Dr. Lebedoff

5314 S. Yale Ave. Suite 1100
Tulsa, OK 74135

How To Help Your Children Ration Halloween Candy

Halloween Candy
You know how it’s going to happen. You’ll try to convince your kids to sit down and eat their dinner, but all they want to do is worry about their Halloween costumes and talk about how great trick-or-treating is going to be this year. They’re so excited to go trick-or-treating – in fact, mentally, they’re pretty much already gone, because you know that nothing you say is going to persuade them to actually eat their spaghetti. Then the moment finally comes, and they’re on their way. You will spend the night handing out candy, or go trick-or-treating with the younger ones.

And by nine or ten at night the kids are back, and they’re showing you their “loot”. What have they brought home? That’s right. They’ve brought home what seems like 300 lbs of candy. In vain you try to limit how much of it they eat, but they gathered it all, and of course, because it’s theirs they feel like they have the right to eat it however and whenever they want.

What do you do?

Honestly, the best way to handle this situation is to set the ground-rules for Halloween candy before trick-or-treating. Because heaven knows, when it’s too late, it’s too late!

Some ideas to consider in helping your child ration their candy can include:

  • Establishing that they’ll only be allowed “X” amount of candy each day.
  • Tell them that half of what they bring home will go to the “family stash” that can be eaten throughout the year
  • Consider trading them for their candy. E. g. “Trade me some candy and I’ll pay you $5 .” “Trade me your candy and I’ll do your chores for you for a week”
  • Make a rule that they can only have some of their candy after they’ve done their chores, finished their homework, stayed in the habit of brushing their teeth, or eaten a healthy meals every day.

We hope that these suggestions help you! As a family dentist in Tulsa, we want to aid you in maintaining both health and harmony in your home. Additionally, we also remind you to make sure that with all of this candy you double-check to make sure your kids are flossing and brushing their teeth regularly! Since sugar has a way of accelerating the growth of plaque and bacteria in the mouth, the necessity of oral hygiene becomes especially critical in the Halloween season – make sure the sugar doesn’t stay in their mouths long enough to create cavities!

If they do end up getting some cavities we are happy to help your child get back their beautiful smile with our children’s dentistry services. Schedule an appointment with us today & all of us at Skyview Family Dental hope that you have a Happy Halloween with your family!

Is Activated Charcoal Safe for Whitening Teeth?

Activated Charcoal which has been used for teeth whitening, and it actually can damage your teeth rather than improve their color
There has been a new trend for teeth whitening that has been around for a couple of years now. This is a technique where you can use Activated Charcoal instead of traditional toothpaste during your regular brushing routine. It promises amazing results and that it’s simple to use, cheap, and effective. They will say that once you use it there is going to be a significant improvement in the whiteness of teeth after one use! This sounds great right? Who doesn’t want a brighter, whiter smile. Well, unfortunately the downside is that activated charcoal is not the safest thing to use on your teeth. Dr. Lebedoff, at Skyview Family Dental in Tulsa, wants you to know the risks of using activated charcoal instead of cosmetic dentistry. As well as various options that are available for teeth whitening before you consider using a trendy option such as activated charcoal.

Is Activated Charcoal really that bad?

Activated Charcoal can be really be unsafe and can damage your teeth. It’s very rough and abrasive which makes it very effective on removing hard stains and plaque in your teeth. But, it can also strip away important enamel and dentin as well. Imagine taking sandpaper and rubbing it across your teeth. The material can smooth and polish your teeth for them to become whiter, but at what cost? Most people don’t realize that Activated Charcoal is not supposed to be used on a daily basis, and it doesn’t replace your regular toothpaste. In fact it can cause more problems than it solves. The charcoal could be stripping away necessary enamel and lead additional problems for your teeth and oral hygiene.

