Top Advantages of Seeking Support From Pediatric Dentists for Your Kids’ Oral Health

As an adult, almost everyone faces a twinge of fear when visiting a dentist. Therefore it is but natural for a child to feel far greater apprehensions under the same circumstances. Once this fear sets in, it is very difficult to make it go away. Kid’s dentists trains in a way to make any child feel at ease by creating an atmosphere of comfort and humor. Such an environment keeps them engaged making it easier to handle their oral issues at the same time. Their offices, waiting rooms and even the examining rooms are all designed to do this.

Paving for a Healthy Oral Health

Pediatric dentistry provides dentists with advanced knowledge of treating their smaller patients. Children have varying dentistry needs at every phase of their childhood. As they grow, they develop gums and milk teeth which makes the way to their secondary or permanent set of teeth. These specific needs mean that oral care at every stage is of the utmost importance. During the milk teeth phase, it is imperative to keep oral care at the highest consideration. Preventing a cavity or taking care of one, if-and-when it arises is important. If these are not taken care of, there are chances they may affect the health or appearance of the second set of teeth.

Keeping a Check on New Teeth

As a children’s dentist, the scope of knowledge and focus required is different than a dentist treating adults. It is important to take your kids for regular check-ups which help make sure continued good health of teeth and gums throughout growing years. These visits will help to find potential problems like cavities or help to find solution when activities like thumb-sucking can slightly change the angle of a new developing tooth. They can give you a list of do’s and don’ts which can prevent any problems from arising. Habits like allowing children to fall asleep with their mouth full of milk etc. can cause the teeth to become weak and prone to cavities.

Natural Care for Long Lasting Oral Health

There are innumerable diseases linked with the teeth and oral care. By getting professional advice at the right time, you can help prevent and even detect many ailments kids could be prone to. Finding these issues is the first step of treatment and the only way to do that is to visit a doctor who knows and understands your kid’s teeth and can recommend about proper oral care. Children’s dentistry has taught them to see and understand any small changes that may occur and to take note of the harmful ones in the long run. By preventing any problems form arising, you will be giving your child a long-lasting and healthy oral care habits and oral health.

While a qualified dentist is professional and patient, pediatric dentists need to have that extra training to handle the varying needs of a growing child.

Major Pediatric Journal Confirms Diet and ADHD Connection

Some patients do not respond to ADHD medication and in some patients ADHD medications are not indicated because of co-occurring conditions such as Tourette’s syndrome, Anxiety or other side effects. In patients with Sluggish Cognitive Tempo and Inattentive ADHD treatment failures may be more common. Psychiatrists and mental health specialist are coming around to believing that for a certain subgroup of patients with ADHD symptoms, dietary changes may be the answer.

According to J. Gordon Millichap, MD, and Michelle M. Yee, CPNP, of Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, a diet of real food is a great alternative for parents of children that do not respond to medications, for parents that want an alternative to medications or for children that may have dietary vitamin or mineral deficiencies.

Their findings, just published in the Online version of the journal Pediatrics concluded that a diet that was low in saturated fats, high in fruits, vegetables and grains was one of the very best alternatives to drug therapy. The also noted that Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid supplements had been shown, in well performed controlled studies, to help with ADHD symptoms.

Millichap and Yee did a literature review of 70 trials that used diet as a medical intervention for the treatment of ADHD symptoms and found the following:

  • Diet was an intervention that was easy for parents to implement.
  • The symptoms of ADHD were significantly associated with “Western” diets.
  • Children with allergies have improved ADHD symptoms when foods that contain colorings, preservatives, and allergens such wheat, dairy, nuts and citrus are restricted.
  • Zinc and iron deficiency may cause symptoms in a small group of patients with ADHD and confirmed deficiencies should receive supplements or appropriate dietary adjustments.
  • The best trial performed to date on the Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids confirmed that these supplements are helpful for the treatment of ADHD symptoms.
  • The connection between eating sugar and ADHD symptoms are unclear.

