Aristidis Pontikas DMD, MS

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I am a private practice periodontist as well as part time clinical faculty at AT Still School of Dentistry and Oral Health.

Expert Articles by Aristidis Pontikas DMD, MS

Dental Problems

Expert advice to help you cure dry mouth (Xerostomia)
Don’t feel alone if you are suffering from dry mouth. Seek help from your medical and dental professional to reduce your symptoms as well as avoid additional painful and costly results of dry mouth....
Maintain healthy gums to prevent gum disease and other oral conditions
Looking at the new statistics provided by the American Academy of Periodontics, we can see that a large portion of the American population suffering from gum disease can improve their condition with g...

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Raising Healthy and Happy Kids

Helping kids feel comfortable and safe in the water is key
Time spent at the pool can be some of the happiest experiences in a person’s life. Enjoy these moments, always stay positive, and laugh and play with your children. Pick out fun bathing suits, caps,...
Optimizing brain enrichment through positive digital screen time
MRI studies show that the use of imagination and multisensory experiences increase blood flow to the brain. This is connected to neuronal activity, where new synapses can be created and dormant ones a...
De-stressing doctor visits fosters a lifetime of health for kids
By following this advice, regular doctor visits will be a piece of cake. Remember, it is possible to turn potentially dreadful experiences into fun events for your children. And making a visit to the ...
Being proactive can help emotionally traumatized kids to heal
Children can be traumatized as a result of bullying, violence or threats. However, by being prepared and knowledgeable, parents can help minimize the effects and begin the healing process....
Proper nutrition can improve kids' learning and behavior problems
Providing and encouraging a healthy diet can be a big challenge for busy parents. And in some homes, a child’s diet is non-negotiable because it is so important for health. However, the bottom line ...
Help guide your child’s path to effectively coping with anxiety
Anxiety is a normal emotion that all humans--including children--experience on a routine basis. However, children can experience anxiety to such a degree that it negatively impacts life or causes subs...
Establishing safe, fun and productive bath time for children
Safely bathing oneself is an extremely important skill for children to learn as they develop and become independent. However, bath time tends to be a stressful experience for many parents and children...
Jumpstart your family’s day with a positive morning routine
The morning routine contributes to children’s overall health and happiness. Following a good morning routine can squash speed bumps and get the day started in a positive way for the entire family....
Parents should influence their children to eat healthy and exercise
Don’t let your child be a statistic in the obesity epidemic. Start putting these tips into practice, creating healthy habits for you and your children, who will then be more likely to do the same fo...
Finding a happy medium when enrolling kids in afterschool activities
Before you commit your child to an activity, make sure you examine your needs, your child’s needs and what is best for the entire family. Remember to focus on the big picture when making these decis...
Advice for raising emotionally happy and healthy twins and triplets
Raising multiple-birth children is a challenge. It is important to avoid or diffuse competition and fighting. Additionally, respecting your children’s need for individuality, while respecting the tw...
Creating healthy and happy mealtimes for children and parents
Family mealtime is a crucial time to connect with your children and family--and to truly embrace each other. This is the time to create rituals and togetherness, as well as to serve healthy, nutritiou...
Helping the entire family achieve a stress-free holiday season
The holidays are a wonderful time of year because they encourage families to spend time together. The season also presents the perfect opportunity for parents to reinforce the importance of giving, sh...
How you can boost your children’s self-worth and self-esteem
Via positive reinforcement, strength based therapy and promoting socialization along with several group activities, children can become the most productive, capable citizens they can be as opposed to ...
How can parents raise happy children with balanced priorities?
There is no magic bullet that will guarantee your child’s long-term happiness. But the good news is that parents are in the best possible position to help their children develop a skill set that wil...
Family meals foster healthy eating habits and close connections
While many parents understand that family meals are important, they are not making the effort, due to conflicting schedules and the need to multitask. But separate meals result in a lack of cohesivene...
Advice for motivating your kids and supporting their successes
Every child wants to achieve success. No child wants to fail. So it is important to protect your child's motivation. If you see your children becoming discouraged in their school work or in a new acti...
Parents can help kids make a difference in the lives of others
The benefits that kids get from volunteering are quite amazing and life changing. It is important to show children early on that they can have a positive impact on the lives of others. While Alex woul...
Help your children develop confidence and a healthy body image
The Girl and Boy World will inevitably attempt to convince your children that they must conform to a specific way of looking and acting. While it is extremely difficult to completely protect your chil...
Teach your anxious child better ways to cope and manage behaviors
Remember that anxiety is a normal part of life, but some children struggle with it more than others. Collaborate with your children to find effective strategies to decrease their anxiety, such as an a...
Helping girls love their bodies and cultivate healthy self-esteem
Girls must stop viewing themselves as imperfect pieces, but rather as unique and a one-of-a-kind creations. They must be taught to practice self-acceptance in each moment, and to stop hating themselve...
How can parents help their children minimize unnecessary stress?
You cannot escape all stress. While it is important to recognize that some stress is good, when your child becomes anxious, weepy and unable to focus, it is time to make changes in your family’s lif...
Parents can teach children to recognize and label their emotions
Young children deal with many of the same emotions that adults do. They feel happy, angry, embarrassed, sad, frustrated and nervous. However, they often do not have the words to talk about how they ar...
Expert advice for parents trying to raise emotionally-healthy twins
Whether it is relationship problems, career concerns or existential dilemmas, if you have a close connection to each of your twins, they will likely come to you for your guidance and input. Understand...
How can you raise body-confident kids in an image-obsessed society?
While body image issues are on the rise in children, parents are not powerless when it comes to helping their kids grow up with the confidence they deserve. By being vigilant of the messages they are ...
Expert advice on raising honest children
Being honest is a lifelong process that begins early. Use every opportunity to nurture and grow your child's honesty....
Broaden your child's diet and establish healthy eating behaviors
Every parent wishes to raise a good eater who is excited to experiment with new foods. But kids are notoriously picky. Instead of giving up and making the same three dishes over and over again, try to...

