July 29, 2018

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  • My Best Advice on Brushing and Flossing Your Littles November 7, 2018 by Dr. Karen Benitez - When I first meet families in the office, I like to understand their home care routine. I ask parents if they brush and floss for their kids. I’ll admit most are brushing, but it’s hit or miss who already flosses. I would like to really discuss my best advice because I have seen how much it can help kids who are not only developing in their dexterity and comprehension, but are gaining confidence in their dental visits. Considering the last blog of food and drink choices, it seems like a great point on how to protect their pearly whites through hygiene. Simple as it may seem, brushing (and flossing) can be a bit challenging for many families. Let’s break down the discussion by ages: infants, school-age kids and teens. For my toddler screenings (beginning by age 1 year) I begin [...]
  • Tooth Brushing for Your School-age Child October 31, 2018 by Dr. Karen Benitez -
  • All About a Toddler Screening October 2, 2018 by Dr. Karen Benitez -
  • How I Clean Your Child’s Teeth October 2, 2018 by Dr. Karen Benitez -
  • Let’s Talk Food & Drink Choices September 16, 2018 by Dr. Karen Benitez - I have to be honest, I find this a relatively sensitive subject to address. I mean, it’s a personal subject that which we elect to eat and, in turn, introduce to our children. All the same, it’s a great subject due to the fact that what we take up into our bodies begins in our mouth and healthy choices are a great topic of discussion! This blog subject is to address our food choices and how they really relate to an increased risk of cavities (not to mention overall body health). Let me make a disclaimer that I am not a sugar-free, carbohydrate-free mommy of three. I too juggle rushing out the door and what will we all have for dinner as we dart in and out of after school engagements. Our weekends can be rather hectic and some food [...]
  • My Child Has Cavities, Now What? September 15, 2018 by Dr. Karen Benitez - Upon learning that your child has cavities, most parents want to learn what the next steps would be towards treatment. The variety of treatment approaches is a complex subject matter because it varies vastly per patient and situation, as well as within a family. These options are specific to each child and as we all know, our kids can be different. As a general rule, I prefer not discussing cavities in the presence of your young or nervous child. We keep them occupied by allowing them to select a prize for their hard work, allowing some privacy between ourselves to discuss the findings. Some kids are upset by the news of cavities and to alleviate this, we maintain a distance in the conversation and phrase their upcoming visit in very friendly terms. I begin by outlining possible treatment approaches. Some [...]
  • Why an Orthodontic Referral for my 7-year old? August 6, 2018 by Dr. Karen Benitez - Keeping in line with Why Do My Kids Need X-rays, it seems only fitting to introduce the subject of an orthodontist. I chose to follow the radiograph blog with a related subject I briefly introduced in the blog. Most kids approximately 7-8 years age will be advised to have a radiograph taken: the panoramic image. This is the image I had mentioned in the last blog, used to determine the development and angulations/eruption paths of the permanent teeth. It is a key tool in a pediatric dentist’s treatment plan consideration to determine dental age, cavity treatment options and whether your child is advanced or delayed in the exfoliation process. Truth is, the panoramic image is also a key radiographic tool for both the pediatric dentist and orthodontist to collaborate and devise a treatment plan for your child to maximize growth [...]
  • Why Do My Kids Need X-Rays? July 29, 2018 by Dr. Karen Benitez - I have chosen to follow the first blog subject-- Why a Pediatric Dentist—with the subject of x-rays since they are closely related. The primary goal of our specialty is prevention and yes, x-rays aid in this goal. Any dental exam is composed of two parts: a clinical and a radiographic exam. The same would apply for your child’s exam. When it comes to recommending x-rays, it is mostly a matter of when, under what circumstance and at what interval. So how do I begin an exam and what does it all include, upon leading to the discussion of x-rays? My clinical exam begins upon my first meeting with your child, either in the waiting room or in the dental chair. Initially, I am gathering information on their emotional acceptance of the office and who I am. How do they respond [...]
  • Why a Pediatric Dentist? July 29, 2018 by Dr. Karen Benitez - As a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist, this is a question I’m often asked here at Chevy Chase Pediatric Dentistry. Most families will be quick to notice a difference in the environment of Pediatric Dental office specific to kids, much like a Pediatricians office would be. The primary elements of a Pediatric Dental environment are visual, sensory, emotional and tactile acceptability. At Chevy Chase Pediatric Dentistry, our office is different and you will see and feel it from the moment you enter through our door. Our entire office was designed specifically to build the most comfortable atmosphere to meet the needs of our young patients. It is alive with colors, toys and even a separate nook just for kids to explore and play during their short wait. A trip to the dentist should be fun, after all! Beyond the aesthetics and [...]