Some of these problems can include:  

  • Severe Enamel Damage
  • Exposed Dentin
  • An Increase of Tooth Sensitivity 

Ironically, using activated charcoal is meant to whiten your teeth, but with some of these dental problems, your teeth can actually become yellow and discolored! This type of problem can not be treated easily, and especially not with traditional toothpaste and normal teeth cleaning treatments. The best way to fix it is to consider teeth whitening and cosmetic dental corrective procedures. Some of these procedures can cost more than you want to spend. Save yourself the money and the trouble by avoiding activated charcoal and come into Skyview Family Dental to meet with Dr. Lebedoff about teeth whitening in Tusla.

There Has To Be a Better Way:

There is some good news for you, if you are serious about having a whiter smile. Skyview Family Dental in Tulsa are has an excellent dentist and staff that is professionally trained and have years of experience in cosmetic dentistry and teeth whitening procedures. Dr. Lebedoff also offers procedures that can repair your damaged teeth such as dental implants and veneers. Our team is here to assist you will all your questions and concerns. We want your smile to be the best that it can be. To make sure your teeth last longer than the newest trends by calling our office today to make an appointment or schedule a consultation online!

Get Your Child’s Back To School Checkup!

Back to School Dental Check-ups At Tulsa Family Dentist Skyview Family Dental

Its that time of the year again! It might be your favorite time of the year or your least favorite, either way, it’s time to take care of dental check-ups for the kids before your family gets into the busy routine of school life! Skyview Family Dental in Tulsa knows how vital it is to maintain a predictable routine and that even small unscheduled surprises can cause parents and kids some headache and frustration. That’s why it’s so important to get your kids in for a checkup and any work that might need doing before the school year starts again!

For you parents who have a few kids or even one kid, we know that visits to the dentist don’t always go as smoothly as we would all hope, so, we’ve prepared a list of 5 secrets that we want to share with you in the hopes that your next visit will be a little less adventurous!

1. Timing Is Everything
Time of day can make or break your child’s appointment. “It’s important for a child of any age who’s used to a nap to not schedule during naptime,” she says. If your child is always cranky after waking up, factor that in too.

2. Make One Child A Role Model
If you’ve scheduled back-to-back appointments for your children, there’s a simple way to decide who goes first: Choose the child who’s had the most positive experiences at the dentist. You generally want them to be first as they can make a good impression to their siblings for how good it is to go to the dentist.

3. A Hungry Child Is Not a Happy Patient
Feed your child a light meal before the appointment. Hungry people are grouchy people. You want them to be comfortable! Eating a light meal is also better for a child who might have a strong gag reflex!

4. Check Your Anxiety
If your heart races at the very thought of the dentist, your child can probably tell. Kids pick up on parents’ anxiety. It’s important to be careful how you talk about the dentist with all kids, especially at age 8 and younger. At that age, they’re highly susceptible to the fears and anxieties of their parents. Talk calmly about the dentist, and about how nice it will be to have their teeth all fixed and clean! Your attitude can go a long way in their experience!

5. Keep Cool If Your Child Won’t Cooperate
If your child gets upset during her visit, the worst thing you can do is swoop them out of the chair and leave. The next visit will be even harder! Our dental team is experienced with stressful situations and can help you, and your kids get through them!

Schedule An Appointment Today!
We hope you find these little secrets helpful! Back to school appointment slots fill up fast so call our friendly staff at Tulsa Family Dental today to schedule an in-office visit for your whole family!

What is the Best Kids Toothbrush

Child Brushing Her Teeth
Kids watch everything we do. From the way we eat to the way we treat others. They often mimic the actions we do, whether good or bad. That includes our dental hygiene habits: the way we brush, how often we brush, the food and drinks that we consume, if we use our teeth as tools or not, etc.. Something that we don’t often think about is the kind of toothbrush we use. There are many choices out there that are good but we often want the best for our children. Our children’s dentist in Tulsa, Dr. Lebedoff has some recommendations for you when choosing the toothbrush that is right for your child.

Toothbrush Bristles

Toothbrush bristles are usually made of either nylon or nylon-polyester blend bristles. There are many toothbrushes available in different shapes, textures, and sizes but finding the best begins with choosing the right type of bristles for your child’s teeth.

For young children we highly recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush for teeth that are still developing. Soft bristles will gently remove plaque and debris from your child’s teeth and gum line. A toothbrush with hard bristles may be a little too rough on the gums.

