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Redmond Kids Dentistry June 2018 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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Signs Your Child Might Have Dental Anxiety
Even if you have been the ideal role model in every way since your child's birth, he or she may still decide they are nervous about a dental visit. This happens, and is totally normal. How it is managed can determine a lot about if your child will move on from it or if it could impact their long-term relationship with the dentist.

Figuring Out if Your Child Has Dental Anxiety

If you notice your child go from brushing and flossing with you around, to only doing it when they are alone, this may be a sign to pay attention to. When children are nervous about going to the dentist, they may want to hide any real or perceived dental issues from you, so you do not have them go in. You may also notice them choosing softer foods if they have a toothache or sore spot in their mouth they do not want to tell you about. Not feeling well when a dental appointment may also point to dental anxiety.

Should your child begin to show signs that he or she is uncomfortable seeing the pediatric dentist, then it may be helpful to schedule an appointment with our office. We can help give you ideas on how to calm your child down down, or we can talk with your child directly about dental health. It is up to you. However, making sure that your child is informed about how to properly take care of their mouth and how much of a factor seeing the dentist regularly is in good oral health is imperative.

Can Dress Up Make Dental Visits More Fun?
If you have a hard time getting your child to see their pediatric dentist, then you may need a new plan. Have you considered dressing up? Some kids feel far more comfortable when dressed up; they feel as though they do not have to worry as much since they are someone else. While playing dress up, they may pretend to take on the traits of the person they pretend to be. Plus, they can act out things they may not be able to express. If you want to give your little one a little confidence when it comes to the dental chair, give dress up a try, and see if this helps your child looks at visits to the dentist differently.

How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush?
Do you regularly change out your toothbrush, or the head of your electric toothbrush? If not, you may not be doing everything you can to keep your teeth clean. Your toothbrush should be changed out everything three months on average, but there are times where you need to change it out sooner. If you have cold sore breakout, then you need to change your toothbrush once the medication starts to cure the breakout. The same goes if you get diagnosed with a contagious disease, such as strep. It is best to get another toothbrush than risk infecting yourself all over again, even if you have not gotten to the three-month mark.

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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