Wednesday, November 30, 2016

What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

As soon as that first tooth appears, taking steps towards proper dental care is necessary. After all, you want to be able to prevent your child from becoming exposed to dental problems such as cavities or tooth decay. 

Tooth decay in infants and toddlers is referred to as Baby Bottle Tooth Decay and is one of the most common chronic childhood diseases

So, what exactly is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay? We have some answers you may be searching for.

What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?
Baby bottle tooth decay occurs when your child is frequently exposed to liquids containing sugar. The sugars create bacteria that causes plaque and in turn leads to cavities or tooth decay.

Causes of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

  • Frequent exposure for long time periods can infect your baby’s mouth with bacteria. It can happen when they go to bed with a bottle, or when a bottle is used as a pacifier to calm fussy little ones.
  • Parents and caregivers can pass harmful bacteria to babies. Be careful when sharing food and using your child’s spoons or cups. You risk the chance of sharing acid-producing bacteria. 
Signs of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Although hard to find, early tooth decay will appear as white spots at the gum line of your child's upper front teeth. Decay at the later stages will appear as brown or black spots on the teeth, bleeding or swollen gums, fever, and even bad breath. If any of these symptoms appear on your child, seek help with a professional - like us - as soon as you can.

Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
There are many precautionary steps you can take to prevent your child from developing tooth decay. Avoid filling your baby’s bottle with sugary liquids - only fill them with formula, milk, or water. Also, don’t allow bottles in the crib - teach your child to finish their bottle before going to sleep. 

Learn more tips on how you and your child can prevent tooth decay from the professionals at Adelberg.

If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding your child’s oral care or if you need to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at one of our three locations. At Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dental, our purpose is to provide exceptional mental and dental care that can impact your child’s life forever.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Recent Patient Reviews: November 2016

If you’re looking for a pediatric dentist on Long Island, look no further than Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dental! All of our doctors have completed two to four years of additional training in their specialty, plus are Board Certified. 

Get the inside scoop, below, in these recent patient reviews:

“Best best best dental office ever!! Not even a year ago my daughter was so nervous to go now she loves and looks forward to seeing Dr. Marc and his wonderful staff!” - Sophia T.

“I love Adelberg Montalvan! I have been bringing my two children (now 6 and 10 years old) for years! They love going to the dentist, the staff is friendly and the office is very clean and modern with an under the sea theme. My youngest used to be terrified and when she needed treatment, the doctor discussed with me all the different options on how to get the treatment done. During her procedure the doctor kept her calm and made jokes throughout the whole visit, making her feel at ease and happy. She no longer is afraid to go, they both get so excited when it's time for their checkups! I wouldn't want my children seen by any other practice!” - M.D.

“I wouldn't even dream of taking my son anywhere else! Completely trust Dr. Bennet and all the staff at Adelberg montalvan. Friendly, knowledgeable and aimed to please, every dental visit is an amazing experience for both kid and parent!” - Gavin P.

“Amazing!!!!! They took the time to explain everything and also the doctor was so patient with my 5 year old daughter who is very nervous during her cleaning.” Jacqueline S.

“I have a 2 1/2 year old daughter and she had a wonderful experience with Dr. Bennet and has been talking about the dentist since her visit. I would highly recommend them. Perfect for kids and nice atmosphere for all.” - Cara G.

Thank you to all who have shared their experiences with us, we always strive to care for our patients as if they were our own children and love hearing that they had a pleasant dental experience in our offices. Have you visited recently and have a story to share? Feel free to leave a review on one of the below sites!

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If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding your child’s oral care or if you need to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at one of our three locations. At Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dental, our purpose is to provide exceptional mental and dental care that can impact your child’s life forever.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Benefits of Laser Dentistry

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Is your child suffering from cavities, canker sores, or even fever blisters? Certainly not ideal, but thankfully laser treatment can help. Laser technology allows dentists to perform procedures with less pain, noise, and fear, which means no more kicking and screaming! Sound enticing? We thought so.

Here are some other benefits of laser dentistry.

Safety: If used by a trained practitioner, this technology is just as safe as any other dental instrument. However, your child will need to wear special eyeglasses to protect their eyes from the laser.

