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Holiday Giving: Helping Victims of Natural Disasters

Holiday Giving: Helping Victims of Natural Disasters
Like many others, a week or so ago I was happy to sit down with my family on Thanksgiving and really just take in how lucky we are and how much I have to be thankful for. I have a lovely family, a comfortable home to help keep us safe and warm,
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Dr. Randy Wants Your Candy, 2017 Edition

Dr. Randy Wants Your Candy, 2017 Edition
I know you’re asking yourself, “Why would a pediatric dentist want ALL the Halloween candy in Mt. Pleasant?” It’s simple—so we can donate it to our troops in lieu of your children eating all of it! The amount of candy that children
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Strawless Summer Recap: Stop Sucking, Charleston

Strawless Summer Recap: Stop Sucking, Charleston
What tiny changes could you make in your life that, if everyone else followed suit, would make a drastic change—not just in Mount Pleasant or Charleston, but all around the world? One such change is to stop using plastic straws. With Fall
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Going Dark in Charleston: The Great American Eclipse

Going Dark in Charleston: The Great American Eclipse
Who turned out the lights? There hasn’t been a total solar eclipse that tracked from coast to coast in the United States for nearly 100 years. It’s going to be a while before we get a celestial show like this again, and Charleston and Mount
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The Daleyza Hernandez Story

The Daleyza Hernandez Story
Last month, we heard about the tragic death of Daleyza Avila Hernandez. It’s any parent’s worst nightmare—a routine dental procedure resulted in the accidental death of a three-year-old child. All they wanted was to fix their daughter’s
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Dental Crowns for Children

Dental Crowns for Children
Try as we might to protect them, sometimes little teeth need a bit of help. It’s one thing to add a crown to a damaged adult tooth, but do children’s primary teeth really need them? The answer is “yes,” but first let’s learn more
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Looking Back on 17 Years: What We’ll Miss

Looking Back on 17 Years: What We’ll Miss
Our Mt. Pleasant pediatric dental practice recently packed up and moved into a new office! This move has been a long time coming. While we are all very excited about the opportunities ahead of us in our new practice, we’re taking with us
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What Are Dental Sealants?

What Are Dental Sealants?
Children are notoriously bad about adequately brushing their teeth, particularly those molars in the back. Parents often wish there were a way to protect the newly-emerged adult teeth until their children are old enough to adequately protect
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The Children of Mt. Pleasant Need You

The Children of Mt. Pleasant Need You
We’ve been busy this month visiting schools around Mt. Pleasant. Why all the field trips? Perhaps you didn’t know it, but February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) aims to motivate
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Make Your Child’s Valentine’s Day Sweeter

Make Your Child’s Valentine’s Day Sweeter
Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to show affection and appreciation for people we love. As parents in Mt. Pleasant, it’s important to remember that we teach values to kids through our own behavior. If Valentine’s Day is celebrated with
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Your 2016 Christmas Gift Guide

Your 2016 Christmas Gift Guide
You might have waited until the last minute to start your holiday shopping, but we can help you pull through with the best gifts for the whole family. We’ve got the top picks for everyone that made the nice list, as well as some personal
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Candy Buyback Brigade

Candy Buyback Brigade
If you didn’t catch our 2016 Candy Buyback event, you really missed out! It was a lot of fun. Specifically, it was more than a half-ton of fun. You see ^ that? That’s all candy! More than 1,000 pounds of it. We’d like to give a shout
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Dr. Randy Wants Your Candy

Dr. Randy Wants Your Candy
Just in case you haven’t heard, your favorite pediatric dentist in Mt. Pleasant wants your Halloween candy. All of it! I can hear you saying, “but Dr. Randy, we want to eat all of our candy!” 2016 Candy Buyback Keeping all that sugar-ladened
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Halloween in Mt. Pleasant

Halloween in Mt. Pleasant
Halloween has arrived in Mt. Pleasant, and that means it’s time for costumes, candy, and trick-or-treating! Despite being a relatively recent phenomenon, the development of Trick-or-Treating in the U.S. has a fuzzy history. As a holiday,
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Flossing and the Failures of Journalism

Flossing and the Failures of Journalism
After news reports last month, many people in Mt. Pleasant have wanted to know what their dentist has to say about flossing. The problem with journalism is that some reporters don’t act with due diligence. In an era where clickbait-headlines
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Flumist Nasal Spray Shot Down by CDC

