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Real Life

The Fight Against

Type 1 Diabetes in Westchester County

By Bob Berry

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Your Family’s Health | Spring • Summer 2014


ike so many other 4-year-olds, William White was ready to start kindergarten in the fall. He knew his colors, had the basics of counting to 10, sneezing into the crook of his arm and saying please and thank you. William could even recite the alphabet in order. So it was routine when William’s parents, Linda and Michael White, took him for a physical prior to starting school. During the exam, Linda mentioned to their pediatrician that her son seemed excessively thirsty and was making frequent trips to the bathroom. William had even wet his bed several times, something he hadn’t done since he was a toddler. William’s pediatrician thought it might be prudent to test his blood glucose levels. According to his dad, “William’s blood sugar was off the charts.” William had developed type 1 diabetes, or T1D, an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks and destroys the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. Without the presence of insulin in the body, glucose builds up in the bloodstream and the cells of the body are unable to process the glucose, which the body uses for energy. Left unchecked, T1D can cause coma and death. Even when the disease is managed, it takes a toll on the vascular system and can cause heart disease, stroke, blindness and a host of other secondary complications. T1D is more prevalent in wealthier, developed nations with Finland having the highest incidence of the disease on a global level. Locally, we have some districts with a handful of cases and others with a larger number of diagnosed children. Researchers are baffled as to the exact cause of T1D. Currently clinical trials through Trial Net are ongoing to determine familial links and other links that might be a connection. Meeting the Challenge Kids with T1D and their families do learn to cope and thrive and lead happy, productive lives largely due to involved parenting, dedicated medical professionals and support organizations like the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

William White is now 8 years old and attends school like any other child. His mom contributes William’s success to the school nurses and their partnership in his care. “There is a lot of detail to deal with during the course of an average school day. William’s blood sugar must be tested at least six times per day and certain times of the day it’s very critical.” William uses an insulin pump to deliver insulin, the much-needed hormone into his body. The school nurse also checks the device to see that it is delivering the proper amount of insulin. She is also there to administer snacks if William’s blood sugar dips too low. A Doctor’s Experience Debra Etelson M.D. is a pediatrician working in southern Westchester, and the mother of two children with T1D. In addition to her practice, she also writes a blog ( about the trials and triumphs of living with T1D. She affirms the importance of a trained school nurse. “The disease is extremely complicated to manage with small kids, it takes on a life of its own,” says Etelson. “My kids are real champions, and as they’re getting older they’re becoming more and more responsible and knowledgeable about their disease. But it’s more than any child can handle on an hour-tohour, daily basis. A professional nurse with training specific to T1D is essential.” JDRF Thanks to a program developed by JDRF, school nurses are getting the training they need to partner with the T1D student and their family to ensure the best possible outcome during the school day. JDRF is very proactive in making sure that nurses have the tools they need in regards to students with T1D. “We understand the challenges and the risks,” says Margie Ostrower, executive director of JDRF in Westchester, Hudson Valley and Fairfield County, Conn.

This intimate understanding of the disease is the ongoing impetus for JDRF to run training classes for school nurses in the area. “JDRF has an ongoing program designed to train school nurses in T1D care,” adds Ostrower. A New Initiative Recently a joint venture between JDRF and the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) was announced: “Thanks to the wonderful people at Montefiore,” says Ostrower, “we’re stepping up our game in training school nurses in T1D protocol.” This new joint venture announced on Feb. 11, 2014 will be in place for two years and will have a special focus on reaching out to the T1D community as well as to health care providers working with T1D patients, especially school nurses. Monthly meetings for parents and caretakers of T1D kids will be run by JDRF and will cover topics such as nutrition, devices, testing, and the social and emotional effects of the disease. In addition, CHAM will be spearheading a major effort to provide in depth training to school nurses in the 33 Westchester school districts. The programs will be led by Nurse Practitioners from Montefiore and will cover the full range of skills needed to manage the care of children with T1D within the school environment. Living with T1D is an ongoing challenge, but understanding, education and compassionate care is the key to giving these children a better quality of life. As Linda White says, “The main goal is to keep things as normal as possible, William is an 8-yearold boy first. He loves baseball, video games and to have fun like any other kid his age. He isn’t defined by the disease.” With the ongoing efforts of organizations like JDRF and The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, many more children in our area will be living happy and healthy lives managing T1D more successfully. Bob Berry is a freelance-based writer and illustrator.

You Can Help! JDRF is a global leader in funding research on the causes and potential cures for type 1 diabetes. If you wish to help the JDRF or need information on T1D you can contact them directly at 914-686-7700 or visit them on the web at If you’re more hands on and want to help raise money, the JDRF is sponsoring its 2014 Westchester Walk to Cure Diabetes event on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at the Yonkers Raceway at Empire City Casino in Yonkers, N.Y. To register for the walk, organize a team or sign up to volunteer, you can contact their office at 914-686-7700 or email | Spring • Summer 2014


Pregnancy & Newborn Care

Pregnancy and Gum Disease Y

ou’re pregnant – congratulations! Stock up on prenatal vitamins, buy your requisite copy of What to Expect When You’re Expecting and call your dentist. Yes, it is not only your obstetrician you need to see, but your dentist too. Pregnant women are more at risk for gum disease, benign oral tumors and should be aware of what treatments are necessary and which to avoid.

a link between gum disease and premature delivery of the infant. Rosser also warns of “pregnancy tumors,” benign growths at the gum line that up to 10 percent of women develop. These are also known as granuloma of pregnancy, pyogenic granuloma or lobular capillary hemangioma, and you should speak to your dentist about treatment.

Take Care Sabrina Magid Katz, D.M.D. of Advanced Dentistry of Westchester informs, “Healthy gums are an important part of a healthy pregnancy. Periodontal or gum disease can be related to low birth weight and premature babies. Regular check-ups and cleanings help avoid and combat the inflammation that typically occurs during pregnancy.” The reason pregnant women are more at risk for dental problems is due to hormone changes that can cause gums to swell, bleed and trap food, all of which can cause infection. According to Mary Rosser, M.D., Ph.D., Ob/Gyn, Montefiore Medical Center, who practices in Larchmont, “Certain bacteria may flourish and cause inflammation of the gums and cause a condition known as gingivitis. Up to 70 percent of pregnant women may be affected at any time during pregnancy. The gums become more sensitive to plaque and if gum disease exists before pregnancy, the condition may worsen.” She notes that there is

Emergency Treatment But what if you develop an infection or need emergency treatment such as tooth extraction or root canal? According to Katz, the best time to have this or any necessary treatment is the second trimester. She says local dental anesthesia is generally safe and worth using to prevent pain or infection. Her office also has technology such as lasers and air abrasion that are comfortable without anesthesia and are completely safe. As for X-rays, if your dentist has imminent concern and deems this necessary, you will be covered with a shield. Digital X-rays have a very low radiation, with less exposure than a cross-country flight. Katz recommends postponing regular check-up X-rays until after pregnancy unless there is a particular concern and communicating with your dentist about any concerns you may have. Both doctors agree that routine dental care throughout life is essential, and proper oral hygiene prior to pregnancy can reduce the risk of requiring emergency treatment during pregnancy.


Your Family’s Health | Spring • Summer 2014

By Miriam Longobardi

Keep in Mind During the first trimester organ development of the fetus occurs and during the third trimester it is best to avoid lying on your back, often the position in the dentist’s chair, as doing so may cause preterm labor. Elective or unnecessary dental procedures such as whitening of the enamel should be postponed until after pregnancy. Should the need arise for treatment requiring anesthesia, lidocaine is a local anesthetic commonly used to numb the gums for dental procedures. Husband-and-wife team Jyoti Srivastava, M.S., D.D.S. and Robert Castracane D.M.D., General Dentist & Implant Specialist of Eastside Dental Medicine in Manhattan note that while lidocaine does cross the placenta it is labeled Category B indicating it may be safely used while pregnant. Good oral hygiene, pregnant or not, reduces the likelihood of requiring emergency procedures. Taking extra care to maintain the health of your teeth and gums while pregnant can reduce the risk of infections that have been known to cause preterm birth. So between your prenatal visits to your doctor be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist to assess any risk factors you may be facing. Many problems can be avoided by early detection and treatment and that information, along with your happy news, is another reason to smile. Miriam Longobardi is a freelance writer based in Westchester County.

