TAKING THE SCARE OUT OF THE DENTAL CHAIR

June 22, 2016

TAKING THE SCARE OUT OF THE DENTAL CHAIR Tip #1: Start Young The earlier a parent starts caring for their infant’s gums, the more likely the baby will recognize oral care as a normal part of their daily routine. The younger a child visits the dentist, the less likely he/she is to consider the “tooth […]

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WHAT NOT TO DO!!!

November 16, 2015

WHAT NOT TO DO!!! There is a new trend among pre-teens and children. Hundreds of videos online are showing kids how to make their own braces using an elastic rubber band, hoping the force will close the gap. While the video may show promising results, we encourage parents to warn their children about this. The […]

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What Can Help? – Ways of Tackling Dental Fears

March 14, 2014

  What Can Help? – Ways of Tackling Dental Fears In the What Can Help section, you can find information on the three main things that can help with overcoming dental phobias and fears: 1. psychological – the way the dentist acts and communicates, and specific techniques dentists can use to help 2. technology and […]

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Defining “Dental Phobia”

  Defining “Dental Phobia” The main problem with defining “dental phobia” is that there isn’t just ONE type of dental phobia, but many types – some rational, and some which seem more “irrational”. A distinction has been made between dental anxiety, dental fear, and dental phobia. DENTAL ANXIETY is a reaction to an UNKNOWN danger. […]

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Dental Phobias

A “phobia” is traditionally defined as “an irrational severe fear that leads to avoidance of the feared situation, object or activity” (even though the Greek word “phobia” simply means fear…). Exposure to the feared stimulus provokes an immediate anxiety response, which may take the form of a panic attack. The phobia causes a lot of […]

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Who is Affected By Dental Phobia?

  Who is affected by dental phobia? Anyone can be affected by dental phobia! It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, a man or a woman, a janitor or a nuclear scientist, rich or poor. You may have come across news stories which imply that dental phobia is more common among women. For […]

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What Are The Most Common Causes of Dental Phobia?

  What are the most common causes of dental phobia? Bad experiences: Dental phobia is most often caused by bad, or in some cases horrific experiences at a dentist’s (studies suggest that this is true for about 80 -85% of dental phobias, but there are difficulties with obtaining representative samples). This not only includes painful […]

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How to Help Children With Their Dental Fears

  How to help children with their fears Explain Often the Importance of Oral Health Have regular conversations about why it’s important to brush and floss and visit the dentist. Talk regularly, because then it won’t seem so out of the norm to take care of your teeth. Meet and Greet Time Before your child […]

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