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The Value of Second Opinions

By Vishant Nath DMD, Pediatric Dentist In many health care fields, second opinions can be a valuable tool. In the field of dentistry, second opinions can promote a greater understanding of the oral health in question, and also can promote a healthy relationship with the dentist. This article will provide some tips on how to get the most out of the use of second opinions regarding pediatric dentistry. When your child is diagnosed with the need for dental treatment, it is very important that the parents (1) understand why the treatment is needed and (2) have trust in the child’s…
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July 27, 2015
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Cavity Rates Are Increasing in Children Aged 2 – 5 Years of Age

By Vishant Nath DMD, Pediatric Dentist According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cavities are increasing in children between the ages of two and five years. Conversely, overall tooth decay has been gradually decreasing over the past several decades. So why the increase in this age group and what can be done to prevent it? Read on! Once factor contributing to this rise is believed to be the extensive use of bottles and sippy cups. While these drinking devices are convenient for kids to carry around and work well to prevent spills, they can be detrimental to…
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July 27, 2015
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Teeth Whitening Options For Children and Adolescents

By Vishant Nath DMD Most adults are quite aware of the opportunities for teeth whitening. From toothpastes to whitening strips to whitening treatments at the dental office, there are plenty of ways to make the smile brighter. Due to an interest in teeth whitening for younger patients, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has issued new guidelines. This article will provide information based on these guidelines. There are numerous instances where primary (baby) teeth or permanent teeth could become discolored. Dental trauma can cause tooth discoloration. There can be irregularities in the enamel color of an infected tooth. There can…
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July 27, 2015
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An Overview of Phase II Orthodontic Treatment

By Vishant Nath DMD Last month’s column gave a brief introduction to orthodontic treatment. Phase I orthodontic treatment was discussed. This article will continue with the topic of orthodontics by providing an overview of the next phases of orthodontic treatment, Phase II orthodontics and retention. When the topic of orthodontics comes to mind, most people think of Phase II orthodontics, or braces. The goal of Phase II orthodontics is to bring all of the teeth into ideal alignment. Phase II orthodontics usually begins when patients are 11 or 12 years old and all of the permanent teeth have erupted and…
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July 27, 2015
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Early Orthodontic Treatment

By Vishant Nath DMD Most parents are not excited about the prospect of venturing into the area of orthodontics for their child. This sense of dread can come from the fact that their child is not looking forward to it, but can also stem from the added expense that sometimes comes with braces. But its important to remember that putting off, or ignoring the inevitable can just make things more difficult and expensive. In fact, early orthodontic treatment can make things easier for both parents and children. Early and regular visits to a pediatric dentist can make diagnosis and treatment…
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July 27, 2015
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Dental Insurance Plans Part II: Your Responsibility

By Vishant Nath DMD The article last month addressed some tips on how to choose the proper dental insurance company for you as well as how to proceed if you are not happy with the company you choose. This article will explain a bit more about your relationship with your dental insurance company and your responsibility in keeping the relationship running smoothly. The most important thing to remember when it comes to insurance is that you must remain an active participant in the relationship with your insurance company. Even though you may choose a dentist that accepts your insurance plan,…
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July 27, 2015
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Dental Insurance Plans Part I: The Choice is Yours

By Vishant Nath DMD Sometimes it may seem that your dental insurance company makes the decisions for you regarding the dental health of you and your family. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Before enrolling in any insurance plan, you need to become educated about the choices and coverages that are offered by any prospective insurance company. This article will offer some tips to help you to develop a productive relationship with your dental insurance company, so that the decisions you make regarding your child’s dental health might be heard. As you would expect, not all dental insurance…
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July 27, 2015
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Keeping Your Teeth Healthy Can Keep Your Child’s Teeth Healthy

By Vishant Nath DMD You may think that your child’s oral health depends mainly on how they take care of their teeth. However, a parent’s oral hygiene can have a great effect on a child’s oral hygiene. There are several things that can contribute to this effect. This article will explain how important it is to take great care of your teeth, at any age. The first contributing factor to a child’s oral health is the oral health of the mother. Even before birth, an expectant mother’s oral hygiene can have a big impact on her unborn child. Aside from…
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July 27, 2015
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Choosing the Right Dentist For Your Child

By Vishant Nath DMD Choosing a pediatric dentist for your child can be a difficult task. Preparing for the first dental visit for a child is oftentimes much more stressful for the parents than for the child. Parents may have preconceived notions about what their child will experience. This is especially true if the parent does not have very nice memories of their own dental visits as a child. This article will provide some tips on how to go about choosing a pediatric dentist. Of course the first thing that a parent has to do in preparation for the first…
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July 27, 2015
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Its All About the Kids

By Vishant Nath DMD The American Dental Association (ADA) defines the specialty of pediatric dentistry as “an age-defined specialty that provides both primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescents, including those with special health care needs.” This article will address the idea of “kid’s time”, which is one aspect of the field that can make your experiences at a pediatric dentist’s office different from that at general dentist’s office. Pediatric dentists have been described as the pediatricians of dentistry. In order to be called a pediatric dentist, a dentist must complete a…
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July 27, 2015
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