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COVID-19 Precautions

Jun 5, 2020

We hope this note finds you safe and healthy! Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, but as New York begins to reopen, we are all looking forward to resuming a new normal in the weeks and months to come.

Governor Cuomo has now given us the okay to reopen our dental office, so we’d like to share with everyone the additional precautions we have taken to ensure the safest environment for patients and staff.

·        We will be using pre-appointment questionnaires and taking non-contact digital temperatures to screen for any active signs of illness. This is for any individual who comes into the office, including all doctors and staff.  

·        We plan to use cell phone messaging upon your arrival so that we can escort you directly into a treatment room. Please avoid using the reception area as much as possible.

·        As an extra precaution, we are installing medical grade air purifiers in all treatment rooms. These specialized filters capture particle sizes down to 0.1 microns, which is the size of viruses. The units are powerful enough to clean and change the air quality 20 times an hour.

·        As per Governor Cuomo’s mandate, we ask our patients (and any individual escorting the patient) to wear a mask while in the office and not receiving treatment.  All team members will be wearing masks while in the office.

·        We also ask that only the patient and one adult (if necessary) attend the appointment as to minimize the amount of people in the office and help maintain social distancing.

·        Lastly, prior to your appointment, we require a credit card to be stored on file in order to expedite check-out and minimize the spread of germs. As always, we will not charge your card until the end of the appointment and can email you the receipt.

What remains the same is our commitment to infection control; we will continue to meticulously sanitize the treatment rooms after each patient, and sterilize all dental instruments using medical grade equipment.  We will also continue to follow the recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

While these past few months have at times felt long, the silver lining is that we now appreciate our connections and relationships with family, friends and patients even more.  As always, please feel free to drop us a line about any questions or thoughts you may have. From all of us at Fountain Pediatric Dentistry, we so look forward to seeing you in the office soon!

Follow us on Instagram!

Feb 6, 2020

We’re taking a little break from the blog as we post most of our tips and advice on Instagram! You can follow along @drjenfountain for the latest updates. As always, if you have specific questions about your kiddo and his/her dental needs, please feel free to email us (frontdesk@jenfountaindds.com) or come in to see us!

Tips from Preschool Teachers

Mar 27, 2019

This month’s blog post comes from the Mount Sinai Parenting Center, highlighting tips from preschool teachers with a combined experience of over 90 years! While the tips are broad and mostly about behavior, we found the advice to also be helpful in the dental setting! Here’s a condensed version of what the teachers had to say:

Set Expectations: Most people have a way of living up (or down) to expectations – preschoolers included. “At school we expect the kids to pour their own water at snack, to throw away their plates, to hang up their jackets – and they do,” says Jennifer Zebooker, a teacher at the 92nd street Y Nursery School, in New York City. “But then they’ll walk out of the classroom and the thumb goes in the mouth and they climb into strollers.” Raise the bar and your child will probably stretch to meet it.

  • How this applies to the dental setting: when children are little, they often sit on their parent’s lap for their dental appointment. However, as they get bigger, we strive to have them sit by themselves in the chair. We often find that children will just climb into the dental chair by themselves if you ask for them to do it… however, if you give them the choice of sitting on Mom or Dad’s lap, most kids are always going to choose their parent’s lap. Setting the expectation of sitting by yourself helps encourage independence and a successful dental visit!

Establish Predictable Routines: Kids cooperate in school because they know what’s expected of them, says Beth Cohen-Dorfman, educational coordinator at Chicago’s Concordia Avondale Campus preschool. “The children follow essentially the same routine day after day, so they quickly learn what they are supposed to be doing, and after awhile barely need reminding.” While it would be impractical to have the same level of structure at home, the more consistent you are, the more cooperative your child is likely to be, suggests Cohen-Dorfman. Decide on a few routines and stick to them: Everyone gets dressed before breakfast. When we come in from outside, we wash our hands. No bedtime stories until all kids are in jammies. Eventually, following these “house rules” will become second nature to your child.

  • How this applies to the dental setting: Consistent brushing at home should also be included in the “house rules”! Not only will consistent brushing help decrease your child’s odds of cavities, but your child will likely also do better at the dental office… after all, they are used to having someone else’s hands in their mouths!

To view the complete article (which was originally from Parents Magazine), visit here.

Is your child overdoing it with the Fluoride Toothpaste?

Feb 4, 2019

In case you missed it, the New York Times published an article on Sunday entitled “Many Children are Overdoing It on the Toothpaste, a CDC Study Says”.  And after reading it yesterday, I thought…. oh man, am I going to get questions about THIS on Monday! Sure thing… first family of the morning… “Hey Dr. Jen, what do you think about Fluoride toothpaste for kids?”

So, here are my thoughts: Fluoride toothpaste is GREAT.  And it really can help prevent cavities in kids’ teeth. So, please keep using it. However, more importantly, please make sure that you are also supervising your child during brush time! I always recommend for a parent to get a turn (or basically do the brushing) until your child can tie her own shoes, color in the lines, and/or use a fork and knife. That means until 6…7… 8 years old!  And that also means supervising the amount of Fluoride toothpaste that goes on the brush as well. Most kids like to swallow the toothpaste, especially if they are under 4 years old…  so make sure you are only putting a rice grain smear to a small pea sized amount of toothpaste on the brush, and encourage your kiddo to spit! I would recommend having the adult place the toothpaste until you are confident that your child will not sneak or squeeze the whole tube onto the brush… after all, kids’ toothpaste taste good!

Also, just to make things more confusing… the CDC and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry have different guidelines on when to start Fluoride toothpaste (the AAPD recommends starting at age 1, and the CDC recommends at age 2).  Here’s what I think: once your child has about 12 teeth, regardless of age, please start using a rice grain smear of Fluoride toothpaste. In my opinion, once that many teeth are present, the benefits of Fluoride toothpaste outweigh the risks of not using it. And don’t forget – your child will keep his back baby molars until he is 11-13 years old, so these baby teeth are important!

If you have more questions, feel free to give us a call!

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