Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Twitter

I just love Twitter. What is Twitter? It's a 140 character (that is letters periods, dashes, etc.), used for brief "Status Updates" or similar communications on the twitter "feed". With more dentists and patients using the internet, elements of "social media" like Facebook are becoming more pervasive, accessible and necessary. There are many dentists and dental organizations on twitter, so check them out. Here is our Practice twitter account link. You definitely need to follow this if you are one of our patients:

Alabama Pediatric Dental Associates and Orthodontics

Here is my personal twitter account. I may not always talk about Pediatric Dentistry, but you will get to know me a little better:

Matrixband

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Following! :-)

Stephen and Melody said...

Doctor Brandon, I'm sure this isn't the proper forum to ask you a question (as this has nothing to do with Twitter), but I couldn't find a "Ask Me a Question" button, so here goes:

My daughters are patients (as was my husband back in the day), and my oldest daughter just had a check-up. She was told by the dentist that she has a "deep bite" and will probably need braces as she gets older. No problems there, everyone has braces, right. But, my husband did some googling and found the Herbst appliance to help direct the growth of the lower jaw. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3jBKjQiX8I
Is this perhaps a possibility for her before we try the braces. I should mention that she is rather young, almost 3 years old, but her bite is indeed very deep. We were just wondering what your take on this is. Thank you very much for any comments; we absolutely love your practice!

Dr. Dean Brandon said...

Have you seen the Herbst appliance? It's kind of a mouthful so to speak. Those are generally used to guide growth in kids with certain kinds of Class II overbites. Usually they are used in the preteen and teen years because that's when the appropriate growth spurt occurs. It's important not to be too concerned about which gizmo (orthodontic appliance) is used to acheive the desired result. Our orthodontist will pick what is best for the individual patient. Sometimes we will expand the palate and then later wear a headgear or Herbst (or maybe neither), then fine tune with braces. It all depends on the individual case.

A "deep" bite is not such a big deal in preschooler. We will let you know when it is appropriate timing and all the options. Feel free to ask next time you are in if you still have questions. Thanks for the compliment!

Dentists in Mississauga said...

The pediatric dentistry its a high level of work, since the results can be waited some time, because of the official delay. though same as we speak the new era of dentistry has a larger gamut of professionists.

Miami Dentist said...

Twitter has been very effective for our office in Miami as well. I'm happy to see a fellow dentist using it.

Gives us a great channel to reach out to our patients. We have all types of health information for our network.

Feel free to follow back!

Dental care said...

Yes, i completely agree with your post. Twitter provides you a great channel to reach people.

Richard Lepard said...

Twitter has been huge as far as a quick communication tool with our patients. We use its integration with our facebook page. One post on facebook automatically gets posted on twitter feed.

Chicago Dental Marketing said...

I've always suggested twitter for my dental marketing clients - it's such a wonderful tool for getting information to your clients and partners. Thanks for the article and I'll start following you!

Deltona Dentist Dr. Michael A. Zerivitz DDS said...

I just recently got the Dr to start using his twitter account. He started a few days ago and is getting into the concept. It really helps that the feed is live on our new website, because our patients and visitors can get the inside info on what Dr Z is up to. Makes for interesting conversations when they come in for a visit :)

Anonymous said...

Hi! I have an 18 month old boy/breastfeeding. Doesn't use a bottle or pacifier. He didn't get his first tooth until 9 months and I didn't do a great job brushing until about 15 months. This last month I noticed some decay on his front tooth and the one next to it. The decay looks light and towards the bottom of the teeth rather than gum area. After seeing it I've cut out all sugary things, upped brushing to be very thorough.


Is there a way to naturally stop the decay and maybe improve those 2 teeth? The rest are as white as can be. His pediatrician recommended not seeing a dentist right now since he couldn't even open the door to the room without him screaming. It would definitely be traumatizing right now do I'd like to do what I can to make it right naturally. Thanks for your time! My email is sammyjo_451 @ yahoo.com if that's easier.

Dr. Dean Brandon said...

I If it is decay, it will get worse even if your brush well, etc. Get a pediatric dentist to take a look. Yes, he might fuss, a child at one or two fusses for anything they do not want to do. Perhaps it is not decay, but you need a professional to at least look.

If you saw a swollen infected area on his tummy, would you say, oh well, just wait till he is older for the physician to examine it because he might cry. No, of course you would let the doctor examine the area. -Same thing with teeth. Read more here on the blog about decay and treatment in young children.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! We'll have it checked out!