It’s that time of year again, the snow is melting off the mountains and the sun is shining. Spring is here and that can only mean one thing, it’s time for Easter. Easter means many things: family, friends, eggs, and Easter baskets. Easter baskets are a grand tradition that has been around for years, and one of the staples of the Easter basket is candy. With this in mind, how can you build a dental friendly Easter basket that can still delight your child without the negative dental and health impacts that come from loading it with candy?
Toys are a great way to fill an Easter basket. You can fill a basket with several small toys that your child will love. This is good for numerous reasons: first, you can fill the basket for a price similar to what you would have spent on the candy to fill it the same amount. Also, you will saving yourself the pain of having to deal with a sugar-addled child as well as saving them the potential health and dental problems that can follow them for the rest of their lives.
Play to your children’s hobbies. If your child is into sports, get them items related to their sports. A new glove for your Baseball player, a new Football for your Football player, or new cleats for your Soccer player, all excellent substitutes for candy in an Easter basket. You can also use this in a different way; maybe consider tickets to a professional sports game. If your child loves basketball, you could put tickets to a Jazz game in their Easter basket.
Coupons can be a very fun way to fill an Easter basket. These can be a bit of a risk initially, receiving paper in their Easter basket can sometimes disappoint kids but once they read the coupons, they’re sure to enjoy them. You can leave a wide variety of coupons that will be fun and beneficial for them. A coupon that states that they don’t have to do any chores for one day, or letting them pick what’s for dinner. A fun coupon that’s always a hit with kids is when they can make you do something that they would normally have to, something like “Choose a parent to do your chores for you for one night.”
You can fill your child’s Easter basket with different forms of activities. Coloring books are a great activity for filling an Easter basket. Board games are also an excellent way to fill an Easter basket; these have the added bonus of creating an opportunity for some quality family time with you and your child. You can also put tickets to the zoo or some other activity in the basket that you and your child can enjoy together.
Easter baskets without candy may seem strange but it can be a great way to teach your child lessons that benefit them in the future. You can use one of these ideas or a combination of several of them. The best way to go about it is to find some ideas that you know will work for your child, after all, nobody knows your child as well as you do.
On behalf of our favorite pediatric dentist, and everyone here at Village Dental, have a fun, safe, and healthy Easter weekend.
Despite the rumors, most adults are not afraid of going to the dentist. For adults, visiting the dentist is a necessary part of a healthy life. Children, however, do not have the same experience and familiarity with the dentist, as adults do. To children, the dentist is an unknown. Most children (and adults for that matter) have a fear of the unknown.
To Children The Dentist Might Equal Pain
Whether they have seen their parents experiencing discomfort after a major dental procedure, or they have experienced the pain of a cavity themselves, many children associate the dentist with pain. Pain hurts, and human beings will avoid it at all costs. Many children are also unable to differentiate between going to the dentist and going to the doctor, where they may have been given shots/vaccinations or experienced discomfort.
Here are some tips for parents to help children overcome their fear of the dentist.
Model Correct Behavior
- The next time you have a routine appointment with the dentist, take your child with you. Have your child observe the entire process. Explain to your child what the dentist is doing, as the dentist is doing it. Make sure the child sees that a routine trip to the dentist is pain-free. Afterwards, make sure your child is aware of how amazing your newly cleaned teeth feel and how happy you are to have healthy teeth and gums.
Read Dentist Stories to Your Children
- There are numerous children’s books available that portray visiting the dentist in a fun, inviting, and colorful way. Children’s stories about visiting the dentist will put the dentist and the whole visit in terms that a child can relate to. When the stories portray the dentist as being fun and exciting, then the child will believe that about the dentist as well.
- Role playing with your children is a great way to have them experience what it will be like at the dental office. You can create a fictitious dental office in your house with a chair, fake instruments, and all. You can be as elaborate with it, as you want to be. Take turns with your child pretending to be the dentist and patient. Pretend to check your child’s teeth, diagnose cavities on x-rays, and talk to your child about their teeth brushing and flossing habits. When the visit is over, and your child was a good patient, you can even give him/her a sugar-free sucker.