Teething 101 By Karen Roberts


ring up the topic of teething and expect to get a hundred different remedies from moms and healthcare experts. Teething symptoms can be different from baby to baby. Going through this stage can be painful or go smoothly for both parents and toddlers. Crankiness to sleeplessness is often blamed on teething, and with such a large swath of possibilities what are some of the basics parents need to know? “Sometimes it’s teething, sometimes it’s not,” says Alanna Levine, M.D., a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics. Often parents attribute certain behavior to teething when it can be difficult to be certain. “It’s really hard to tell if it’s really teething. Generally, what I tell parents is you’ll know when a tooth comes out, and it takes a couple days to break through the gum,” she says.

The Facts What we do know is that teething can start as early as 4 months and toddlers don’t get their full set of primary teeth until they reach 3 years old. With 20 pearly whites in total, this can be a lengthy process for the whole family. Baby’s first teeth will likely be that adorable bottom middle pair. Next to break through are the four top front teeth. After that, other teeth begin filling in – incisors, molars and canines, most likely in pairs. When little ones get their wider teeth known as first molars at around 13-19 months, they may seem fussy because these teeth are more difficult to cut, but chewing becomes much easier. And by month 23-31, most of the baby teeth are in and there’s less pain. Primary teeth are smaller and even whiter than permanent teeth. Symptoms and Relief Some pediatricians disagree about what are real teething symptoms versus growth stages. For example, “A lot of parents confuse drooling with teething, but babies drool,” says Levine. Also associated with teething: gum swelling, irritability, biting behavior, refusal of food and sleep problems.

Here Comes a Tooth! Here’s a guideline from the American Dental Association of when to expect those pearly whites. It is important to remember that eruption times can vary from child to child. If your baby is excessively crying or has a fever you should consult your physician.

Upper Teeth Eruptions • central incisor 8-12 months • lateral incisor 9-13 months • canine (cuspid) 16-22 months • first molar 13-19 months • second molar 25-33 months

Lower Teeth Eruptions • second molar 23-31 months • first molar 14-18 months • canine (cuspid) 17-23 months • lateral incisor 10-16 months • central incisor 6-10 months

For soothing pain, doctors recommend something cold as the first line of defense. Think of a teething ring or even a wet washcloth to relieve discomfort. There are a variety of teething rings to choose from, in a favorite character or color for your child. A big seller is Sophie the Giraffe; the French toy is made of 100 percent natural rubber and food paint. Sophie does double duty as a chew-friendly teething ring and squeak toy, but she will set you back about $20 to ease the pain. Whatever teething ring you choose, keep it chilled in the refrigerator for easy access throughout the day. If your baby has irritated or swollen gums use light massage with a clean finger for a couple of minutes. If the pain is severe, parents can give acetaminophen, with dosage based on the weight of a child. Pediatricians warn against over medicating, but say it’s permissible occasionally during the teething process. Caution One remedy not recommended by pediatricians is the use of teething gels. In April 2011, the Federal

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Drug Administration (FDA) warned against the use of benzocaine, an ingredient found in teething gel. The use of the drug can lead to a rare, but sometimes fatal, blood disorder called methemoglobinemia, especially dangerous for children under 2 years old. Rubbing a bit of scotch or other alcohol on aching gums is a thing of the past. Even small amounts of alcohol can be toxic to infants and toddlers. As with any other unexplained or prolonged illness, if there is excessive crying or a fever, consult your physician. So parents can plan on a few restless nights or afternoons, while your baby goes through this important developmental change. Introducing some dental hygiene habits at this time is not a bad idea, a baby toothbrush and non-fluoride toothpaste for those less than 24 months is recommended. This is mainly because babies may swallow the toothpaste. The 20 baby teeth start to fall out at around 6 years old, to be replaced by the permanent 32, so you have plenty of time to practice your tooth fairy routine. Karen Roberts is a freelance writer.


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Child & Teen Care

Brace Yourself! It’s Time for Orthodontia A

my Stewart first took her daughter, Emily, to an orthodontist for a screening in late elementary school. The orthodontist recommended early treatment, but Amy wasn’t convinced. She got a second and third opinion and carefully weighed her options. In the end, she decided to go with a more conservative approach. Emily got her braces when she was 12 and wore them for three years. “I worried about the total length of time Emily would spend in braces,” said Amy, “as well as the total cost. I needed some clear-cut parameters around the treatment plan.” Amy’s experience is certainly not unique. Many parents have heard about a growing trend to start orthodontia at younger ages. They wonder if this is really necessary and also wonder what the total cost will be. Another common concern is whether a child will have to go through two rounds of braces. Early Screening Early adolescence is still the preferred time to start orthodontics for most kids, says Board Certified Orthodontist, Clifton Speaks, because this is the age when children have usually gained all their adult teeth. The American Association of Orthodontics does recommend that all children receive an initial screening around age 7. These screenings are typically free and are designed to uncover


developmental problems that need to be addressed early to avoid more severe problems later. “Parents should know that early treatment is problem focused,” says Speaks. “The goal is to quickly correct these specific problems.” So who is a candidate for early braces? Ricky Harrell, BS, D.M.D. and Professor and Director of Clinical Affairs at University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine’s Department of Orthodontics, offers some clear guidelines. He says one of the most common reasons for early orthodontia is protruding upper front teeth. These teeth are prone to injury and can also impair speech. Children who have difficulty biting or chewing, or who grind or clench their teeth, should also be evaluated. Less commonly, a parent may request braces early, especially if a child’s teeth are a source of teasing or social embarrassment. During an evaluation for skeletal problems, the orthodontist should take x-rays, photographs of the mouth and face, and impressions of the teeth, as well as conduct a thorough exam. Together, the orthodontist, parents and child should make a decision as to when to start treatment. Program Plan For most children, the initial screening won’t mean immediate orthodontia, but rather, a long-term plan.

Your Family’s Health | Spring • Summer 2014

By Julie Christensen

Early intervention can allow the orthodontist to follow and monitor development and time treatment at a point that is ideal for each patient. If, however, your orthodontist recommends early treatment, ask plenty of questions until you feel comfortable. “You should leave the consultation with more knowledge about your child’s problem than the contract or the payment plan,” says Speaks. “If you are uncomfortable with the orthodontist’s diagnosis and treatment plan, get a second, third or even fourth opinion.” Keep in mind that if you opt for early treatment, the focus of the treatment will be on correcting skeletal problems and straightening the front four teeth, since those are likely the only permanent teeth your child has. Once these problems are corrected, your child will wear a retainer until all of her baby teeth are lost. At this point, your orthodontist can reevaluate to see if a second round of braces is necessary. Since early treatment focuses on correcting developmental problems, rather than straightening teeth, most kids who go through early treatment need a second round of braces. “Children who go through early treatment have problems that go above and beyond the norm,” says Speaks. A second phase is usually necessary to finalize the correction of their bite and to align their teeth perfectly.”

Cost The cost for early treatment is usually less than for full orthodontic treatment because it’s less involved. However, if your child needs a second round of braces, you’ll pay more in the end. If your dental insurance covers braces, you’ll usually pay an amount stipulated by the insurance company. If you don’t have insurance, costs can range from $5,000 to $10,000 for a complete orthodontia package. Most orthodontists require a down payment, with the remaining estimated balance broken down into monthly payments. Your child’s dentist may initially recommend an orthodontic screening, but don’t panic. Early screenings are a normal part of preventative dentistry. And, if your orthodontist does recommend early intervention, you’re still in the driver’s seat. Shop around, ask questions and understand the process. Julie Christensen is a writer, mother of four and former teacher.