Aging and Longevity

Your elderly parent fell? This could change everything
There are rarely any easy answers when circumstances for seniors change quickly due to illness or injury. The best approach for adult children is to gather as much information as possible, turn to tru...
Choose a trustworthy and qualified caregiver for your elderly parent
Choosing a caregiver for your parent is an important decision, and it can be an emotional one as well. The caregiver that you choose assumes a great deal of responsibility; he or she becomes a part of...
Empower yourself as a senior because you deserve a better lifestyle
This may seem pretty serious and business-like, but when you think about it, the business of life is very serious and your future independence relies on it. You have earned your seniority position in ...
Prevent falls as a senior by creating a safer living environment
Fall prevention is protecting our seniors. This issue has become such a meaningful matter that our Senate has passed a bill making September 22, National Fall Prevention Awareness day. We don’t want...
Discover in-home healthcare options that are safe and comfortable
Today’s healthcare options range from home care and medical alert systems to assisted living and skilled nursing homes. When choosing the right care option, it’s important to consider your health ...
Live longer and feel younger by delaying old age as late as possible
Aging is inevitable, however, old age is optional and personal. It depends on your state of mind and your beliefs about aging. Becoming a vibrant youthful thinking independent 80 year old is far more ...
Embrace the change of moving into an assisted living facility
You can choose to view your move to an assisted living facility as a life sentence or as a new chapter, brimming with possibilities. The way in which you view your circumstances is your choice to make...
Choose a qualified in-home caregiver from a reliable provider
Everyone is different and has unique support needs, so the biggest piece of advice I can offer is to ask a lot of questions and get to know the individuals and companies well before committing to them...
Keep your independence with the help of an in-home care agency
Choosing a caregiver agency can be a daunting prospect, but the information presented here should provide a checklist to make the interviewing and selection easier.The main things to remember are that...
Reduce the effects of aging using vitamin and nutrient supplements
Supplementing your diet with the correct amount of vitamins and other dietary supplements is key in optimizing your health, especially at old age. Make sure you get your fill of omega-3 fats, probioti...
Overcome your fear of death by embracing love and happiness
So as you can see, most of this advice is about living with love, and in the present moment. Whether we’re living a normal life in normal time, or whether we’re in the end or last stages of life, ...
A life coach can help you reduce stressful decisions in retirement
Those of us who have coached clients know the extraordinary impact coaching can have on people’s lives. Be committed to having a fulfilling life and don’t settle for anything less. Feel empowered ...
Planning and preparation can help with the care of aging parents
While no one likes to talk about these issues, it is critical to have a legal and financial plan in place. There are many situations in which a medical crisis occurs, and while last minute planning ma...
Age gracefully with a positive attitude, strong mind and healthy body
The secret to aging gracefully is taking good care of yourself as you age. Drastic measures like plastic surgery can be avoided by taking the right steps to stay healthy, strong and lean. The sooner y...
Expect spiritual expansion and change when experiencing hospice
The above material hopefully has help you see how your spiritual life can greatly expand through the hospice experience. Let’s all take the time and energy to dive deeper into our spiritual lives an...
Forgetful? Memory enhancement is still possible as you age
Medical advances have made it possible for us to have a much longer lifespan. We all know we should eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and control our stress, but now there is another factor to c...
Help managing Parkinson's disease symptoms and getting treatment
There are still many questions that need to be answered about PD related to causes, diagnosis, symptoms and treatments. Studies and clinical trials are being conducted around the globe. It is imperati...
Embrace hospice as a guide on the journey through terminal illness
There arguably is no more compelling example of compassionate care in our healthcare system today than hospice. Hospice staff and volunteers can be angels on earth, whether they are providing care in ...
Ensure you track and take your medications on time
It is very important that you take your medications as prescribed, on time, and in the correct dosage. It is also equally important to ensure you are taking the medication you are supposed to be takin...
What can older adults expect from assisted living communities?
Assisted living communities provide a wonderful option for seniors to maintain as much independence as possible, with the security of knowing that, as their needs change, they can receive support and ...
Understand Alzheimer’s disease and the care options available
The prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease in our country is increasing rapidly. It is critical to understand the distinctions between normal memory loss associated with aging and very specific impairmen...
Using modern technology can help elderly people with dementia
While researchers and scientists focus on finding a cure for dementia, the person living with the disease is often left out in the cold. Technology, when delivered appropriately, can be a huge tool in...
Age beautifully and gracefully to help stay healthy and happy
Aging well is really all about being happy and healthy at each stage of life. No age is better than another and being young is no better than being old- each one has its charm. You are the creator of ...
You may be able to stay in your house with home care assistance
Home care is right choice for millions of Americans to help them stay in their homes for many years safely and comfortably. Often times this option is more cost efficient than skilled nursing homes fo...