Painless: With this treatment, your child will overall feel more comfortable before, during, and after their appointment. Dental procedures with laser beams are painless, which also means there is nothing to be afraid of - coming in for a visit will become a breeze (if it wasn’t already)!

Accuracy: It may be hard to believe, but the laser treatment process is almost perfect. Laser technology uses a very narrow beam of light, allowing the surrounding areas to be left untouched.

Controls Swelling and Bleeding: Since the treatment only touches the affected area, the accuracy of this technology also helps reduce swelling and bleeding. If you notice swelling after the procedure, apply ice to the affected area.

Limited Return Visits: Need multiple procedures performed? With laser treatment, everything can be done in one single visit. Know what that means? You get to save time and energy on multiple dental appointments, sounds like a win all around.

Want to utilize the benefits of dental laser treatment? Our doctors at all three of our locations are experienced with laser treatment and have received extra training after residency in lasers. Schedule an appointment with Adelberg Montalvan or learn more information by explorin

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Healthy Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Foods

As you continue your Thanksgiving meal prep - it’s not too late to make sure you have some healthy kid-friendly options that even the pickiest of eaters will love. See below for some of our favorite (and easy) recipes, provided by!

“Ice Cream” Mashed Potatoes
Who wouldn’t want to finish their vegetables if they looked like their favorite dessert? You’ll need sweet potatoes and red or white potatoes, plus some hot chocolate mix for the chocolate scoop.

Turkey Muffins
Let your kids build their own turkey muffin! You’ll need a pumpkin muffin, red and green apples, a grape, and some icing!

Turkey Nuggets
Are your kids a fan of chicken nuggets? Serve up some turkey suggest this Thanksgiving instead! Using a small, round cookie cutter, simply cut little medallions of turkey, then bread and broil!

Crunchy Chickpeas
For those who want a crunchy snack, choose this protein packed treat! Spread out some chickpeas on a pan, drizzle with olive oil and a little salt. Roast in the oven and enjoy!

Aside from the above, also serve some tooth-friendly foods like cheese, raw veggies, and nuts! From all of us here at Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dental - we hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

If you have any questions about how to improve your child's oral health please give our offices a call. We specialize in caring for children’s teeth in a comfortable and caring environment. Visit our website to schedule an appointment.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Volunteering on Long Island

The holiday season is upon us! And as we prepare to give thanks - and perhaps start some holiday shopping - remember that this is also the season for giving back. There are many opportunities on Long Island and it’s not just limited to adults - your children are more than welcome to join!

From food drop-offs to year round volunteer initiatives, below are some ways you and your children can give back to the local community this holiday season.
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Long Island Cares has a Student Volunteer Corps which provides opportunities for middle and high school students to learn and participate in feeding and supporting the more than 316,000 Long Islanders who are hungry or food insecure. To have your child join the Student Volunteer Corps, complete this form. For more information on holiday volunteering opportunities, contact Alisha at 631-582-3663 or
Important! Long Island Cares is in need of frozen turkeys this Thanksgiving. Drop offs are welcomed at their warehouse.
Warehouse location:
10 Davids Drive, Hauppauge, Monday-Friday, between 8am-4pm.
Drop off locations throughout the holiday season:
Party Hardy - 145 Smithtown Blvd., Nesconset.
Gino's Tuscany - 517 Main Street, Islip.

This is an organization that works to end hunger and reduce food waste on Long Island. Both kids and adults can help out at community fairs, food drives, and other events. Their holiday program is called the Turkey and Trimmings Collection Campaign where you and your family can donate turkeys and holiday dry goods to help feed the hungry - from November 1 to December 30.
Drop off locations throughout the holiday season:
Roslyn Savings Bank - 719 Smithtown Bypass, Smithtown.
Bristal Assisted Living - 400 Country Line Rd., Massapequa.

At the Ronald Mcdonald House of Long Island, volunteers are the “Heartbeat of the House,” so they welcome volunteers of all ages. One specific service you and your little ones can participate in is their Little Hands Helping Little Hands program. This was specifically created for children between the ages of 6 and 16 to volunteer and help bake treats for the families staying at the Ronald Mcdonald House. Contact Betti McClellan, Director of Volunteers & Programs at 516-775-5683 or for more information.

