bite problem won’t get worse or relapse after braces treatment is finished.

9. Dental Midlines not Matched

There are two midlines of the teeth between your two upper front incisors and the second between the two bottom center teeth. These lines should form one straight midline all through the center. When these lines do not line up it is clear to see there is a misalignment with the teeth and jaw or tooth size discrepancy.


How is Malocclusion Diagnosed?

We typically break this down in three phases.


The planning Phase:

Check the mouth and teeth.
ask questions about your child's past health.
X-rays will be taken.
photographs of the face and teeth may be taken.
A plaster model of the teeth may be made.

The Orthodontist will make a diagnosis using the diagnostic tools mentioned above. They will develop a customized treatment and recommend custom devices for the gentle movement of the teeth into proper alignment.


Phase 2: Development/Active Phase

This is the part where you are wearing braces or aligners.

Types of braces that may be used:
Traditional fixed braces: individual dental brackets connected by an archwire.
Lingual braces: These are also fixed but fit on the inside of the teeth to make them less visible.

During this phase, you will need to regularly see your orthodontist. The number of times you need to see your orthodontist will greatly depend on the kind of treatment you're receiving and the attributes of your orthodontic issues.


Phase 3: Retention Phase

A very crucial part of orthodontic care is the retention phase.
When the teeth have been correctly aligned, removable devices and fixed braces will be removed.
Your orthodontist will create retainers for you to wear after your braces are removed.
Retainers prevent your teeth from shifting back to their pre-treatment positions.

Your orthodontist will advise you how long you need to wear your retainers.


How Is a Malocclusion of the Teeth Treated?

Most people with mild malocclusion will not require any treatment. However, your dentist may refer you to an orthodontist if your malocclusion is severe
Depending on your type of malocclusion, your orthodontist may recommend various treatments. These can include:


braces to correct the position of the teeth
removal of teeth to correct overcrowding
reshaping, bonding, or capping of teeth
surgery to reshape or shorten the jaw
wires or plates to stabilize the jaw bone



How Can Malocclusion Be Prevented?

Most cases of Malocclusion are hereditary so preventing it may be difficult.
Early detection of malocclusion will cut down the length and severity of the disorder. Start your child's visits at 12 months old and keep up with regular checkups twice a year. For young children, limit pacifier and bottle use to help reduce changes in the development of the jaw.


An Overview:

The treatment of malocclusion of teeth in children typically results in the correction of the problem. The duration of treatment can be reduced with early treatment in childhood and can also be less expensive. Treating malocclusion early will result in a better outcome and faster.


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


Written by RP, CRM, SCD

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


Oral hygiene mistakes to avoid

November 19th, 2019

1. Brushing too fast
brushing should be between 30 seconds and 2 minutes twice a day
You can damage enamel brushing too fast. Slow to moderate speed brush strokes is ideal.



2. Not Flossing
Flossing helps to remove bacteria hidden. In one corner we have gum disease and the other corner, the heavyweight champ, Floss! Gum disease affects mainly adults but can happen at an early age, especially if you don't have a proper oral care routine, which includes flossing every day. Floss comes out the winner!



3. Not using the right toothbrush
We recommend buying a chargeable electric toothbrush.
We realize that is not always an option, so we recommend using toothbrushes with soft bristles as these are much more effective. Avoid buying hard toothbrushes. These can damage tooth enamel and toss out toothbrushes after 2-3 months because they get rough. These can damage tooth enamel.



4. Not brushing your tongue
When brushing your teeth, brushing your tongue gently will rid
of bacteria that gets collected on your tongue called biofilm.
This type of bacteria can lead to bad breath and even tooth damage.
The tongue itself has peaks and troughs that are a perfect place for bacteria to thrive and settle. In fact, Its a leading cause of bad breath.
Let's brush those tongues and battle bacteria.



5. Not rinsing after brushing and flossing
Flossing and brushing is not enough. You can leave particles behind.
Rinsing is an important last step to brushing and flossing. Rinsing will
help rid of these excess particles.


6. Not drinking enough water
Drink plenty of water to avoid dry mouth
dry mouth can result in growth of bacteria and fungi which can,
in turn, lead to bad breath.



7. Frequently Snacking
An occasional treat is fine, but repeated sugar intake and other carbs will increase the risk of cavities. Sugar can stay stuck to your teeth.
These sugars can damage your teeth. Tooth decay is caused by bacteria in
the mouth using sugar from foods and drinks to produce acids that
dissolve and damage the teeth.

It's important to monitor and moderate children's sugar intake.