Children's Health

You can survive the NICU
Your infant’s time in the NICU can very stressful. But there are a few things you can do to manage the stress and become more confident as a parent. By actively participating in your infant’s c...
Acupressure is a wonderful, gentle remedy for your child’s ailments
There is nothing esoteric or complicated about practicing acupressure on your children. Anyone can do it with some simple instruction and then it is literally in your hands for whenever it is needed. ...
Teach your children about healthy nutrition and wise choices
Life is all about choices. Some are easy and yield immediate reward, others are more difficult and the benefit is not seen for some time. Making healthy life choices may at first seem difficult for ou...
An acupuncturist can help treat your child's health conditions
If you are struggling with your children’s health issues, be it constipation, cough, teething pain or sleep issues, consider acupuncture and Chinese medicine as a possible alternative treatment. A v...
Ensure the top level of care for your baby’s eye health
Your baby is the most important thing in your life; you constantly worry about your baby's well being; you never let your guard down. You naturally want the best for your baby's health and for your ba...
Parents guide on how to prevent hearing loss in your children
Hearing loss caused by noise can be caused by overexposure to any loud sounds such as fireworks, power tools, machinery, motorcycles, sporting events, gunfire and music. The risk of hearing damage dep...
Maintain your child’s vision and eye health to optimize learning
The bottom line is to make sure that kids have complete eye exams regularly to assure that they are seeing the way that are supposed to be seeing. Remember, they think everyone sees the way they thems...
Prevent childhood obesity by making healthier food choices
Childhood obesity can be prevented and even reversed if the family is willing to commit to living a healthy lifestyle incorporating eating nutritious foods as well as exercising. It is a win-win situa...
Battle obesity in children by fostering an active family lifestyle
A fit and active lifestyle is an important part of maintaining overall health. By encouraging healthy habits at a young age, parents can help children improve academic performance, build self-confiden...
Encourage mental health in children with a psychological evaluation
Doing what you can as a parent to ensure your child’s mental health is essential in helping them develop into a well-rounded adult. Heed this advice to help you understand and choose a doctor to und...
Protect your baby during the winter: Know the facts about RSV
Speak to your child’s pediatrician to determine if your baby is at high risk for RSV disease, and if so, what additional steps may be recommended. For more information about the risk factors for RSV...
Cord blood banking can help your children stay healthy
Getting your child interested in sports will help prevent obesity
Kids who participate in sports are more likely to adopt healthy habits, succeed academically, and have higher self-esteem and self-confidence. They also learn skills like group goal setting and teamwo...
Know the warnings signs and symptoms of depression in your child
Symptoms of depression in children can differ from the symptoms associated with depression in adults. It is important to consult with a licensed mental health professional, like a counselor or psychol...
Cooking healthy foods for picky eaters to help them eat healthier
The process of developing a child’s culinary palette takes time and effort, but most children really enjoy variety and the process of exploring food options. If you present cooking well and clean as...
Be proactive when getting your child treatment for scoliosis
Raising awareness of this condition is important so parents know what signs to look for and what to ask their doctors. Early diagnosis is imperative to ensure your child gets treatment right away. Tak...
Why rewarding children with sugar or treats is a big mistake
Rewards are offered with the best of intentions. No one means any harm when giving a piece of candy to a child as praise for a job well done; they believe they are acknowledging their success. Unfortu...

