Education

At UPD Dental Associates (University Pediatric Dentistry), we have an uncompromising promise to deliver dental education and awareness to the Western New York community. Below are some tips, articles and links to improve your family’s oral health. Also, make sure to come see us at local schools and events near you!

Education

Healthy Habits for Happy Teeth

Healthy Habits for Happy Teeth

Nutritious Snack Ideas

Monday, July 8, 2024/Number of views (18)
Are you trying to keep your little ones' smiles shining bright? Well, you're in luck because, at UPD Dental Associates, we're all about healthy habits for happy teeth! Today, we're dishing out some deliciously nutritious snack ideas to make you and your kids smile from ear to ear.
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Tips & Tricks to make Brushing your Child’s Teeth Fun & Educational

Tips & Tricks to make Brushing your Child’s Teeth Fun & Educational

Are you ready to turn the mundane task of brushing teeth into an exciting adventure for your little ones? Look no further! Here at UPD Dental Associates keeping those pearly whites healthy and bright is our top priority.

Thursday, May 9, 2024/Number of views (161)
With seven convenient UPD locations, including services for individuals with disabilities, our pediatric dental offices ensure that every child receives the care they deserve. But oral health isn't just about visits to the dentist; it starts at home with a daily routine of toothbrush twice daily and good oral hygiene habits that can last a lifetime. 
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UPD Family Story: Liam Mayes

UPD Family Story: Liam Mayes

By Mom, Nicole Mayes

Tuesday, April 11, 2023/Number of views (793)
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Mouthguards - Fact and Fiction

Mouthguards - Fact and Fiction

The American Dental Association and Sports Medicine Societies recommend a properly fitted mouth guard for protection during sports that can involve contact.

Monday, March 6, 2023/Number of views (2025)

Dental injury is unexpected, immediate and permanent. The American Dental Association and Sports Medicine Societies recommend a properly fitted mouth guard for protection during sports that can involve contact.  Impact studies have shown that wearing any type of mouthguard reduces the risk of tooth injury compared with not wearing a mouthguard.  A custom-made mouthguard is most comfortable and best tolerated interfering minimally with breathing, speaking and swallowing.

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KEEP KIDS SAFE OVER THE HOLIDAYS: MEDICATION SAFETY AT HOME AND WHILE TRAVELING

KEEP KIDS SAFE OVER THE HOLIDAYS: MEDICATION SAFETY AT HOME AND WHILE TRAVELING

Kaleida Health Shares an Important Message With Us

Thursday, December 15, 2022/Number of views (789)

ERIE COUNTY, NY - The holidays are a time for family, friends and festive gatherings. But they can also be a time for potential poisoning incidents involving medication, especially in children. That is why the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) and the Department of Social Services are reminding parents and caregivers to make medication safety a priority during this holiday season.

Here are some safety tips to keep your family safe this upcoming holiday season:

  • All prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and supplements should be stored securely, out of reach of children and pets. This includes pills, drops, liquids, creams and medications administered by injection.
  • Dispose of unused or expired medications at community kiosks – there are dozens in Erie County; see thepointny.org.
  • Anyone who has recently started taking a new drug should inform their family members about potential side effects if needed.
  • Do not share prescription medications with others. Take prescription medications only under the guidance of a doctor or health care provider.
  • Add the Poison Control number to your phone: 1-800-222-1222. Trained specialists answer these calls 24/7.

Erie County Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein and Commissioner of Senior Services Angela Marinucci are reinforcing these precautions for the holiday season.

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ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND KALEIDA HEALTH ALERT COMMUNITY TO TRIPLE THREAT OF PEDIATRIC RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES

ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND KALEIDA HEALTH ALERT COMMUNITY TO TRIPLE THREAT OF PEDIATRIC RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES

Surge in RSV and flu cases prompt warning and call to help prevent illness, protect vulnerable community members

Wednesday, November 16, 2022/Number of views (943)

“The widespread use of masks as an infection prevention tool reduced RSV and flu levels during the past two winter seasons,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein. “Without those preventive measures, these illnesses are back, and disproportionately affecting our community’s youngest residents. These are common viruses, but they can be uncommonly severe for infants and young children. It’s incumbent on each of us to take steps to maintain our own health and protect vulnerable people in our community.”

ECDOH and OCH are echoing the messages shared by the New York State Department of Health on protecting against the “triple threat” of respiratory illnesses this winter season: RSV, flu and COVID-19.

  • Stay up to date with flu vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Stay home from school, work, daycare and other activities if you are sick. 
  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth if you have symptoms of respiratory illness – coughing, stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat. 
  • Masking indoors and social distancing may be important for those who live with higher risk individuals: infants, older adults, pregnant people, and people born pre-term or those with underlying health conditions. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for least 20 seconds to protect yourself from germs and avoid spreading them to others. 
  • Do not cough or sneeze into your hands. Instead, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Teach and remind children to do this, too.
  • Carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol to use when soap and water are not available. 
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