First Visit To The Dentist

first visit to the dentistWhen it is time for your child’s first visit to the dentist, you may find that they are feeling a bit overwhelmed and intimidated. Any new experience is often scary for a young child. But with the right combination of preparation and communication, you can be sure that your child’s first visit to the dentist will be comfortable and enjoyable. The following are some ways that you can help your child prepare for their first appointment.

Practice – Kids love to use their imagination.  You can role play at home and have a pretend dentist.  Practice counting teeth, brushing, flossing and fluoride. Even let your child be the dentist.

Communicate – Communicate with your dentist about how your child is feeling before the day of the appointment.  This gives them a heads up so they know if your child is particularly shy or anxious.  They can plan ahead and provide extra reassurance.

Fun – Add a little fun to your child’s first appointment by letting them bring their favorite toy or stuffed animal with them.  Find teeth related story books, tv shows or videos that feature some of their favorite characters.

Importance of healthy teeth – Make sure your child knows how important it is to have healthy teeth.  Having a healthy mouth helps your whole body stay healthy.  Explain to them that the dentist is a helper for their teeth and an important part of keeping their teeth strong and healthy into adulthood.

How To Prevent Your Child From Fearing The Dentist Office|Pediatric Dentist of Glen Falls

Things Your Dentist Wishes You’d Ask

dentist wishes you'd askWe all know that it is important to visit our dentist often.  If you neglect your teeth and gums by not brushing and flossing you may not like what your dentist has to say. But have you ever wondered what your dentist would like to hear you say?  Here are some things that your dentist wishes you’d ask at your next appointment.

1. What is this thing on the roof of my mouth? If your dentist or hygienist doesn’t check the inside of your mouth for lesions, although they most likely will, this is something you definitely want to ask about. A lesion can be an indication of oral cancer.

2. Should I worry about bleeding gums? If your gums bleed regularly when you brush your teeth, you should definitely talk to your dentist about it. This can be a sign of gum disease and infected gums which could spread to other parts of your body.

3. Can whitening toothpastes ruin my teeth enamel? Your dentist will probably let you know that they most likely will not. The mild abrasives found in these pastes will help in removing stains and whitening your teeth.

4. Why do I have a cavity?  I never eat candy or other sweets. Your dentist should tell you that sugary foods aren’t the only things that cause cavities.  Starches found in breads and pastas can also cause cavities as well as acidic foods.

5.  Is it a problem that I am taking a low dosage aspirin?  This is something to bring up to your dentist.  Even low dosages of aspirin can cause bleeding and it is important to let your dentist know about all medications that you take.

5 Things Your Dentist Wishes You’d Ask – WebDental.

What You Should Know Before You Go For Teeth Cleanings

teeth cleaningsRoutine teeth cleanings are an important part of keeping your mouth, and the rest of your body, healthy. Dr. Mark Burhenne, DDS, offers advice on everything you need to know to get a quality teeth cleaning, get your money’s worth, and what to expect.

What is involved in a teeth cleaning? A professional teeth cleaning is done by the hygienist at a dentist’s office.  They use specific tools to remove tartar from your teeth, both above and below where the gums meet the tooth.

Teeth cleanings are important for two reasons.  First, to keep the mouth and teeth healthy and to prevent tooth loss, and second, to prevent disease in the rest of the body. Teeth cleanings remove plaque and tartar buildup. The dentist will also check for gum disease which is when the gums get inflamed and bleed.  This is how your body responds to the tartar buildup.

During your appointment, your hygienist will explain what work is being done.  They should give you a refresher on proper brushing and flossing technique and also let you know what areas of your teeth need more work from you at home.

Before you visit the dentist, you should find out your family history.  You should know if there is history of cancer, heart disease and even gum disease in your family.  If there is history of gum disease, you should find out how severe.

Another important thing to know before your teeth cleaning is if you need an antibiotic.  Everyone has bacteria in their mouths but certain dental treatments allow bacteria to enter the blood stream.  This normally isn’t a problem if you have a healthy immune system but for certain groups of people it can be a concern.

You can find a lot more information about teeth cleanings and gum disease, including the different stages of gum disease, in the full article from Dr. Burhenne here. Check it out!

Do I Need To See A Dentist Twice A Year?

dentistYou’ve probably heard that it is important to see your dentist every six months for a cleaning and exam. But it turns out that there are a few people that can get by with less frequent visits, while some should think about going even more often.

Dentists recommend the biannual visit for the “average” person.  This means people who brush and floss every day and don’t smoke. Most people produce enough tarter in six months, that they should see the dentist to get it scraped off.  It is also good to see your dentist biannually so that you can get x-rays and the dentist can check for any cavities or other oral issues.

Certain people can get away with waiting even longer to see the dentist.  This is people who are in their 20s and 30s and who are otherwise healthy.  They brush and floss daily and eat extremely well.

People whose diet is rich in sugary foods and drinks, who are older and possibly have dry mouth, should probably see the dentist 3 or 4 times a year.  They are at a higher risk of bacteria damage to the teeth, gums and bones.

Do You Need To See A Dentist Twice A Year? | Fox News

Mr. Bean – Getting Up Late For The Dentist

Another classic episode from Mr. Bean.  He wakes up late, but doesn’t want to miss his dentist appointment.  He dresses on the way to the appointment by using a brick to press the gas pedal!  He steers with his feet and even brushes his teeth in the car while rinsing with windshield washer fluid.  Don’t miss this hilarious clip!