Pediatric Dentistry February Is National Children’s Dental Health Month
Dr. Liya Ostrow & Dr. Max Sulla
National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) is a celebration of awareness of good oral health habits for children. Dentists and other oral health providers across the country take time to focus on preventative oral health care for kids.
Despite being almost 100 percent preventable, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Cavities plague many youngsters, from babies to those in their late teens. In fact, more than 40 percent of children ages 2 to 11 have had a cavity in their primary teeth, while more than two-thirds of 16- to 19-year-olds have had a cavity in their permanent teeth.
Dr. Liya Ostrow was introduced to Dr. Max Sulla through a colleague while she was in her final year of residency at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn as a Chief Resident. Following the initial interview, Dr. Max Sulla knew that she would complement the Tender Smiles team. Now, after working together for eight years, they complement each other and share many of the same ideals. Dr. Max adds, “We have a shared knowledge of sedation dentistry and our work complements one another well.” Their compassion, knowledge and emphasis on early intervention make them a true “dream team.” In dentistry, there is nothing more important than early intervention. Although they do everything they can to help a child understand the value of their oral health and develop a commitment to healthy mouth habits from an early age, not everything can be prevented. Some children are born with dental problems or with a predisposition to them, and even children who practice good dental habits can develop problems or disease. “In those cases, our goal is to provide the absolute best care for this child with a pleasant, non-frightening experience,” Dr. Ostrow adds.
We recently caught up with each of them to hear first-hand about the way they are making a true difference in the local dentistry field. Dr. Max Sulla graduated NYU College of Dentistry with his D.D.S. with honors and then received his Pediatric Dentistry degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He is the President of the NJ Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and a New Jersey public policy advocate for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He and his wife, Elana, have three children: Matthew, 16; Jordana, 13; and Viven, 7. In his free time he enjoys traveling, cooking and gardening. He receives a great deal of gratification from the fact that children actually enjoy a visit to his office! You can find more information on their website: www.TenderSmiles4kids.com CW: Why is it so important for young children to get a head start on their dental health? Dr. Max: Because it encourages a healthier lifestyle overall and prevents decay. If parents start their kids with good dental hygiene early, then their diet is likely to be good, which in turn will benefit their overall health.
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Published on Jan 4, 2018
Published on Jan 4, 2018
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