Bring Your Child’s Favorite Toy
- Talk to the dentist ahead of time to make sure it is OK for you to be with your child throughout their appointment. Keep the mood in the room light, humorous, and fun. Bring your child’s favorite toy or stuffed animal, as long as it does not get in the way of the dentist being able to perform the necessary work. If a child has a parent and his/her favorite toy alongside, they are much more likely to feel safe and unafraid.
Tell Them How Great They Are Doing
- Parents can use positive reinforcement to help their children be less fearful of the dentist. While at the dental office, be sure to consistently give your child encouragement and positive affirmations like: “You are doing a great job”, or “You are awesome for being so brave.” Before the visit, you may feel it appropriate to incentivize your child to be unafraid of the dentist by promising them a movie or a toy for being a good patient.
For most adults, visiting the dentist has become routine, and it is not event to be afraid of. For children, it is a different story. Adults sometimes forget that most of life’s experiences are new to children, and the unknown can cause fear. The main ways parents can help their children overcome a fear of the dentist is to be models of proper behavior and make the dentist as fun of an experience for their children as possible.
Watching your child’s teeth come in can be an exciting time for parents. But, keeping all those teeth healthy can be more challenging than enjoyable. For knowing when to bring your youngster into the dentist and tips on how to keep your child’s teeth clean, read on:
When Should My Child First See a Dentist?
A child should first see a dentist when they have teeth, or by the age of one. When you do decide to take your child to a dentist, opt for a pediatric dentist or a dentist that also specializes in family care.
After your child’s first dental appointment, you should follow up care with regular dentists appointments. If you notice any of the following symptoms or problems with your child’s teeth, you should schedule a dentist appointment:
- Pocked, pitted or discolored teeth;
- Complaints from your child about tooth pain;
- Discolored or swollen gums;
- White spots on teeth;
- Unusually persistent bad breath;
- Sensitivity to touch or temperature; or
- If your child hasn’t been brushing regularly and/or frequently consumes sugary foods or beverages.
As your child ages, it’s likely that your dentist will also suggest that your child sees an orthodontist for further oral care and assessment.
How Do I Prevent My Child From Getting Cavities?
Oral health is all about prevention. Therefore, keeping your child’s mouth healthy can be as simple as scheduling regular dentist checkups, brushing three times a day, and flossing.
For infants or toddlers who are too young to use toothpaste, you should wipe down the gums and teeth of your child with a wet cloth after feeding. Tooth decay and rot can be caused from the milk that your child drinks. If your child has teeth, choosing a toothpaste with fluoride and that is kid-friendly is an important part of establishing a healthy brushing routine.
You can also ask your dentist about other prevention techniques, such as applying a sealant or resin to teeth to help prevent against cavities, particularly in molars.
As a parent, it is also your responsibility to monitor the consumption of foods and drinks that are high in sugar. Sugar is the main culprit of tooth decay. Preventing tooth decay by watching the levels of sugar that your child eats can help save painful, expensive, and inconvenient oral care expenditures in the future.
How Do I Promote Oral Hygiene at Home?
Going to the dentist can often by a scary experience for children, especially when they’re very young. Make dentist visits seem more exciting by following up the dentist’s office with a special treat, like a trip to a restaurant or toy store. To promote healthy habits while at home and to make brushing more fun, let your child pick out their own toothbrush and have rewards or incentives that are associated with regular brushing.
Remember, the earlier you start enforcing good habits and the earlier you introduce dental care into your child’s life, the easier it will be for your child to implement and continue habits on their own. If your child is approaching the age of one and hasn’t yet seen a dentist, or if they are experiencing any of the oral complications listed above, schedule an appointment immediately.
Dental care and personal oral health and hygiene are extremely important throughout every stage of life. The way you care for and treat your teeth and gums will have an impact on your life now and into the future. Ideally, children are taught from infancy to properly care for their teeth. It is best to begin training and educating early in life. However, there is still no time like the present to grab hold of your oral hygiene and start making a difference on your quality of life.
