Teaching Your Children About the Dentist
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Teaching Your Children About the Dentist

I work as a clerical assistant in a pediatric dental office, and I am commonly surprised by the number of children who are scared of the dentist. Many kids think that cleanings will be painful, and they believe they will be scolded for eating sugary foods. Children are also extremely frightful of the noises made by the water spraying tools and the suction devices. As adults, we know that dental cleanings are easy and free of pain. We need to impart this knowledge to our children so they know not to fear the dentist. I have provided blogs that will help you speak with your child about dental care. Good communication, trips to your own dentist, and online videos can assist you. So will good brushing techniques that will make your child proud to see the dentist. Enjoy my articles so you can help your child build oral care confidence.


Teaching Your Children About the Dentist

How To Extend The Effects Of Professional Teeth Whitening Between Dental Visits

Alfred Kelley

Teeth whitening kits that you buy from the pharmacy do a decent job of whitening, but the effects are very short-lived. A professional whitening by your dentist is far better and safer, but it only lasts so long too. While the professional whitening effects will remain for weeks to months afterward versus the few weeks of a kit, you can still extend the effects of the professional whitening to avoid redoing the process between dental visits.

Quit Smoking

Nothing yellows up teeth faster than tobacco products. If you are trying to quit anyway, consider doing it right before you have your teeth whitened. Then your teeth will stay whiter longer because the cigar, pipe, or cigarette smoke is not wrecking all of your dentist's hard work.

Cut the Coffee

The second thing that yellows teeth almost as fast as tobacco is coffee. The darker you like your coffee, the more yellow your teeth will be. If you are a tea drinker, the same thing holds true because black tea leaves and hot water are just as yellowing as coffee. Cola products are another drink to avoid. If you are already trying to cut back, do it before the coffee makes a mess of the whitening job your dentist is doing. 

Brush with a Whitening Toothpaste and Use Whitening Mouthwash

After your whitening procedure is complete, start using a whitening toothpaste and use a whitening mouthwash. Use them twice a day to keep your teeth dazzling white. Ask your dentist to recommend a brand and type for each product. Let him or her know that you are interested in sustaining this whitened smile and you want the correct oral hygiene products to do the job. He or she will definitely have some product recommendations for you to follow. Check out http://www.lindendentalnaples.com for more information.

Avoid Sugar and Sweets

Sure, it is the same old advice most dentists give for healthy teeth. However, in this instance, avoiding sugar and sweets is even more important. Sugar creates decay; decay creates small pits in your teeth, and this is where the darkest stains settle.

When your dentist whitens your teeth, he or she also helps restore some of the enamel to protect your teeth. The sugar/sweets you consume not only undo this protective step, but leave little pits in your teeth exposed. Then dark foods and drinks begin to discolor your teeth again. To extend the effects of the whitening treatment, follow your dentist's instructions and avoid the sugary treats completely.