Being a Better Parent

Mom-trepreneupship: how to be successful as a mother and a mogul
Small things like taking deep breaths to center yourself, and pacing yourself by doing one thing at a time can help you maintain your professional career while not making your children suffer. Finding...
Empowered mothers can help raise happy and healthy children
Mothers need to focus on the important business of raising happy and healthy kids with confidence, inner strength and support. If you’re a member of the motherhood club, give yourself a pat on the b...
Empowering mothers: The National Motherhood Decisions Survey
Striving to be a better parent means being a better human
What does it mean to be a good parent? What does it mean to be human? If you look into another person’s eyes, you will find a human who is tender and vulnerable, one who pursues security, happiness ...
Helping families manage stress throughout the holiday season
While some holiday stress is negative, some aspects are positive. This is an exciting time of year, ripe with new possibilities. But when it comes all at once with no reprieve, holiday stress can plac...
Being playful and bonding with kids through inventive games
There are many potential moments throughout the day for play. When you want to get things done quickly, have your kids act like Lightning McQueen. And when you want things to be slow, channel Eeyore. ...
Parental behavior can stimulate brain and body chemistry in kids
Today’s parents and children experience a great deal of stress. Being in a constant state of stress upsets the body and brain chemistry, and can cause ill health. This high level of stress requires ...
Creating enjoyable indoor movement games for your entire family
Parenting strategies to discipline kids and help them thrive
Remember that by understanding your child’s threshold for stress and connecting with them in meaningful ways will have a positive effect on their development. Don’t shy away from being vulnerable ...
Expert advice for being the father you always dreamed of being
Raising children has been described by many as the most difficult and rewarding challenge that life has thrown their way. It is vital to remember that in all the chaos and joy, you need to take care o...
Prepare for and manage the challenges of parenting a preemie
Most parents expect to have a healthy, full-term birth, so having a premature baby sets off a rollercoaster of emotions. Having a premature baby is a challenging experience that will expose you to a u...
Achieving successful work-life balance is possible for parents
Work-life balance for working parents will look different for every parent and every family. To make it work, be sure to define it for you and your family, take stock of your current situation and wha...
Making the journey of fatherhood rewarding for dads and kids
Whether by looking inward or expressing outward, the sometimes choppy waters of dadhood can always be sailed with confidence, courage and calm when love provides the unwavering underpinning of every d...
Run your family like a business to improve parental effectiveness
Running your family like a business can help improve parental effectiveness. And creating a family mission statement is the first step in parenting effectively. When parents are intentional in designi...
Teaching girls the importance of learning to accept compliments
If we are attempting to raise a generation of strong boys and girls, parents must be able to teach them that compliments are a good thing. A genuine compliment tells us that someone appreciates a look...
Educate your kids about the value of saving money and budgeting
Keep in mind that your kids do not need the “stuff” money can buy half as much as they need the time you give teaching them how long it takes to save for that “stuff.” It is vital for parents ...
Enhance your family connections by adding the joy of laughter
Laughter is extremely important to our overall health and well-being. Not only is it beneficial for our individual well-being, but also for our relationships as well. Laughter facilitates creativity a...
Fathers have the power to influence the lives of their daughters
The important thing to remember is that you are her daddy. Moms are wonderful and they can be many things, but they cannot be dads. A divorce is never a reason to stop being a dad, nor is moving far a...
Teaching responsibility to children means holding them accountable
Many parents search for answers on how to help their kids get their lives on track. The answer is that parents must actually change the way they raise their kids. This involves actions, not words. Mak...
Teaching dads how to build emotional safety within their families
Dads have a very special gift they can give to their families. They can build trust when they choose to consistently shower their family with approval, acceptance and unconditional love. A dad can bui...
Nurturing yourself leads to nurturing the development of your kids
Mindful awareness is the practice of stillness, the awareness of the present moment with acceptance. When we practice observing our FITS, we may uncover underlying beliefs and attitudes that are limit...
Getting organized can improve family order, calm and relationships
Your home is your sanctuary. By following these simple do’s and don’ts, you can restore order and peace to your home and family. Remember, the steps are simple, but not always easy. Make a commitm...
Mindful parenting: cultivate greater awareness, presence and joy
The goal of parenting is to raise a secure, confident, well-adjusted adult. A happy childhood is a bonus. Mindful parenting allows you to become the best parent you can be by providing the skills to c...
How can parents help their children enhance motivation and focus?
Parents must help undo what culture has done to today’s kids by creating a counter-culture within our environment. To be successful, we must get kids used to only one choice, slow down our pace, set...
Teach gratitude to your children through everyday interactions
Teaching children gratitude is extremely important. Children who display high levels of gratitude are less materialistic, have more self-discipline and are likely to engage in less dangerous behaviors...
Moms must let go of the supermom mentality and embrace each day
Letting go of the supermom mentality might not be easy, but it will be liberating and fulfilling. And it will allow you to embrace at least some of the moments in the day, rather than rushing through ...
Help your kids make a positive difference through volunteering
If none of these ideas appeal to you, get together with your kids to put on your creative hats and come up with your own ideas. Better yet, get your kids and their friends together to brainstorm as a ...
Prepare daughters to live happy, fulfilled lives through empowerment
Empowerment breeds confidence--and confidence is a key component to successful living. Girls often face unique challenges as they grow up that can prevent them from learning how to successfully naviga...
Advice for parents striving to raise strong, confident daughters
Your daughter is a one-of-a-kind superstar. Parents can ensure their daughter achieves her potential by creating an environment where she grows up believing in herself and her abilities.Providing a go...
Everyone can play a parenting role to help teens stay connected
Apathy is a common problem in young people today. It is more than a lack of motivation. Apathy is lacking a reasonable goal or worse, being focused on the wrong goal. Parenting our young people (and t...

Caring for Aging Parents

Advice for elderly families in transition
Having parents or elders age forces conversations between parents and children around elder’s wishes on housing, care and end of life directives. These can be uncomfortable conversations but are nec...
Help your elderly parent maintain independence with good communication
Many of these suggestions are common themes in successful communication between adults. Mutual respect and courtesy is a must, and developing new skills, along with practice, is a constant. The reward...
Get help caring for an elderly parent with this expert advice
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Get long-term care that is the right fit for your elderly parent
Finding long term care for your loved ones is not something to be taken lightly. There are many options and it’s important to know the wishes of your loved ones and to be informed about the differen...
Discussing difficult life issues with aging family members
Talking with aging family members about difficult life issues is not easy. But mapping out the conversation ahead of time and avoiding major pitfalls can make important family discussions more positiv...
Managing the stress often associated with family caregiving
Reaching out for love and support can be a sure-fire way of sustaining yourself as a caregiver and the well-being of your loved one. When done mindfully, respecting your own needs and preferences, as ...
Minimize the holiday blues for seniors suffering from depression
As a caregiver or family member of a depressed older person, make it your responsibility to get involved. You can make a significant difference and remove or lessen the holiday blues for seniors suffe...
Talk openly by starting a care conversation with aging parents
After conversing with a loved one’s doctor or care provider and determining what type of care center is most appropriate, a family can explore options within their community that fits their budget a...
Preserve the dignity of your elderly parents by caring for their needs
Together we can work toward making a difference in the overall well-being and preservation of dignity of the elders in our communities, who, indeed, are deserving of our care and respect. Help your el...
Navigating the challenges of becoming a caregiver to aging parents
Caring for aging or sick parents can bring rewards, but it also comes with challenges. Take the steps to assist your parents in getting their legal documents in order before caregiving becomes require...
Advice for seniors moving to a smaller home or retirement community
Move while you are the one in charge. If you put in the work up front, during the planning and sorting phase, your move will be much smoother. Let experienced movers, such as Senior Move Managers, ass...
Advice for managing the depression of your aging loved ones
Depression is the most common mental illness affecting seniors, and the signs should not be ignored. In fact, the elderly have the highest rate of suicide out of all age groups. While today’s treatm...
How to best approach your parent on moving into a nursing home
Responding to the needs of aging parents is a difficult and emotional process for everyone. Adult children need to communicate clearly and directly with the parent while being respectful and caring. A...
How to find a good home care agency and stay in your home
Mom and dad have made the decision to stay at home instead of moving to a assisted living facility. You know that in order for them to be safe and comfortable they are going to need assistance. Home C...
Loved ones can help seniors though the progression of Alzheimer's
Alzheimer’s affects more than 5 million Americans, and the disease has an impact on the entire family. While adult children become caregivers for aging parents, young children and teens need support...
How to ensure the safety of your aging parents behind the wheel
Aging does not necessarily mean a person's driving days are over. However, it is vital to ensure the safety of your loved ones on the road. This begins with learning more about how to detect problems,...
Maximize rewards and minimize stress when caring for aging parents
Having parents age and fail is unsettling emotionally and disruptive in many other ways. Caregiving can be extremely taxing and very tricky to navigate, but it can be deeply rewarding. A major key to ...
How to help and support your aging parents as they grow older
Keeping these simple guidelines in mind will not only help improve the relationship you have with your parents, but it will also ease the stress that invariably accompanies changing roles. We all want...
Advice on what to do when an aging loved one wants to hasten death
There was once a hospice patient who was the stereotypical Italian mama, who cooked all day, everyday, and for whom every problem could be solved by lasagna or tiramisu. As her breast cancer advanced ...

