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How to get over your phobia of the dentist

Lots of people have a phobia of the dentist. Often children develop a phobia because they see a parent is worried about going to the dentist or because they have had an unpleasant experience. This can stay with them a life time and put them off going for regular check ups. The problem is, the longer a person leaves it between check ups the more likely they are to need treatment. This can then be treatment that they may find uncomfortable or painful which then reaffirms their fears.

If you have a phobia of the dentist, try and not show your child. Try and explain to them what is going to happen but reassure them that a check up doesn’t hurt and is a great thing to do to look after their teeth. Instilling good dental hygiene form a young age is vital to ensuring that they continue this when they are older. After your baby teeth have gone you only get one set so you need to ensure that you look after them.  

If your child does have to have any work done such as a filling or an extraction then you may decide that you want to tell them exactly what will happen as if you lie to them you run the risk of them not trusting you in the future.

If you are wanting to get fit or lose weight then you may consider joining the gym. The gym for some people is the place they go to clear their head and do something they enjoy, for others they may avoid it like the plague. There are a number of different types of gym and sometimes it takes a bit to find one that you like. If you are really in to your fitness then you may choose one of the gyms that have a lot of equipment and are open 24 hours a day. If you are just starting out then you may prefer a smaller gym or one that has other things you can do such as exercise and yoga classes. Another great way to get fit is to go swimming. Not all gyms have swimming pools and often you have to pay quite a bit more per month to join a gym with a swimming pool. Some have even got saunas and steam rules that you can relax and chill out in after your workout.

Be sure to read plenty of reviews and if you still cant decide where to go why not see if you can have a day pass and try out a few different places before committing to a membership. Also be sure to check if you are tied in to the membership or if it is a month by month commitment.

Going to the dentist is never a nice experience for anyone and children can often feel very nervous, especially if they have been with an adult that is worried about going.

It is very important to everyone to go to the dentist, especially children. You may feel that your child does not need to go as they still only have mostly baby teeth which will eventually fall out, but this is simply not true. Not only is it important for children to go to get used to the dentist and to see that it is nothing to fear but also so they can pick up on any decay quickly. Milk teeth (or baby teeth) do not have a thick layer of enamel so any decay can spread very quickly. Your child may start complaining of tooth ache or a pain when they eat or drink. If this is the case then you need to book them in asap. Children can have temporary fillings that are set using a UV light. They are not as painful as an adult filing but still is not a pleasant experience. In order to try and avoid this, try and limit the amount of sweets and sugar your child consumes and be sure to carry out regular teeth brushing.

If you ever like watching make over programs such as Ten Years Younger, then you will already know that teeth seem to have a huge affect on your overall appearance and if not maintained well, can in fact age you quite dramatically. People have bad teeth for a number of reasons. Sometimes it is hereditary and although you can do things to try and prevent it, you may have to work harder than others to look after them. The most common reason for bad teeth is too much sugar and not enough brushing. So many people only brush their teeth in the morning, meaning that anything you have eaten throughout the day stays on your teeth all night. This can cause tooth decay and sensitivity. The sugar can cause plaque to build up on your teeth and the plaque can dissolve the enamel which is the hard protective coating on your teeth. You should ensure that you visit the dentist at least every 12 months and every 6 months for children. It is important to take your child to a dentist regularly from a young age. Not only will it get them used to going but it will also ensure that they can keep an eye on the condition of their teeth and advise accordingly should something need to be done.

Some people do not like the idea of having to buy different toothpaste for their child so will let them use the adult one, but this is not recommended as adult tooth aste contains higher levels of fluoride which can be dangerous is swallowed. As children are more likely to swallow toothpaste a lower fluoride one is best. Some children will be told to use a higher fluoride toothpaste if they are at risk of cavities but this should always be discussed with your dentist. Often children do not like the strong minty taste that many adult toothpastes have, whereas children’s toothpaste often comes in fruity or mild flavours and foam up a lot less. This will make brushing teeth a more pleasant experience.  

Up until the age of six, you should still be helping your child brush their teeth as they may be able to have a go but will probably not be able to reach all the teeth they need to and brush them properly. You can take it in turns with them letting them have a go and then you have a go. This will allow them to learn what they need to do. Sometimes getting a timer is a good idea as they may not be able to realise when they have been brushing for two minutes.

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