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Check out our new Panoramic X-Ray machine! No more uncomfortable intraoral bitewings or awkward positions to get multiple images. Now we can capture your child's entire mouth in a single image, including the teeth, upper and lower jaws, surrounding structures and tissues. To make sure the machine worked well enough for our pediatric dental patients, Dr. Chambliss tested it on one of his sons! (pictured above). X-rays are a necessary component of a child’s dental care and are only taken when required. The new machine at Medplex captures the entire mouth in a single image, including the teeth, upper and lower jaws, surrounding

1. Start young -The earlier a child visits the dentist, the better. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests the first visit starts at age 1 or when the first tooth is visible. 2. Keep it simple - When preparing for a visit, especially the first time, try not to include too many details. Doing so will raise more questions and adding more information about an extra treatment like a filling he might need may cause unnecessary anxiety. 3. Use positive phrases - Words like "clean, strong, healthy teeth" can make the visit seem fun and good rather than scary and alarming.

When it comes to dental benefit plans, millions of people each year are ringing in the New Year leaving money on the table. So, if your child needs to see Dr. Baker Chambliss for any dental pain, dental X-rays or dental procedures scheduling your appointment in the next couple of weeks may provide you with better options for treatment costs. According to the National Association of Dental Plans, only 2.8% of people with PPO dental plan participants reached or exceeded their plans annual maximum. Many people also have Flexible Spending Accounts, which help pay for dental and medical care with pre-tax

At schools, vending machines are becoming increasingly popular, especially for parents with busy lives. Their convenience is an easy crutch, but the overly decadent snacks inside them, can quickly lead to pediatric dental health issues in children and adolescents. According to a recent study performed by the American Dental Association, 83% of the snacks found in the public school vending machines tested, had minimal nutritional value. Younger kids were also the most likely to be influenced to purchase a snack. Another interesting finding included that when tested, children who were offered fruits and vegetables for a snack were just as likely

The holidays are rampant with sweets and sugary drinks. But, you can remind your child that maintaining good oral health during the holidays can keep them on Santa’s “Nice List”! Here are some tips that will help you keep them on track: ✓ Keep your normal brushing routine. Just because it’s holiday time and morning and bedtime schedules may become more relaxed, you shouldn’t reduce brushing. It’s important to continue brushing at least twice per day for two minutes per session. ✓ Choose the healthy snack. Don’t completely do away with enjoying special holiday treats, but make sure to eat them

According to a recent news, The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not recommend consumption of fruit juice prior to age 1. In addition, toddlers should only consume up to 4 oz. of juice daily, followed by only 4-6 oz. for children between the ages of 4 and 6. Between ages 7 and 18, children should only consume 8 oz. or one cup of juice per day to prevent weight gain and tooth decay. Juice does not replace a piece of fresh fruit and can have hidden sugars. Read more below about how drinks affect your child’s dental hygiene. Adapted from Children

Worried about that first, dreaded pediatric dentist appointment for your infant? We know medical and dental appointments can cause fear in children and stress for you, so we’ve done everything we can to make the process as worry-free possible. • Care Dogs – Sister and Sugar are our office pets that provide unbelievable comfort to our littlest patients. Their gentle manners and reassuring dispositions have been known to quickly turn fear into laughter and smiles.• TVs above our treatment chairs – Sometimes the familiar voice of a favorite cartoon character can ease your child’s worries. While in our dental treatment chairs,

Oral Hygiene: It's Not Child's Play We recommend patients visit Medplex Pediatric Dentistry every six months for a cleaning. Some patients may require a different schedule depending on their dental health needs. Various types of plaque are very difficult to reach and eliminate without professional tools, so it’s important to stick to the cleaning schedule Dr. Chambliss and his staff provide. However, dental health begins at home. While the dental cleanings and procedures we perform at the office are vital for dental health, what our patients do to keep their teeth clean at home is just as important. That's why for this