A pediatric dentist is an oral health care professional who takes care of a specific group of individuals. The group of individuals is children and the age range for these starts when the first deciduous tooth erupts up to the age of ten to twelve years old. Some parents actually bring their toothless child to visit the clinic just to be sure or when there are malformations in the baby. Many of these dental professionals foray into the world of surgery since there are babies who are born in this world with problems in their jaws, cleft palate and gums.
The education of the prospective pediatric dental professional starts just like those in the general dentistry field. They go through a basic college course and then proceed to the dental college of their choice. The basic college course takes about four to five years while the dentistry course ranges from four to six years depending on the specialties that the hopeful dentists will take up. Most of the specialties are taken up after the entire four year dentistry course has been completed; others take up specialties after they have passed the exam for dentistry. The dentist, or at least the hopeful, needs to pass the dental board exam in order to be able to practice in the United States of America. He or she also needs to be associated with certain affiliations, organizations and groups in order to be recognized as a practicing professional.
Dentistry is a field that is connected to medicine in a very close way. The dentist basically evaluates, diagnoses, treats and corrects problems that need to be addressed in an individual. In this case, children are brought by the parent or parents for a visit and the child is evaluated according to the examination that the professional conducts. Children who have no immediate problems are in fact recommended to undergo cleaning of the teeth by the parent with the use of a gauze bandage wrapped around a finger and rubbed on the pearly whites. The rubbing acts as brushing and gets the child used to having a foreign object inside his or her oral cavity. It also helps to really clean each tooth that has erupted.
Despite being just a milk tooth, it still needs to be cleaned and maintained because the permanent ones come out several years after and having rotten or damaged temporary ones that impair the digestion and eating style of the child. Pain and discomfort can also occur if the deciduous ones are infected or damaged too soon. The pediatric dentist can also be expected to make composite bonding with any temporary tooth that may need it. This is especially true for those that still have a long way to go before they are replaced by the permanent ones. Fillings are very common with children around the age of six to nine years old especially in a tooth related to the molars.
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I've been home with my dad for the past few months.
He had a stroke and needed some support while recuperating.
It's been like – I'm the parent and dad is the child.
And as a parent, I've been in charge of the meals.
The first thing we did was to remove the fuses from the stove – a safety factor following a minor mishap.
That opened up the question from dad – "What do we eat now – we can not cook?"
"Leave that to me" I said, "I'm a bit of a gourmet salad maker."
And so for the past two months or so, dad and I have been living on a raw diet of fruits, vegetable salads, dried fruits, cheeses and some wonderful wholemeal breads.
o Dad has lost a bit of weight – and I've earned a bit – go figure!
o Dad is sleeping better – in fact, he now sleeps through the night whereas before, he was up and down like a monkey in a coconut tree.
o His bowels are functioning a lot more regularly.
o The pain that he was regularly experiencing in parts of his body is now intermittent and of less severity.
o He gets out and walks for 20 minutes each day, greeting people in the neighborhood and stopping for occasional visits with friends.
o His eyesight has not improved.
o His hearing is down by 1/3 – however, I can play his stereo and it does not bother him.
o And his memory is sometimes laughable – like when I found a bowl of porridge in the crockery cupboard.
But all in all, he's really happy with his improvement and he feels so positive about his diet that he rarely misses the opportunity to tell everyone – "I eat it raw now – we do not cook our meals."
Does it work?
Just give it a go for a short time and watch the results.
Keep warm in the raw.
Kevin Hinton has been teaching the art of Natural Living and Natural Healing for over 25 years. He is recognized as Australia's leading health educator. For more information on how to improve your health – go to http://www.thehealtheducator.com and while there, sign up for a world class health newsletter. …Read More