Pitner Orthodontics January 2019

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SOCIAL MEDIA REMINDERS FOR PARENTS

Social media has been making the

On a less disturbing note, social media content is permanent. Even after you delete a post or a photo, it leaves a digital footprint that could follow your child throughout their education and could even affect job interviews or future relationships. It’s still possible for you to foster a sense of privacy in the digital age, but it’s important to respect what your child deems private information. After all, it’s their future. Consider these rules before you share. 1. Ask your child’s permission. If they can speak, then they can speak for themselves. Children love to see photos of themselves, but they may also be aware of what they are and aren’t comfortable with, even at a young age. 2. Limit the nudity. Everyone loves a beach day, but think twice before posting swimsuit or skinny-dipping pictures. Opt to post safer photos, like the family posing prior to fun in the sun. 3. Check your settings.Your privacy settings may be exposing your family to more people than you know, and if you feel the need to share every minute of your child’s day online, all the teeth are where they should be, if there are any extra teeth we need to worry about, and double-check that everything is moving in the right direction. If anything looks funny, she can make sure it gets fixed early on. Most kids who come in for this examdon’t need any sort of treatment. And if treatment is called for, it’s often nothingmore than extracting a baby tooth a little early so the permanent tooth has room to grow. But this small treatment canmake a huge difference. Canines — I mean the teeth, not dogs —have a tendency to wander when they are growing in. If mymom takes a panoramicX-ray and sees a canine growing the wrong way, she can take out the baby canine early, creating a pathway for the permanent tooth to follow.This can help ensure the permanent canine grows in straight and prevents the need for major treatment when the patient is a teenager.

making these settings airtight will protect your children and their reputations.

world smaller than ever. The distance among cross-country relatives and friends shrinks

Consider some of these safe alternatives to regular public posting:

1. Tinybeans.com is a secure photo- sharing website for parents of babies and young children. The digital photo album app allows you to share photos with only the people you choose. 2. Create a separate, secure group on Facebook. Family, friends, or coworkers in closed groups can still fawn over their little ones in a personal, safe setting. Despite the dangers your digital life can elicit, you don’t have to avoid the digital world completely. Social media is still a great tool for families to stay connected,

with each post or Skype call. And instant updates from loved ones are particularly valuable during the

holidays. That Christmas morning video call means Grandma andGrandpa get to see their grandkids in their new holiday outfits, but so can online predators. According to digital and safety experts, half of the photos filtered onto the darknet are stolen from parents’ social media accounts. If these predators are privy to your photos, they’re also able to snag

your location and other sensitive information, putting you and your children at physical risk as well. as long as you take precautions. Go ahead and brag about your kids online — just be safe and considerate of your child’s wishes. FROM THE OFFICE OF BUSTER

When Should Kids See the Orthodontist? G’DAY, MATE!

A fewmonths ago, I celebratedmy 1st birthday. It was awesome! I got to spend the whole day withmymomand dad, just driving around and eating good food. I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday. In human years, I’maround 8, whichmeans if my permanent teeth weren’t already perfectly straight, I’d be going to the orthodontist for my first growth and development exam. Most parents wait to bring their kids to the orthodontist until they need extensive treatment to fix their permanent teeth, but early visits can help reduce the need for invasive treatment altogether. When patients are around 7 or 8 years old, Dr. Pitner can take a panoramicX-ray to see all their teeth at once—even the permanent teeth that are just about to erupt.With this, she can tell if

Teeth want to grow in the right way, but sometimes they need a little help. If you are able to spot red flags early, you can take simple steps today and prevent major problems in the future. Be sure to call 803-781-5225 to schedule this free examand help your pup— I mean kid —get the right start with a great smile. –Buster

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