“Tell all the Truth, but tell it slant” — Poet Emily Dickinson

Every child deserves healthy teeth and a beautiful smile. Along with a consistent routine of dental care at home that includes brushing and flossing, regular cleanings are needed to maintain your child’s overall health. How can you explain what’s involved in a dental exam and cleaning without scaring a child too much with talk of probes, scrapings and scalings? The following ideas should help you get your child inside the door of our nearby Carmichael dental office.

Tell the Truth, But Make It Fun

One thing you can tell children is that keeping their teeth clean is a lot like keeping their fingernails clean. Regular hand washing is important, but sometimes some extra help is needed to get the dirt out from under those grimy areas! That’s when Mom or Dad helps out with a little extra bit of work to get their fingernails looking shiny and clean. A dental cleaning is a lot like that. Sometimes dirt gets under the edge of our teeth and we need the dentist to help us clean it out. And just like Mom or Grandma and their friends like to have their fingernails pretty and shiny, our teeth will be pretty and shiny after we leave the dentist, because they are going to be polished! Their only color choice is white, but they will leave with bright, clean teeth that are ready to crunch into their favorite foods.

You can see that describing a dental visit to a young child does not have to be a scary subject. If they think the process of a dental cleaning is like getting a manicure or pedicure for their teeth, the idea won’t be quite so fearsome. Let them know that there will be a chair with “special powers” to sit in, lights that can look deep down their throats, a camera that can take pictures of their very back teeth and a fun water squirt gun to rinse their teeth. Putting dental terms in a child-friendly way may make it easier to get your child in for their all-important check-ups.

So don’t lie to your children, but have some “fun with the truth” and your child will be smiling for years to come. The dentists at the Marconi Dental Group look forward to working with your family to keep your teeth healthy now and later!

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Dr. Fischer

Dr. Fischer comes from Sandy City Utah, where he graduated from the University of Utah with a background in Medical Biology. Dr. Fischer then was awarded his DDS degree from Loma Linda University here in California. Prior to that, Dr. Fischer worked alongside his father for several years as a design engineer at his father’s dental company. Dr. Fischer has a strong passion for dentistry, he believes in providing his patients with the most modern and up-to-date procedures, and he truly enjoys the variations of procedures he gets to perform daily.

When not practicing dentistry, he can be found spending time with his family. Dr. Fischer and his wife Brittany have twins Kaitly and Kyle, and son Johnny. Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Fischer is also a true adventurist. He has travelled to many countries and enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, para gliding, camping, and hunting just to name a few.

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Dr. Huang

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang received his Degree in Dental Surgery in his hometown of Taipei, Taiwan and then went on to receive his Masters in Science and Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

He has been practicing dentistry since 1992 and his area of specialty is Prosthodontics, the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems. Prosthodontics involves the restoration of missing teeth and jaw structure. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang is also a Diplomate of the (ABP) American Board of Prosthodontics and an active member of the (CDA) California Dental Association and the (AAFP) American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and a fellow of the (ACP) American College of Prosthodontists. He is also fluent in Mandarin!

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang was fortunate enough to find his calling at a young age. He grew up watching his grandmother struggle with her dentures on many occasions and has been determined to help others just like her ever since. He is truly passionate about his work and finds great joy in creating beautiful smiles for his patients whether it be on their own or with the help of dental implants. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang makes it his personal mission to educate his patients and community on the importance of oral health and does so with honesty, professionalism and care.

When Dr. Y. Vinny Huang isn’t practicing dentistry or assisting the community, you will find him spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys being outdoors and staying active whether it be swimming, golfing or playing tennis.

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Dr. Visagé

Dr. Visagé graduated his dental degree from University of Pretoria in South Africa (1999). He practiced general dentistry in South Africa and England until 2002. He went on and completed a residency program in Periodontics and Oral Medicine, in South Africa to attain his Masters degree in 2006. He established a successful private specialist practice in Periodontics and Dental Implants. During that time he also served as secretary of the South African Society of Periodontology and still holds specialist registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

 

In 2014, Dr. Visagé and his family relocated to California, and he was invited to the prestigious Program for International Dentists at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 2015, he received the OKU Dental Honour Society Dr Kramer S Award from the UCSF School of Dentistry. In 2016 he received the Dental Honour Society Membership Award and also the Award for Clinical Excellence & Mentoring (UCSF).  He obtained his American Doctorate of Dental Surgery (UCSF) in 2016.

 

The most enjoyable part of his work is getting to know the patients and being able to play a role in improving oral health, which contributes to quality of life. He is truly passionate about dentistry, but strikes a balance between his professional and personal lives.  He maintains his fitness through running, biking and hiking with his family. 

Dr. Visagé and his wife Karlien, have  a  daughter and a son.  When time allows, he and his family enjoys travelling and spending time together. They travel to South Africa as often as time allows, but also enjoy road trips in the USA.