Combating Dental Anxiety?

Dental Anxiety
If you have put off making that call to the dentist because of a real dental fear you’re not alone.  Some put it off so long they add embarrassment to the pile of reasons not to call.  It happens so often that we get several calls a week with patients that would only pick up the phone because of the severe toothache pain.  Don’t let this be you.

If you’re nervous about sitting through a lecture on the importance of regular checkups, you can stop worrying.  At Victory Dental in Boise, Idaho, we are not here to point fingers.  Trust us, we have seen it so many times, we know dental fear is real and we just want to help.

If you suffer from dental anxiety, we have some good news!  There’s a whole list of things we can do to help you relax.

  1. Tell us!  Don’t silently suffer in the chair.  Often, just being aware, we can avoid or talk you through things that bring anxiety.
  2. We offer conscious sedation techniques such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral medication to help relax and calm an anxious patient.
  3. Cuddle up in a blanket and tune out to a movie or music (available in each room).
  4. Just raise your hand if you feel you need a break.

Dr. Dave and our staff are a dental office in Boise, Idaho. We want to do what we can to ensure you have a positive experience.  In fact, this month we are throwing in a new discount, just to off balance the pile of reasons you create to not call.  We are calling it the “Dental Survivor Discount”.  For a limited time receive 15% off on top of your other discounts for an exam, x-rays and cleaning if you have not seen the dentist for two years or more.  Be a survivor – call today! (208) 402-1040


7 Tips to Keep Your Child’s Teeth Healthy

Child brushing teethThough most parents primarily think of brushing and flossing when they hear the words “oral care,” good preventative care includes many more factors.  Following these seven tips can help your child keep those pearly whites in their perfect condition.

  1. Diet – Parents should provide children with a nourishing, well-balanced diet.  Very sugary diets should be modified and continuous snacking should be discouraged.  Oral bacteria ingest leftover sugar particles in the child’s mouth after each helping of food – emitting harmful acids that erode tooth enamel, gum tissue, and bone if left unchecked.  Space out snacks where possible, and provide the child with non-sugary alternatives like celery sticks, carrot sticks, and low-fat yogurt.
  2. Oral habits – Though pacifier use and thumb sucking generally cease over time, both can cause the teeth to misalign.  If the child must use a pacifier, choose an “orthodontically” correct model.  This will minimize the risk of developmental problems like narrow roof arches and crowding.  The pediatric dentist can suggest a strategy (or provide a dental appliance) for thumb sucking cessation.
  3. General oral hygiene – Sometimes, parents cleanse pacifiers and teething toys by sucking them.  Parents may also share eating utensils with the child.  Harmful oral bacteria are transmitted from parent-to-child in these ways, increasing the risk of early cavities and tooth decay.  Instead, rinse toys and pacifiers with warm water and avoid spoon-sharing wherever possible.
  4. Sippy cup use – Sippy cups are an excellent transitional aid for the baby bottle-to-adult drinking glass period.  However, sippy cups filled with milk, breast milk, soda, juice, and sweetened water cause small amounts of sugary fluid to continually swill around young teeth – meaning continuous acid attacks on tooth enamel.  Sippy cup use should be terminated between the ages of twelve and fourteen months – or whenever the child has the motor capabilities to hold a drinking glass.
  5. Brushing – Children’s teeth should be brushed a minimum of two times per day using a soft bristled brush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.  Parents should help with the brushing process until the child reaches the age of seven and is capable of reaching all areas of the mouth.  Parents should always opt for ADA approved toothpaste (non-fluoridated before the age of two, and fluoridated thereafter).  For babies, parents should rub the gum area with a clean cloth after each feeding.
  6. Flossing – Cavities and tooth decay form more easily between teeth.  Therefore, the child is at risk for between-teeth cavities wherever two teeth grow adjacent to each other.  The pediatric dentist can help demonstrate correct head positioning during the flossing process, and suggest tips for making flossing more fun!
  7. Fluoride – Fluoride helps prevent mineral loss and simultaneously promotes the remineralization of tooth enamel.  Too much fluoride can result in fluorosis, a condition where white specks appear on the permanent teeth, and too little can result in tooth decay.  It is important to get the fluoride balance correct.  The pediatric dentist can evaluate how much the child is currently receiving and prescribe supplements if necessary.
If you have questions or concerns about how to care for your child’s teeth or need to find a children’s dentist in Boise, Idaho, give our office a call and meet Dr. Dave. (208) 402-1040
(Content from Prosites)