8. Eating Acidic food at night
The acid in the saliva can damage can affect the health of your gums.
It is said to be best to eat at least two hours before your bedtime.
We recommend brushing the teeth before bedtime. This will help to keep
your mouth clean of acids.



9. Waiting too long before your final brush time and bedtime
It is very important to brush right before you go to bed.
Cavities can develop and grow rapidly when the mouth is dry.
Bacteria will eat away at your teeth eventually creating
holes (cavities) and leaving you without your teeth.
Plaque is also an issue. It can harden to form tartar.
plaque and tartar cause irritation, inflammation, and bleeding of the gums,
as well as dental decay, also known as cavities.
Let's make sure to brush our teeth before bedtime.




This article is intended to provide an understanding and knowledge about
Oral hygiene mistakes to avoid. Always seek advice from a professional dentist with any questions you may have regarding your child and medical conditions or treatments.

Benefits to smiling

October 16th, 2019

Many people can testify to feeling great due to smiling on a daily basis. The act of smiling brings quite a few health benefits. Let's explore the benefits! 

1. Smiling releases endorphins
Smiling helps us feel good. Studies have shown that endorphins are released into the bloodstream when people smile. These natural chemicals help to elevate your mood and relax your body. Smiling can trick your brain into happiness ... and boost your health. Smiling and activating facial muscles can trick your brain into thinking that you are happy and have been seen by specialists to actually trigger happiness when being stressed or feeling down.


2. Smiling is contagious
Ever find your self smiling because someone else was smiling? It happens a lot more often than you may think, especially when our children smile at us or vice versa.
Smiling is an unconscious and automatic response. Since smiling tends to keep us upbeat even when we were down, it creates a good vibe around you which people tend to gravitate to.


3. Smiling Boosts Heart Health
It helps bring stress levels down. Scientists have tested heart rates and have discovered that smiling reduces body stress.


4. Smile to Strengthen Immunity
Laughter and smiling lower risk of cancer. The studies reveal that the brain secrets immunoglobulin ( mucosal antibody used by the immune system to identify and kill bacteria and viruses) Smiling also lowers your blood pressure.


5. Smile for success
Smiling promotes optimism and vice versa. Smiling has been known to help people be in a better mood and keep people in an upbeat state. This can lead to positive vibes. People who feel positive and act positively, tend to be more successful in all they do.


6. Happiness Adds years to your life. Studies have it that smiling can add 7 years to your life. It takes 46 muscles to frown but only 17 to smile. According to experts, a happy disposition and positive outlook on life can have a powerful impact on health.

Whether you want to trick your brain into happiness or not, smiling proves to be a great way to boosting your health. Let's all a smile as often as we can!


How to Prevent Baby Bottle Syndrome

September 13th, 2019

What is  "Baby bottle syndrome?"

Baby bottle syndrome, now known as Early childhood caries ( ECC ),
is defined as the presence of 1 or more decayed teeth or missing teeth
This results in dental caries or (cavities) or filled tooth surfaces in
any primary tooth between birth and 71 months of age.

Below we will explore how to prevent baby bottle syndrome.


1. Giving them unlimited access to beverages overnight can harm their oral health.
Let's explore some reasons why and what we can do.

Issues associated with a bottle overnight:
- The nipple of a bottle prevents saliva from washing away the sugars from the incisors.
bottom front teeth may also be affected
- Milk, juice, and formula all contain simple carbohydrates. Bacterias just love sugars and cause plaque.
- As the bacteria break down fluids, it produces acids that may harm baby's tooth enamel.


What can we do?:
- A bottle or a sippy cup with water overnight is better than milk or juice.
however, babies should breastfeed or drink for the first 6 months before giving them more water.
The formula itself should not be too diluted with water. Giving babies too much water can affect appetite.
- If your child falls asleep while feeding, remove the bottle as soon as you notice your baby is no longer sucking.

- Teach your child to drink from a cup rather than a bottle by about six months. Children should be weaned from the bottle by about one-year-old.
- Changing a child's diet may help prevent baby bottle tooth decay. More about this below.


2. Keep them Hydrated during the day
Adequate hydration is essential for growing babies. They are more prone to dehydration than adults are.


