Pediatric Dentist – Your Childs First Visit
Our office has been designed to be both kid and parent-friendly. Even more importantly; Our professional staff have dedicated their careers to helping children. The latest technology is combined with genuine compassion and concern.
At our office, we encourage parents to accompany their children during the first visit and routine cleaning appointments.
From the time you and your child walk through our office door, the staff has already started understanding your child’s needs, thereby starting to formulate a visit that will bring out the best in your child. Each child’s visit is specifically tailored for your child. Find more information here
Our approach is one of maintaining calmness and reassurance to both the child and the parent. A technique of “Tell Show Do” is our main behavior modification process. We believe the trust and comfort your child feels in their first dental experience will follow your child for a lifetime.
We try to keep your child in motion so that he or she can become familiar with our office and staff. There is time for play, learning, dental care and rewards. Each person that you meet will greet you and introduce themselves to you and your child. You may be pleasantly surprised to know that the doctor will always introduce themself to you. We know that each parent and child is special.
Parents know their child the best, but we recommend that you keep the description of the visit to the dentist as light hearted and routine as possible; just make it matter of fact. Depending on the child’s age, we may use silly terms or words to say what we are going to do. Relax and enjoy it! Let our experienced staff do what they are specially trained to do.
All paperwork including health histories, HIPPA forms, insurance forms, copies of insurance and ID cards, legal guardian papers or any court documents, must be completed before we see your child. We suggest that you download the forms from our website, fill them out at home and bring them in to our office completed, or arrive approximately ten minutes early for your first appointment to complete the paperwork at that time. If there is information that you prefer to keep from your child’s “little ears” please inform us.
Distracted driving a Serious Safety Concern
Distracted, or inattentive driving, is on the rise. It seems like there is no end to the electronic toys available to pull us away from that oh-so-boring task of keeping our eyes on the road. It’s become enough of a problem that the U.S. Department of Transportation has a website dedicated just to this problem – www.distraction.gov.
There is an archived summit webcast on the site that informs us:
States continue to recognize the problem and create laws specifically designed to ticket cell phone users and other types of distraction offenses.
Distracted driving killed more than 5,000 people last year and is blamed for 1.5 million injuries.
Between 2005 and 2009 there was a 10 to 16% increase in fatalities associated with distracted driving, while overall fatalities fell to the lowest level since 1950.
Those under 20 are much more likely to drive distracted.
The take home message seems to be that cars in general are becoming safer, but some drivers are getting dumber. If dumber seems too strong, remember these people are traveling up to 70+ miles per hour and trusting to luck. It has to be luck, because for those seconds (as many as five or ten) they are not paying attention, no one is really driving
How far does a car travel at even 60mph in five seconds? The car travels 440 feet; more than a football field. Now add to that the time it takes to stop when they realize there is a problem… no wonder the statistics are up.
It isn’t just an expressway danger
Low speed and tragically stupid accidents are a consequence of distracted driving as well. Even at relatively low speeds. One car maybe stopped at a light or a stop sign, completely legal and seemingly safe… and another car just runs right into them. Another distracted driver on a cell phone; or doing their makeup; or even changing outfits – the ways we come up with to cause an accident are amazing.
Next time you are out in city traffic take a look at all the other drivers chatting away or eating lunch while they drive. Billings is a good place to look because Montana has no distracted driving laws on the books.
If you are a passenger in a distracted driver situation, offer to answer calls or switch places so the driver can chit-chat, eat, or do whatever it is that is putting both of your lives in danger. If you don’t act, you are agreeing to ride in a car where, in essence, no one is really driving at all. Good luck with that. More information here: