How To Make Your Children Feel Comfortable At The Dental Office

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Like it or not, most educated people know that a visit to the dentist every six months is essential. In fact, dental health affects your overall wellness. Poor dental health has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's Disease, osteoporosis and even premature birth. Unfortunately, many small children are not excited to go to the dentist. Here are some ideas that might help you.

Choose The Right Dentist - Selecting the right dentist will make a huge difference.

  • Pediatric Dentist - Consider finding a pediatric dentist. It's important that the dentist has a good rapport with kids. One way you can tell this is by visiting the dental office ahead of time. Is the front office staff friendly? What about the hygienist? Is the office attractive? Does it have toys and other diversions that will be enjoyable for your children while they're waiting for their turn to see the dentist? Try to meet the dentist ahead of time so you can get a feel for how he or she will communicate with your children.
  • Family Dentist - Think of how convenient it will be to set a day aside for you to make your dental visits a family affair. Since you're supposed to see the dentist every six months, consider times when kids aren't in school. For example, June will be good because the children are having summer breaks. Six months later, they'll be off for the Christmas break.
  • Special Dentistry - Your dentist may refer you to a specialist if your child has different needs for dental treatments. For example, if the dentist sees that your child's teeth are too crowded or if there will be problems with his or her jaw later on in life, it may be your dentist's recommendation for your child to see an orthodontist. A periodontist may be needed if your child loses a tooth in an accident and a dental implant is needed. The periodontist may be called on for a root canal, too. An oral surgeon may be called upon to remove wisdom teeth.

Start Them Early - Your children don't even need to be old enough to have a traditional appointment with the dentist.

  • Consider making a short appointment for your toddler. Explain that you just want to bring your child in to sit in the dental chair, hold dental tools and see how gentle it feels to have fingers placed in his or her own mouth.
  • Think about reading fun books about dentists to your children. Two that they might enjoy are The Berenstein Bears Visit The Dentist and Max Goes To The Dentist.
  • At home it might be helpful to have special incentives for consistent brushing and flossing.

Think about keeping a stock of extra floss, toothpaste and toothbrushes so your children will always have the dental products they need.


11 August 2015

The Reasons Why You Should Get A Root Canal

Hi, my name is Kevin Nelson and I want to tell you about my experience. I had a painful tooth so I went to see my dentist. After the examination, he said that I needed to have a root canal to save the tooth. I told the dentist to just pull the tooth instead and then he explained why that wasn't a good idea. He said that pulling the tooth would cause additional problems and then he told me what could happen. I didn't want any more problems, so the dentist did the root canal and I'm glad that he did. I wanted to write a blog to tell others about the benefits of a root canal and what to expect during the procedure. I hope that by getting the word out, other people won't make the same mistake that I almost did by getting a perfectly good tooth pulled.