Q. What can I do to keep my eyes healthy?
A. The best thing you can do is to keep your entire body healthy by not smoking, eating a balanced diet rich in green leafy vegetables, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising consistently. Hypertension and diabetes can cause serious sight threatening complications and should be closely managed with your physician. The sun is one of the biggest risks to our vision causing cataracts, macular degeneration, and growths on the surface of our eyes as well as skin cancers around our eyes. It’s critical that everyone has a quality pair of sunglasses with UV protection and polarization. Sunglasses can be made with your prescription lenses and will protect your eyes and have you looking great! Finally have an eye exam every year. Early detection and treatment are paramount to providing you healthy vision for a lifetime.
Jonathan Cargo, O.D. \ Therapeutic Optometrist \ Glaucoma specialist CargoEyeCare.com
Q. I’m just recently pregnant. When and how do I select a pediatrician for my baby?
A. The first appointment for a newborn baby occurs during the first few days of life after coming home from the hospital. If you start your search during your last trimester, you should have enough time to identify the pediatric provider that is best for you and your new bundle of joy. There are multiple factors to consider when selecting your baby’s first primary care provider. They include bedside manner, experience, location, office hours, availability, and if they accept your health insurance. It is also crucial to gauge a practice’s office staff. Once you have some candidates, do your due diligence to ensure the provider is properly credentialed. Choosing a pediatrician is one of the most impactful choices you can make in your child’s life. It is best to make an informed decision.
Agboola Fatiregun, M.D., F.A.A.P. \ MacArthur Medical Center, PLLC - Pediatrics \ www.macarthurmc.com
Q. What is a global education and why is it important for our children?
A. Global education begins with the ability of a student to exhibit empathy and compassion. This starts as early as the toddler age, when teachers are modeling active listening. At the preschool age, students begin to acquire more cultural knowledge and appreciate diversity. School-age students develop their international-mindedness by becoming aware of global issues such as climate change, economic disparity, etc., through much research and discussion. The idea is to journey with them beyond the walls of the classroom and empower them to reach out and make a difference in their own communities and throughout the world. It can start in someplace as simple as a food pantry, but it can extend around the world. A global education cultivates open-mindedness, allows students to consider multiple perspectives, and empowers them to forge their own path forward.
Joanne Chatlos \ Associate Head of School for Academics & IB Middle Years Programmer Coordinator \ Alcuin School \ www.alcuinschool.org
Q. What is Biomimetic Dentistry? What are its benefits and how does it help kids?
A. Biomimetic Dentistry is an advanced form of General Dentistry. It means “to copy nature.” It is minimally invasive. This concept of treating teeth minimally along with restoring them with advanced adhesive protocols to rebuild your teeth is a paradigm shift that is not found in traditional dentistry. Biomimetic Dentistry is about being conservative. You will experience less drilling, less pain, along with less re-treatments. The need for root canals is decreased by 90%. Dental crowns are also virtually eliminated. Biomimetic Dentistry will often avoid the need for any injections and sedations. Most of the work can be done with simplified treatments and air abrasion, that will help kids not fear the dentist. These treatments are often done in short easy appointments.
Dr. Jeff Davies \ Dallas Designer Smiles \ www.dallasdesignersmiles.com