Raising Teens

Help your teenager cope with their anger management problem
When a person expresses their anger, that is a normal human emotion. To expect people not to get angry is not realistic (unless you have a lobotomy). It is how we present our anger that is important. ...
Viewing your teen as a developing adult can improve your relationship
Your teenager needs your love and support to succeed. Work to see your teen as a developing adult, who can be frustrating, and whose actions can be alarming. Try to treasure the child you have and to ...
Raising preteens and laying a positive foundation for the future
The preteen years can be incredibly fun and enriching for parents and children. However, you must rethink your parenting style from when your children were younger. Be sure to enjoy their energy and e...
Support your teen's academic success and healthy development
Support your teens in their academic pursuits in practical ways, such as leaving time for homework, as well as in emotional ways, such as empathizing with challenges and talking through possible appro...
Helping your teen navigate the college admissions process
The college search and admissions process is a complicated one, and it is natural for parents to want to help their children through it. By following these tips, you can make the process less stressfu...
Independent college consultants can help teens apply to college
Given the lack of college counseling in many of our nation’s high schools, it is completely understandable why families are relying more on independent college consultants. By following the advice i...
Teach your teenager how to avoid substance abuse
Hopefully this article has made it a little easier for you as a parent to understand how to better prevent your child from developing a substance addiction as they grow older. Raising a child can be o...
Keep your teenage driver safe behind the wheel and on the road
When it comes to driving, teens are young and inexperienced. As a result, we expect them to have a few bumps in the road when learning such an important skill. Because this is the first legal responsi...
Learn the facts on teen driving safety
Raise a respectful, polite teen by setting appropriate boundaries
Parenting tweens and teens is tough. They are emotional, dramatic, egocentric and strong in their beliefs. But they are also watching, listening and wanting a parent to parent them. Always keep in min...
Supporting your teenage daughter through the dating experience
The dating experience is full of joy and heartbreak. It is vital to be supportive and encouraging, while also setting boundaries and limits. Remember to help educate your daughter about her body and h...
Improve your teen parenting by understanding the teenage years
When raising teens, remember that children of all ages, including teenagers—replete with raging hormones and drama—make us smile, energize us, frustrate us, annoy us, anger us, pull for others to ...
How do I relate to and communicate with my teenager?
Raising teens in today’s complex world can be quite challenging. The key to success is understanding your teenagers and their behavior, as well as learning to effectively communicate and connect....
Help and protect your teen who practices self-injury and cutting
If you have discovered that your child is self-harming, this is an extremely difficult time for the both of you. Please find professional help for them and for yourself. Cutting, burning, and otherwis...
Are there any signs of abuse in your teenager's relationship?
Teens must understand that healthy relationships are about feeling good and feeling safe. And they should never settle for less. Deciding whom to have a relationship with is one of the most precious g...
Effectively communicate with your teenager about substance abuse
Preventing drug use is an important part of parenting, which can be made easier through awareness, education and understanding. Active involvement in communication and teaching by example are effectiv...
What's the best way for parents to discuss sexuality with boys?
Sexuality is a complex topic that deserves lots of conversation and parental input. For the vast majority of teens and adults, dating, romance, and sexuality form a central part of their identity and ...
Teen sexting: What all parents need to know
With the advent of many new picture/video sharing apps, it’s easier than ever to share with friends, family - and even strangers - across the globe. While picture/video sharing can be a wonderful wa...
Managing the difficult issue of drug and alcohol use in teenagers
This advice is based on an approach, which is supported by strong, scientific research. It has been proven to work for parents of adolescent around the country, and even around the world. Although the...
Help teens build resiliency, improve coping skills and ease stress
Although parents can feel helpless when they see teens suffering from stress, we have the power to greatly reduce their pressures and promote their resiliency. Knowing how chronic stress undermines su...
Managing the difficult issue of drug and alcohol use in your teen
This advice is based on an approach, which is supported by strong, scientific research. It has been proven to work for parents of adolescent around the country, and even around the world. Although the...
Parenting your rebellious teen and encouraging healthy independence
It is a challenging time for the both of you. Your teen is trying to be an individual and may be struggling with low self-esteem, peer pressure, anxiety and depression and you are struggling with thei...
Get a plan and the tools to communicate with your college freshman
Undoubtedly, freshman year is extremely challenging for most families. However, if you keep the communication channels open, the process can be a little less painful and far less stressful—for the e...
Teach your teens to recognize the dangers of distracted driving
There are only two types of distracted drivers: Those who already have caused harm and those who will. Safe drivers are different from lucky drivers. The good news is that distracted driving is preven...
How can you help your child sustain long-term addiction recovery?
Addiction is a disease, and recovery is a process that can be navigated successfully. Like all teenagers, youth with a substance use disorder, who are in recovery, still need structure, reinforcers, c...
How should you talk to your teenage daughter about dating violence?
Make the conscientious decision to discuss dating violence with your daughter as early as possible. By having these conversations with your daughter, she will become educated about what dating violenc...
Parents must create an addiction prevention family plan for teens
Addiction and substance use/abuse is a complex problem. There are no definite rules on how to deal with it in the home. It intersects both biology and behavior, and is one of the most debilitating and...
How should parents talk with their teenagers about substance use?
It is a fact that adolescence is the primary period of risk and onset for substance use. Parents must keep in mind that smart parenting is essential during this time. When talking with teens about use...
Support teens in making good choices regarding drugs and alcohol
Parents must be aware of how to help teens manage the use of alcohol and drugs. Remember that teens will be more influenced by the example you set than what you say. Teens want your attention, whether...

