Q: Why should parents care about the way their child’s mouth grows?
A: The way a child’s mouth develops will affect not only their teeth, but also critical functions such as how well they breathe and even sleep. This is why we’ve established a philosophy that treating the patient as a whole is more beneficial than the traditional specialty approach. A child’s growth and development are influenced by many factors including genetics and lifestyle. So we make it a priority to talk with parents about these factors, such as food choices and bedtime routines. At other times we work to help kids break thumb and pacifier habits or recommend early orthodontic treatment to redirect growth.
Q: Why do pediatric dentistry and orthodontics work well together?
A: Having your orthodontist and pediatric dentist under one roof creates a great foundation for collaborative care and communication between the specialists, patients and parents. It’s also convenient to be able to have orthodontic and dental check-ups at the same time. Plus, kids are excited to have extra sparkly teeth when their orthodontic wires are removed during cleanings!
Q: How do you use new technology to help your patients?
A: We are both board-certified specialists who strive to provide the highest standard of care by integrating technology, research and experience. We have incorporated state-of-the-art technology into our practice such as a digital scanner (no more yucky impressions!) and a dental laser that allows us to fill most cavities without anesthesia.
Dr. Goodman is an orthodontist and president of the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists. Dr. Sholander (“Dr. Heather” to her patients) is a pediatric dentist and a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. They have been practicing together in the area for over 10 years.