10 Reasons Why You Should Choose Pediatric Dentistry
- Doctors are specially trained in diagnosing and treating the unique problems of children, adolescents and special needs adults.
- Focus is on prevention of dental problems to ensure lifetime of good dental health.
- Office is "child-friendly" with a playroom and welcoming decor.
- Staff is experienced, trained and sensitive to working with children & their parents.
- When children see other children having a positive dental experience, they have a positive model to follow.
- Committed to caring for all children including those with special health care needs (SHCN). Office is handicap accessible and routinely accommodates SHCN patients.
- Appointments scheduled to minimize children missing school and parents missing work. Office open until 7 p.m. three nights per week and Saturday mornings.
- Recognize and treat problems of growth and development general dentists might not recognize, plus some dentists aren't comfortable treating very young children which postpones treatment until it's too late to correct.
- Doctors affiliated with Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain and Bradley Memorial Campuses, which means they can perform treatment at these hospitals whenever necessary.
- Accommodate dental emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
F.Y.I...A pediatric dentist specializes in treating children from infancy to adolescence. Pediatric dentists are to dentistry as pediatricians are to internal medicine. Both have received specialized training in recognizing and treating the health needs of children. In fact, pediatric dentists receive two or three additional years of training beyond dental school. During those years, they study child psychology, behavioral control, growth and development, as well as the latest techniques in introducing and providing dental services to children.
While many children are referred to pediatric dentists from other doctors, parents are welcome to call Pediatric Dentistry directly to schedule an appointment.
FOOD PET PEEVES
Dr. Thal's top ten
- Sugared drinks- including but not limited to sports drinks (Gatorade, Powerade, etc.), soda, juices. Even "natural" juices with no added sugar contain large amounts of sugar. An important factor in their affect on teeth is how often throughout the day the teeth are exposed to sugary drinks. One glass of juice at mealtime is much less damaging than several smaller portions drunk between meals.
- Light meals- sets us up for being hungry later, creating the urge to snack between meals. A well-balanced meal that satisfies our appetite is more likely to get us through until the next meal.
- Not cooking- home-cooked meals are more nutrient rich and contain fewer additives than fast food or prepared meals.
- Large portions- we eat what we see.
- Dining while multitasking-we don't pay attention to what we are eating.
- Frequent dining out-we have minimal control of the amount and variety of what we eat.
- Dieting-is generally not sustainable.
- Skipping breakfast-leads to inattentiveness at school.
- Energy drinks-in addition to high levels of caffeine, they generally contain high concentrations of sugar.
- Grazing-well planned, balanced meals in the company of family provide better nutrition as well as the opportunity to share daily experiences.
The My Plate website (www.choosemyplate.gov) is a great resource for ideas on diet, nutrition, meal-planning, etc.