American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Glenn J. Marie, DDS, is the owner of and a dentist at Dentistry for Children in Staten Island, New York. In this role, he specializes in treating children with Down’s syndrome, autism, and other special needs. Glenn J. Marie, DDS, is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), a nationwide membership organization that strives to advance the optimal oral health of all children.
The AAPD website features a “Question and Answers” section to help parents navigate their child’s dental care. Below you will find some of the most commonly asked questions and their answers.
Question: What kind of toothbrush should I use on my baby’s teeth?
Answer: A soft toothbrush with a small head will work to remove plaque. For the best results, look for a toothbrush specifically made for use on an infant’s teeth and gums.
Q: When should my child have his or her first dental check-up?
A: The AAPD recommends bringing your child in before his or her first birthday, as soon as the child’s teeth start coming in.
Q: Are pacifiers and thumb sucking hurting my baby’s teeth?
A: Generally speaking, no. Most children grow out of these habits by the age of three. If the habit continues at that point, it may then lead to dental issues. See your pediatric dentist about ways to stop the child from sucking a pacifier or thumb.
Since 1990, Glenn J. Marie, DDS, has served as the owner of and a dentist for Dentistry for Children, where he specializes in treating children with special needs. Outside of the office, Glenn J. Marie, DDS, enjoys karate, a pastime he has pursued for more than 30 years.
Learning and training in a martial art offers obvious physical benefits, but it can also greatly benefit your state of mind. Here are three ways practicing the martial arts can help you grow mentally.
1. Lowered Aggression – This may seem counterintuitive to the outsider who sees nothing but punching, kicking, and grappling, but doing martial arts has been shown to lower aggression. One study that tested middle-school boys found that those who participated in school-offered martial arts programs showed improved class behavior and less aggressiveness toward other students.
2. Stress Reduction – Martial arts provide students something to focus on other than their daily stresses. More than that, many introduce students to beneficial concepts like controlled breathing, meditation, and emotional control, all of which can help to reduce stress.
3. Increased Confidence – To become a good martial artist, a student must learn to trust their judgment and skill level. As a student grows as a martial artist, he or she continually sets new goals and reaches them, whether the goal is mastering a new kick or getting the next belt. This mixture of self-trust and regularly achieving milestones can boost general confidence in ways that carry over to other aspects of the practitioner’s life.
As owner and practicing dentist of Dentistry for Children in Staten Island, New York, Glenn J. Marie, DDS, provides care for children of all ages and developmental levels. Glenn J. Marie, DDS, balances his professional responsibilities with an active personal life that includes regular CrossFit workouts.
CrossFit provides the athlete with a comprehensive and varied way to improve muscle strength, athletic stamina, and flexibility. Focus on the flexibility component frequently allows the athlete to improve overall results by increasing mobility, while simultaneously providing the injury prevention support necessary for ongoing workouts.
Proper technique plays a key role, as does balance. By introducing bilateral movements that strengthen the body on both sides, the athlete can avoid the imbalance that comes from overworking one side and instead build stable strength. Meanwhile, deep breathing helps to promote balance by keeping the body relaxed.
Finally, the consistency of a CrossFit regimen is essential for the athlete who hopes to see results. Experts recommend two to five classes per week, interspersed with enough rest to avoid overtraining. In between, a high-protein diet and plenty of sleep help the muscles to rebuild and strengthen. Steady progress is more likely in an athlete who does not overwork, but who instead sets realistic goals and short-term challenges throughout the process.