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Dental Health Important for Children and Adults Alike

It's time once again for the annual National Children's Dental Health Month (NCDHM), a program sponsored across the United States by the American Dental Association.

The 2014 NCDHM will be taking place this February, and Parmar Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is proud to support the initiative. In fact, we'llchildrens dentist - fun poster to promote dental health even be taking part firsthand, by visiting the local Clarksville School and providing students with some essential information and ideas, and hopefully a fun presentation which encourages them to follow simple at-home dental health steps.

At Parmar Dentistry, we've always placed a premium on patient education, as well as striving for prevention before bigger problems develop. As such, the 2014 NCDHM serves as another way that we get involved with the community, and try to ensure that everybody in the Clarksville and Columbia areas have the proper dental health habits, information and resources to succeed.

NCDHM is a very important program, because proper dental health habits can easily build a foundation for a lifetime of healthy teeth and a great smile, while conversely, the wrong habits or a lack of information can spiral out of control and lead to major oral health problems.

This year, the 2014 NCDHM has the message, "Join the Super Smile Team!" and features different materials and posters aimed at either younger children or teens. At ADA.org, you can find all of those great printable posters, as well as a variety of fun ideas for activities with your children.

Many of these you can even do at home with your own children, too. For example, kids love the "apple decay demonstration" and it's an effective way to demonstrate how tooth decay can spread, too. You can set this up at home for an interactive little science experiment, and there are several other easy experiments and demonstrations you can setup as well.

Parmar Dentistry is dedicated to providing you and your family with the highest level of dental care and customer service, and we're excited to help raise awareness across the community as well. Children love Dr. Parmar! The office and the dental examal are geared towards kids of all ages so they feel comfortable.

If you have any questions about the 2014 National Children's Dental Health Month, or how we're getting involved at Parmar Dentistry, then give us a call at 410.531.5639. Of course, it's also a great reminder to schedule that checkup examination for your children, too. So if they're overdue for the next appointment, be sure to call our office and we'll fit you in as soon as possible.

By Rashmi Parmar
August 05, 2013
Category: Sleep Apnea
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At Parmar Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we've helped many individuals who have been suffering from sleep apnea.

Each patient, and his or her own story, is different. They may be experiencing different symptoms, or have different root causes of their mouthpiece to help sleep apneacondition. They may also prefer one treatment to the next.

We place a premium on finding tailor-made solutions to each person's specific circumstances, and that's how we were able to help Christina with an oral appliance.

Christina was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2009, and her Physician provided her with a CPAP machine. It's the solution that other family members had utilized in the past, and it's what her Sleep Physician recommended. However, for her, it made the problem even worse. It took her hours to fall asleep, she was never comfortable or felt restful, and her quality of life was diminishing.

Eventually, she had enough, and she needed an alternative solution. That's when she turned to Parmar Family & Cosmetic Dentistry and learned more about an oral appliance.

This proved to be a life-changing decision for Christina.

"I can't live without it now," she says.

Before this, Christina had been on multiple medications to cope with depression, anxiety and sleeping problems. Within six weeks of trying the oral appliance, she began to stop using her medications entirely. She felt completely different and renewed, and was able to lose weight and enjoy improved all-around health.

She says it changed the quality of her life tremendously. Her coworkers noticed improvements in her performance around the workplace, and she was promoted. Her family also noticed the changes in her personality and energy, and the difference that the oral appliance made for her.

"Every time I wake up, I feel like I can get up and go," she says. She doesn't have to press the snooze button, she's ready to go out there and take on the world.

Christina needed a practical solution which fit into her active lifestyle and enabled her to thrive once again.

From improvements in her energy levels to better job performance, feeling rested and healthy, losing weight, ditching her medications and more, an oral appliance from Parmar Family & Cosmetic Dentistry was able to come to the rescue for Christina.

We pride ourselves on the positive impact we have on our patients, and we couldn't be happier for Christina and the results she has seen and neither can she. View her testimonial and hear her story on our YouTube channel.

If you have sleep apnea or are concerned that you might, then call us today at 410-531-5639 to schedule an appointment for an evaluation. We'll tell you more about how we can help, and hopefully have the same kind of impact on your life as we were able to have with Christina's.

By Rashmi Parmar
June 24, 2013
Category: Sleep Apnea
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Sleep Apnea and Children - What to Look For and What to Know

When it comes to your child's sleeping habits and his or her health, there's a lot to know. This also happens to be a complex subject that most parents don't understand much about.

Of course, at Parmar Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, patient health and education, and their all-around wellbeing, are all top priorities. That's child with sleep apneawhy it's important for us to help explain the issue of sleep apnea and children, and how this may be having an impact on other aspects of your child's life.

We all know that as adults, when we don't get enough sleep, we get tired. It may feel like you're sleepwalking through the day and you always need that next dose of caffeine. We've all been there before at one time or another certainly.

On the other hand, and this is surprising to learn for many parents, when their children aren't getting enough sleep, the opposite reaction takes place. Kids become hyperactive, and this behavior issue can even lead to a misdiagnosis of ADD, or ADHD. We believe that medicating a child to keep him or her calm is never a top solution, especially when it’s based on an inaccurate diagnosis.

In fact, just recently a patient came into our office and child said she snored and she knew because her parents talked about it. Dr. Parmar continued with appropriate questioning, which revealed she was having hard time focusing in school and parents were looking into getting special help. On evaluation by Dr. Parmar patient’s airway was compromised with big tonsils affecting facial, jaw growth and breathing passage way. Appropriate referral to ENT surgeon was given and Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy was done which completely solve the issue at hand, to the surprised delight of both parents and child alike.