Choosing an Orthodontist Time for an orthodontic check-up? Consider this advice on finding an experienced, qualified orthodontist. Go with an orthodontist, rather than your family dentist. Orthodontists go through four years of dental school, followed by two to three years of specialized training. Look for an orthodontist who is (or has been) Board Certified, which means he participates in ongoing, voluntary training and exams. Beware of smoking deals. Also, when comparing prices or looking at deals, be sure to verify what is included. Does it cover all treatments? Are retainers included? Go with your gut. A round of orthodontia typically lasts from one to three years. You should choose an orthodontist that both you and your child feel comfortable with.

Conditions That May Require Early Orthodontia Listed below are the conditions that may require early orthodontia, according to Ricky E. Harrell, BS, D.M.D., Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontists. Early or late loss of baby teeth Difficulty in chewing or biting Persistent mouth breathing Persistent sucking of the thumb, fingers or other oral habits Crowded, misplaced or blocked out teeth Jaws that shift, make sounds protrude or are recessed Speech difficulties attributable to malposition of teeth Persistent biting of the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth Protruding teeth Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all Facial imbalance or asymmetry Grinding or clenching of the teeth Inability to keep lips closed comfortably About 70 percent of kids in the U.S. have an improper bite, although not all cases need braces. | Spring • Summer 2014


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Combined Practice

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Street Address



Ardsley D

Advanced Dental of Ardsley

1055 Saw Mill River Rd., Ste. 201

(914) 693-7570


Charles Strick, D.D.S.

20 Center St.

(914) 693-6990


Elliot R. Storm, D.D.S.

1055 Saw Mill River Rd.

(914) 693-3989


Mark S. Briskin D.D.S. Fine Comprehensive Dentistry

1053 Saw Mill River Rd., Ste. 107

(914) 693-1221

Armonk D

Advanced Dental Care Of Armonk

2 Byram Brook Place, Ste. 2

(914) 730-7373


Fred P. Tripodi D.D.S. Family Dentistry

530 Main St.

(914) 273-4071


Westchester Orthodontics, P.C.

2 Byram Brook Place

(914) 273-9191

634 Old Post Rd., P.O. Box 300

(914) 234-6632

64 Griffin Ave.

(914) 241-9205

Bedford O

Jeffrey S. Rubinstein, D.D.S., P.C.

Bedford Hills O

Bedford Dental Care

Briarcliff Manor D

Briarcliff Dental Associates

1117 Pleasantville Rd.

(914) 923-4900


Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry

1312 Pleasantville Rd.

(914) 941-2000


Briarcliff Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics

77 Sunset Dr.

(914) 762-6260


Briarcliff Family Dentistry

325 S Highland Ave.

(914) 923-6688


Briarcliff Pediatric Dentistry

325 South Highland Ave.

(914) 762-4151


Briarcliff Smile Design

541 N. State Rd., 2nd Floor

(914) 762-0222


Dr. Fred Friedman

190 N. State Rd.

(914) 944-0248


James A. Ward, D.D.S.

141 N. State Rd., Ste. GR1

(914) 941-4614


Robert B. Amsterdam D.M.D. Family Dental Practice

190 N. State Rd., Ste. 201

(914) 762-3131

Bronxville D

Bronxville Dental

65 Pondfield Rd, Ste. 1

(914) 961-2434


Ciccio & Demarest Orthodontics

1 Pondfield Rd., Ste. 304

(914) 337-4700


Geller Family Dental

850 Bronx River Rd.

(914) 776-1122


Henry A. Blom, D.D.S. General & Cosmetic Dentistry

10 Studio Arcade

(914) 337-1157


John A. Bobinski D.D.S.

801 Bronx River Rd.

(914) 237-5482


Dr. Minoli, Dr. Kanganis, Dr. Vijay

20 Studio Arcade

(914) 337-6536


Quentin M. Murphy, D.D.S., PC

77 Pondfield Rd.

(914) 337-1004


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Special Advertising Supplement

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Orthodontist Guide

Street Address



Chappaqua D

Chappaqua Smiles

1 S. Greeley Ave., Ste. 202

(914) 238-0202


Lipari & Mangiameli

125 King St.

(914) 238-0213


Luciana Lombardi, D.D.S.

16 S. Bedford Rd.

(914) 238-5884

Cortlandt Manor D

Cortlandt Manor Dental

99 Locust Ave.

(914) 737-5700


Dr. J. Murray Gruss, D.D.S.

2117 Crompond Rd.

(914) 739-7000


Glaser Orthodontics

1983 Crompond Rd., Ste. 103

(914) 739-6400


Hudson Valley Dental Medicine

1983 Crompond Rd., Ste. 202

(914) 737-5421

Croton Falls C

North Salem Dental Care

597 Route 22, P.O. Box 959

(914) 277-3919

Croton-on-Hudson D

Hudson Pediatric Dental

102 Grand St.

(914) 271-5696


Richard M. Leiman D.D.S. Cosmetic & General Dentistry

2014 Albany Post Rd.

(914) 271-2011

Main Street Pediatric Dentistry Welcome to the specially designed pediatric dental “world” of Dr. Penny Resnick-Graulich. Infants, children, teenagers and their parents just love coming there. They pride ourselves on making the entire dental experience a positive one for all involved – while promoting optimal oral health care for their patients. Their goal is to educate your child to be an expert in his or her own preventative dentistry – hence a healthy smile for everyone! Dr. Penny has become synonymous with high quality, loving children’s dentistry in Westchester County. She established her pediatric dental practice in 1984 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Dental School and New York University Dental School with a specialty in pediatric dentistry. Dr. Penny loves to make you laugh and her office is more fun than a barrel of monkeys! Dr. Penny and Main Street Pediatric Dentistry has made going to the dentist fun for parents and children alike. Stop by and say hello! Come and meet the incredible Dr. Penny and her amazing staff.

Penny Resnick-Graulich, D.M.D. Francisca Ceron, D.D.S. Main Street Pediatric Dentistry 115 Main Street, Suite 302 • Tuckahoe, 633-4440 • | Spring • Summer 2014


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25 King Street.

(914) 271-4726

18 Ashford Ave.

(914) 693-6656

Croton-on-Hudson (continued) D

Robert T. Gold, D.D.S.

Dobbs Ferry C

Daniel Zedeker, D.D.S.

Eastchester O

Comizio Orthodontics

173 Fisher Ave.

(914) 779-1444

Elmsford C

Very Nice Smile

106 E. Main St.

(914) 592-7799


Kellner Family Dental

92 E. Main St.

(914) 592-7483

Harrison D

Advanced Dentistry of Westchester PLLC

163 Halstead Ave.

(914) 835-0542


Gentle Touch Dentistry

550 Mamaroneck Ave., Ste. 106

(914) 630-2833


Olga Soltis D.D.S.

550 Mamaroneck Ave., Ste. 110

(914) 630-4980


Petrucco Dentistry PLLC

115 Halstead Ave.

(914) 835-3488

Hartsdale C

Hartsdale Dental

280 N. Central Ave., Ste. 130

(914) 946-0006


Hartsdale Family Dental

141 S. Central Ave., Ste. 306

(914) 205-3750


Hashemi Orthodontics

280 N. Central Park Ave., Ste. 460

(914) 949-4949


Larry S. Honigman D.D.S. and Ira Orenstein D.D.S.

280 N. Central Ave., Ste. 470

(914) 682-9096


Martin B. Schapiro, D.D.S. General & Cosmetic Dentistry

280 N. Central Ave., Ste. 410

(914) 949-9248


M.E. Smiles Dental PC

280 N. Central Ave., Ste. 430

(914) 421-1010


Salomon and Esposito Dental Partners

101 E. Hartsdale Ave.

(914) 595-2710


Wedgwood Professional Center - Dental

116 N. Central Ave.

(914) 948-8111


White Plains Orthodontics

90 Bryant Ave., Ste. 1-C

(914) 946-9098

Hastings-on-Hudson D

Gary Heitzler, D.D.S.

615 Broadway, Ste. 7

(914) 478-8585


John Toccafondi Jr., D.D.S., PLLC

615 Broadway, Ste. 4

(914) 693-0199

360 Bradhurst Ave.

(914) 769-1816

Hawthorne D

Dr. Daniel DiCostanzo

Irvington D


Michael Aluf, D.D.S.

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124 Main St.

