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THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH EDUCATION
By Masha Pelts, DDS
10/17/17 

While there has been improvement in children’s oral health in the last few decades, tooth decay remains one of the most common childhood diseases. If untreated it can lead to irreversible damage, pain, lost school time and even more serious general health problems. As parents, it’s important that we teach our children about oral health and overall health to help them develop good habits at a young age. In fact, it should be an integral part of a child’s curriculum and activities at school. 

The good news is that there are schools with programs in place that implement oral health into curricula, and children tend to be receptive to the guidance they receive in a familiar, classroom environment. Surrounding our office in Forest Hills there are many schools that provide a healthy environment, oral health education, and school health services along with community projects and outreach. These schools’ oral health education often consists of explaining the importance and “how to” of maintaining a healthy diet, teeth cleaning and other preventative measures, influencing students’ oral health knowledge, beliefs, attitudes and behavior, empowering them to take control over their own health.

 Additional benefits of attending a health-promoting school include:

  • Children are particularly receptive during this period and the earlier the habits are established, the longer lasting the impact
  • Education is reinforced regularly throughout the school years
  • Through students, health promotion messages can be passed on to other members of the family
  • Schools can take the lead role in advocating and lobbying for general as well as oral health, creating a school-home-community interaction
  • Schools can provide meal options that promote healthy eating and sensible sugar intake

 As parents and community members we can all can communicate with our Forest Hills schools on what measures are being taken and reinforce the healthy habits our children are learning at home.

At Renaissance Dental, we provide comprehensive care children, as well as adults. My team and I are highly trained and implement the highest level of technology in the dental field. We focus on the overall health of our patients, and how dental health plays into it.

Though health is our primary focus, we also value our patients’ time. We offer flexible scheduling, short wait times and fast wifi so you can work while you’re in our office.  We keep a meticulously clean environment and offer some of the comforts of home, as well: we have a TV in every room so that you can watch your favorite ESPN or HGTV shows during your appointment!

Our friendly staff looks forward to meeting you. Contact us today at (718) 275-0101 or…


BUILDING SELF ESTEEM AS WELL AS A SMILE

By Masha Pelts, DDS 
6/22/17

There are many articles and blog posts about the benefits of a healthy smile as it relates to increased self-esteem, including more confidence, which carries over to their interactions with peers and adults.However, many don’t address the role of dentists in helping to maximize self-esteem throughout treatment. That’s where I focus much of my energy.

When children come to my practice, they need to leave my office feeling safe, comfortable and confident. That’s my mission. I always focus on giving children the tools they need to keep their smile healthy, but I also make sure that he or she feels great every time we meet. Here’s how:

  • All children are unique, and dental care has to be customized to work with that child’s personality.
  • We become friends. I’m genuinely interested in what is going on in that child’s life.
  • I am always aware that there is a child attached to the teeth. You cannot be successful without paying attention to both.

Above all, I am there for kids with questions and support.

At Renaissance Dental, we provide comprehensive care children, as well as adults. My team and I are highly trained and implement the highest level of technology in the dental field. We focus on the overall health of our patients, and how dental health plays into it.

Though health is our primary focus, we also value our patients’ time. We offer flexible scheduling, short wait times and fast wifi so you can work while you’re in our office.  We strive to make you feel at home, keeping a meticulously clean environment and offering some of the comforts of home, as well: we have a coffee machine in the waiting room and a TV in every treatment room.

Our friendly staff looks forward to meeting you. Contact us today at (718) 275-0101, and you can also:


Childhood Oral Hygiene and The Role Parents Play
By Dr. Masha Pelts
2/16/17

The foundation for healthy teeth is established during the first years of life. Making healthy food choices, brushing well and visiting the dentist for regular checkups are all practices that will help prevent issues with your little one’s tiny teeth now, and ensure the development of strong and healthy permanent teeth.

Parents serve as role models for this behavior– children learn best through imitation. However,  involvement in your child’s oral health is also key during the early years, when dexterity is still developing.

Here are some tips for parents of young children, to help keep your littles’ oral health on the right track:

  • As soon as the first teeth show up, parents should begin brushing them. Use a pea-sized amount of children’s non-fluoridated toothpaste.

  • Brush your child’s teeth yourself twice per day (if you can!) until about age 2. At this point you can switch to a small amount of regular toothpaste. When they start wanting to brush themselves, encourage them but re-brush the hard to clean areas.

  • At age 6, children are usually able to brush their teeth well on their own. In this phase, parents should continue supervising regular brushing efforts, and should do so up until around age 12 when the second molars come in.

At Renaissance Dental, we provide comprehensive care for adults as well as children. My team and I are highly trained and implement the highest level of technology in the dental field. We focus on the overall health of our patients, and how dental health plays into it.

Though health is our primary focus, we also value our patients’ time. We offer flexible scheduling, short wait times and fast wifi so you can work while you’re in our office.  We strive to make you feel at home, keeping a meticulously clean environment and offering some of the comforts of home, as well: we have a coffee machine in the waiting room and a TV in every treatment room.

Our friendly staff looks forward to meeting you. Contact us today at (718) 275-0101. You can also:


The Connection Between Dental and Overall Health
By Dr. Masha Pelts
8/29/16

Your oral health impacts your overall health in serious ways. Your mouth- like the rest of your body- is full of bacteria. Most of the bacteria is harmless and easily handled by your body’s natural defenses. Healthy habits such as brushing your teeth and flossing daily help your body keep all the bacteria under control. Lack of proper hygiene can cause these bacteria levels to increase dramatically leading to tooth decay and gum disease.

Oral bacteria and the inflammation related to periodontitis, which is severe gum disease, may play a role in other diseases, according to studies. Your oral health may contribute to endocarditis. Endocarditis is when bacteria from other parts of your body, such as your mouth, travel through your bloodstream and attack parts of the inner lining of your heart. Cardiovascular disease, clogged arteries and stroke can be linked to the inflammation and infections caused by oral bacteria, according to research. Severe periodontitis in pregnant woman has been linked to low birth weight and preterm birth. There has even been a link established between poor oral health and pneumonia. The CDC states an improvement in oral health can lead to fewer respiratory infections.

Worsening of oral health is not uncommon in patients who have diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, eating disorders, and osteoporosis. Brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, eating well, replacing your toothbrush approximately every 3 months, and avoiding tobacco use are all ways you can work to improve your dental and overall health. Last but not least, be sure you are attending regular dental appointments. A dental team you can trust is very important. You will need to have open lines of communication when it comes to your lifestyle, medications and health concerns.

My team and I are highly trained and implement the highest level of technology in the dental field. Though we focus on your health, we also value your time. We offer flexible scheduling, short wait times and fast wifi so you can work while you’re in our office.  We strive to make you feel at home, keeping a meticulously clean environment and offering some of the comforts of home, as well: we have a coffee machine in the waiting room and a TV in every treatment room. Our friendly staff looks forward to meeting you.