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Pediatric Care Specialist

Asheville Medicine & Pediatrics

Internal Medicine & Pediatrics located in Arden, NC & Asheville, NC

Your child’s health is a top priority, regardless of their age. If you desire quality pediatric care to keep your child healthy and optimize their growth and development, our team at Asheville Medicine & Pediatrics in Arden and Asheville, North Carolina is here for you. We offer warm, compassionate, and personalized pediatric care for kids of all ages and have your child’s best interest at heart. Schedule an appointment with Asheville Medicine & Pediatrics over the phone or online today.

Pediatric Care Q & A

What is pediatric care?

Pediatric care at Asheville Medicine & Pediatrics is medical care that meets the specific needs of babies, children, and teenagers. Pediatric medical care is important to prevent or manage illnesses and diseases, ensure your child grows and develops normally, optimize their well being, and detect health issues before they become serious.

Which pediatric care services are available?

Our expert pediatricians offer numerous pediatric care services to meet each child’s unique needs:

Well-child checks

Attending well-child checkups helps your child’s pediatrician evaluate their growth and development, discuss prevention of future disease, and address any concerns parents may have. We check childrens age, appropriate vital signs, and perform a a comprehensive physical exam. We might recommend screenings such as vision, hearing, lipids, hemoglobin and perform developmental assessments when appropriate. We review age-appropriate vaccinations and discuss appropriate and evidence based vaccine recommendations. 

Dental varnishing

Dental varnishing is a topical fluoride application that is painted onto a child’s teeth beginning at the time of the first tooth eruption and occurring up to 6 applications until the age of 3.5 years. It should be performed every 3-4 months and can be applied at a doctor’s office or a dentist’s office. There must be a minimum of 60 days between applications.

The goal of dental varnishing is to decrease tooth decay and improve overall health and well being. Varnish works by making the teeth stronger and may stop cavities that have already started.  It is a temporary protective coating. Research shows that cavities are the most common chronic childhood disease but it is preventable. It is evidence-based that dental varnishing provides the best protection to prevent tooth decay.

Dental varnish is safe and effective and has been studied at length. It is recommended by the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

The procedure is fast and painless. The varnish is simply painted on to the child’s teeth during an office visit. We will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have.

Most insurance companies including Medicaid cover dental varnishing.   

Chronic disease management

All of Asheville Medicine & Pediatrics’ physicians have extensive experience caring for children with chronic illness. Our physicians provide guidance and treatment for common illnesses such as asthma, allergies, recurrent ear infections, as well as many other common pediatric diseases. For other complex illnesses, such as cardiac defects, neurologic disorders, or surgical problems, our team will work closely with your pediatric specialist to make sure you get the best care possible. The team at Asheville Medicine & Pediatrics will always be an advocate for you and can help coordinate your care when necessary. 

Sick visits

Our board certified pediatricians are willing to see your child whenever there are concerns about health. Our team can perform diagnostic studies such as throat swabs, urinalysis, blood work, and other testing as appropriate. Other diagnostic studies are scheduled as needed and the team arranges specialty consultation when appropriate. Our physicians provide the most up to date and appropriate treatment available. The team will always assure you get proper follow up.

Vaccinations 

Our team offers routine vaccinations for patients of all ages to help prevent them from developing dangerous diseases in the future. 

For the current CDC vaccination schedule please see this link:

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/child-adolescent.html

Sports physicals

If your child requires a sports or school physical, your pediatrician completes a comprehensive physical exam to ensure they are healthy enough to participate in extracurricular activities. The doctor fills out the required paperwork after each physical. Please bring the needed forms with you to your or your child’s appointment.