United Way of Long Island has a project called Kids United Against Hunger which teaches kids about hunger and provides them with the opportunity to volunteer at The Harry Chapin Food Bank in Hauppauge. This program is available to students, ages 7-14 - parents, you can come too! For more information contact Jessica Rosati, United Way of Long Island at 631-940-3700 or

We encourage our patients to get into the holiday spirit by giving back to their local communities. Please tag us in any Instagram or Facebook posts showing how you are helping families in need throughout the season for a chance to win a special gift from Adelberg Montalvan!

If you have any questions about how to improve your child's oral health please give our offices a call. We specialize in caring for children’s teeth in a comfortable and caring environment. Visit our website to schedule an appointment.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Does Your Child Have A Toothache?

Cuts and scrapes, nothing a little TLC and bandage can't fix! But what happens when your child experiences pain that you can't quite see? When it comes to toothaches, home remedies can help the pain go away, but you may need to seek professional help if you notice persistent aching - hey, even superheros have sidekicks!
What is a toothache?
A toothache occurs when there is pain caused to the nerves inside a tooth’s delicate pulp. Some minor toothaches may fade with time, but more frequently than not, toothaches present some kind of dental problem that requires a visit to our office.

What are the common causes of toothaches?
There are many reasons why your child may be experiencing a toothache:

  • Tooth decay - the most common cause!
  • Incoming teeth
  • Cavities
  • Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
  • Sinus infection
  • Trapped food that causes teeth to shift
How can you treat toothaches?
1. If nothing looks wrong, try gently flossing both sides of the tooth. This could relieve any pain or soreness if there is trapped food stuck in between their teeth.
TIP: Just because there doesn’t look like there's a problem, doesn’t mean there isn’t one - nerve damage, for example, has no symptoms besides pain. 

2. Treat pain with an appropriate dosage of ibuprofen. Base the dose on your child’s age, weight, and the instructions indicated on the medication. You can also apply an ice pack to the affected area - one minute on, one minute off.
TIP: Never rub aspirin, or any painkiller, directly on your child’s gums. This will cause burns and severe discomfort. 

3. If your child is experiencing pain throughout the day and into the night, seek professional help as soon as possible. It will help put your mind and your child’s mouth at ease if you have a dental expert take care of the problem.

If your child is experiencing a toothache or has any other oral pain or discomfort, contact the professionals Adelberg Montalvan. We specialize in caring for children’s teeth in a comfortable and caring environment. Give us a call or visit our website to schedule an appointment at any of our three locations.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Show Gratitude with These Thanksgiving Crafts

Thanksgiving isn’t just a holiday surrounded by delicious food. This holiday is the time to reflect and give thanks. Spend quality time with your children the entire month of November by creating crafts that help teach them the meaning behind Turkey Day - gratitude. 

Thankful Turkey 3D Cut Out
This is a classic activity with a twist. Click the link provided above and print out the downloadable 3D turkey cutout. Follow the instructions and let your child see the turkey come to life! Have them write down or draw on each feather what they are thankful for. 

A Gratitude Jar
Every day until Thanksgiving, have your family write down a specific moment in their day that they are grateful for. It could be as simple as good test score or the fact that they ate all of their vegetables for dinner that night. Allow the kids to decorate the jar and come Thanksgiving, allow them to read each moment allowed. 

Turkey Toss of Thankfulness
Think hot potato meets Thanksgiving! All you need is a bouncy ball (with holes in it) and feathers. Toss the “turkey” while shouting out things you are thankful for! 

Thankful Wreath
Do you need to decorate your home for Thanksgiving, but also want to participate in some fun fall activities with your kids? Kill two birds with one stone (no pun intended - sorry turkeys!) and have your little ones help you create a Thanksgiving wreath. 

Kid Thank-You Cards
This is a perfect handmade gift idea that kids will love to make! Provide them with markers, stamps, stickers, etc., and allow their artistic juices flow! Send these letters out throughout the month or hand them out on Thanksgiving to the ones you love. 

AMPD Thanksgiving Tree
Continue the holiday fun when you visit one of our office locations in the month of November - have your children write what they’re thankful for and put it on our Thanksgiving tree!

Happy crafting! 

If you have any questions about how to improve your child's oral health please give our offices a call. We specialize in caring for children’s teeth in a comfortable and caring environment. Visit our website to schedule an appointment.