Flumist Nasal Spray Shot Down by CDC
  It was only a year ago that modern medicine had children all over the nation breathing a sigh of relief. The FluMist nasal spray was the new alternative to the standard (and dreaded) flu shot. Because most children are fearful of shots,
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The Best Places in Mount Pleasant

The Best Places in Mount Pleasant
If your family has recently moved to Mt. Pleasant, you probably haven’t experienced the sites I’m going to talk about, today. Our beautiful city has a deep and rich history (by American standards), and is still one of the fastest growing
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Sweetgrass Selfies

Sweetgrass Selfies
It was only a few years ago that I last stepped into a photo booth (we don’t need to talk about exactly how many years that has been). It quickly shot a series of photos that were then printed out in small, low-quality, black and white strips.
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11 Low-Sugar Summer Recipes Your Kids Will Love

11 Low-Sugar Summer Recipes Your Kids Will Love
When you spend a majority of your time at a pediatric dental office in Mt. Pleasant, you get to know your young patients pretty well. I know kids look forward to the summer because school is out, and they can start having new adventures outside
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Treat Your Mom this Mother’s Day

Treat Your Mom this Mother’s Day
As a pediatric dentist, Mt. Pleasant is a great place to work. We love providing care for our patients and getting to know their families. We also know there’s usually one family member who makes every dental appointment, makes sure the patient
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Dental Technology from the Future!

Dental Technology from the Future!
When you think of a children’s dentist in Mt. Pleasant, you might not automatically think of “advanced technology.” Many pediatric dentists don’t always have the chance to move ahead with new technology, so it’s understandable
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Spring Holidays in Mt. Pleasant

Spring Holidays in Mt. Pleasant
Though we look forward to the winter holidays every year, sometimes the spring holidays are almost as fun. As a kids dentist in Mt. Pleasant, though, we also know how much more sugar the average kid consumes around Easter and St. Patrick’s
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Ask Mt. Pleasant’s Most Trusted Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Randy

Ask Mt. Pleasant’s Most Trusted Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Randy
When you’re a parent, you want what’s best for your children. Naturally, that means you tend to ask a lot of questions. As a pediatric dentist, I love answering those questions. Anything I can do to make my patients and their parents feel
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It’s Back in Full Force – Employee Spotlight

It’s Back in Full Force – Employee Spotlight
The holidays are a busy time for a child’s dentist. With the help of our great team, we managed to get through unscathed– and make our patients happy, to boot. 2016 is a new year and I’ve never been more grateful for my employees.
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Preparing a Child’s Smile for 2016

Preparing a Child’s Smile for 2016
Are you ready for the new year? Even if you have your New Year’s Eve Party perfectly planned, there still might be some things you’re not considering. As a children’s dentist, we’re always thinking about how to keep our patients’
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Operation Gratitude Was a Hit!

Operation Gratitude Was a Hit!
The only thing kids love more than candy, is helping others. At our November 7th Halloween Candy Buyback event, we proved that beyond a shadow of a doubt. As a children’s dentist, we know kids get attached to their Halloween candy–
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What We’re Thankful For in 2015

What We’re Thankful For in 2015
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so it’s time to count our blessings. Each year on Thanksgiving, I have to clear out of the kitchen and give Randy plenty of room. He’s the real star of our household on Thanksgiving. He makes sure
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Costumes, Candy, and Cash – Oh My!

Costumes, Candy, and Cash – Oh My!
Each year, we look forward to our annual Halloween Candy Buyback. We work with Operation Gratitude to send pounds of candy to our troops overseas. Last year’s event was a huge success, and we collected over 700 pounds of candy! As a pediatric
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Community Pride

Community Pride
From everyone here at our practice to you and your family, we hope you’re safe and dry. The rains are slowing but the floods are still gaining momentum, so we’ll have to remain strong for a while longer. If you have food, water, and shelter,
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Everything You Need to Know to Protect Your Child’s Teeth

Everything You Need to Know to Protect Your Child’s Teeth
School is back in full swing again and, for many of us, contact sports are once more part of our daily lives. Team sports provide physical activity, teach perseverance, teamwork, and give our kids something fun to look forward to every year.
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Getting Kids to Bed on Time: Helpful Hints

Getting Kids to Bed on Time: Helpful Hints
  Every child is different. They all have different needs and preferences, and they all react differently to the world around them. This is especially true when it comes to sleep. As a dentist for kids, we see children with all different
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This Month’s Spotlight Goes To…

This Month’s Spotlight Goes To…
Shakeya, “Keya” Haynes! This summers been a whirlwind of activity and keeping up with our beloved employee spotlight blog has been tough! But, we are back at it with another interesting employee spotlight, so let’s get to it! Italy, Steak,
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Step Away from the Toaster Strudel!

