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Pediatrics Care – 5 Key Considerations In Choosing A Pediatrician

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In pediatrics care, choosing the right pediatrician is highly important and a very diligent decision for parents to make. Pediatricians affect the physical and social development of a child. Because all the care that parents do for their children is dependent on a pediatricians’ advice, selecting the right one is vital. Apart from the skills and experience there are few more things that can help parents in finding the right pediatrician.

 1-Location Convenience

Ideally, the pediatrician must be available at a maximum of twenty minutes drive from your house. This helps you reach the clinic on time, making emergency situations easier. An exception might be made if there is a really good doctor a little farther, but you have to keep distance in mind when choosing a pediatrician.

2-Accepting New Patients

Unless a pediatrician is accepting new patients, you can’t see them, so this bit of information is very important. It is very easy to find such pediatricians on the web though.

3-Accepting Your Insurance

You must know if they accept your insurance program and are a part of it. Also, in any case, find out about any additional fee they are charging. This can also be cross checked against others so that any pediatrician who might be exploiting is avoided.

4-The Way They Connect

The key role of doctors in pediatrics care is to satisfy concerns and unless listened to, they can’t be satisfied. If a pediatrician feels annoyed by your questions or their manner is not welcoming, it should concern you. All pediatricians do interviews once a week so this is the time to know about it.

5-Must Be A FAAP

FAAP or Fellow of American Academy of Pediatrics is a qualification and those who have it, have their credentials mentioned on their badges. It is visible for you to check out. You may also find this during your search based on referrals. FAAP adds to the profile and credibility of a pediatrician and FAAPs are good ones to trust your child with.

Overall, these five basic considerations help you in getting a reliable pediatrician. Their presence ensures good Pediatrics Care on their part. Also, these are things you basically require in your preferred pediatrician so finding them also satisfies your concerns.

Children’s Dental Health

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Let’s seal the deal… dental sealants, that is!

Parents often ask our advice about what can be done to protect their children’s teeth, a topic very much worth considering as our kid’s dental health has an impact on the general health and well-being of the child. A study in North Carolina revealed that children with poor oral health were 3 times more likely to miss school due to dental pain and that kids reporting dental pain were 4 times more likely to have a lower grade point average than their peers without dental pain.

Keeping our youngster’s teeth health requires a multi-focal strategy, starting with twice daily brushing for at least two minutes, fluoride oral hygiene products, a diet that is low in sugar (especially any sweetened beverage, including fruit juices) and having dental sealants placed on all permanent molars.

Several studies have produced strong evidence that pit and fissure sealants are effective in preventing dental decay in children. Sealing the pits and fissures of newly erupted permanent molars in kids with plastic resin acts as a cost-effective barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. Due to the deep grooves found in permanent molars, toothbrush bristles are not effective in adequately removing debris from deep depressions. Dental sealants protect vulnerable areas by “sealing out” plaque and food. Dental sealants do not require anesthesia or any cutting of tooth structure and are relatively easy to apply by dental hygienists in a clinical setting.

In short, prevention pays off. The average cost of applying a dental sealant to a child’s permanent teeth is roughly one-third the cost of filling a cavity. So seal the deal!