(914) 591-8511

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Irvington (continued) C

Joseph Goscilo, D.D.S. General & Cosmetic Dentistry

28 Main St., P.O. Box 37

(914) 591-8110

Jefferson Valley O

Richard L. Schechtman, D.D.S.

3630 Hill Blvd., Ste. 405

(914) 214-4007


Valley Pediatric Dentistry, P.C.

3630 Hill Blvd., Ste. 401

(914) 245-7100

128 Bedford Rd.

(914) 232-5425

Katonah D

Katonah Dental

Larchmont C

Herbert S. Smith, D.M.D. Pediatric Dentistry

2079 Boston Post Rd.

(914) 834-4150


Larchmont Orthodontics, PC

9 Railroad Way

(914) 834-0305


Larchmont Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

9 Railroad Way

(914) 834-8012


LeBlanc Orthodontics

1415 Boston Post Rd.

(914) 833-2306

Mamaroneck D

Harbour View Dental Associates

133 Fenimore Rd.

(914) 381-0778


Making You Smile

333 Halstead Ave.

(914) 698-0428

Complete Family Dental Care Robert Howard, D.D.S. of Mamaroneck, NY provides complete dental services for the entire family. Their staff is known for their compassionate and caring treatment. With today’s most advanced techniques along with our skill and experience, they are committed to their practice and to making you smile with confidence. Dr. Howard is an Honor Graduate (OKU) University of Buffalo School of Dentistry. His credentials include: Veteran Administration Residency • Over 600 Hours of Continuing Education Credit • Fellow Academy of General Dentistry • Voted by Peers to Westchester Magazine Top Dentist 2009 • Westchester Magazine Top Dentist 2009-2012 • Consumer Research Council Top Dentist 2010 A past Chairman, past Co-chairman and current Member of the Ethics Committee of the New York State Dental Association 9th District, Dr. Howard says. “I will not try to sell you treatment that you do not need.” All areas of dental treatment available including digital X-rays, invisible braces, implants and cosmetic procedures. Periodontist on staff. Whether you go to see Dr. Howard for a regular dental check-up, a root canal, or to get your teeth whitened, they promise professional and friendly dental care for you and your family. Meet their wonderful staff and see their new state-ofthe-art treatment facility.

Complete Family Dental Care Robert Howard, D.D.S 875 Mamaroneck Ave. • Mamaroneck 914-698-4455 • | Spring • Summer 2014


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Mamaroneck (continued) C

Mamaroneck Dental PLLC

397 Palmer Ave.

(914) 381-1935


Michael J. Barbieri D.D.S.

444 E Boston Post Rd., Ste. 206

(914) 698-3480


Robert Howard D.D.S.

875 Mamaroneck Ave.

(914) 698-4455


Valenti Dental, D’Angelica Dental

1600 Harrison Ave., Ste. 106

(914) 381-5228

3244 E. Main St.

(914) 526-2144

Mohegan Lake C

Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake

Mt. Kisco C

Anthony Debenedictis, D.D.S., P.L.L.C.

51 W. Grand St.

(914) 665-1121


Azzaretti & Holliday, D.D.S.

439 E. Main St.

(914) 666-3310


Carolyn Clemenza, D.D.S.

359 Main St., Ste. 2E

(914) 242-3906


Kids Are Great Dental Associates

241 Lexington Ave.

(914) 242-2000


Mt. Kisco Pediatric Dentistry

105 S. Bedford Rd., Ste. 315

(914) 339-0180


Dr. Nicholas Vece

666 Lexington Ave.

(914) 666-9263


The Practice of Dr. Kelly Kochan

344 Main St., Ste. LL02

(914) 244-4414


Robert D. Aufrichtig, D.M.D. Family Dentistry

105 S. Bedford Rd., Ste. 314

(914) 242-0400


Robert W. Frankel, D.M.D., PC

103 S. Bedford Rd., Ste. 102

(914) 666-6663


Smile Design Dental Spa

39 Smith Ave.

(914) 241-8200


Stuart Feurstein, D.M.D.

344 E. Main St., Ste. 209

(914) 666-4424

Mount Vernon D

Amul G. Patel, D.D.S. P.C.

22 S. 1st Ave.

(914) 668-3341


Fleetwood Dental

625 Gramatan Ave.

(914) 668-1748


Guerrino Dentistry & Associates

400 E. Sandford Blvd.

(914) 699-6568


Smile Boutique

660 Gramatan Ave.

(914) 664-7400

New Rochelle C

Advanced Dental Care of Westchester

1329 North Ave., Ste. 104

(914) 380-3030


Dr. Fredric S. Siegel, D.D.S.

466 Main St.

(914) 633-5050


Ivis M. Getz, D.M.D.

140 Lockwood Ave., Suite 315

(914) 355-2265


Jennifer Pichardo, D.D.S., PC

140 Lockwood Ave., Ste. 215

(914) 235-7453


John F. Como, D.D.S., PC

140 Lockwood Ave., Ste. 209

(914) 632-1111


Mitchell A. Bierman, D.D.S.

1019 North Ave.

(914) 576-7300


New Rochelle Dentist

77 Quaker Ridge Rd., Ste. 206

(914) 636-4118


New Roc Dental, PC

271 North Ave., Ste. 212

(914) 235-8065


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New Rochelle (continued) O

New Rochelle Orthodontics

77 Quaker Ridge Rd., Ste. 202

(914) 636-5958


New Rochelle Smiles

466 Main St.

(914) 576-0044


Paul S. Roberts D.D.S. General Dentistry

490-A Main St.

(914) 632-8744


Dr. Robert F. Perler D.D.S./MS/LLC

175 Memorial Hwy, Stes. 1-6

(914) 636-8082


Sal Longo, D.D.S.

77 Quaker Ridge Rd., Ste. 211

(914) 636-3366


SmileMatters Dental

110 Lockwood Ave., Ste. 200

(914) 654-9736


Stephen L. Herzberg, D.D.S., PC

1255 North Ave.

(914) 816-3957


Dr. Stephen Ross

110 Lockwood Ave.

(914) 632-3132


Todd D. Wortman D.D.S.

140 Lockwood Ave., Ste. 303

(914) 380-4344

172 N. Highland Ave.

(914) 762-2044

Ossining C

Robert F. Wilk, D.D.S.

Peekskill C

Alfred S. Bassin, D.M.D., FAGD, P.C.

2 Stowe Rd., Ste. 8

(914) 737-1515


MaryEllen Keefe, D.M.D.

1016 Brown St,. Ste. 203

(914) 737-1444


Northern Westchester Dental

1879 Crompond Rd., Ste. A23

(914) 737-2838

Saw Mill Dental

Martin Becker, DDS

Saw Mill Dental has been providing high quality orthodontic, pediatric and general dental care since 1980. Our goal is to provide our patients with affordable and professional care, in a family-friendly, patient oriented setting.

From first contact at Martin Becker, DDS, you can see his commitment to your individual attention. He provides personalized oral health care tailored for your unique dental needs and goals. He and his office staff works hard to create the ultimate stress-free and comfortable dental experience.

Personalized and Comfortable

Have you been told your child needs permanent teeth extracted for orthodontic treatment? We have a different approach; call us for a free consultation at 914-965-7017.

Dr. Becker offers after-school and Saturday hours, affordable payment options, a friendly and courteous staff, quick wait times and more than 20 years of experience. Every effort is made to provide dental care that fits your timetable and budget.

Saw Mill Dental is experienced in orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry, not only do we place dental implants, but we can also restore implants, and have been doing so for 25 years. Saw Mill Dental 970 North Broadway, Suite 306 • Yonkers 914-965-7017 •

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4674 Boston Post Rd.

(914) 738-1033

Pelham Manor C

Pelham Dental

Pelham D

Howard Baskin Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

115 Fifth Ave.

(914) 738-2181


Pacia Family Dental

580 Colonial Ave.

(914) 371-6664


Pelham Family Dental Arts

87 Wolfs Ln.

(914) 738-3606

Pleasantville C

Nina Capretta, D.M.D.

