Day: May 6, 2020

Thriving Blog – Boston Children’s Hospital’s pediatric health blog

Our patient stories are getting a new home. To keep up with all the latest and greatest from Boston Children’s Hospital, you can now visit our new all-Boston-Children’s hub, Discoveries.

The new site will also keep you up to date on clinical updates, research and innovation news, our favorite photos and videos, and happenings within our community.

We hope you’ll bookmark Discoveries and visit often. In the meantime, the Thriving blog will remain online as an archive for stories published from early May 2019 and earlier.

Visit Discoveries.


rebecca at a baseball game the year before she had a stroke
PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE GOLD FAMILY

Last July,
Rebecca Gold’s parents, Karen and Adam, had just dropped her off at sleepaway
camp in Pennsylvania. They hadn’t
even completed the drive back to Connecticut when they received a frightening
call: Their 12-year-old daughter had collapsed to the floor, vomiting and
unable to move her limbs. She was now at a nearby

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Family Dentistry and Pain Free Dentistry in Philadelphia & Wynnewood, PA | Wynnewood Dental Arts

sleep dentistry Haverford pa

Patients looking for the dentist that Philadelphia can rely on for quality and comprehensive care can trust Dr. Thomas DeFinnis and his staff to make every visit a pleasant one. Our practice specializes in sedation and sleep, cosmetic, restorative, and family dentistry and aims to provide the latest in treatments. With our hands-on and personalized approach, patients of all ages can receive the best possible care.

We believe we provide the best dental care in the Philadelphia area, helping you overcome your dental phobia, but don’t trust our word for it. Check out what our patients have written about us.

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Sleep Dentistry in Bala Cynwyd, PA

Dr. Thomas DeFinnis is a sedation dentist that Philadelphia residents can turn to for safe, pain free, and effective treatments. He makes it a point to address all the patient’s concerns, explaining the procedure and tools necessary for a pain free treatment

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Dental Marketing – Dental Practice Management Consultants

Jim Du Molin
Welcome to The Wealthy Dentist. Do you want more new patients now? With over 25 years of dedicated dental marketing and management experience, we’ve developed our turnkey LeadFire new patient marketing machine that can add more new patients to your practice now… at zero risk to you!

This program includes your own personal customizable New Patient Portals, online dental directory listings, mobile marketing, social networking options and more.

Your New Patient Control Panel allows you to personalize your entire dental marketing plan by yourself 24/7. You can even track and monitor all of your new patients from this program.

Team Training

Do you want to maximize your management and marketing potential? We also have a complete library of dental marketing and management tutorials…

What Dentists Are Saying…

“Extremely effective and cost-efficient.”

– Missouri Doctor

“Up to 41 new patients a month!”

– New York Doctor

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Court Orders Dentist to Pay Damages for Sexual Harassment

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A dentist was ordered by France’s top court to pay damages for sexually abusing a female assistant after the man was cleared of related criminal charges.

In a milestone ruling last month, the Cour de Cassation said the bar is lower for proving harassment in civil lawsuits than in criminal cases, where intent is key. The judges said the dental assistant was entitled to unfair-dismissal damages after complaining about her boss’s inappropriate language.

The dental assistant filed a labor lawsuit after being fired by the dentist in 2013, claiming she had been sexually harassed by her boss. Two years ago, an appellate court awarded her damages over the dismissal, but the dentist appealed.

The ruling creates a clearer path for victims of abuse to seek compensation. While sexual harassment is seen to be widespread in France — affecting as many as a third of women according to an Ifop poll

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When Should I Take My Child to the Dentist?

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Q. How old should my child be before I make his first dental appointment?


A. You should take him in by the time he celebrates his first birthday.

First visits are mostly about getting kids used to the dentist’s chair and educating parents about how to care for baby’s teeth. If your child has transitioned from the bottle to cup and doesn’t snack or drink in the middle of the night, you get a one-year pass, until age 2. That’s when the standard every-six-month dental visit recommendation kicks into gear. When your child is between ages 4 and 6, expect your dentist to take a first set of X-rays to check for cavities lurking between the teeth.