Step Away from the Toaster Strudel!
I don’t know about the rest of you parents out there, but the hardest part of going back to school is the chaos that mornings bring. The idea of having my kids dressed, fed and prepared for the day by 7:30 a.m. makes me queasy! I have gotten
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How To: Handle Dental Accidents While Away From Home

How To: Handle Dental Accidents While Away From Home
I have the pleasure of speaking with parents and their children all day; so I encounter all sorts of questions about dentistry for children on a daily basis. And I’ve noticed summer time is also prime accident time. Whether it’s skateboards
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We are Charleston Strong

We are Charleston Strong
This past week, our city was rocked by a terrible act of violence. Over the next few weeks, our town will hold nine funerals and there has been an amazing outpouring of generosity, support, and love from within our community.  Did you hear
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Summer Tips for a Healthy Smile [Infographic]

Summer Tips for a Healthy Smile [Infographic]
Summer time is finally here and you know what that means?! A jam-packed summer schedule that is sure to keep everyone busy and on the go. Summer time is an excellent season for enjoying all of our favorite summer (and maybe not so healthy) foods! We
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It’s Not Really Broken Unless Dad Can’t Fix It!

It’s Not Really Broken Unless Dad Can’t Fix It!
Looking for ways to show your father how much he means to you? Yep, us too! Because, lets be honest… Dad doesn’t need another tie! Maybe this year should be about creating memories instead of purchasing things. We think, giving someone your
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Healthy Teeth and Healthy Eating Starts Locally

Healthy Teeth and Healthy Eating Starts Locally
As a mom, I’m always looking for ways to change up my meal planning. Sometimes we need some new recipes for inspiration. A trip to our local farmers market always seems to perk me up! Eating locally grown food is a great way to support local
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Dental Insurance 101

Dental Insurance 101
Dealing with dental insurance can be extremely confusing. We meet parents every single day that ask questions about their dental insurance coverage. We’ve been doing this a long time and we understand the intricacies of this process. Just
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The Many Benefits of Bone Broth

The Many Benefits of Bone Broth
I have a good friend, Landria Voigt, a local nutrition blogger with a fantastic bone broth recipe. The bone broth trend has been around as long as chicken soup. Are the fantastic claims of the benefits of bone broth overblown? Possibly. But,
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Diet Pepsi Goes Aspartame Free

Diet Pepsi Goes Aspartame Free
Did you know that soda sales have dropped in recent years. In response to consumer concerns, PepsiCo is removing aspartame from all of its Diet Pepsi products in the U.S.: Diet Pepsi, Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi, and Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi. Diet
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Macaroni and Cheese Gets A Makeover!

Macaroni and Cheese Gets A Makeover!
Image Credit Hey, big news from Kraft Macaroni and cheese! Kraft is removing artificial dyes from their products, specifically, yellow dye numbers 5 and 6. But, they promise their famous, comfort food taste, will not change. I can tell, you’re
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Mouthguards for Summertime Safety

Mouthguards for Summertime Safety
Summer is in full-swing and hopefully you and your kids are enjoying the nicer weather. Keeping the kids busy while school is out can sometimes be a challenge. It’s always nice to send them outside to play! But, this is the time of year that
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It’s Not Really Lost Unless Mom Can’t Find It!

It’s Not Really Lost Unless Mom Can’t Find It!
Is that the case in your house, too? Who else is the fixer of all things “broken,” the finder of all things “lost,” and the keeper of all things “treasured”?  Mom’s are really great, aren’t they? Mother’s day is fast approaching.
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Pediatric Dentistry: What Does That Mean For Your Child?

Pediatric Dentistry: What Does That Mean For Your Child?
When looking for the perfect dentist for your children, what do you look for? Experience, an advanced degree, maybe technology? How important is their primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care to you? As a parent,
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Join us in Celebration!

Join us in Celebration!
Can you believe it’s been a quarter of a century since the Autism Society launched a nationwide effort to help promote autism awareness? Us either, but we are so thankful they did! National Autism Awareness Month represents an amazing opportunity
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By Popular Demand: The March Employee Spotlight!

By Popular Demand: The March Employee Spotlight!
We are so thrilled to see just how many of our readers enjoyed the newest addition to our blogging adventures! Employee spotlights are SO much fun and it really gives us a time to highlight and dote on each of our amazing individual staff members!
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Who’s Man’s Best Friend? Rhett Butler, of Course!