Caring for Teens and Adults with Disabilities

Teens with special needs must prep for transition to adulthood
It is important to give teens the tools, strategies and confidence they need to learn about their disability, learning style and strengths. This is necessary so they can develop their self- awareness,...
Achieving inclusion for college students with special needs
Every student--with and without disability labels--deserves the opportunity to pursue higher education. We must move away from the subtle and not-so-subtle discouragement that prevents students with s...
Caring for an aging sibling with disabilities entails teamwork
As your loved one with disabilities ages, the challenges can be daunting. By planning ahead and working with family members and professionals, you will find that you are not alone, and the journey can...
Negotiating adulthood as a teen or young adult with disabilities
It is vital to create a strong vision and transition plan for young adults with disabilities. Approach this vision and plan with creativity, flexibility and commitment. Instant messaging, getting a dr...
Tailoring sex education to teens and adults on the autism spectrum
When kids with ASD start to get older, parents panic. While they used to want their kids to do the same things as their peers, suddenly they no longer want them doing what the “normal” kids are do...
Supporting postsecondary success for teens with learning differences
Embarking on a postsecondary pursuit can be an intimidating venture--for both the student and the parent. Students with learning differences will continue to require support through their postsecondar...
Students with disabilities must plan for postsecondary education
Detailed planning for entrance into postsecondary education is vital for the success of students with ID. Start early and be sure to include high school coursework, which is necessary for entrance int...
Building connections and community for teens with disabilities
As parents raising children with special needs, you can do this. Don’t forget to take care of yourself, get some rest and do some fun things just for you. Who knows? You may meet someone in your yog...
Recreation can help teens with needs transition to community life
For individuals with disabilities, collaboration is the key to success when it comes to transitioning from school to community life. Focus your efforts on developing appropriate social, interpersonal ...
Helping teens with autism spectrum disorder prepare for college
Planning for college is an exciting time. While it can be stressful for any student, it is particularly challenging for students with disabilities. There are many things that can be done well in advan...
Teach kids with social learning challenges to become independent
Being social is an everywhere skill. Whether the setting is at home, at school or in the community, we are constantly using our social sense to figure out how to be around others. Some of us excel at ...
Preparing teens with special needs and learning issues for college
Transitioning a high-functioning child with ASD or other neurologically-based learning disabilities is a long process that does not occur overnight. Working on independent living skills pays off in th...
Making college a reality for youth with intellectual disabilities
Young adults with intellectual disabilities have more college options open to them than ever before. And just like their peers without disabilities, they should start early in preparing for these oppo...
Sexuality education is vital for teens with intellectual disabilities
Because sexuality education is a very important subject for special education students, parents must advocate for a meaningful program in their local school district. A teen or young adult with a disa...
How can individuals with disabilities seek and pursue employment?
Everyone who wants to work can do so--no matter how significant a person’s disability-related employment barrier may be. Supported employment and customized employment technologies often hold the ke...
Help teens on the autism spectrum to navigate social relations
The teenage years are a tough time in the life of teens and their parents. Even though they are looking to be more independent, they still need guidance. Just because their chronological age is that o...
Person-directed planning can empower individuals with autism
In spite of the communication, social and consistency challenges that some individuals with autism spectrum disorder present, many on the autism spectrum are able to partake in a planning process that...
Explore postsecondary options for students with learning differences
At first glance, the college search process can appear overwhelming. However, it can be a very enlightening time for both students and parents. Particularly for students with learning differences, tak...
How can parents help youth with special needs to become adults?
The parents of kids with special needs are tough heroes who climb uphill every day in honor of their kids and their rights. And the parents who are able to let others in and let their kids truly grow ...

Orthodontic Treatment

Advice for parents when your child need braces
There are many pitfalls to avoid when a child grows up. This article points out many valuable points to be aware of. The child’s teeth and facial structures are areas the can be helped or hurt by th...
Braces and orthodontic treatments are easy and cost effective
Orthodontic treatment is an option for today’s adults, who can look forward to a lifetime with a healthy and beautiful smile as a result of orthodontic care.Adults in orthodontic treatment can do al...
Types of orthodontic appliances for a beautiful, straight smile
Clear aligners like Invisalign are great for straightening your teeth
Following these easy steps will help you achieve the smile of a lifetime without the hassle of traditional metal braces. Invisalign, Clear Correct, and other aligner trays are a wonderful option to he...
Getting braces to straighten your child’s teeth requires early preparation
In summary, there are a lot of factors to consider when getting braces for your child. Preparation and timing are key. If your child could benefit from an orthodontic exam, find a specialist near you ...
Invisible braces are a great option for obtaining a beautiful smile
Good dental health and self-confidence are essential to success in life. The right braces can give you the straight, beautiful smile that will open doors and reinforce your natural self-confidence. Yo...
Orthodontic headgear is old news - opt for hidden braces instead
The field of orthodontics has come a long way in the past few decades. Characters in Hollywood movies used to wear visible braces and headgear to make them seem young, vulnerable, and nerdy, but nowad...
How to floss with braces to help keep your teeth clean
You did something great for yourself when you decided to work with a professional to improve your oral health and the appearance of your smile. Now your job is to keep your teeth and braces in beautif...
Getting braces? Select an orthodontist that is well-qualified
In summary, selecting an orthodontist is the first step to attaining the healthy and attractive smile that every person desires. Don’t be afraid to ask questions along the way and use your resources...