Toothbrush Shapes and Sizes

Choose a size of toothbrush that coincides with your child’s age and growth development. Comfort is key and the age recommendation on the packaging is a good place to start. You not only want the toothbrush size and shape to fit comfortably in the mouth, but you also want to ensure it is easy to hold and use for your child.

Have fun when picking out your child’s toothbrush. Let them pick it with your or have it be a surprise. When a child loses a tooth sometimes it is fun to let the tooth fairy leave a little gift of a new toothbrush under their pillow. Whatever it is you do, make it a positive experience. It will help with them establishing good dental hygiene habits while they are young.

Good Habits Start Early

Establishing good habits of brushing twice daily while they are young is so important. Also don’t forget about the important of flossing. These habits established now will last them their entire lives.

Another important aspect of dental hygiene is the importance of taking your kids to see a children’s dentist twice a year. Yearly checkups can help catch problems early and creates a positive experience for the child and parent. If you are looking in Tulsa for a children’s dentist, than look no further. Give Skyview Family Dental a call today to schedule an appointment. Make visiting our office the start of your child’s good dental habits.   

5 Ways to Help Your Child Not Be Scared of the Dentist

 

being scared to go to the dentist is very common. Going to the dentist is scary at any age! Many adults avoid going to the dentist, and Dr. Lebedoff doesn’t want your child to grow up afraid of ever setting foot inside a dental office. Healthy teeth means you have a healthy body. That’s why it’s important to have routine visits to your family dentist twice a year to keep teeth clean .

Here are 5 different ways that you can help your child not be scared of visiting the dentist:

  1.  Start Young!

Children should have their first dental appointment by age one. A good rule to follow is:  first birthday or first tooth. The earlier you start, the more time you have to the child to become accustomed to dental visits as “normal”. Plus, the sooner you start care, the less likely you are to have problems that require treatment like fillings that can be scary or unpleasant for little ones.

  1.  Make it a Family Affair

At Skyview Family Dental we’re here to take care of your whole family.  Letting your little one see that you are going to the dentist, cheerfully and unafraid, can help ease their fears.  If you’d like to bring your child along for a routine exam or cleaning, so they can see what will be happening at their visit, simply let our staff know and we’ll be happy to accomodate you.

  1.  Let Us Explain…

Our staff has experience dealing with children who might be afraid or worried about their exam.  We will explain to them what’s going on, and what is happening so that it can help them not be so scared.  If your child is full of questions before the appointment (what child isn’t full of questions?), help them make a list of things they’d like to ask Dr. Lebedoff about teeth. We’ll be more than happy to take time to answer them.

  1.  Come Along!

For routine visits, especially the first few, it can be helpful to have a parent or trusted adult in the room during the exam.  You’re more than welcome to sit with your child and provide reassurance that everything is going to be ok. Don’t be surprised though if, as they get older, they’d rather go see their friends on our staff all by themselves (just like you)!

  1.  Trust Us, This Is Normal.

It’s perfectly normal to be nervous, shy, or even fearful.  That’s okay. Our goal is to provide families in the Tulsa area with a place to bring their whole family where you can count on our experience and competence.  If your little one is acting up a bit, rest assured we’ve seen it before and you don’t need to feel embarrassed or uneasy about it. We love helping kids have bright, healthy smiles and with our experience we can help turn the trip to the dentist into a positive memory.

Schedule an Appointment

The more your child comes to the dentist, the easier it gets. Dr. Lebedoff, and our staff are excited to meet your entire family! Schedule an appointment today to help brighten your families smiles even more! 

How To Prevent Cavities In Your Family

Happy Smiling Family image provided by: https://www.flickr.com/photos/armymedicine/13584554804

Preventing tooth decay is important for the whole family!  At Skyview Family Dental we want to be sure that all members of the family have happy, healthy smiles.  We all know that it’s important to brush and floss twice daily, at all ages, but did you know that it’s recommended your child should also have their first dental exam before age 1?  

