Dr. Amanda

Dr. Amanda

Amanda Kerns, DDS is a pediatric dentist at Drs. Atkins, Maestrello, Miller and Associates Pediatric Dentistry in Richmond, VA. She loves meeting new families at work and spending time with her husband and two boxers down at the James River.

Sneaky Cavities: How to Keep Them from Happening to your Teenager

“But she has never had cavities before!? And she brushes her teeth every night? I just don’t understand!!” – A bewildered mother in response to news that her teenage daughter has multiple cavities. Most teenagers relish the newfound freedoms they find themselves facing: the ability to drive, the use of a cell phone (usually a newer model then that of their parents), the opportunity to take care of their own…

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Age One Dental Appointment – Why is it so important?

Getting your child started early with good oral hygiene and a regular checkup with her pediatric dentist is important for your child’s dental health and overall health.  The Drs. Atkins, Maestrello, Miller and Associates and all the wonderful staff make your child’s first dental experience pleasant, fun and educational. First Dental Check-up: Traditional guidelines recommended that the first dental appointment occur around three years of age. What we have learned…

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Tips for Making Bedtime a Little More Fun

“But Mom, I’m too tired to brush tonight!” No, you aren’t the only busy parent tackling this challenge tonight; this scene is common in households all over Virginia at bedtime. Here are some tips for helping incorporate brushing and flossing into your families normal bedtime routine. These have been suggested from our own patients and hopefully will help make bedtime a smoother, more fun process for you and your family!…

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What is the best kind of toothpaste for my child to use?

Next time you’re in the grocery store or Target, wander down the toothpaste aisle and take a look at all the options there are for toothpastes for children. Combine that with all the press you’ve heard about fluoride, good and bad, and it’s no wonder it’s difficult to identify which toothpaste is best for your children. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the organization that your children’s pediatric dentist…

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