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Growing Up With a Pediatric Dentist

The foundation of a child’s health starts with the decisions we make for them. As parents, we are responsible for giving our kids the best possible start to life so they can continue to practice good habits throughout the course of their lives.

Choosing a pediatric dentist is a crucial part to structuring a healthy upbringing for your child. Finding a trusted pediatric dentist gives your child the best chance to establish a relationship with a health care provider who knows their health background and the best course of action for their long-term dental care treatment plan. Listed below are a few benefits to growing up with a pediatric dentist.

Forming Practitioner-Family Relationships

When your little one is sick, who do you call? The pediatrician. When your child has a dental emergency, who do you call? The pediatric dentist. Pediatric dentists specialize in the dental care of children. The same trust you instill in your pediatrician should be applied to choosing a pediatric dentist. Trust is quite possibly the most important aspect of a patient-pediatric dentist relationship, and it’s a value that we firmly believe in.

Forming these relationships early in your child’s life means you can take comfort that the practitioners you choose know your child’s specific needs and their medical history.

Lifelong Values & Principles

Finding a pediatric dentist with values that align with your own creates a sense of trust and ease of communication. We operate our lives and our families based on principles and values that we invest a lot of stock in, and Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry operates the same way. We’re more than a pediatric dentist – we are your partner for pediatric dental health success. Part of our mission is to promote optimal oral health through patient education and long-term, impactful relationships with our patients and parents.

Family-Centric Atmosphere

We consider our team to be one big family, and we welcome parents to experience our family dynamic by trusting us to their child’s dental care. Because we are consistently establishing and maintaining relationships with families all over Charlotte, it’s important for us to ensure that our patients feel welcome and at ease before the first interaction and with every visit.

Trusted Dental Decisions

Part of growing up with a pediatric dentist means having the comfort and ability to make well-informed decisions regarding your little one’s dental health. We know our patients’ developmental and growth history, so we are well-equipped to help make decisions based on your child’s specific needs, such as a referral to an orthodontist.

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We’re making a difference and enriching the lives of kids in our community by helping to provide them with a healthy start and a consistent, quality dental experience throughout their formative years. Let’s discuss taking care of your child’s smile!


DeCare’s Wellness that Works seminar, empowering workplace wellbeing.

On Friday 10th November DeCare held it’s first in a series of Wellness Breakfast Seminars at the Marker Hotel, Dublin. With an early start, The Marker Suite quickly filled up with a broad spectrum of Wellness champions including, HR Managers, Wellness advisors, and Employee benefit managers.

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Maureen Walsh, DeCare’s CEO,

Maureen Walsh, DeCare’s CEO, introduced the morning’s proceedings, providing information on oral health and the impact that it has on society in the context of wellness and cost. She used a short video to demonstrate how positivity and happiness can be spread with something as simple as a smile.

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Alan Quinlan, Rugby Legend, TV analyst, and mental health advocate 

Alan Quinlan, Rugby Legend, TV analyst, and mental health advocate hosted this innovative event. Alan reflected on his own experience of coping with stress and depression while transitioning from life as a high profile athlete to a different life and career in the media.  He said the key to overcoming daily stressors was to develop self-awareness and resilience and enlisting the help of others as early as possible.

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David Casey, DeCare’s Wellness and Health Promotion Manager,

David Casey, DeCare’s Wellness and Health Promotion Manager, outlined the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) definition of health and with audience participation demonstrated how it means different things to different people. The benefits of having a healthy workforce and the workplace as an optimum location to promote health and wellbeing were explored in depth. He also explained using very vivid examples of how workplaces could benefit greatly by focusing more on the determinants of health rather than downstream poor health outcomes when considering Wellness initiatives. David listed some examples of low-cost health initiatives that companies can use within their organisations and left us with a memorable and apt quote from Dr. Maria Neira, (WHO) “The Wealth of business depends on the health of workers”.

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Brian Cash, owner of Dublin Fit Club and former professional footballer

Brian Cash, owner of Dublin Fit Club and former professional footballer surprised everyone by getting them up off their chairs and moving with some office-friendly exercises accompanied by very practical easy to follow advice.

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Janis Morrissey, The Irish Heart Foundation

Janis Morrissey from The Irish Heart Foundation reminded us of the number one killer in Ireland, Cardiovascular Disease.  Janis highlighted the Healthy Eating and Active at Work awards, two worthwhile and greatly appreciated awards for companies to get involved in, that have a real positive impact on the workplace environment.

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Michelle Staunton, CIPD

Michelle Staunton of CIPD discussed her original research into the central role the line manager plays in transmitting corporate culture including workplace wellness. One of the intriguing observations of Michelle’s research and why workplace wellbeing is so important is that employees leave managers not companies.

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Dermot Goode, Total Health Cover

Dermot Goode, a leading expert on healthcare benefits, took us on a journey of the emerging trends in employee wellness and how wellness is not a quick fix and takes commitment over time to achieve best results.

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Cathy O Connor, stylist for TV3 and RTE

Cathy O Connor, stylist for TV3 and RTE finished the morning with an interactive session. “Dress for the job you want not the job you have”, was Cathy’s top tip. Using two models Cathy showcased practical and fashionable wardrobe staples from designs by Helen McAlinden.

DeCare received several positive testimonials following this inaugural event and these are some examples:

 “Many thanks for organising such an inspiring event. It’s great to hear such a variety of speakers and some of the workplace wellness work that is being done in Ireland”.

“This was a very well organised seminar which provided lots of information.”

“Brian Cash’s desk exercises were brilliant and a great ice-breaker.”

“Very well organized with relevant speakers.”

“I attend conferences regularly on wellness and felt this actually delivered key info.”

For information on wellness programs offered by DeCare visit wellness.decare.ie or to find out how you can save money on your dental bills while protecting your oral health visit www.decaredental.ie