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...

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...

March 2, 2017

It is very normal for parents to want to accompany their child to the treatment area for their pediatric dental visit.  Every office has it's own policy regarding this.  Some always allow parents in the treatment area for any procedure with any aged child.  Other offic...

February 22, 2017

When talking with parents about their child's oral health habits, I often here the phrase "they brush their own teeth."  But what exactly does this mean?  For a 2 year old it usually means they suck on the brush.  For a 5 year old they will normally swish the brush aro...

February 15, 2017

Back in the 80's "behavior management" was taught in pediatric dental residencies because a pediatric dentist was likely to have some children that would not "cooperate", and the dental treatment must get done, so the dentist needed to know how to manage the "uncoopera...

February 8, 2017

Most pediatric dentists these days are "in network" with one or more dental insurance companies.  Because the majority of families have some sort of coverage, it only makes sense that a practice would accept the major carriers.  Why, because many families with several...

February 1, 2017

There seems to be varying opinions out there on when a child should have their first dental check-up.  It's usually the pediatrician that suggests a dental visit.  I've heard 6 months, 1 year, 3 years, or after all the teeth are in.  The American Dental Association and...

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