Regarding fatty acid supplementation, Yee and Millichap reported that other trials that have failed to confirm benefits may have failed to do so because the researchers of those trials used too many different methodologies to come to any firm conclusions. They also report that they, themselves, now recommend these supplements to their patients but not as a sole treatment for ADHD symptoms.

The researchers are quoted as saying the following: “Supplemental diet therapy is simple, relatively inexpensive, and more acceptable to patient and parent,”

Millichap and Yee concluded. “Public education regarding a healthy diet pattern and lifestyle to prevent or control ADHD may have greater long-term success.”

USMLE Step 2 CK Exam – 3 Steps To Creating The Perfect CK Study Notes

When it comes time to study for the USMLE Step 2 CK exam we often find ourselves at a loss for exactly how to study. When we studied for our Step 1 exam we had all of the classroom preparation behind us, but when we write our CK exam we are right in the middle of our clinical rotations. Because of this, it is difficult to put together a good set of study notes, so I would like to give you a three-pronged process for putting together your own fantastic set of study notes that will ensure you do well on the CK exam.

#1 – Finish your core rotations before writing

Most of your CK material will come from your Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, and Surgery rotations. So be sure to pay very close attention during these rotations and be sure to take lots of notes when your attending is talking, as the stuff discussed is often high-yield.

#2 – Do a full question bank and take detailed notes

A question bank is essential for ensuring you cover absolutely everything essential for success on the CK. Get a blank notebook and fill it from cover-to-cover with as much information as you can extract from your question bank.

#3 – Get a study guide and insert the above information

In order to build yourself the most well-rounded piece of study material, be sure to get a good study guide and insert all of the above information in the appropriate locations. What this does is it helps you to put together a study guide that contains all of the very high-yield information, some more in-depth information, and finally some very detailed information. This ensures that you study absolutely everything you may encounter on the USMLE Step 2 CK exam.

Dental Challenge for Asthmatic Children

A 1998 study by researchers at The Ohio State University indicates that one-third of asthmatic children between the ages of six and 18 have some kind of adverse reaction after a trip to the dentist. About 15 percent suffer temporary reduced lung function.

Causes of asthmatic attack in dental office:

Although it is not clear what causes the reaction, it has been suggested that allergens such as cotton swabs or water vapor at the dental office could be a cause. The stress often associated with a dental visit has been ruled out as a factor.

Researchers measured the volume of air in the lungs by having the asthmatic children blow into a machine called a spirometer. Readings were taken before, immediately after, and 30 minutes after treatment. Any reactions during the examination were also noted.

Most of the symptoms were mild reactions such as coughing and congestion. However, almost seven percent of the monitored patients had difficulty breathing 30 minutes after being in the dental office. Amazingly, some of their symptoms did not appear until three days later.

Dental professionals are trained to develop preventive protocols in the dental office and to recognize the early signs of an asthma attack. The reason? In 1998, the number of asthma sufferers in the United States was an estimated 17.3 million according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 4.8 million of those are children. It makes sense to prepare for what could be a frequent occurrence in our office.

The researchers suggest that one puff on an inhaler before entering the office could be all it takes to avoid unnecessary suffering. For your own peace of mind, it might be wise to talk to your physician about the possibility of a reaction before your asthmatic child visits our office.

Poor dental health among asthmatic kids:

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry reported an interesting discovery in 1998. British researchers tested asthmatic children (ages four to 16) to see if they showed preponderance to dental diseases. Results clearly showed asthmatic children suffered significantly from plaque and gingivitis, having poorer gum health and a greater loss of tooth surfaces compared with non-asthmatic children.

One explanation could be that certain drugs used to treat asthma are causing harm to teeth. The Department of Paediatric Dentistry at Leeds Dental Institute tested acidity levels of some of the main asthmatic drugs. Researchers found the powdered varieties were acidic enough to erode tooth enamel.

Further testing will be required to determine if this is the main cause of dental diseases in asthmatic children. Until proven, researchers suggest removing any trace by rinsing the mouth with water after taking a powdered asthma drug.