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Dental Health and Food: Learning to Eat Better

My intense love for candy, cakes, and everything in between started as a child. I simply couldn't go one day without something sweet to eat. But my love for all things sweet took a toll on my teeth. My dentist diagnosed me with seven cavities, each one a different size and depth. After sitting through four long dental appointments, I decided to make a change. I now monitor my diet and only eat things that benefit my oral health. I'm here to help you take better care of your teeth. My blog offers tips on how to improve your diet, maintain good oral hygiene, and many other topics. Hopefully, you can learn to overcome your bad habits just as I did. Good luck with your future dental health.


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2 Ways To Help Your Child Deal With Dental Anxiety

by Eric Bailey

When you have young children, they need to go to the dentist on a regular basis. Taking your child to the dentist will help to establish good habits that can help them throughout their entire life. But it may be hard for you to get your child to the dentist as they get older because they may be nervous or anxious about going. There are some things that you can do to help your child deal with any anxiety they may have about going to the dentist. 

Role Play

One thing that you can do is to role play with your child. You can pretend to be the dentist and check out your child's mouth. Then you can turn around and let them pretend to be the dentist and they can check out your teeth. You may also want to see if you can get some dentist-type toys for your child to play with to help them get used to what they are going to see when they are at the dentist. To go along with your role-playing, you may also want to find books and episodes of their favorite television show that deals with going to the dentist. That will let your child see how well the characters handle going to the dentist. 

Non-Exam Visits

You should also talk to the dentist so that you can schedule an appointment for your child to see them when it isn't time for an exam. If you have a pediatric dentist, then they are probably going to be familiar with doing this and will have a protocol set up for this kind of appointment. When you go to an appointment like this, your child is going to be able to meet the dentist someplace other than an exam room. That will let them be in a neutral place to see the dentist. As they get comfortable with the dentist, you can go into an exam room and start to get familiar with the room. If your child knows what to expect, it's going to be much less scary for them. 

If you have a child, you want to make sure that you are taking them to see a dentist on a regular basis. If they are nervous about going to the dentist, then a pediatric dentist can help you come up with some ideas that will help you and your child prepare for their appointment.