So, Your Kid Wants to be a Dentist? Five Ways To Help Them Plan.

Dr, Whitfield & Dr. Eckroat have the pleasure of hearing those words often! It is a great career that is full of reward, but do you know what it takes to be a dentist? Guidance counselor visits, trips to the library, and hours of online reading … career-hunting sure is an exciting, fun-filled journey, isn’t it? And, hopefully, your teenager is investing as much time into this activity as you are! If you’re the parent of a teenager contemplating a career in dentistry, now is the perfect time to build your roadmap to this goal. Let us help make sure you’re both on the right path! As you might expect with any science-based career, planning for college, (and ultimately, the profession) has

Tips for Saving On Your Kids' Dental Expenses

Saving money when it comes to dental care is about preparation. Knowing what to plan for, knowing what to look out for, and when and how much to spend on recommended care. To lend a helping hand, we thought we’d lay out a few simple ways for you to stay on top of your game when it comes to keeping your kids in good health, and keeping your hard-earned money where it belongs – in your pocket! Remind Them to Wear Their Retainer: Ask any adult who has worn braces, which piece of orthodontic advice they WISH they had adhered to, and overwhelmingly they’ll say they wish they wore their retainer more often. Without question, ensuring your kids wear their retainer as often as their orthodontist sug

7 New Ways to Prepare Your Kids for Fall

There are a lot of “sevens” in September. There’s the name; which is derived from the Latin “Septem,” literally meaning seven; then there’s the fact that other than the vowel “e,” the word September has seven different letters in it (neat!); and the curious fact that September was actually the seventh month of the year at one point. Wait, what? Yes, you see, when the Romans originally created the calendar used in the West today, “day one” was set to the first day of spring, which is in March. Since there was no January or February till some time later, September was initially the seventh month, not the ninth, as it is today. Pretty cool, huh? So, with all those “sevens” already there, we fig

Should You Pull Out That Loose Tooth?

You’ve seen the videos. The string tied to the loose tooth. The other end tied to something that moves fast – a rocket, a slamming door, a javelin … count to three, then let ‘er rip and out she goes! While these techniques make for some great cinema, they might not always be the best route to emancipating that wiggly little friend. There are three questions you need to ask to answer before you prepare that tooth for the tooth fairy. Should the tooth in question be loose right now? Baby teeth come and go on a fairly routine schedule that corresponds to our age. So, knowing which teeth should be loose and which shouldn’t can help you in determining whether you should intervene, or leave your

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