Let’s put it out there and be true to ourselves: not all of us like going to the dentist, even though it might be our best friend or even someone from the family.
No matter how familiar your dentist might be, there are some things you can help him/her with. The more you know about what’s going to happen in there, the more relaxed you’ll be and your dentist can only focus on your dental problems.
This principle applies especially to children, as they tend to be the more stressed out patients for a dentist so it’s up to you as a parent to inform and teach your offspring on the next visit to the dentist.
Here are some concrete steps you can follow in order to feel more comfortable when going to the dentist. As always, you can get more creative than that and see the big picture: the more relaxed you are, the better job is your dentist able to do! Relaxed in a healthy way, though… 🙂 For more tips, head on to http://profismile.ro/.
The first steps
If you don’t have or know a dentist by now, you can start by reading the reviews online on several dentists. It would be great if you could get a talk before settling with one, just to check on the vibe you have, especially if you have kids. Choose a pediatric dentist for your children, as he/she know better on children dental problems.
It’s always a good thing to keep all your dental records, x-rays, insurance information or anything else you might consider important to have when going to the dentist. Help your child trust his dentist by allowing him/her handle these records.
As you already know by now, water has a great deal to say on your dental problems. It’s therefore important to know if the water you drink contains fluoride. Children might need a fluoride rinse, along with the typical brushing and flossing.
Keep in mind (or write it down) any possible questions and stir up curiosity on your kid too. The curious he is, the more concerned about his dental health will get in time!
And, always, always talk to your offspring about what is going to happen in the dentist office. Tell them about how their teeth will get cleaned and how the dentist will check up for any cavities or any other dental issues. The more the child knows, the more relaxed he will be and confident about anything that will happen.
It’s not only important to talk to your kid, but also to your dentist about any difficulties your child may have. If he struggles with patience and doesn’t stay still, if he’s sensitive to bright lights or sounds (yes, the dental tools tend to get noisy sometimes!), let the dentist know about all of this.
All steps count
No matter what not-dental related health problems you might have, it’s very wise to tell your dentist and hygienist about it. The pregnancy, any allergy issues, bleeding or clotting problems, low blood pressure- these are health issues that count when any dental prescription for your dental problems. You should avoid x-rays when pregnant or breast-feeding, for instance.
Keep in mind that you can stick with your hygienist even if you change your dentist. It’s nice to have someone you know and trust when going to the dentist.
There’s no point to go to the dentist only once. You need to make another appointment and…not to forget about it. Your dentist doesn’t just check on your cavities, as there are so many things he might need to do. He also checks on decay, gum disease or even oral cancer. Keep in mind that pain is only one symptom for a dental issue.
Stick with your dental care all year long and never miss a dental appointment. Nowadays, tooth decay is the most common chronic infectious disease among children so this is one good reason to take care of it at home.
Brush twice daily, floss and stay away from unhealthy food. Never use fluoride water before talking with your dentist and teach your children how to take the dental care into their own little hands 🙂