351 Manville Rd., Ste. 109

(914) 769-1255


Randall A. Moore, D.M.D., MS, PC Orthodontics

351 Manville Rd.

(914) 801-7714

Port Chester C

Chester Hill Dental Associates

395 Westchester Ave.

(914) 939-2132


L B Dental PC

220 Westchester Ave.

(914) 935-0588


P.C. Dental Group, PLLC

55 S. Main St.

(914) 481-5733


Simona Saroyan D.M.D.

360 Westchester Ave., Ste. L-20

(914) 939-2127


Waterfront Dental Care

30 N. Main St.

(914) 481-1500




Pasquale Vascimini D.D.S.

3010 Westchester Ave., Ste. 309

(914) 251-0636


Rye Brook Dental Associates

3010 Westchester Ave., Ste. 202

(914) 251-0117

Rye O

Blue Wave Orthodontics

262 Purchase St.

(914) 908-4235


Dr. Robert A. Praid, D.M.D.

150 Purchase St., Ste. 10, 3rd Floor

(914) 967-4927


Rye Dental Associates, P.C.

33 Cedar St.

(914) 967-1242


Rye Family Dentistry

105-107 Theodore Fremd Ave.

(914) 967-0707


Rye Family Orthodontics

105-107 Theodore Fremd Ave

(914) 967-7648


Rye Pediatric Dentistry

130 Theodore Fremd Ave. Ste. M2

(914) 967-0000

Rye Brook O

Finn Orthodontics

90 S. Ridge St., Ste. LL9A

(914) 481-5664


NY Pediatric & Adult Dentistry

90 S. Ridge St,. Ste LL9A

(914) 925-1099


Okun Orthodontics

14 Rye Ridge Plaza, Ste. 243

(914) 253-0722

1075 Central Ave., Ste. 201

(914) 358-4139

Scarsdale O


Ardsley Orthodontics

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Scarsdale (continued) O

Blais Orthodontics

2 Overhill Rd., Ste. 300

(914) 472-9595


Central Dental Care

1075 Central Park Ave., Ste. 310

(914) 722-0511


Champion Dental, PC

340 Ardsley Rd., Ste. 3B

(914) 502-4229


Daniel de la Torre, D.D.S. Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics

1075 Central Park Ave., Ste. 400

(914) 722-5100


Dental Arts of Scarsdale

75 Brook St.

(914) 722-0111


Diamond Dental

800 Central Park Ave., Ste. 203

(914) 472-9001


Inaba Dental Office

2 Overhill Rd., Ste. 110

(914) 723-3511


Gail-Marie Cullen, D.D.S.

45 Popham Rd., Ste. 1C

(914) 723-1407


John F. Como, D.D.S., PC

140 Lockwood Ave., Ste. 209

(914) 632-1111


Mayfair Dental Associates, P.C.

109 Montgomery Ave.

(914) 723-0025


Richard L. Kennedy, D.D.S.

531 Central Park Ave., Ste. 101

(914) 472-7887


Rivertowns Pediatric Dentistry

495 Central Park Ave., Ste. 208

(914) 725-9620


Scarsdale Dental Care

1075 Central Park Ave., Ste. 406

(914) 713-0535


Scarsdale Dental Group, P.C.

14 Harwood Ct., Ste. 211

(914) 723-4707


Scarsdale Dental Spa

700 White Plains Rd., Ste. 20

(914) 713-2424


Scarsdale Pediatric Dental

777 White Plains Rd.

(914) 472-9090


Scarsdale Smiles

2 Overhill Rd., Ste. 230

(914) 723-1186

Caring for Kids


Dr. Ivis Getz, a board-certified pediatric dentist, is committed to providing the highest quality dental care to infants, children, adolescents, and those with special needs. Dr. Getz recognizes that each child is a unique individual who deserves compassion and respect, which is evident in her friendly manner and calm demeanor. Our dental team truly enjoys working with kids and will treat your child with warmth and compassion. We participate in many dental insurance plans and have convenient after-school and Saturday appointments available.

Dr. Stephen Herzberg has been providing outstanding orthodontic care at the same office in New Rochelle since 1989. Dr. Herzberg is board certified and an active educator in orthodontics through his staff appointment as an attending at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx.

Ivis Getz, D.M.D. 140 Lockwood Ave., Suite 315 • New Rochelle 914-355-2265 •

Stephen L. Herzberg, D.D.S. 1255 North Avenue • New Rochelle • 10804 914-632-2955 •

Pediatric dentistry, P.c.

for Children and adults

Dr. Herzberg and his team offer the latest in orthodontic treatment including Invisalign, Harmony Lingual, Damon, and Insignia braces; i-CAT 3D digital X-ray imaging, Acceledent, and more! | Spring • Summer 2014


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Scarsdale (continued) C

Summerfield Pediatric Dentistry

188 Summerfield St.

(914) 472-2929


Thomas E. Lundy D.M.D. Adult and Child Orthodontics

50 Popham Rd., Ste. 2

(914) 725-2606

1050 E. Main St.

(914) 245-8250

245 N. Broadway, Ste. 105

(914) 214-4022

Shrub Oak C

Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs

Sleepy Hollow D

Henry Orchier D.M.D. PC

Somers O

Richard L. Bridgham, D.D.S.

293 Route 100, Ste. 209

(914) 277-1111


Richard Stauber D.D.S.

293 Route 100, Ste. 202

(914) 277-8400


Somers Dental Care

380 Route 202

(914) 277-3518


Somers Family Dentistry

338 Route 100

(914) 277-1100


Somers Pediatric Dentistry P.C.

374 Route 116

(914) 358-1225



4 Heritage Hills, 202 Center

(914) 277-4222

363 Smith Ridge Rd.

(914) 533-6166

South Salem C

Joseph A. DeLapa, D.D.S. Office of General Dentistry

Tarrytown D

Bhagwati J. Mistry, D.D.S., M.D.S.

11 Beech Ln.

(914) 332-4070


Michael Molnar, D.D.S.

1 Central Ave., Ste. 208

(914) 631-0884


Dr. Peter J. Zegarelli, D.D.S.

87 N. Broadway

(914) 631-1800


Torres & Torres Dentistry PC

200 S. Broadway, Ste. 208

(914) 631-2323

Thornwood C

Family Dentistry Associates

677 Commerce St.

(914) 741-1296


Scott F. Loeser, D.M.D., D.I.C.O.I., P.C. & Associates

974 Broadway

(912) 769-0799


Silver Family Dental Care

165 Kensico Rd.

(914) 579-2000

Tuckahoe D

Bruce G. Seader, D.D.S.

1 Elm St.

(914) 793-9080


Frank Graziano, D.D.S.

40 Fisher Ave.

(914) 793-4411


Main St. Pediatric Dentistry

115 Main St., Ste. 302

(914) 633-4440


Oshiro Dental

111 Lake Ave.

(914) 793-5826


Richard L. Bridgham, D.D.S.

115 Main St., Ste. 304

(914) 654-1859


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Street Address


Orthodontist Guide Website

Valhalla C

Valhalla Dental Associates, LLP

50 Legion Dr.

(914) 949-1323

West Harrison D

1st Advantage Dental

244 Westchester Ave., Ste. 401

(914) 681-0335


The Center for Cosmetic Dentistry

147 Underhill Ave.

(914) 380-4531

White Plains C

American Dental Center

200 Hamilton Ave.

(914) 949-6800


Antoine Bochi D.M.D.

79 N. Broadway

(914) 949-8088


Asnis & Echelman

1230 Mamaroneck Ave., Ste. 204

(914) 684-7045


Canterino Dental Associates

984 N. Broadway, Ste. 408

(914) 376-1100


The Dental Design Center

280 Dobbs Ferry Rd., Ste. 104

(914) 380-7584


Hanswirth Dentistry

30 Lake St.

(914) 946-1500


Hill & Hill Dentists

450 N. Broadway

(914) 946-0222


Honig Orthodontics

10 Nosband Ave., Ste. 1M

(914) 761-4500


iSmile Orthodontics

95 Church St., Ste. 400

(914) 428-5335


Jeffrey W. Schlotman

95 Church St., Ste. 405

(914) 948-2668


Jeffrey B. Schoengold, D.D.S., P.C.