Who’s Man’s Best Friend? Rhett Butler, of Course!
A few weeks ago, we brought home the newest member of the Pagenkopf family! Appropriately name, Rhett Butler! We are in the south, after all! The kids have fallen head over heels for him, and we find ourselves spending way too much time swooning
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National Nutrition Month: Go Green!

National Nutrition Month: Go Green!
Kids love eating wanky green foods! Who knew? So, play it up, have some fun, and surprise them with some unusually awesome green treats! They’ll love it! Green Eggs & Ham, Sam I Am! I love the spin on this age old tradition! This Green
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March Madness & We’re Not Talking About Basketball, Here!

March Madness & We’re Not Talking About Basketball, Here!
Is it just us or are you all feeling giddy about Spring?! I know our family has been running around the clock soaking up as much of this pleasant weather as possible! It won’t be long before the long summer days are here and trying to keep
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She’s Fun, Charismatic, Witty, and All Ours!

She’s Fun, Charismatic, Witty, and All Ours!
We love what we do and we love that our staff loves what they do, too! We have said it a million times over, we have AMAZING staff and we appreciate their hard work and dedication, tremendously! We wanted to shake things up this month by offering
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What Are Your Kids Eating? It Matters!

What Are Your Kids Eating? It Matters!
In our continued crusade for National Children’s Dental Health Month, we want to cover one of the most important aspects of it all! Eating! More specifically, what kids are eating. It begins early. Healthy eating habits are crucial for a
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Parents: You’re In Luck! Help Has Arrived!

Parents: You’re In Luck! Help Has Arrived!
As a parent, I fully understand the struggle that goes into getting our kids to brush their teeth as well as floss! It’s an exhausting battle, every. single. day. Lucky for us, February is  National Children’s Dental Health Month, which
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National Children’s Dental Health Month!

National Children’s Dental Health Month!
February kicks off Children’s Dental Health Month and here at Dr. Randy’s office, we are so excited for all the great tips, helpful ideas, and innovative ideas that come our way! We love being able to help our patients (and their parents!)
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What Is That and Why Is It in My Food: Part 3

What Is That and Why Is It in My Food: Part 3
We have made it to segment three in our blog series and it’s a great topic that I’m excited to cover and hopefully provide education on! If you’ve been reading our current posts then you can see that we’ve covered ingredients, daily
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Pediatric Dentistry – Why We Love What We Do!

Pediatric Dentistry – Why We Love What We Do!
There is something about being a Pediatric Dentist that brings out the passion I love within the work I do. It’s something that I know is very important and educating those patients I see has a great deal of importance to me. Everyone in our
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They’re Just Baby Teeth – Why Fix Them?

They’re Just Baby Teeth – Why Fix Them?
That’s a really great question and one we often get from our parents. There are many different reasons why we recommend fixing a baby tooth rather than leaving it or pulling it. Below we will go over the various reasons and treatments that
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A Decade of Superior Dedication!

A Decade of Superior Dedication!
We have always said that we have the greatest and most amazing staff in our office, and to prove it we celebrated the ten-year anniversary of our office manager, Chandi, recently! We wanted to do something special to document this monumental
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What Is That and Why Is It in My Food: Part 2

What Is That and Why Is It in My Food: Part 2
In our recurring blog series on how to better read and understand food labels, we covered the basics of food label reading during our October post. This month, we will be clearing up the confusion behind Percent Daily Values. Don’t Be Mislead!
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Santa Doesn’t Want to Hand Out Cavities for Christmas!

Santa Doesn’t Want to Hand Out Cavities for Christmas!
The holiday season is in full swing, with Christmas just around the corner! So what does that mean for your child’s oral health? It could mean a lot, even cavities! The hustle and bustle of spreading holiday cheer can disrupt your children’s
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Dr. Randy’s Holiday Office Hours

Dr. Randy’s Holiday Office Hours
This Christmas season, we will have some changes to our normal office schedule. So we want to allow enough time for parents to schedule those last-minute appointments before those changes take place! Everything Is Merry and Bright! Our office
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Halloween Candy Buyback Was a Huge Success!

Halloween Candy Buyback Was a Huge Success!
If you weren’t able to make it to our annual Halloween Candy Buyback event at Dr. Randy’s, then you really missed out on an amazing fun time! We had a great group of vendors, awesome games, beautiful Disney Princesses, and tons of candy!
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What is That and Why is it in My Food?