Here are some signs of dehydration to watch out for:
Less elasticity in the skin.
Eyes and fontanel (or soft spot on the head) appear sunken.
Decrease or absence of tears.
Dry mouth.
more than 6 hours without a wet diaper.
Decrease the number of wet diapers.
urine looks or smells stronger.
rapid breathing
High heart rate



3. Changing a child's diet may help prevent baby bottle tooth decay.


Employing the following changes can help:

a. Gradually dilute the bottle contents with water over a period of two to three weeks.
b. Once that period is over, if you give a child a bottle, fill it with water or give the child a clean pacifier recommended by a dentist. The only safe liquid to put in a bottle to prevent baby bottle tooth decay is water.
c. Decrease consumption of sugar, especially between meals.
d. Children should be weaned from the bottle as soon as they can drink from a cup, but the bottle should not be taken away too soon, since the sucking motion aids in the development of facial muscles, as well as the tongue.


4. Clean their teeth

Cleaning baby's teeth can begin as soon as the first tooth pokes through the gums.
however, even though the teeth have not fully come out, doctors recommend brushing the gums to rid particles and bacteria. Use a clean, damp washcloth, gauze pad or a finger brush to gently wipe clean the first teeth and front of the tongue. Massage the gums and gingival tissues\
once a day until they turn 12 months old.

As for the toothbrush, it should be soft and have no more than three rows of bristles.
A pea-sized amount of toothpaste should be applied. Toss out any toothbrushes that have become rough or after using 2-4 months. This is because nasty mouth bacteria can begin to build up.



For babys toothbrushing time:

* Nice and gentle
* Sing a song for distraction
* Let baby examine the toothbrush a little bit.
* Colorful silicone finger brushes with nubs are a great way to move to the next level
from a washcloth and then to a brush.

When baby is ready to brush on their own, they will start grabbing for the brush.


5. Bring your baby to their first dental visit after the first tooth erupts. (Typically before age one)
Your baby needs to be healthy, be able to chew and speak, have strong teeth, and a strong jaw.
Medical and Dental professionals recommend that baby's first visit should be
within 6 months of the first tooth coming in (erupting), or by about 12 months at the latest.




This article is intended to provide an understanding and knowledge about baby bottle syndrome and babies' dental health. Always seek the advice of a professional dentist
with any questions, you may have regarding your child and medical conditions or treatments.

6 Foods that are good for your teeth

August 3rd, 2019

According to the American Dental Association, dental health is one of the
the first area to decline is your oral health when your diet is less than ideal.

Dental health is a part of your overall health. Below you will find some foods that
contribute to healthy teeth.


1. Cheese
Dairy products, such a s milk and cheese, contain casein protein, which stabilizes and repairs enamel.
Be sure to check labels to ensure that that it has calcium and what recommended amount each serving is giving you.
Cheese fortifies bones with calcium.



2. Leafy Greens
Spinach, peas, peppers oh my. They're full of vitamins and minerals and are low in calories. Chewing a lot generates saliva that cleans and rinses your teeth while also neutralizing the acid. Not only are leafy greens packed with fiber, Chewing on leafy greens supports this activity



3. Wild Salmon
Not only does Wild Salmon provide health benefits like heart-healthy vitamin B12,
it provides bone-building vitamin D and calcium, making it an all-round superfood
for helping to maintain healthy teeth and gums


4. Green Tea
Regularly drinking green tea can protect against cavities, gum disease and bad breath,
according to a 2016 study that compiled research on the beverage's oral health effects.]
Kids may be reluctant at first to drink green tea but many of them love it with honey.
The antibacterial properties of the honey will affect the flushing of bad bacteria.



5. Carrot Sticks
Carrot sticks act as weapons for fighting cavities as they act as a natural toothbrush.
This crunchy vegetable is high in plaque-attacking as well as vitamin A,
which is crucial for strengthening delicate tooth enamel.


6. Naturally sweet raisins
Raisins contain phytochemicals, which may kill bacteria that cause plaque.
Raisins do not contain table sugar and sucrose.



This article is intended to provide an understanding and knowledge about foods that support dental health. Always seek the advice of a professional dentist
with any questions you may have regarding your child and medical conditions or treatments.


7 Vitamins and minerals that keep your teeth strong

July 2nd, 2019

7 vitamins and minerals your mouth needs
Want healthy teeth and gums? Make sure your diet features these key ingredients. These nutritional building blocks are essential for your dental health.

No surprises here — calcium is well known as a friend for teeth. Throughout the body, the mineral helps build bones and provide structural support. In your mouth, calcium helps harden your enamel and strengthen your jawbone.

What to eat: In addition to milk, good sources of calcium include cheese, yogurt, broccoli, and salmon.


Vitamin D
Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium while boosting bone mineral density, so it’s crucial to get an adequate amount of vitamin D to get the most out of your calcium intake.