Many different factors could lead to a child's sleeping problems, and sleep apnea is something which must not be ignored. We can help your child  by screening for sleep apnea with appropriate referral and treatment to diagnose and cure both the underlying core issue, and the related symptoms and effects which occur.

Some symptoms to look out for in children that could point to Sleep Apnea: 

  • Snoring, stops breathing or gasping for air while sleeping
  • If your child is a restless sleeper
  • Do they grind teeth at night? 
  • Wet the bed?
  • Breath more through mouth?
  • Have allergies?
  • Large tonsils and adenoids?
  • Get lot of sore throats?
  • Get lot of ear infections?
  • Are they hyperactive?

You don't need to turn to medication to stop a child's hyperactivity, especially when ADD/ADHD isn't even the real culprit. The first step is to simply make an appointment, express your concerns and the relevant details, and begin exploring the diagnosis and treatment options which are available.

At Parmar Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Parmar and our team will go the extra step to ensure you receive the utmost in customer service, tailored treatments based upon your needs, attention to detail, and more. Your child deserves the best, and that's we strive for, particularly with the issue of sleep apnea and children which is so often misunderstood. Please call us today at 410.531.5639 with any questions, or to schedule your next appointment.

 

Six Month Smiles Invisible Braces for Adults

Picture of adult in clear bracesMany adults feel embarrassed about their smiles, but they also tend to feel trapped about their predicament, as if there's no realistic solution. However, at Parmar Family and Cosmetic Dentist in Clarksville, Maryland, we now offer Six Month Smiles, a clear braces for adults treatment program which will eliminate all of your concerns and provide effective results.

It's another one of the ways that we have continued branching out to provide our patients with the high quality treatments and dental solutions they've been craving. Learn more about Six Month Smiles, and what makes it such a great option below.

  • Short-Term: You won't be stuck wearing braces for adults for years with Six Month Smiles. As the name implies, the treatment takes an average of just six months to complete. Appointments are also quick and easy thanks to Patient Tray Kits, adding even more convenience and speed to the process.
  • Invisible: Six Month Smiles utilizes Lucid-Lok clear brackets and tooth-colored wiring to produce clear braces for adults which are barely visible at all. Nobody will know you're wearing braces for adults unless you clue them in on the secret. You'll still be entirely professional and taken serious in the workplace.
  • Cost-Effective: One of the major drawbacks to braces for adults is their cost. However, Six Month Smiles is more affordable than traditional braces are. They're also more affordable than veneers or aligner therapy. Once you remove the obstacle of cost, there really should not be anything holding you back.
  • Tailored to Adults: Six Month Smiles is tailored specifically to adults. The program targets the teeth which are most visible in your smile, producing rapid cosmetic changes, as opposed to realigning your bite. They work quickly, predictably and gently, with as little stress and inconvenience along the way as possible. This isn't a kids treatment which you can use, these are real braces for adults, made for your needs.
  • No More Excuses: With a quick, invisible and affordable braces for adults treatment program, there are no more excuses. You will end up looking great and feeling better, and there are no more excuses about why you shouldn't pursue a solution, or why now isn't the best time.

 

Take action today and give us a call at 410.531.5639 to schedule a consultation for Six Month Smiles, or to ask any questions that you may have about the process. These invisible braces for adults may just end up changing your life.

 


At Parmar Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, two of the most important issues we deal with are establishing proper dental hygiene, care and routines for children, and treating sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. And now is the perfect time to address both of these topics at once.

Master Dental Sleep Physician Dr. Rashmi ParmarFirst, since National Children's Dental Health Month is still fresh in our minds, it offers a great opportunity to prioritize pediatric dental care and prevention. Second, our very own Dr. Rashmi Parmar has just been awarded with the special designation of Master Dental Sleep Physician, or MDSP, by the Elite Dental Institute. It was the first time that the honor was awarded, and Dr. Parmar was one of just three dentists to be recognized as an MDSP.

Understanding the prevalence, risks and symptoms of sleep apnea is key to being able to treat and manage this dangerous condition, and many adults carry misconceptions about its severity and how commonplace it is.

All told, an estimated 20 million Americans have obstructive sleep apnea, and between 2 and 5 percent of all children may suffer from sleep apnea. It's not just an annoyance, either. It is a life-threatening problem, potentially leading to heart attack and stroke. In children, issues such as bed-wetting, sleep-walking, hormonal and metabolic problems and more can all be caused by sleep apnea.

Some children may complain about a problem falling or staying asleep, however, you should not wait for that to occur before taking action. For one thing, children as young as two years old could be suffering from sleep apnea, and will be unable to tell you about their issues.

Additionally, watching for sleep apnea warning signs could provide you with even more clues as to what's happening. A child may seem exhausted even after you thought they would have gotten proper rest, or could always be snoring, exhibiting a high level of tossing and turning during sleep, or having night sweats.

Our patients are our family at Parmar Dentistry, which is why we're dedicated to providing the information and resources required for education, as well as expert, caring treatment, always focused on preventative and non-invasive solutions when possible.

Sleep apnea and other sleep disorders in children can be a very serious health issue and risk. If you're concerned that your child may be suffering from sleep apnea or a related sleep disorder, don't hesitate to get in touch with us by calling 410.531.5639 to schedule an appointment or ask any questions.