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Eye Care

Does my child need eyeglasses?

Knowing if a child needs glasses isn’t as simple as knowing if an adult needs glasses. Children don’t necessarily know if they’re having vision problems.

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Dental

Your Child’s Dental Health Timeline

Every parent wants their child to be strong and healthy. Here’s what you need to know to make your child’s teeth healthy at every stage of their development.

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Why Should I Worry About Tooth Decay in Children?

Tooth decay, the most common preventable chronic disease in children aged 6 to 19, is largely avoidable. Learn how tooth decay impacts children.

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Your Child's Teeth: What Not to Do

Help your child have healthy teeth for life. Read on for 6 common mistakes to avoid with your child's teeth.

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Eye Care

Vision and ADD/ADHD in Children

Many of the symptoms of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) that impact a child’s school performance are also common symptoms of an untreated vision

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Frequently asked questions

At what age should my child be seen by an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children be screened by an orthodontist no later than age seven. Early screening affords the greatest flexibility for treatment plans.

Learn more about your child's dental health timeline.
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Is orthodontic care covered by Medicaid? By other insurance?

Medicaid covers the cost of braces for children if it is determined that orthodontic treatment is medically necessary. Most private insurance plans also cover a fixed portion of the cost of braces for children and adults. Our orthodontic team works directly with Medicaid and other insurance providers to ensure that patients can get the care they need. We also provide very competitive pricing and have flexible payment plans for those not covered by other insurance. 

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How do I know if my child needs braces?

The best way to know for sure if your child will need braces is to have an orthodontic evaluation. Orthodontists are experts on teeth and jaw alignment. They are trained to identify bite problems, known as malocclusions that may have negative consequences if not addressed with orthodontic treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children receive their first orthodontic screening no later than age seven so that a professional assessment and treatment plan can be determined as early as possible in your child’s development.  

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What to do for a black eye?

If you child has received minor eye trauma from a fall, sporting accident or other cause, apply a cold compress for five to 10 minutes several times an hour. Do not put ice directly on the skin, instead wrap with a towel or sock. If pain ensues, give a proper dose of acetaminophen. Call your doctor if your child experiences any changes in vision, visible abnormalities to the eyeball, or drainage from the eye.

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What do I do if my child gets something in their eye?

Foreign bodies on the surface of the eye should be treated with great care. Do not try to remove except by flushing with water or saline solution for risk of scratching the surface of the eye. Position your child’s head over the sink and gently pour lukewarm water over the affected eye for up to 15 minutes. If an object is embedded in the eye, seek emergency medical support.

What is farsightedness?

Farsighted vision, hyperopia, is disorder that impacts the eye’s ability to use refracted light to focus on objects that are close up.  An eye affected with farsightedness is either too short or the cornea is too flat, which means that light rays will focus behind the retina instead of directly on it. With hyperopia, therefore, distant objects are clear while close ones are out of focus. Farsightedness in kids can be difficult to diagnose because farsightedness impacts people differently. For some, it may only become apparent when they are trying to read. For others, all objects near and far might appear blurry.  

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