Q. I’m still self-conscious about my crooked teeth. Is it possible to be “too old” for orthodontics?
A. You can never be too old to begin orthodontic treatment as long as your teeth and gums are in good health and you see a dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups. It’s not uncommon for 70 year old’s to want to make their smile better! The American Association of Orthodontics recommends an evaluation for orthodontic treatment as early as age 7. Early detection of orthodontic problems is important in order to take corrective action (Phase 1 treatment) to avoid a more difficult treatment later. The typical age for treatment in children is around age 12. This is when all the permanent teeth have fully erupted, including the second molars, also known as 12-year molars.
Joshika Kanabar, D.D.S., M.S. \ Walnut Central Orthodontics orthodontistdallastx.com
Q. I don’t have a pool. Why does my infant or toddler need to learn how to swim/survival lessons?
A. Everyone comes in contact with water. We are surrounded by lakes, pools, rivers, even bathtubs. Survival swim lessons teach children how to enjoy and respect the water while learning aquatic risk management. The child learns where the air is and how to find it, even if he can’t walk. As the child grows, his aquatic skills mature with his physical and emotional age. A child who begins his aquatic career learning how to float to save his life, then learns to traverse a swimming pool with a swim, a float for air when needed, and then return to a swim. Before you know it, he’s a four-year-old who can swim freestyle and backstroke. He has learned a life-long skill.
Tracey Panzer-Michelle \ Floating Kiwi Swimming School firstname.lastname@example.org__
Q. It’s probably time I take my kids to the dentist. What should I look for in a pediatric dentist?
A. You should look for a family dentist who treats your children as if they were their own - son, daughter, niece, nephew or grandkids. A person who will not talk down to you or make you feel like a bad parent because your child has cavities or has not brushed their teeth very well. Our dentists are knowledgeable and willing to take the time to educate you (and your kids) on the risks and benefits of proper oral health and dental restorations. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a “Dental Home” for your child by one year of age.
Lori Richards \ Associate Team Manager Drs. Hyde, Miller & Associates \ FunDentist.com
Q. What is the best month to list a home (with kids for sale?
A. With school-aged children, you may want your move to coincide with the end of school, for which selling in the spring makes sense. Research historical data on the number of homes sold in your neighborhood looking for trends in peak months. Sellers need to remember that it can take 30 to 60 days (or more) from the time a contract is signed to the time its actual closing date arrives. Therefore, families moving in the summer will make offers several months prior. Homeowners looking to sell need to be talking with an experienced Realtor® in Feb/March allowing time to get their home ready to go on the market by March/April; which in my opinion are the two PRIME months for listing a home.
Chad Collins \ www.collinsdfw.com
Q. My son uses a wheelchair. Is there a camp for kids interested in being active with a disability?
A. A wheelchair sports camp, whether an overnight or day experience, opens a new world of involvement for kids in wheelchairs. The recreational activities encourage independence and use of social and coping skills. In a supportive environment, campers go outside of their comfort zone to triumph over mental and physical barriers. Individuals with disabilities often feel isolated in the “normal” camp environment. A disability specific camp is a way to introduce your child to adaptive recreation and a new level of participation. Whether it is riding a horse for the first time or sliding down the zip line, wheelchair sports camps allow children to experience camp just like their able-bodied siblings and friends.
Genny Gomez \ Director \ Moran Camp Xtreme www.tirrfoundation.org/youth-programs