8 Tips To Help Your Child Become A Fearless Dental Patient

8 Tips To Help Your Child Become A Fearless Dental Patient

1.  Never use the dental visit as a threat.

2.  Refrain from using words such as “hurt”, “pain”,  or “brave”, in connection with the appointment.

3.  Avoid discussing any unpleasant dental experiences you’ve had in front of your child. Remember, modern dentistry has changed a great deal since we were kids!

4.  Present the visit in a positive light, but don’t over-explain or make a “big deal” out of the appointment. Leave most of the explaining to the dentist.

5.  Don’t be too detailed in discussing the dental visit.

6.  Be willing to wait for your child in the reception room and don’t encourage clinging, particularly when the dental assistant or dentist comes for him/her. Very often children behave better without the parent present in the examining room.

7.  Be sure to tell the dentist about any previous bad dental experiences your child has had, as well as any fears you (or others) may have transmitted, either consciously or unconsciously. (Talk to the dentist privately.)

8.  Try to discourage friends and older brothers and sisters from frightening your child about the dentist. Teach your child to rely on you and the Tacoma dentist for accurate information.

5 Dental Facts for Expecting Mothers

5 Dental Facts for Expecting Mothers

As an expecting mother, you may have many questions and may be concerned with your general and dental health. You may also already be thinking about your baby’s dental health.

Here are 5 dental facts for expecting mothers.

1.  Expecting mothers have three times the risk of getting gingivitis, the inflammation of the gums. Your body’s hormone levels rise significantly during pregnancy, and gingivitis is common during the second through the eight month of pregnancy.

Gingivitis may cause red, puffy or tender gums and may bleed when you brush. If not controlled, may lead to a more severe condition called periodontitis (gum disease). Pregnant women with severe periodontitis may be associated with higher risk for preterm birth and low birth weight.

2.  The calcium in the baby’s teeth comes from the mother’s diet, not from the mother’s teeth. So if you are one of those expecting mothers with not so great teeth, rest assured that if you maintain a healthy, balanced diet, with enough calcium in your diet, your baby has a greater chance of developing healthy teeth.

3.  Fluoride works best when teeth are fully formed and have erupted in the mouth. If you are taking fluoride supplement thinking that will help your baby to form stronger teeth, you can stop doing it. The fluoride you get at your dentist is topical, as opposed to systemic (a tablet that you swallow), and is minimally absorbed into your body. The Food and Drug Administration has given fluoride a category B rating, which indicates fluoride will not harm a fetus in utero.

Should you skip your fluoride treatment during your dental checkup? This is a personal decision, and expecting mothers should discuss with their dentists to assess the overall risk during pregnancy, and from there, decide on the best course of action for yourself and your baby.

4.  Certain antibiotics are linked to causing damage to unborn babies’ bones and teeth. Two antibiotics come to mind, Tetracycline and Doxycycline. The babies’ adult teeth could also become discolored from taking these two antibiotics. It is recommended to only take either drug while pregnant if the benefits outweigh the risks to the unborn fetus. The good news is, most infections can be and are treated with a form of Penicillin which have not been linked to any birth defects.

5.  Radiation from dental x-ray is low and is generally considered safe during pregnancy. Before having an x-ray, tell your dentist if you are or might be pregnant. Routine x-rays during your re-care visits can usually be postponed until after the birth. Emergency dental treatments such as root canal or tooth extraction are recommended during pregnancy to reduce the chance of infection. This is because dental disease not treated during pregnancy can lead to problems for you and your baby.

If dental work is done during pregnancy, the second trimester is ideal. All elective procedures such as cosmetic and teeth whitening should be postponed until after birth.

Here are 5 best practices to stay dentally healthy during pregnancy:

1.  Maintain a healthy diet. Eat foods rich in protein, vitamins and calcium to help support the health of your baby as well as to protect your teeth.

2.  Brush at least two times a day with fluoride toothpaste and for at least two minutes to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

3.  Floss at least once every day to help prevent or minimize gingivitis.

4.  Rinse with an antimicrobial, alcohol-free mouthwash to help control the bacteria that contribute to gingivitis. Crest Pro-Health Multi-Protection and Colgate Total Pro-Shield mouthwashes are recommended.5.

See your Tacoma Dentist for regular exams and cleanings during pregnancy.

6 Reasons Why You Don’t See Your Dentist

6 Reasons Why You Don’t See Your Dentist

1.  I Don’t Have Dental Insurance

The expense of dental care is relative. Remember a smile is forever. It is cheaper to keep your smile healthy than it is to play catch up. If you see your dentist regularly for your exam, x-rays, and cleaning, you can help to avoid expensive dental treatment. Even if you have dental insurance, it is prevention focused. Expensive dental treatment may not be covered with dental insurance. So don’t wait until you have a toothache or an infection to see your dentist.

2.  My Teeth Are Fine

“I brush twice every day, and my teeth don’t hurt.” You may not feel anything right now, but if you wait until you do have pain, most likely your cavities and gum infection may have worsen to the point that you may need a root canal treatment and/or periodontal (gum) treatment. Early detection is key to minimum dental treatment. So don’t wait until your teeth hurt.

3.  My Teeth Hurt During And After The Cleaning

Some of us have more sensitive teeth than others. Most gum sensitivity is related to the degree of gingival (gum) inflammation or infection present. If it has been awhile since your last visit to the hygienist, you may have gingivitis (gum inflection) and may be the reason your gum is sensitive during and after the hygienist’s cleaning. Regular professional cleanings will minimize teeth sensitivity. Of course, if there are other reasons that your teeth are sensitive, your dentist will be able determine that with a complete dental examination.

4.  I Don’t Want To Take Time Off From Work

Certain dental procedures can take several appointments to complete. I can understand that you rather take time off from work to go on vacation than seeing your dentist. But the best way to prevent taking time off from work for dental treatment is to see your dentist for regular exams so that dental problems can be detected early before they turn into big problems that may take many appointments and money to fix.

5.  I Have Complete Dentures So I Don’t Need To Go To The Dentist

If you wear dentures, you will still benefit from seeing your dentist for regular checkups. Your dentist will evaluate your dentures to make sure they are still fitting well, to make adjustments as needed, to reline to improve the retention of the dentures, and to check your soft tissues for any oral infection and cancer.

6.  My Teeth Hurt For Weeks The Last Time I Had Treatment

When a tooth undergoes treatment, the nerve can become stressed and produce sensitivity that can last for days to weeks. The risk of tooth sensitivity is even greater if the decay in the tooth was deep and close to the nerve. While treatment was necessary, it may have shocked the nerve inside of the tooth, and it may need greater time to calm down. The majority of the time, your tooth may just need a bite adjustment to relieve the high spot.

So no more excuses. You now have six reasons to see your Tacoma dentist.