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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.

Varnish Treatment

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Of all the various types of varnish treatments, the most popular one is Fluoride varnish. The varnish is applied or ‘painted’ on the tooth surface and used as therapy in the session. The process requires teeth to be dried and varnish must be applied meticulously to every tooth.

According to RDHmag, 20 to 30% of adults in the United States exhibit sensitive teeth. Varnish treatment offers significant benefits for sensitive teeth. Exposed dentins experience a painful reaction when subjected to thermal, mechanical, or chemical stimuli.

The treatment is only just catching on in the United States, but has been in use in Western Europe, Canada and Scandinavian countries, since the 1980s. The varnish is very tenacious and settles even in the presence of saliva. The varnish is recognized as an effective desensitizing agent and fluoride varnish has proven its efficacy against tooth decay, according to the California Dental Association.

Varnish types

Fluoride varnishes have high concentrations of fluoride in them, as a result of the formation of the salt of silane, in a fast drying alcohol or resin based solution. Other Varnish types include calcium, inorganic phosphate, and fluoride ions.

MI varnish and Enamel Pro varnish are two varnish types that release calcium and inorganic phosphate ions, respectively. These varnish types are suited for different cases. Fluoride varnish treatments tend to be more cost effective than the others, but still costs more than gel.

Disadvantages of Fluoride

Fluoride varnish does not have a natural flavor, but can be added. It leaves a yellow pigmentation on the tooth upon drying and hardening. This weighs against the patient as it gives poor visual appearance making it embarrassing for the patient to even smile. Another factor that affects the patient’s acceptance of the treatment is the dosage. It comes in unit-dose, which have their convenience, and multi-dose applications, which leave the patient encumbered. Both doses need to take a certain amount of time, at least 4 hours according to this source.


Varnish treatments continue to advance in technology, making treatment more efficient, comfortable and significantly increasing effectiveness. New products leave the tooth better colored for a bright smile, and can be flavored for a pleasant taste.

Risks and indications

Varnish treatments will not be applied if there are sores or blisters in the mouth. The taste of treatment in the mouth can also cause nausea. After the treatment is over, counter prescriptions need to be taken, which is not the case with gel. Children should avoid swallowing, as swallowing too much can result in the development of white spots on teeth. You should also avoid brushing teeth the first night, after the treatment.

Children should undergo these treatments twice a year. The elderly may undergo them frequently to prevent rising prevalence of root dentin lesions.