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Why Your Kiddo Needs a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

Dec 21, 2017

The paragraphs below were not written by me, but I liked the content so much that I wanted to share! For the full article, please click here.

“How many of us of a certain vintage learned to fear the dentist? Back in the day, for some of us, nine times out of 10, it was some crotchety guy with little patience for children. And if he failed to administer enough Novocaine, well, you’d better just suck it up and keep your mouth shut … er … open. This probably led those of us who have kids to subconsciously pass on our fear of the dentist.

To be fair, screaming, flailing kids can pose a danger to all concerned, so misbehavior needs to be held in check. But today’s pediatric dentists — or those skilled in working with young patients — have a pretty good shot at gaining control of the situation before it gets out of hand. This is especially true nowadays, with the arsenal of child-oriented dental gadgetry aimed at bolstering children’s confidence or just plain distracting them.

Dental caries in children, though on the decline from a spike in the early 2000s, remains one of the most common, yet preventable, childhood diseases and a very real threat. In fact, according to the latest statistics available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 2011 to 2012, approximately 23% of children between the ages of 2 and 5 and a whopping 55.7% of them between the ages of 6 to 8 had caries in at least one of their deciduous teeth. But the CDC also reports that decay can be reduced in the permanent molars of kids by as much as 81% for 2 years — and possibly up to 4 years — when sealants are applied.1

For reasons like this, experts agree that it’s vital parents establish a dental home at an early age.”


Hand, Foot, & Mouth Disease

Nov 17, 2017

My sister-in-law, Dr. Jessica Long, is a fabulous pediatrician in Washington, DC. She recently blogged about the dreaded Hand Foot & Mouth Disease, which got me thinking – I should touch upon this too! For those of you lucky enough to have not encountered this viral illness yet, here’s a brief summary on what it is:

  • Hand, Foot and Mouth is a viral infection caused by the Coxsackie Virus, in the family of Enteroviruses
  • It causes an unpleasant rash on the hands, feet, and mouth; this rash is not really itchy, but rather more painful/uncomfortable with occasional blistering
  • The virus mostly affects infants, toddlers, and young children
  • It typically causes fever, sore throat, general malaise & irritability
  • It should resolve uneventfully in about 7-10 days

I often see children with Hand Foot and Mouth in the Fall, when parents report that their little one is having a hard time eating, not letting them brush, and that their gums are bleeding. As Dr. Long put it, “If you haven’t been plagued by this viral illness yet, your time will eventually come.  Nearly every child is struck by this rash during their early childhood.  It is typically harmless and lasts about a week but boy does it make for sleepless nights and lots of phone calls and office visits from uncomfortable families.”

While there is no quick fix for this illness, the main goal is to keep your child as comfortable and hydrated as possible. Children are especially prone to dehydration, and the mouth sores can make it challenging to get your little one to drink. Children’s Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen can help, as well as popsicles and other frozen things to help ensure your child gets her necessary fluids.

Check out Dr. Long’s post for more tips on how to manage this viral illness.

We’ve Moved!

Oct 22, 2017

Brush that Tongue!

Sep 27, 2017

Just a friendly reminder to also brush your child’s tongue! The tongue is like a sponge in terms of holding bacteria, which can contribute to bad breath and poor oral hygiene. So make sure you also get the tongue during your routine brushing and flossing! For more info, go HERE.

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