What to eat: Your body naturally makes vitamin D when it’s exposed to sunlight, but the vitamin can also be found in fatty fish, canned tuna and portobello mushrooms. You can also look for foods and drinks that have been fortified with vitamin D, such as milk, orange juice, and cereal.



Like vitamin D, potassium improves bone mineral density. It also works with magnesium to prevent blood from becoming too acidic, which can leach calcium from your bones and teeth.

What to eat: Bananas are well-known sources of potassium, but they’re not alone. Other fruits and vegetables with high levels of the mineral include lima beans, tomatoes, Swiss chard, potatoes, sweet potatoes, avocados, and prunes.


Phosphorus supports calcium in building strong bones and teeth.

What to eat: Luckily, phosphorus is found in a wide range of foods. Rich sources of the mineral include seafood, such as scallops, sardines, cod, shrimp, tuna and salmon. If you’re looking to get your phosphorus from plant-based foods, consider soybeans, lentils and pumpkin seeds. You can also find phosphorus in beef, pork, and cheese.


Vitamin K
Think of this vitamin as a shield – it helps block substances that break down bone. It also helps your body produce osteocalcin, a protein that supports bone strength. A vitamin K deficiency can slow down your body’s healing process and make you more likely to bleed.

What to eat: Chowing down on leafy greens, such as kale, collards, and spinach, can help you increase your vitamin K quota. Other great sources include parsley, broccoli, and Brussel sprouts.



Vitamin C
Vitamin C strengthens your gums and the soft tissue in your mouth. It can protect against gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, and can prevent your teeth from loosening.

What to eat: You probably already know that citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, but you can also find it in potatoes and leafy greens.


Vitamin A
This vitamin helps keep mucous membranes healthy. It prevents dry mouth and helps your mouth heal quickly.

What to eat: For strong gums and teeth, load up on fish, egg yolks and liver. You can also find it in leafy green vegetables like spinach, kale and collard greens, or in orange-colored fruits and oranges: think apricots, cantaloupe, pumpkin, carrots, and sweet potatoes. These fruits and veggies contain high levels of beta-carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A.


This article is intended to provide an understanding and knowledge about
Vitamins and minerals that keep teeth strong. Always seek advice from a professional dentist with any questions you may have regarding your child and medical conditions or treatments.


Complete Article cited: Delta Dental, April 2016.
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How sugary drinks harm your teens teeth | Teens and sugary drinks

February 15th, 2019

How sugary drinks harm your teen's teeth
| Teens and sugary drinks

The number of teenagers who consume soda today has nearly doubled from what it was several years ago. Sodas and other carbonated beverages typically contain an excessive amount of sugars and acidic flavorings that erode tooth enamel, which can ultimately lead to tooth decay.

Sipping soda through a straw can reduce the contact these beverages have with your teeth, essentially minimizing the damage. In addition, drinking water after soda helps to rinse your mouth and reduce your risk of cavities. To help keep your teeth strong for your lifetime, limit your intake of carbonated beverages.

Teens and Soda | harm teeth

Exploring the two main effects sugary beverages have on your teeth

When soft drinks encounter tooth enamel( the protective layer on your teeth) the acids begin and continue to reduce the hardness of the enamel. As you drink more sugary drinks, the acids tend to do more damage.

The next layer behind the enamel is the dentin. The acids can and will damage this layer which will then develop cavities. This develops over time as people who drink soft drinks regularly.

Some of the most common soft drinks and even drinks marked as "healthy" have loads of sugar in them.
Lots of Sugar
Energy Drinks
Chocolate Milk
Fruit Punch

Better Choices
Unsweetened Tea
Plain Sparkling Water
These have little to no sugar.

Don't sip:
The longer you take to drink your drink, the more time the acids and sugar have to damage your teeth. Drinking at a faster but safe pace will allow the harmful acidy beverage less time to damage your teeth.

Use Straws and drink in moderation:
Using a straw when you drink soda may help avoid cavities and tooth decay,
but the straw needs to be in the right place. Using straws is a helpful method of drinking
beverages like soda because the straw sets passed the teeth.
They will not completely help prevent cavities however, this is why drinking in moderation is also advised. The less harmful and sugary drinks are consumed,
the better the chance to preventing cavities.

Rinse your mouth with water afterward:
Flushing your mouth with some water after drinking soda will help wash away any remaining sugars and acids, and stop them from attacking your teeth.

Brushing Tip, Wait before you brush:

brushing immediately after drinking a soft drink or sugary beverage is not a good idea.
This is because the teeth that are recently attacked by acid are vulnerable and can
easily be damaged due to the added friction to the acid.
Brushing your teeth twice a day is highly recommended.

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