Prevention is the name of the game between ages 6 and 12, when baby teeth give way to permanent teeth. Your child’s dentist will probably suggest a

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Why your dentist costs so much

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Back in April I wrote about a person near and dear to me — yes, my husband — who needed two new crowns for $3,442. I published his experience in a post, Is Your Dentist Ripping You Off? Dentists howled in protest at the provocative headline, though most agreed with the content of the story.

Patients howled too, about the high cost of dental work, and the feeling that they’ve encountered dentists who don’t have their best interests at heart. Here’s a typical letter: “My wife saw a dentist who quoted her $750. Then halfway through the job, when she was numb and had a big hole in her mouth, he told her he misquoted the price and it was going to be $1,500. She could not exactly argue.” Another reader wrote of going to two different dentists and getting two completely different opinions about what his mouth needs and

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Mental Health Meter – CMHA National

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Characteristics of Mental Health

Understanding the characteristics that make up good mental health will help you determine how mentally fit you are. Here are some real-life examples:
Ability to enjoy life You’ve just become engaged. You join your friends and family in celebrating the future you are planning with your partner. You realize that life before and after your marriage will bring challenges, but worries about problems that may crop up do not dim the joy you feel.
Resilience Due to changes in the marketplace, you are suddenly laid off from a job you love. You are shocked and angry, but those emotions fade quickly as you put the event in perspective. You gather solid references, revamp your resume and begin your job search.
Balance An old friend confronts you, saying you never have time for him. You are taken aback and give excuses of overwork. Then you look at

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How to Choose a Dentist

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Selecting a dentist who meets your needs and expectations is a decision that’s too important to make without careful consideration. Don’t wait until a problem forces you to find a dentist – acting before you have a serious problem may save you time, money, and discomfort.

If you have a dental plan, check to see if your plan requires you to choose from a list of participating dentists. Some plans require that you use a participating dentist. Some insurance plans allow you to choose an out-of-network dentist (i.e., one who does not participate with the plan), but often your benefit will be less.

Get Dentist Recommendations

Ask friends, relatives, and coworkers for recommendations. Are they satisfied with their dentist’s service and quality of care? Ask your family physician, pharmacist, and/or faculty members of a local dental school if they can provide the names of recommended dentists. You may contact your

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Florida braces for presidential primary amid a health pandemic

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Since the novel coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic on Wednesday, state election officials have made a number of changes, from relocating polling sites to encouraging more early voting, to protect the health of the state’s 4 million people who are over the age of 65 and represent one-fifth of the total population of the state.

“Our recommendation would be if there’s a polling location in assisted living facility, allow the residents to vote there,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a press conference on Wednesday. “But maybe the general public should have the option or be directed to go to a different polling location.”

Some of the changes being implemented by election officials across the state include relocating polling sites away from assisted living senior communities.

Hillsborough County, on the west coast of the state, immediately announced changes to polling locations that were set to be at large assisted

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Dental Directory | Find a Dentist Near You

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EveryDentist.com is a dentist directory that allows you to search by specialty and location. Find a dentist near you by using one of the search boxes below.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Isn’t it time you gave yourself the smile you deserve?

Popular Cosmetic Procedures:

  • Teeth Whitening
    Teeth whitening is the most commonly performed cosmetic dental procedure, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. A whiter smile promotes an image of health, youth, and confidence and can be achieved through simple, non-invasive procedures. 
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  • Veneers
    Veneers are thin custom-made shells that affix to the surface of the front teeth. They enhance the whiteness and shape of your teeth and can provide continued resistance against coffee, tea, wine or tobacco stains. 

    Sometimes veneer procedures, as well some dental bonding and crown procedures, are referred to as “instant orthodontics.” They earn this title because by altering the shape of the

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