Twice A Year Visit The Dentist

Having routine dental exams and cleanings twice a year are a vital part of preventing tooth decay for the whole family. Choosing a Tulsa family dentist can make developing and maintaining good dental hygiene habits much easier. Having the whole family come in to see Dr. Lebedoff together will save time, and build a sense of working together as a team.  

We can help you be sure you’re caring for your whole family’s teeth the best you can, and that you teach your children to care for their own teeth correctly too. Children under 2 years of age should have their teeth flossed and brushed with a soft bristled brush and fluoride free toothpaste twice daily.  Once they can reliably spit the toothpaste out, usually around 2, they can use a kid friendly fluoride toothpaste and work toward brushing their teeth on their own. They still may need supervision for some years though. Remember each brushing should last at least 2 minutes, and don’t forget to floss. Aside from routine brushing morning and evening the AADP also recommends brushing after sugary drinks or snacks, for children and adults alike.  

Avoid Excessive Amounts of Sugar

The longer teeth are exposed to sugary drinks or snacks, the more likely decay is to set in. Eating at regular intervals can help with preventing cavities too, normally when you eat the saliva in your mouth washes the excess acid away after you finish. If you are snacking often, or eating candy or snacks for long periods of time, your saliva won’t be able to do its’ job keeping the acid away from your teeth. It’s best to drink sugary drinks or milk quickly, as in the course of a meal, then switch to water.  

Foods that are high in acid, like citrus fruits, can weaken tooth enamel, so it’s a good idea to brush after eating them too. At bedtime no drinks, aside from water, be offered to children after their nightly brushing and flossing, because the milk or juice can stay the child’s mouth all night and provide an ideal breeding ground for bacteria that cause tooth decay. There’s even a term for this specific (and very common) type of tooth decay; baby bottle tooth decay. Talk to Dr. Lebedoff about dental sealants, and how it a great option for children to help counteract the sugar and acids that are in our foods.

Once the nightly brushing and flossing have been done, if you need a drink, then water is always the best choice.  Once a tooth develops decay, or a cavity, it will require treatment. Even cavities in primary, also known as baby, teeth will need to be treated to stop the bacteria from spreading.

Schedule An Appointment

As was mentioned above scheduling an appointment with your family dentist twice is year is very important to your family’s dental health. Dr. Lebedoff and his dental staff strive to provide the greatest in family dentistry in Tulsa. Schedule an appointment today!

Sedation Dentistry in Tulsa

Tulsa Sedation Dentistry Services

Feeling Stressed About Your Next Dental Visit?

If you or anyone in your family is feeling particularly anxious about any kind of dental visit or procedure, please call us today so we can explain what options you have. To help our patients relax, Dr. Lebedoff offers sedation dentistry at our Tulsa family dental practice. The sedation helps the patient enter a complete state of relaxation, allowing him or her to be virtually unaware of dental treatment. After treatment, the patient will then be carefully and quietly awakened from their sedation. Generally, the patient will awake from sedation with little to no memory of the procedure.

Tried and true, sedation dentistry is effective and safe. Its ideal for patients who are fearful of the dentist, dislike needles or shots or suffer from a bad gag reflex. It is also great for patients who have very sensitive teeth, complicated dental history or are restricted in the amount of time they have to complete a procedure. Sedation dentistry may also provide a solution to individuals who have difficulty responding to numbing agents. If you suffer dental anxiety or believe you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry, we would be happy to help improve your dental experience!

Benefits

One of our favorite things about sedation dentistry is that people will usually feel like the dental procedure we performed took only a few minutes, when in reality, it may have taken hours to finish. The average patient can only withstand so long of a procedure while awake which means several visits may be required. Complex dental procedures such as smile makeovers or extensive rebuilding procedures that typically require multiple visits can often be completed in fewer or even just one appointment.

Because sedation dentistry addresses some of the fears that keep people from going to the dentist on a regular basis, sedation dentistry patients are more likely to receive recommended routine care. As a result, they are less likely to neglect their oral health or allow oral health problems to build to the point when drastic dental treatments become necessary.

