***WE ARE OPEN FOR ROUTINE CHECKUPS AND TREATMENT. WE ALSO HAVE AVAILABLE TELECONFERENCING PLATFORMS FOR CONSULTATIONS IN ORDER TO PRECLUDE THE NEED FOR MANY OFFICE VISITS; AND TO SHORTEN IN-OFFICE TIME OF ACTUAL VISITS. EXISTING PATIENTS MAY TEXT OR EMAIL DR. KRAUSS AT ANY TIME. HE WILL RESPOND AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. NEW PATIENTS SHOULD CALL THE OFFICE DURING REGULAR HOURS TO SCHEDULE A VIRTUAL APPOINTMENT. WHEN THE OFFICE IS CLOSED, YOU MAY CALL (FOR EMERGENCIES) OR TEXT/ SEND US AN EMAIL IF YOUR CHILD IS HAVING PAIN OR IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT HIS DENTAL HEALTH.
WE HAVE ALWAYS ADHERED TO THE HIGHEST STANDARDS OF CLEANLINESS AND STERILITY. IN ADDITION, WE HAVE NOW IMPLEMENTED NEW PROTOCOLS AND ENGINEERING CONTROLS IN ADHERENCE TO GUIDELINES SET FORTH BY THE CDC, OSHA, AND ADA.
Some changes we have made:
1. We will ask a few general health screening questions before scheduling your appointment, and again on the day of your visit.
2. Appointments will be scheduled to maximize social distancing between patients. When you arrive on our block, we ask that you call the office. The receptionist will tell you when to enter. We have the luxury of being on a wide street with ample parking. If your child/ren is/are old enough to come in unescorted, that is preferable. If not, we ask that only one parent come in. Of course, there are situations that warrant both parents in the office. If you have any questions, please ask one of our staff.
3. We will take your temperature upon entering.
4. To minimize contact in the office as much as possible, all front desk activities will be performed pre-appointment via phone or email. This means that all insurance and financial information will be gathered before scheduling your appointment.
5. We ask that both parents and children (if able to) wear mask and gloves before entering office.
6. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the office.
7. To better schedule your visit, and to possibly even negate the need for you to come at all, Dr. Krauss or one of our staff will screen all appointment requests prior to scheduling.
8. We hope that these practices will reassure our patients and staff that we are doing everything possible to maximize comfort and safety for everyone involved***
Dr. Krauss has been practicing pediatric dentistry in the same location, with an experienced and devoted staff, since 1989. Together, they have created an upbeat and nurturing environment devoted to the dental needs of the children of the Five Towns and surrounding areas, with many of our patients coming from much further distances as well. Our patients and their parents have come to expect a warm, friendly, state of the art office, where they are treated with respect and concern. Evening and Sunday appointments are available to minimize time lost from school. Patients are seen promptly, respecting your time.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends every child have established a Dental Home by 12 months of age. We will examine your child's mouth, instruct you on proper oral hygiene techniques and diet, and establish a relationship with each other.
At this initial and each subsequent checkup visit, we will review proper methods of home care appropriate to your child's understanding, check for cavities, clean your child's teeth and apply fluoride as needed.
Possibly never. There is no scientific evidence that the traditional polishing with rubber cup on a dental handpiece and polishing paste has any therapeutic value. In fact, numerous reports have shown that plaque left on the teeth is not a barrier to fluoride uptake; and there is no difference in rate of tooth decay between patients who receive a rubber cup polish and those who don't. Also, polishing with rubber cup or brush and paste is somewhat abrasive and may remove the outer, most fluoride rich layer of enamel, which is the most protective against cavities. Polishing with a rubber cup and paste is helpful to remove stain, if it exists. Scaling with a hand instrument is more gentle on the enamel and also removes calculus (if it is present) and some stain.
This has been the policy of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry since 1986:
It depends. The interval for dental checkups is determined by the patient's risk factors (such as dental crowding, diet, medical condition, enamel defects, etc.), history of cavities, level of oral hygiene, etc. It is individualized for each patient. Some may require more frequent recalls and some may not need to return sooner than a year. There is no scientific basis for the "routine six month checkup."
Dr. Krauss graduated dental school at the University of Maryland in 1985 and completed a hospital general practice dentistry residency in 1986. He then completed a two- year pediatric dentistry residency followed by a yearlong fellowship in dental care of patients with special needs at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY. He later attended graduate school and received the Master of Public Health (MPH) and MBA degrees from the University of Massachusetts, and completed a residency in dental public health at Jacobi Medical Center in collaboration with the New York State Department of Health. He also received a certificate in bioethics and medical humanities from Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Benjamin Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University.
For more than twenty years, Dr. Krauss has been an assistant clinical professor at Einstein and an attending faculty member at Jacobi and Montefiore Hospitals, where he teaches pediatric dentistry, dental anesthesiology, and care of patients with special needs to advanced dental residents; and provides patient care at the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at Einstein. He was the founding director of the pediatric dentistry residency program at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, has published numerous articles and textbook chapters, and lectures at national dental meetings.
Dr. Krauss is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, a Diplomate of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a Fellow of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, and a New York State and New York City certified paramedic.
Dr. Krauss and his wife are the proud parents of three wonderful daughters, three amazing sons-in-law, and (so far) four remarkable grandchildren, all of whom provide incredible family together time. In his spare time, Dr. Krauss volunteers as a paramedic on a local volunteer ambulance squad.
Dr. Krauss has been practicing pediatric dentistry in the same office for thirty years, with a devoted, caring, and compassionate staff who share his philosophy of conservative and gentle treatment with an emphasis on prevention.
Feel free to use this area to send Dr. Krauss or any of the staff questions, concerns, or comments. We strive to reply as soon as possible, usually the same day. If your question is urgent, please text or call Dr. Krauss directly on his cell phone: 516-297-8768.
31 Frost Lane, Lawrence NY 11559
Sunday 8 am - noon
Monday 9 am - 7 pm
Tuesday noon- 8 pm
Thursday 9 am - 7 pm
Friday by appointment