Dental Hygiene

How to find a good dentist
Dentistry is a service, not a commodity. The trust you have in your dentist and your relationship with the team is vital to seeking, understanding and getting the care you need. There are many, many, ...
Advice on keeping clean and healthy teeth without dental insurance
There is a reason our mothers tell us to brush our teeth every day. Daily care and prevention makes a significant impact on keeping teeth healthy and strong and protecting our overall health and well-...
Teeth brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash prevents cavities
The fundamentals of dental hygiene are important for maintaining your oral health. Proper brushing and flossing techniques will prevent or limit your risk for periodontal disease and cavities. In addi...
Expert advice for the dental health and hygiene of your younger child
Your child takes his or her cues from you. Do you set a good example? What are your dental hygiene habits? To prevent cavities in a child and insure they grow up with a healthy mouth, it is important ...
Prevent cavities in your child for a healthy smile later in life
The prevention of cavities will be beneficial for your baby’s well-being and overall health. By employing these practices at a young age and having your child adopt them for life, she may one day be...
Expert advice for the oral hygiene of your 0-18 month old child
Your baby's teeth and dental health are very important in order for him to thrive and grow. There are many ways that you can start your baby on the right path to having a healthy mouth. Prevention is ...
Learn how to prevent cavities and ensure the best dental health
“Cleanliness is next to cavity-less-ness.” Cavities set you up for the further breakdown of teeth. They destroy the natural integrity of teeth. Once a cavity is filled, it becomes the weak point o...
Enjoy sugary snacks while protecting your teeth from cavities
Maintaining a healthy smile doesn’t require you to completely cut sugar from your diet. Although sugary foods can negatively impact your oral health, proper care and frequent brushing can reduce any...
Teeth whitening is easy with at home teeth bleaching products
Often age, genetic factors, and some drugs cause discoloration of teeth. Today we can enhance our appearance with whiter teeth. Home products can offer an economic and convenient method for attaining ...
Take care of your braces to save money and avoid problems later
When you decide to get serious about achieving a beautiful smile, these recommendations can help you reach the finish line with as little time and money invested as possible. Taking great care of your...
Preparing for a child’s first dental visit leads to peace and ease
Parents need to become aware of their child’s dental health as soon as possible. Even before children start teething, parents should rub their gums regularly to simulate the act of brushing. The hab...
Dental myths exposed: Maintaining oral hygiene and a healthy smile
Knowing when to worry and when not to worry is essential in maintaining your dental health. It is always important to consult with a dentist if you feel there may be something wrong with you or your l...
Oil pulling with coconut oil reduces gum disease and bad breath
To recap, the phrase “oil pulling” comes from the process of the oil being worked in the mouth by pushing, pulling and sucking it through the teeth. As you work (swish) the oil around in your mout...
How to teach your child to brush their teeth correctly for life
Teaching your child how to take care of his teeth and keeping a regular schedule can sometimes seem like a difficult mission. However starting early, being consistent, and transforming the act of brus...
How you care for your teeth can prevent wrinkles and aging signs
Oral maintenance could do more than just impact your teeth -- it could peel over a decade off the entire lower third of your face. Follow this advice to help prevent aging wrinkles around your face....
Gum disease can have a huge impact on your overall health
Periodontal disease is a major public health problem affecting one in every two adults over age 30. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss and other serious oral and systemic problems. However, ...
Protect your teeth with proper preventative care and hygiene
The field of oral health has seen tremendous advances over the last few decades. Dentists have an excellent array of diagnostic equipment at their disposal and are trained to address a wide range of o...
How to get your child to brush their teeth from an early age
Good dental hygiene starts with you. Set good examples, share ‘special time’ with your children each evening, making dental hygiene part of the evening bedtime ritual, and make seeing a dentist a ...