If you want to improve the look of your smile or fix serious issues happening in your mouth, but are feeling reluctant to come in, sedation dentistry could be a great option that will help you take care of your health and have a smile you can be proud of!

Choosing A Sedation Dentist

Sedation dentistry treatments should be performed under the guidance of a dentist and staff specially educated, trained and experiences in dental sedation procedures.

Skyview Family Dental is home to one of the best sedation dentists in Tulsa. If you’re feeling nervous or apprehensive about a dental checkup or especially more complex procedures, Dr. Lebedoff and his staff would be more than happy to sit down with you and walk you through all of the options available and explain how your visit can be calm and comfortable. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Tulsa Family Dental Practice

Kids Dentist in Tulsa Oklahoma

Kids!

We love working with kids! It is our goal to have every child’s visit to our office be a fun and positive experience. Our entire team will work together to do our best to make sure that happens. Helping your kids participate in the treatment helps them understand whats happening and eases their nerves. We want every visit to our office to be one that is not only enjoyable for the kids but also you the parents! Dental visits don’t have to be scary! Talk to our team to find out how!

Our Kid-Friendly Team:

-Demonstrates the proper way to brush and floss.

-Uses disclosing tablets that will “stain” the plaque, showing kids where they need to brush better, and how to brush more efficiently.

-Discuss diet and other ways to help your child grow up cavity-free!

Preventive exams include:

-Fluoride treatments are given at each cleaning to help strengthen your child’s developing enamel.

-Fluoride supplements may be prescribed.

-Sealants are placed on the 1st permanent molars and premolars (if needed) to help prevent cavities.

-If braces are needed, we will coordinate treatment with the a trusted orthodontist.

-We will evaluate “wisdom tooth” development, and help you to decide the best time for removal.

For your convenience, we can coordinate family appointments in one day to accommodate your schedule. We always focus on preventative care for your family. By maintaining good habits, you have the ability to prevent the need for extensive dental treatment in the future. Teaching children how to care for their mouth and making dentistry fun and interesting is our goal.

Teens!

Our teenagers understand the importance of preventative care, but as a young adult grows, he/she will encounter dental issues that can be difficult to prevent. Our team will diagnose, recommend, or treat the following:

-Recommending excellent orthodontist

-Wisdom Teeth Extraction

-Teeth Grinding Treatment

-Flouride Treatments

Whitening of Teeth

-Custom Mouthguards for Sports

Adults!

The care and planning done in our early years will help with the long-term health of our teeth.  Our Tulsa Family Dental team is very invested in your dental and overall health. We are able to detect possible severe illnesses and alert you to necessary treatment.

We Will:

-Checks for oral and neck cancer.

-Examine pregnant women for gum disease and gingivitis. Gum disease and gingivitis contribute to lower birth weight.

-Conduct our standard preventive care for long-term health. If specialty care is required, we will refer you to our highly-respected network of doctors.

Elderly!

As a person ages, he/she may encounter a loss of dexterity and will not be able to perform healthy dental hygiene adequately. This starts the ball rolling towards a decline in overall health. Because a person may not be able to handle the necessary tasks every day, tooth loss happens and will result in consuming softer food. Poor nutrition habits will arise, which will then affect a person’s overall health.

Our team has experience servicing patients with complex medical care. We will develop and share strategies and techniques that assist in your quality of life.

A Focus On The Family

It’s so important to find a caring, experienced family dentistry practice that can follow your family’s oral health throughout your kids’ journey to adulthood and beyond. Early detection and knowing your family’s needs is crucial in preventing serious health issues connected to oral health. Many times by the time something hurts in your mouth, solutions often involve more extensive treatment like root canals or extractions.  

Make An Appointment Today!

From all of our staff here at Skyview Family Dental in Tulsa, we look forward to seeing your whole family here. Having a family dentistry that is eager to prevent dental problems from ever arise rather than treat the problems once they do occur, can make all the difference in the world for your families dental health! If you’re looking for a family dentist in Tulsa, look no further! You’ve found one of the best! Call us today to schedule a visit for your family at 539-202-2817!