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How To Help Your Child Cope With Dental Anxiety

How To Help Your Child Cope With Dental Anxiety

A fear of the dentist is not uncommon, particularly among young kids who feel nervous lying back in a chair where they can see lots of dental instruments and hear unfamiliar noises. But this fear can become a problem if it hinders parents from taking their kids to the dentist on a regular basis.

Developing good oral hygiene habits starts young, and keeping dental appointments is a big part of that process.

If your child experiences dental anxiety, follow the following steps to help him or her feel more at ease during their next visit:

To Curb Dental Anxiety, Begin Early

The earlier your child visits the dentist for the first time, the less anxious they’ll be. When they start young, they’ll be more likely to be curious instead of nervous. This will also give them time to get used to their dentist and accustomed to what they can expect. They’ll grow to understand that the dentist isn’t scary and is only there to help them take care of their teeth.

Leave Out The Details

As you prepare your child for a visit, especially for the first visit, keep the explanation simple. If you include too many details, it might raise lots of questions about potential treatments that they might not even require.

Keep a cheerful, positive demeanor when discussing an upcoming dental visit. Avoid making false promises that additional treatment won’t be needed. In the event that more work actually is needed, your child might lose trust in their dentist and in you.

Avoid “Scary” Words

Be careful about using words such as “hurt”, “shot”, or “painful” when discussing the dentist with your kids or within earshot. Give the dental staff the opportunity to introduce terms and words to your children to ease them into the situation.

Many dentists will tell your child that they are simply going to count their teeth and check their smile. Encourage your child by using phrases about their “clean, healthy teeth” to help promote a positive expectation.

Talk About The Importance Of Good Oral Hygiene

Starting when they are young, teach your child that it’s important to take care of their teeth so they can continue to eat delicious food and have a happy smile.

Explain the need for teeth brushing and visiting the dentist. Help your child understand that a dentist is there to help keep cavities away.

Keep A Calm Demeanor

Even with all the prep, it’s normal for young children to wiggle, act anxious, cry, or whine when they visit the dentist for the first time. The dentist is a stranger after all. Calm dental anxiety by remaining calm yourself and not reacting to tears and whining with worried or frantic responses.

Find An Experienced Pediatric Dentist

One of the best ways to calm dental anxiety in your child is by taking them to a dentist who has experience caring for children. Our staff understands that kids are often nervous to go to the dentist and we are here to help ease their fears while taking care of their teeth.

Feel free to visit our offices ahead of your visit and meet our professional, caring staff. You can even bring your child in ahead of time, to see the fun and enjoyable waiting room we have set up just for kids. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about your child’s visit.

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Foods to Avoid If You Want to Keep Your Teeth Brilliantly White

Foods to Avoid If You Want to Keep Your Teeth Brilliantly White

Whitening your teeth at home adds up. Americans spend almost $1.5 billion a year on at home whitening products. That may not sound like a lot of money, but it is approximately $10 per American adult.

The best way to whiten your teeth? Avoid getting them stained in the first place.

Scroll on to see what foods to avoid to keep your smile shine.

Foods to Avoid 101: Tea and Coffee

Few people want to hear that they cannot have their morning coffee. But as often as we drink at least part of this duo, it is important to know what it is doing to your teeth. This is all the more important as we age.

Black tea stains your teeth worse than coffee. Black tea contains a natural group of compounds named tannins. Tannins stick to your teeth because they adhere to enamel proteins.

Coffee drinkers, you are not in the clear, either. Coffee contains tannins as well. It has less of them.

If you are looking for a drink that isn’t as harsh, but will still give you that caffeine fix, try white tea. It is lower in tannins.

If you cannot go without to your cup of joe or tea, try lightening them. Use milk or cream in your tea or coffee. Not only will this lower the tannins impact, but reduce the potential of coffee/tea stain teeth.

Carbonated, Energy, or Sports Drinks

As most people know, these drinks filled with lots of sugar. But it is not only the sweetness that affects your smile.

Many sodas, energy, and sports drinks have very high acidic levels. This acid can erode your enamel. It makes the tooth more vulnerable to discoloration and cavities.

Researchers are trying to see if people can grow back tooth enamel. But it is currently irreplaceable.

So, if one wants to avoid discoloration from these types of drink, try to drink less of them. You can also drink these beverages through a straw if you cannot kick the habit all the way.

Curries and Tomato Sauces

This is bad news for anyone who loves Indian, Thai, or Italian food. Curries and tomato-based sauces are very saturated color-wise. And this is bad for your teeth.

Like the drinks listed above, curries and tomato sauces are very acidic.
One can enjoy these foods still. But use caution.

You can eat spinach before your meal to help balance out the acid intake. And if all else fails, chew some sugar-free gum after the meal.

Berries

Berries contain a chemical called chromogens. Chromogens is a fancy word for these vivid pigments that will stick to your teeth.

Berries are in quite a few foods. Between juices, fruit salads, and pies: berries are in lots of things. Berries of all types will stain your teeth.

If you want to continue eating berries, do as such in moderation. Try to eat paler fruits and vegetables. Pineapples, cauliflower, apples, pears, and cucumbers are all foods that make your teeth whiter by boosting your saliva production.

Keep Your Smile Bright

There are several foods to avoid if you want the perfect smile. But remember not to be too hard on yourself. Again, all things are fine in moderation and can fit into your life with a healthy dental plan.

Have any questions or inquiries on how to make your smile whiter? Please feel free to contact us!

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