435 North Street

(914) 610-4443


Maple Dental Group

137 Maple Ave., Floor 2

(914) 948-8898


Martin Becker D.D.S.

429 Central Ave.

(914) 948-5701


Mayers & Nakisbendi Dental Associates

280 Mamaroneck Ave., Ste. 201

(914) 328-0163


Michael Sokoloff, D.D.S., L.L.C.

20 Old Mamaroneck Rd., Ste. 1C

(914) 949-0068


Westchester Dental Arts

280 Dobbs Ferry Rd., Ste. 309

(914) 683-8888


Westchester Dental Group

220 Westchester Ave.

(914) 997-1154


Westchester Pediatric Dentistry

95 Church St., Ste. 308

(914) 683-9389


White Plains Family Dental

1 Old Mamaroneck Rd., Ste. 1C

(914) 371-6004


White Plains New York Dental

19 S. Broadway

(914) 948-0088


White Plains Orthodontics

90 Bryant Ave., Ste. 1-C

(914) 946-9098


White Plains Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

15 Fisher Ln.

(914) 761-4872

Yonkers D

Alan Klein D.D.S.

984 N. Broadway, Ste. 500

(914) 920-2801


Broadway Family Dental

453 S. Broadway

(914) 964-8100


Concerned Dental

35 E. Grassy Sprain Rd.

(914) 337-5252


Dr. Frank J. Castanaro, DDS & Dr. John C. Castanaro, DDS

970 N. Broadway

(914) 964-9500


Eden Dental

1034 N. Broadway, Ste. 7

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Scarsdale (continued) D

Edward F. Spiegel, D.D.S.

984 N. Broadway

(914) 963-1460


General & Cosmetic Dentistry

626 McLean Ave.

(914) 476-0100


Great Expressions Dental Centers

2176 Central Park Ave.

(914) 337-2600


Ira Morrow, D.M.D., PC

900 N. Broadway

(914) 476-4040


John D. Constantine, DDS

300 Kimball Ave.

(914) 237-3600


Joseph F. Viana, D.D.S. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

970 N. Broadway, Ste. 211

(914) 371-2646


New York Dental, PC Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

1436 Nepperhan Ave.

(914) 207-0666


Orthodontic Associates of Westchester

1740 Central Park Ave.

(914) 961-1620


Saw Mill Dental

970 N. Broadway, Ste. 306

(914) 965-7017


Westchester Smile Design

984 N. Broadway, Ste. 410

(914) 476-3838

Yorktown Heights C

The Center for Holistic Dentistry

2649 Strang Blvd., Ste. 201

(914) 245-4041


Family Dental Group

2985 Navajo St.

(914) 243-2323


Dr. Gerald Gardner

2050 Saw Mill River Rd.

(914) 245-2424


Northern Westchester Dental Center

3505 Hill Blvd., Ste. F

(914) 245-3103


Rifkin Dental Group

200 Veterans Rd., Bldg. B, Ste. 9

(914) 214-4309


The Tooth Mover

334 Underhill Ave., Bldg. 2, Ste. 2C

(914) 245-6506

Family, Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry Serving the community for 50 yearS Harold M. Kellner, DDS, PC and Abbe H. Kellner-Kutno, DDS, FAGD,practice a full scope of restorative family dentistry. Along with their dedicated staff, they are proud to provide quality dentistry for people of all ages. Personal services include regular check-ups, tooth-colored fillings, crowns, bridges, dental implants, restoring implants and cosmetic services such as teeth whitening. Parents, your children’s oral health is incredibly important. At our dental office, we routinely see children as young as 6 months old to prepare them for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Preventative measures, like fluoride treatments and the placement of sealants on molars, are performed at our office as a means to fight the tooth decay process. Monday Tuesday Thursday Friday

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Kellner Family Dental 92 East Main Street • Elmsford 914-592-7483 •


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Child & Teen Care

Dental Visits Without Tears J

ane and Drew Tamassia love going to the dentist. They think it is fun. Perhaps it’s words such as “tickle toothbrush” and “sugar bug remover” that make these preschoolers giggle. Maybe it’s the mini-movie theater or downtown Disney decorations that draw them in. “I think they like going because I started them early and chose someone who knows how to work with children,” says Suzanne Tamassia, whose own childhood dental fears drove her to find a dentist who works specifically with children. “Getting children in at an early age is key,” says pediatric dentist Lawrence Louie. “I like to see them when the first tooth erupts. It gives me a chance to get a good look at the child’s mouth and lets me share oral health care and nutrition information with the parents.” Jennifer Luzader, pediatric dental hygienist, agrees. “We recommend children have their first dental exam by their first birthday, and their first dental cleaning by age 2.” Preparation Even before that first appointment, there are things parents can do to prepare their child for their visit. “Use books, videos and role play at home,” says Luzader. “Talk with your child using good, positive terms and remind him how important it is to take care of his teeth and eat the right kinds of foods.” That is what Susan Magasiny did. “Before Jake’s first appointment, we talked about how the dentist was a doctor for his teeth and that to keep them healthy, he needed to have check ups,” says the mother of two. “I told him the dentist was going to look at his teeth, count them, and maybe take a picture. It was no big deal.” “I remember sitting at home role-playing with Jane,” recalls Tamassia. “I would say, ‘Open your mouth and let me see your teeth,’ then I would pretend to be the dentist. She liked that.” Role-playing did prepare Jane for that first visit, because when she went she knew just what to expect.


“When a child comes in, we try to make it a fun experience,” says Luzader. “They get to pick out things like fluoride flavor, sunglasses for eye protection, and a new toothbrush and floss. Then we go through each step of what we are going to do, first on their fingers then in their mouths. We count their teeth, scale those that are covered with plaque and tartar, and then polish. We finish with a fluoride treatment and have the dentist come in for an exam.” Louie talks children through the procedures too. “We call it, ‘Tell. Show. Do.’ First we tell them what we are going to do, show them on our hands, then do it – that way there are no surprises.” Fears Even without so-called “surprises,” sometimes anxiety sets in. “Crying through the first two years is very expected, even at three,” says Luzader. “One way to ward off tears is with distraction. We have puppets we use and will talk with children on their level to gain their confidence. We also try to make it fun … even when children come in crying, 95 percent of them leave with a smile.” “What is really important is that parents not relay any fears they have about going to the dentist,” says Louie. “Every once in a while I see where parents have elaborated on what happened to them and it comes through to the children.”

By Denise Morrison Yearian

On occasion, dental emergencies arise which cannot be avoided. “One week after Jake’s first appointment, he fell into a picnic table and had a severe dental injury. His gum was pushed up to the top of his mouth and his whole front tooth was exposed,” recalls Magasiny. “I called the dentist and they took us in right away.” But it was a wait-and-see injury. In the months to follow Jake had to return several times so the dentist could evaluate the situation. “I started to prep him about losing his tooth early, which he did about six months later,” she continues. “But through it all, Jake built trust and confidence in the dentist.” So much so, if you asked him today he would tell you he looks forward to his dental visits. His mother does too.“What I appreciate most about our dental practice is that they have given me tools to teach my children preventative dentistry,” says Magasiny. Tamassia agrees. “I like how our dentist takes a sincere interest in children,” she says. “Everything is catered to them – there’s an indoor climbing playhouse, video room and lots of books. They even get to take home a goodie bag and report card!” “The goal is to have the child enjoy his first, second, third – whatever visit it is,” says Luzader. “Because if he does, he’ll want to return again and again.” Denise Morrison Yearian is the former editor of two parenting magazines and the mother of three children.

Reading: Great Preparation Reading age-appropriate books is a great way to prepare children for their first dental visit. Consider these books. • Barney Goes to the Dentist by Linda Cress Dowdy; Publishing Lyrick, 1997. • The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist by Stan & Jan Berenstain; Random House, 1981. • Curious George Visits the Dentist by Margret & H.A. Rey; Houghton Mifflin, available May 2014. • Doctor De Soto by William Steig; Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2010. • Just Going to the Dentist by Mercer Mayer; Random House, 2001. • Show Me Your Smile! A Visit to the Dentist (Dora the Explorer) by Christine Ricci; Simon Spotlight/ Nickelodeon, 2007.