What is That and Why is it in My Food?
When it comes to providing healthy foods for our family, it’s easy to be duped. A lot. Those brands that pose themselves as “all natural” or “100% whole grain” come up short and come off as a crock. So how do we really know what’s
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Thanksgiving – A Time to Reflect, Show Gratitude, and Make Memories!

Thanksgiving – A Time to Reflect, Show Gratitude, and Make Memories!
Ah, Thanksgiving! A tradition that we look forward to spending with our family and friends! A time that is treasured and memories that get stored away in our minds for future reference, whenever we need a little boost in our day! In the Pagenkopf
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Winter is Coming – 5 Ways to Keep Kids Healthy!

Winter is Coming – 5 Ways to Keep Kids Healthy!
Winter can be a parent’s worst nightmare when it comes to keeping our children healthy! It seems as though kids bring home EVERYTHING these days. The severity of a virus is parallel to the strength of a person’s immune system, so why not
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Sick, Sick Everywhere! Not to Panic – We Have Tips to Share!

Sick, Sick Everywhere! Not to Panic – We Have Tips to Share!
Don’t panic just yet! With everything in the news about Ebola and the D68 Enterovirus, it’s hard NOT to panic even just thinking about it! Dr. Randy Pagenkopf has you covered. We want to go over a few basic practices that will help
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Sports Drinks: Avoid at All Costs!

Sports Drinks: Avoid at All Costs!
Back-to-school season is in full swing, and so are the fall sports! Most people don’t realize it, but soccer is a wildly popular fall sport, and one that requires a lot of running and agility. For football and other high-energy impact sports,
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6 Defining Facts That Set Us Apart!

6 Defining Facts That Set Us Apart!
When searching for a new dentist for your child, it can become exhausting trying to wade through pages upon pages of dental providers in your area. So we want to provide some factual information and hopefully some enlightening education on
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Eat This, Not That!

Eat This, Not That!
School is back in session, and that means it’s back to trying to keep our kids on track with healthy eating! Busy schedules and packed days can make that “easy” task seem quite daunting! I wanted to put together a few ideas that are fun,
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Riddle Me This, Riddle Me That…Halloween Candy Is Where It’s At!

Riddle Me This, Riddle Me That…Halloween Candy Is Where It’s At!
Last month we blogged a little about our annual Candy Buyback event, so I wanted to discuss it again in further depth so all our patients and their families can make preparations to attend! This year’s event is going to be huge! You won’t
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Operation: Candy Buyback—It’s That Time of Year Again!

Operation: Candy Buyback—It’s That Time of Year Again!
Remember last year when we did our Candy Buy Back program after Halloween? Well it’s getting close to that time of year again! Crazy, huh?! We want to give our patients enough time to begin thinking about participating in our fun program,
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Parent Appreciation Program

Parent Appreciation Program
Each month we like to do a little something special to show our appreciation for all our wonderful parents! We have come up with a nice way for our parents to have a chance to win great prizes from one of our many local vendors every month! Each
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False Claims = Loss of Trust

False Claims = Loss of Trust
What do you look for when you’re choosing a medical or dental provider? Education? Training? Board certifications? If asked on a whim, would you know if your providers are, in fact, board certified? Is board certification an important factor
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Success, Love, Proven: EZ-Pedo

Success, Love, Proven: EZ-Pedo
When it comes to dental treatments for our kids, only the very best technology will do. We are proud to offer state-of-the-art technology in our office when it comes to our patients’ dental needs! Last month we made a post regarding a piece
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Oral Health and Your Immune System

Oral Health and Your Immune System
Did you know that your overall oral health is directly linked to your immune system? This is not a factor most of us are aware of, but we should be! Poor oral health, according to a recent study conducted by University of Pennsylvania researchers,
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It’s in the Works!

It’s in the Works!
Those patients who have come into the office recently may have noticed the color board we’ve put on display for our future office! Plans are in the works, and we should be breaking ground in January—fingers crossed! It’s Not Final—Until
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One of These Dentists Is Not Like the Other!

One of These Dentists Is Not Like the Other!
  Not all dentists are identical. As pediatric specialists, we spend countless hours continuing our educations and learning the most current practices in children’s health! In our office, we pride ourselves on treating our patients with
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Tired of the Lies and Half-Truths from Our Food Industry?

Tired of the Lies and Half-Truths from Our Food Industry?
At Dr. Randy’s office, we’re more than just your Mount Pleasant pediatric dentist. We’re parents too. As such we’re dedicated to learning the truth about one of the greatest health crises’ of our time: obesity in America. Here are
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