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Redmond Kids Dentistry January 2020 Newsletter
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Our treatment philosophy centers around each child's individual needs and concerns to create a gentle and caring approach that works for that child. We firmly believe that a positive, enjoyable dental experience will help children build confidence and knowledge that will create a lifetime of great dental health.
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How to Help Kids When They Are Afraid of the Dentist
Many adults have a fear of the dentist for one reason or another. However, only a few understand that their children can have those same fears of coming to see us. Kids may show their fears in other ways than by simply saying they are afraid. If you notice your child not telling you when something is obviously hurting in his or her mouth, this is a definite sign that they do not want to come in and get checked. How you respond in these situations can make a huge impact on their future oral health.

Parents Need to React Carefully

When a parent is nervous of the dentist, it is often best to not respond directly to the child about his or her fear. In those instances, coming in and letting the child speak to our dental staff is often enough to get them feeling more confident about being seen. However, when a parent is not afraid, the reaction still needs to be careful. Simply saying the child has no reason to be afraid means the child will likely not tell the parent when something is wrong. Instead, listen to the child about where the fear stems from. Read books, talk, and play pretend to help the child see the benefits of seeing a dentist. Then, you can slowly turn the conversation from just a random dentist to us.

If you are not sure how to respond to a child being nervous, call our office. We have helped parents (and children) manage these fears before, and can help in your situation, too. Let us know what your child has said, and we can tell you how we recommend you improve the situation.

Parents Need to Stop Nail Biting Early
One of the more dangerous habits kinds tend to get when little is nail biting. They do this instead of telling us they need their nails trimmed or because they are nervous. This habit can harm their teeth and can also harm the teeth that are still developing in the gums. Parents need to take steps to stop this habit before it gets out of hand. One option is putting a sour-tasting liquid on the nails, as this works well for very young children. Another option is putting polish on the nails of older children, since it often deters the biting since the nails then show the damage.

How Soft Food Diets Can Harm Your Jaw
Your jawbone is just like every other bone in your body. The more you use it, the stronger it is. When you do not use your bones enough, they slowly deteriorate. When it comes to your jaw, it gets used when you chew up your food. If you only eat soft foods, you minimally use your jaw. This means that it is more likely to begin the resorption process. This is when it weakens and becomes more likely to cause lost teeth. In order to avoid this, you need to make sure that you also mix harder foods into your diet. This should include lean meats, or in cases of those who opt for a vegetarian diet, hearty produce and nuts are a great option as well.

Our treatment philosophy centers around each child's individual needs and concerns to create a gentle and caring approach that works for that child. We firmly believe that a positive, enjoyable dental experience will help children build confidence and knowledge that will create a lifetime of great dental health.



Redmond Kids Dentistry | www.redmondkidsdentistry.com | (425) 558-4562
16650 NE 79th Street, Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052



 

 

 
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