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Call the doctor if your child has: • Alteration in consciousness – Your child has little interest in her surroundings, won’t smile or handle toys, seems listless or unresponsive. Urgent attention may be necessary. • Poor muscle tone – Your child has poor muscle control compared to his or her usual level. • A change in color – Blue or pale lips may mean your child is having difficulty breathing in necessary amounts of oxygen. • Labored breathing – Breathing with increased respiratory rate, wheezing or abnormal respiratory noises should be reported to the doctor. • Dehydration – The absence of saliva or tears or markedly diminished urination are almost always secondary to prolonged vomiting and/or diarrhea. • Persistent pain – Lasting pain in the belly, ears, head or neck is also a reason to call your physician. • Fever – The child who is up and about and playing happily with her toys, despite a temperature of 103 degrees F, is of less concern than a child who is pale or limp and disinterested, even though her temperature may be 101 degrees F. If in doubt, check with your pediatrician. Always call your pediatrician about an infant under 3 months old with a temperature of more than 100 degrees F rectally, a child 3 to 6 months old who has a rectal temperature of more than 102 or a child 6 months old who has a rectal temperature of 103 or higher. Call the doctor if your child’s fever lasts more than 72 hours.

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Eating Right

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ne of the best-kept secrets in dentistry is that you can eat right for a healthy smile. Nutrition impacts healthy teeth and gums because some foods are especially good to eat for dental health and others can actually cause damage. The key is to instill good habits starting at a young age. This includes mastering the basics of oral health. “Teaching your kid to brush twice a day from the beginning, especially nighttime brushing, works well and we always encourage the parent to help,” says pediatric dentist Penny Resnick Graulich, D.M.D. of Main Street Pediatric Dentistry. The Science It all comes down to understanding the role of sugars and carbohydrates, which the bacteria in our mouth feed off of and create the acids which cause decay. “People who eat diets high in sugar, sucrose and fructose and eat frequent snacks that are high in carbohydrates are more at risk of getting decay,” says Benjamin Dancygier, D.D.S. of Valley Pediatric Dentistry. Kids and adults who drink sugary drinks are also at risk. When you eat carbohydrates they become sugars, so you should never eat them alone. “Always eat carbohydrates with another food group so if you have a snack of crackers, always put a piece of fruit or a protein with it,” says Graulich. Plan ahead so


you are prepared. “Kids like to eat Goldfish but should not eat them alone, so follow up the Goldfish with a piece of fruit or cheese,” says Graulich. Sweets are OK if you choose the right ones. “Eat one that melts like a piece of chocolate or some ice cream instead of gummy bears, fruit roll-ups, caramels or anything that sticks to your teeth,” says Graulich. It can help to select treats that are sugar-free or unsweetened. Having the wrong sweets can lead to cavities. Also look at the acidity of foods. “Foods that have a lower pH or are more acidic have an effect on our tendencies toward getting decay because the bacteria in our mouths thrive in conditions that are acidic,” says Dancygier. Soft drinks can be a doubleedged sword because they are acidic and high in carbohydrates. “A lot of sports drinks tend to be bad for our teeth and of course candies and complex carbohydrates like crackers, pretzels and cookies,” says Dancygier. Just as you would do with candies, try to avoid snacks that are sticky and stick in the teeth because they can cause cavities. Alternatives There are new alternatives to satisfy your craving. “Xylitol is a naturally-occurring sugar that has been shown not only to have the ability to sweeten our foods without producing decay problems but there have been studies coming out showing that there

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can be a link between Xylitol products reducing the amount of cavities,” says Dancygier. If your child chews gum, make sure it is sugar-free and Xylitol-sweetened. The reality is that we cannot eliminate sugars completely from the diet but it is about making wise choices. “A piece of chocolate would be better than a gummy snack, and fruits and vegetables are much better alternatives both dentally and nutritionally,” he says. Choose water instead of juice and soda when you can and focus on foods that contain a high volume of water like pears, melons and cucumbers. Some foods actually have cleansing properties. “Raw vegetables would be good for a child to snack on because it can clean the teeth almost naturally without a brush,” says Dancygier. Apple and cheese do a great job of cleansing and have good bacteria that help with oral flora. If your child takes a medication, try to brush afterwards as some may contain sugar that bacteria in the mouth use to make acids that can eat away at the protective layer of the tooth. Remember that good nutrition affects more than just teeth. “In a young child, nutrition is important just to thrive and develop properly,” says Dancygier. Jamie Lober, author of Pink Power, is dedicated to providing information on women’s and pediatric health topics.

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our entire family’s physical fitness is important, and one of the best ways for everyone to stay in shape is by joining a gym together. But which gym should you join? Finding the gym that’s right for your family can be a daunting task. What should you look for? What makes a good gym? How do you know if you’ve found the right one? To answer any of these questions, you must first ask yourself a question – what does your family need or want in a gym? Do you need your gym to have a pool? To have active team sports? Are your kids of elementary age or in high school? Are you looking for a personal trainer? Does your daughter want to attend regular Pilates classes or do you all just need access to a treadmill? “You first have to see what all of your interests are,” says Kristine Theo, general manager of Solaris Sportsclub in Yorktown Heights. “Obviously if a gym is offering stuff that doesn’t interest you then it might not be a good fit for you.” When deciding upon your needs, be sure to keep every member of your family in mind. “It’s very hard to train families,” says Aresh Mohit, owner of Fenom Fitness in Harrison. “You have different age groups, you have different abilities. But at the same time you have to give everyone a good workout.” “When it comes to adults, it’s more focused in regards to overall health and weight, and the way we look, and toning and sculpting,” explains Vito DiMatteo, D.C. and founder of Will2Lose in Scarsdale. “When it comes to children, you really don’t want to make that a focus at all because the last thing you need is a child self-conscious about their weight and appearance. You just want to make it fun for them.” Ask Questions When visiting a gym or fitness club for the first time, don’t be afraid to ask questions. “The most important thing is

families should really research other facilities and ask some questions regarding the education of the employees there and their interaction and involvement with the kids,” says DiMatteo. “If you don’t do it right the first time, you could potentially deter kids from wanting to exercise and go to gyms in the future. Fitness is so important, you want that to be a main staple in their lives.” Where an adult can enter a gym and focus on his or her routine, children need more variety in their workouts. “Kids should be able to try different things and do what they like,” says DiMatteo. “One thing that we do when it comes to children is to have well-rounded activities where we incorporate a lot of fitness games so they really don’t think they’re working out.” A good gym will have kids training with employees who have years of experience working with children, and the training should go beyond simply lifting weights. “Across the board it’s about healthy life-style choices and healthy nutrition and treating the body appropriately to meet the demands of day to day stress,” says DiMatteo. “We always try to tie in education with regards to nutrition and making better food choices.” There are countless options to choose from when selecting a gym for your family, but if you know what you want before you start shopping, you’ll have little trouble finding the right fit. The most important thing is to take that first step. “It’s so important to stay active,” says Theo. “If they start at a young age, I think it just continues on with them throughout their life. Even if it’s just sports they decide to do, they’re definitely moving, they’re definitely exercising, and they’re going to stay active. I think one of the most important things nowadays is for people to start being active early and to stay active.”

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Family Fitness

Let’s Ride Family Biking in Westchester By Jean Sheff Bike riding is a healthy, fun activity for the entire family. Cycling offers a chance to spend time outdoors in nature and it’s great exercise. Families with children of different ages can all bike together, which makes this sport especially family-friendly.


