May 23, 2019

In my 37 years as a pediatric dental specialist here in northern Colorado, I have seen the number of national or regional "chain" dental centers increase rapidly.  I often get asked about them and if they are ok for children.  My usual response is that it all depends o...

May 25, 2017

I'm not going to answer this yes or no!  But I will explain some differences between a trained pediatric dentist and your "average" general or family dentist.  If I had, lets say, a 6 year old with a cavity or two, or I was concerned with crowding of teeth and possible...

May 2, 2017

At some point when our patients reach high school age, parents will usually ask me at what age do I stop seeing them.  It's usually assumed that a pediatric dentist only sees kids and so at some particular age we will stop and transfer them to a family or general denti...

April 21, 2017

Several times a week we get calls asking if we accept Medicaid.  Yes, we do.  Since I started my pediatric dental practice here in Fort Collins, we have always accepted children covered by Medicaid.  From 1982 til the mid 90's we were the only pediatric dental office a...

April 12, 2017

I was recently talking with a physician friend about treating children.  He doesn't see too many kids in his specialty, but for one procedure, he needs them to drink something.  I asked, "what if they don't like the taste?"  "Tough" he said.  "This is all we offer so t...

April 5, 2017

Quite often, when scheduling a new pediatric dental patient, we hear from the parent that they are afraid of the dentist.  This is a very important bit of information and my objective is to find out why they are afraid and then work with that knowledge to turn them int...

March 29, 2017

Back in the "olden days", when I was a child, it was the norm for doctors and dentists to schedule their patients throughout the day and parents just took their children out of school, when necessary, for their appointments.  Schools rarely resisted children being take...

March 22, 2017

It's funny, but most children, when they come for their pediatric dental check-up and have a loose tooth, think the dentist is going to pull it.  But most of the time I leave it up to them what they want to do, and the vast majority of kids want to do it themselves!  S...

March 16, 2017

You have probably thought this to yourself many times while you're waiting in the reception area of a medical or dental office.  You have arrived several minutes early and now you've been waiting 10, 15, 30 minutes or more, or you have been moved to a treatment room an...

March 7, 2017

In my 37 years in pediatric dentistry, I have seen all sorts of responses from parents who have a child that sucks a thumb or finger.  Everything from "it's no big deal", "it comforts them and helps them get to sleep", to "how can we stop it now?"  When I get asked abo...

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