Dental Problems

What to do if you have a toothache
Most people can occasionally experience pain in a tooth. It usually is not serious. By ignoring it, however, you open yourself up to a multitude of problems and expenses and more pain. So respond to y...
Take steps to reduce pain when your child loses their baby teeth
One of the hallmark signs your child is growing up is when he loses his first tooth. With the right knowledge and foresight you can have it be a positive experience. Sharing in the excitement is as mu...
Relieve your sensitive teeth and protect against further tooth pain
Teeth sensitivity can be extremely uncomfortable. For any who have experienced it, it can be described as sharp and sudden when triggered, and may even feel like something is shooting into the nerve e...
Expert advice to help you cure dry mouth (Xerostomia)
Don’t feel alone if you are suffering from dry mouth. Seek help from your medical and dental professional to reduce your symptoms as well as avoid additional painful and costly results of dry mouth....
Maintain healthy gums to prevent gum disease and other oral conditions
Looking at the new statistics provided by the American Academy of Periodontics, we can see that a large portion of the American population suffering from gum disease can improve their condition with g...
Save your child's tooth when it gets chipped or knocked out
Acute dental trauma, while tragic, is highly preventable and highly treatable. Remember that you can do a lot after an accident to improve the long-term outcome and survival of a tooth that has been i...
Prevent periodontal disease with basic everyday oral hygiene
Periodontal disease is an infection in the mouth. This disease is completely avoidable if one follows the Dos and avoids the Don’ts. Previous generations believed that the worst consequence of perio...
What to do when you have bleeding gums to ensure your oral health
Bleeding gums are extremely common and require treatment to ensure you retain your teeth for a lifetime. With proper home care and professional intervention it is a very treatable condition. Sometimes...
Stop the pain from bleeding gums and consult with a dentist
Bleeding gums are never any fun—but, although it might sound a little strange, try to think of them as helpful. They are your body's way of saying, "Hey, I need a little more attention and TLC from ...
The causes of bad breath (halitosis) and how to treat it
Understanding the common causes of halitosis is the first step to eliminating it. Following the several simple steps outlined above will have you on your way to getting rid of bad breath for good. And...
Use these practical techniques to overcome your fear of the dentist
Overcoming dental fear is possible. There are several ways to address anxiety before, during and after a procedure. Overcoming that fear will allow you to keep your appointments, which may help you st...
What to do when you lose an adult tooth
Losing an adult tooth may feel like the end of the world, but if you stay calm, take the right steps and practice good dental habits in advance, it doesn’t have to be....
Pain-free dentistry can help you get over your fear of the dentist
Embracing change is a big step, especially when it comes to the dentist. If you open up your heart (and mouth) to pain free dental options, you’ll be pleased with the outcome and the money and time ...
Gum disease can suprisingly trigger serious health problems
Preventing gum disease and other oral health problems is essential to ensuring the highest level of overall health. Though gingivitis is reversible, flossing before you brush, brushing twice a day, an...

Dental Procedures

Advice on how dental surgery can help you
Most people will experience at least one surgical procedure during the course of maintaining their oral health. Surgery doesn’t have to be an ordeal. By taking the proper precautions, following inst...
Dental implants are an effective way to replace missing teeth
Dental implants are a great treatment option to replace missing teeth. They allow for cosmetic replacement of missing teeth, restoration of chewing function, and preservation of jaw bone. For most pat...
Dental implants as the best option for teeth replacement
Denture treatment is a simple way to restore missing teeth and chewing function
Denture treatment to replace missing teeth is cost effective
Dentures are simple and cost effective treatment option in the replacement of missing teeth. They allow for cosmetic replacement of missing teeth and gums, and restoration of the chewing function. The...
Porcelain veneers can really enhance the appearance of your smile
Porcelain veneers can correct many common dental concerns - tooth discoloration, tooth misalignment, or tooth weakness. It usually takes just two dental appointments, and the procedure is safe and eas...
TMJ surgery can relieve joint pain and fully restore jaw function
Temporomandibular joint surgery can provide substantial benefit to patients in terms of joint pain and function. A period of conservative non-surgical treatment is often, but not necessarily appropria...
Dental crowns can help restore broken, weak, and diseased teeth
Dental crowns allow for cosmetic and functional restoration of the teeth and extend their longevity. They are indicated for the badly broken teeth, teeth compromised by dental caries, and malformed te...
Dental bridges are a good option for the replacement of missing teeth
Depending on your clinical condition, dental bridges can be a good option for the replacement of missing teeth. They allow for cosmetic replacement of missing teeth, and restoration of the chewing fun...
Teeth sealants can prevent cavities and make cleaning more effective
Although sealants have been around since the 1960s, less than one third of children in the United States have sealants. Getting sealants are inexpensive compared to restoring a tooth with a filling, c...
Dentures can help replace missing teeth and improve oral health
Dentures offer patients with tooth loss many options. While patients experience the ability to eat more normally with dentures, they come with special considerations of their own in how to maintain th...
Sedation dentistry for children: What parents should know and expect
There are many methods of delivering safe, effective and humane dental treatment for your child. Sedation dentistry is one technique that can help eliminate the experience of anxiety and pain thus hel...
Anti-aging dentistry can keep your face looking young and balanced
When it comes to getting a smile makeover it can be difficult to know what to look for and expect. This article lays out the details to save those seeking everything from a few veneers to a full mouth...
Sedation dentistry reduces fear and anxiety when going to a dentist
Sedation dentistry helps patients overcome their fear and anxiety of the dentist. About an hour before your procedure, simply swallow a pill administered by your dentist. Have someone drive you to and...
A root canal can relieve tooth pain and save your natural smile
A toothache is the most common type of orofacial pain when severe; it is considered a dental emergency, since there may be a significant impact on sleep, eating, and other daily activities. Usually pa...
Baby teeth: Wait for them to fall out naturally or get them pulled?
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Choose a cosmetic dentist with experience to rejuvenate your smile
Choose your cosmetic dentist wisely. You should be comfortable enough with the doctor and team to spend time together designing and building the smile of your dreams. Come to your appointment prepared...
What you need to know about veneers beforehand
Veneers can help you discover your most attractive smile, but they also represent a big investment of both time and money. Before making that commitment, do some research and talk with your dentist. T...
Dental laser technology improves recovery time for procedures
Laser technology has moved beyond “promise” and is now changing the patient experience, especially in dentistry. Your oral health is one of your most important assets, and it shows up in your smil...
What to do when your child is tongue tied and needs a frenectomy
Frenectomies are a common procedure for a common oral health condition. Dental lasers are a tool that can make the procedure quick and relatively painless, helping to improve the life of a child....
Decision time on your wisdom teeth: To pull or not to pull
All surgery carries risks, but make sure you understand the benefits of having your wisdom teeth removed and make a decision that’s right for you. You may want to consider these questions: Is there ...
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