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Get Going Even children on tricycles can use area bike paths and trails. If your little one is too young for a tricycle consider attaching a trailer to your bicycle, which can stay upright even if your bike falls as opposed to a mounted child seat. In any case make sure your child passenger wears a helmet too. The right equipment is key to safe, enjoyable cycling so be sure to speak with an expert when selecting your child bike and helmet. And make sure to dress appropriately in comfortable lightweight clothing, socks and sneakers and pants that are slim fitting to avoid fabric getting caught in the chain or pedals. For new riders knee pads, elbow pads and gloves can help cushion falls. You should also carry plenty of water, a healthy snack, hand wipes and basic first aid supplies. Always wear sunscreen and pack your cell phone for emergencies. Children should be encouraged to ride with others regardless of their age or ability. Youngest Bikers If your child is riding a tricycle, has graduated to training wheels or is just learning to ride a twowheeler, consider these venues. • The Kensico Dam Plaza, this 98-acre park located at the north end of the Bronx River Parkway in Valhalla features the massive Kensico Dam as its centerpiece, has extra-wide paved paths around the entire perimeter and is a favorite of families on non-motorized wheels of all kinds. Amenities include a playground, restrooms and a seasonal snack bar, with regular visits from the ice cream truck. Parking is free. • The riverfront Scenic Hudson Park in Irvington boasts a spectacular view of the Hudson and nearly a mile of level, paved and intersecting pathways. The paths are primarily for walking but young cyclists are encouraged to explore the “trails.” There’s also a restroom and two playgrounds. Parking is free. Big Bikes Once you and your child have some bike experience, these spots can offer additional biking fun for the entire family. • The Bronx River Pathway runs parallel to the Bronx River and the Bronx River Parkway. The paved sections include 3.6 miles from Palmer Road in Bronxville to Harney Road in Scarsdale and five miles from Green Acres Avenue in Hartsdale to the Kensico Dam Plaza. It’s just under three gently graded miles from the County Center to the Plaza, which makes a nice destination. • The North County and South County Trailways run roughly along the route of the former

Putnam Division of the New York Central Railroad, which provided service to the region from 1881 to 1958. Signs highlighting railroad and area history line the route. The North County Trailway stretches 22.1 miles from Eastview in Mount Pleasant to Putnam County. A particularly scenic trip begins in Millwood at Rte. 133 to the trailway bridge over the Croton Reservoir. An additional half-hour of pedaling (some uphill) will take you into Yorktown’s business district, where you can stop for lunch. The South County Trailway runs 14.1 miles stretching from Van Cortland Park in the Bronx to Rte. 119 in Elmsford. The majority of the path is paved, yet some sections remain are neither paved nor connected. • A popular tradition for families is the Bronx River Parkway Bike and Skate Sundays, which is closed to motor vehicle traffic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in early summer and September. Bikes, skates and scooters may all use the route at the same time. Be aware that bicyclists and skaters under age 14 are required to wear a helmet, and children under 1 are not allowed on bicycles or separate seats attached to bicycles. It’s free. Parking at the County Center is $4, but you can park for free along one of the residential roads with access to the Parkway a little further south. For additional dates, call 864-7275 or Mountain Biking Older children or teens might enjoy the thrill of mountain biking. Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill offers 20 miles of bike trails geared toward three skill levels. Follow the color-coded markings along the trail that matches your child’s riding ability. The yellow trail is for beginners, the orange for intermediates and the red for advanced riders. The trails here take riders through diverse habitats and the view at the top of the peak is a treat. Dogs are not allowed on the trials. There is a $10 parking fee. The park is located at 435 Welcher Ave., in Peekskill and is open seven days a week form 8 a.m. to dusk. For more information call 862-5275 or see Sprain Ridge Park in Yonkers is another popular spot for mountain biking. Here five miles of trails are open from 8 a.m. to dusk, seven days a week. There’s a beginner trail, plus an intermediate and advanced trail as well. Dogs must be leashed and are not allowed in the two picnic areas. For further information call 231-3450 or see

Helmet Fit A helmet offers protection only when it fits properly. SafeKids Worldwide offers this three-step helmet fit test. Help your child make sure they are wearing their helmet correctly. 1. Eyes: Have your child put on their helmet so that it sits flat on top of their head. Make sure the helmet does not rock from side to side. Padding may be necessary to secure the fit. Then direct your child to look up. They should see the bottom rim of their helmet. 2. Ears: Buckle the helmet and make sure the straps form a ‘V’ under your child’s ears. The straps should be a little tight but comfortable. 3. Mouth: Have your child open their mouth as wide as they can. Does the helmet fit snug? If not tighten the straps. Source: Safe Kids Worldwide

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Special Needs

Experts at the Westchester Institute for Human Development in Valhalla offer specialized dental care for children with special needs.

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t can be extremely challenging for people with disabilities and their families to find dentists trained to provide the specialized care they need. In recent studies, it has been reported that people with disabilities have significant unmet medical needs in general, as well as significant unmet dental needs. As a matter of fact, in a recent assessment by the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, dental care was cited as the greatest need for people with developmental disabilities. Access to Care Dentists are one of the few professionals whom we permit to enter our personal space and for a person with a developmental disability, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), this close proximity can be incredibly distressing. Mouths are extremely sensitive places and cold instruments, the sound of the drill and unfamiliar tastes of the mouthwash or the toothpaste can be nearly intolerable for a child or adult with special needs. The Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) is one of the only facilities in the Northeast to house a Dental Department that provides care for both children and adults with developmental disabilities – both in the WIHD office, located on the campus of Westchester Medical Center, as well as in the Mobile Dental Van. WIHD is equipped to provide treatment for people with disabilities and special healthcare needs that may require oral sedation, conscious sedation and general anesthesia to meet their dental needs. One Child’s Story Michael, a 6-foot teen diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder, made the three hour trip from Rensselaer in upstate New York with his parents just


for dental care. The WIHD staff was forewarned that for years Michael had resisted dental care and might not even agree to enter the offices. But, with the experienced WIHD staff using their slow and gentle approach, combined with his parent’s assistance, Michael sat right down into the dental chair. He let the dentist count his teeth and take a special X-ray that created an image of all his teeth at once. Michael’s parents were amazed. Michael’s dental needs were so extensive it was determined that he would need general anesthesia to complete all the work. Michael’s dental treatment was done in the hospital, requiring 5 to 6 hours under general anesthesia. He needed 15 fillings, two surgical extractions and one root canal. After years of not receiving any dental care, Michael now has a healthy mouth. Michael’s parents reported that once at home and recovered Michael has agreed to return to WIHD for regular check ups. It’s a long distance, but well worth the effort. Helpful Strategies The following are some recommended strategies that can help parents prepare their children with special healthcare needs for a visit to their new dentist. 1. Inform. Many parents understandably avoid telling their child about their dental visit until the last minute or on the day of the appointment. However, it is better to inform your child as early as possible. Since they may not understand the concept of time, the use of visual supports (a calendar) can be a great help. 2. Visit. Take your child for a tour of the dental office before the visit so that they may ask questions, touch equipment and become familiar with the look and smell of the office. You might also show them the equipment that the dentist will use and how it works.

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By Patricia Seagriff-Curtin, D.D.S 3. Prepare. Check whether there is anything regarding the dentist as an individual that might cause distress (perfume, moustache, curly hair, etc.). Prepare your child for anything and everything that can be an “anxiety trigger” before your appointment. The feel of the cold instrument entering their mouth, the drill sensation, the water spraying, the taste of the mouthwash or toothpaste, the feel of the dentist chair, the rubber gloves the dentist will wear, the bright light above their face. 4. Take Comfort. Allow your child to take comfort items, such as a blanket or a favorite toy. 5. Communicate. Help prepare the dentist and their team before the visit by giving them as much information as possible about your child. They may need to make adaptations to the procedure and be aware of the individual’s needs. 6. Explain. Tell your child a story about what happens at the dentist and why we need to go for a check up. There are many storybooks about visiting the dentist that may help. 7. Reward. Tell your child about a “reward” that he will receive at the end of the visit so that he will have something to look forward to. Patricia Seagriff-Curtin, D.D.S., is Dental Services Director at the Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD). The WIHD Dental Center specializes in providing dental care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. There are four state-of-the-art dental rooms onsite at WIHD, which is located on the campus of the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, N.Y. as well as a Mobile Dental Van providing services throughout the upper and lower Hudson Valley region. For more information contact Patricia Seagriff-Curtin, D.D.S. at or 493-8138 or 493-8081.


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