A big factor in a child’s fear of the dentist is…wait for it…PARENTS. What? It’s true. Mom's or Dad's dental fear plays a huge role in their child's fear of the dentist. Describing extractions, root canals, or other experiences with another adult when overheard by a young one will likely trigger anxiety. Some parents take their children with them to their own dental appointment, but experts say this is a mistake.
Ask any child what their favorite time of year is, and the answer is almost always going to be summer. Being out of school, hanging out with their friends, swimming and playing outside are what all kids dream of during the school year. And while the summer season can be a great time for children, it can also present some hazards--particularly for a child's teeth.
Although lots of any type of candy is not good for anyone's teeth, there are certain candies that will be kinder to your child’s oral health.
three best candies
1. Dark chocolate. Cocoa is the best candy for your teeth by a wide margin. Chocolate may be more effective than fluoride at fighting tooth decay, according to several studies. Dark chocolate contains a compound that helps harden tooth enamel. Compounds in cocoa beans also have an antibacterial effect that fights plaque.
As dentists specializing in pediatric adolescent dentistry, we know all too well the benefits of using X-rays as a diagnostic measure and tool. When the teeth are visually examined without an X-ray, only three of the five tooth surfaces can be examined or seen. Therefore, X-rays allow us to find dental anomalies or decay that cannot be seen with the naked eye.