Healthy Teeth and Gums Equals a Lifetime of Smiles
It is important to establish proper oral hygiene habits as early in life as possible. Healthy oral hygiene habits include:
- Brushing your teeth properly at least two times a day
- Flossing your teeth at least 1 time per day
- Visiting the dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings
- Eating a well-balanced diet that is low in sugar
Every bit as important as beginning proper oral hygiene is maintaining the ritual of caring for your teeth and gums throughout your lifetime. Here is a timeline progression for how proper oral hygiene develops from infancy to adulthood.
Infancy to Two Years Old
Most infants begin teething by 6 months of age. If you have little children, you know that teething is not often a pleasurable experience. Signs of teething include: gnawing, drooling, bighting, sucking, and even light fever. Usually, the first teeth to appear are the two bottom middle teeth with the top four middle teeth coming in soon after.
It is recommended that your infant’s first trip to the dentist come as early as the first tooth appearing but no later than their first birthday. There are dentists, who specialize in pediatric dentistry. It is likely your child’s pediatrician will refer you to a pediatric dentist to handle your infant’s oral hygiene needs.
1 to 3 Years Old
Children should begin brushing their teeth (most likely with your help) as early as their first tooth. Use a toothbrush designed for children in their age group. Depending on the fluoride levels in your water supply, using toothpaste is not critical until about age 3. Ask your dentist, when your child should begin using toothpaste in your local area.
Flossing may begin as early as your child has 2 or more teeth that touch each other. Normally, by the time a child is 3 years old, they have a full set of 20 “baby teeth”. By 3 years old, your child should be brushing two times per day and flossing 1 time per day.
4 to 10 Years Old
Visits from the tooth fairy will signify that your child is losing his or her baby teeth. It is common for children to begin losing their baby teeth around the age of 5 or 6. The baby teeth are soon replaced by adult teeth (called permanent teeth). It is still important that your child brush and floss regularly throughout the process of losing their baby teeth and gaining their permanent teeth. Teeth and gums need to remain healthy. Do not forget to include regular visits to the pediatric dentist for check-ups as well.
10 to 16 Years Old
Between 10 and 12 years old children typically will lose their molars and grow in their permanent ones. Age 13 is typically considered the age by which a child will have all of his or her permanent teeth. The majority of people do not have perfectly straight teeth or bite lines. Most children in their pre-teen or teenage years will require orthodontic corrections to their teeth and/or jaw. Braces are used to straighten teeth and correct over or under bites.
17 to 21 Years Old
Some people will grow in wisdom teeth (or third molars) in their later teen years and early twenties. Typically, people do not have enough room in their mouth for a third set of molars. It is common for people to have their wisdom teeth removed to avoid complications in the future. Consult with your dentist to know, if you need your (or your child’s) wisdom teeth removed.
Teeth and gums care and overall oral hygiene is important for a healthy life and great smile. Start young with proper brushing and flossing practices. Maintain those proper oral health habits throughout your life. Visit the dentist regularly. This is the recipe for a lifetime of oral health.
The Smile is the one and only thing that is completely universal. You smile when you are happy. You smile when you are scared and embarrassed. Your smile is the only thing that can move from culture to culture, as anything. An acknowledgement, a flirt, a contagious action that not only brightens everyone’s day, but in many cases has saved lives in many ways.
What Makes a Good Smile?
The best part about a smile is of course seeing a bright white smile, clean teeth that gleam and sparkle. This makes every smile wider and brighter and makes a great impression. One place in which a great first impression is incredibly important is in the business world. When you meet someone, your smile is just as important as your handshake. It’s tough to do business with someone that has a clammy loose handshake. Pride in their handshake is typically the first impression for a business man. But everyone else in the world sees teeth; clean teeth, dirty teeth, missing teeth and so much more.
When meeting someone you typically smile as a greeting and there is nothing worse than see stained teeth from daily torture. But having a white smile can change how people see you personally and correspond with you. Having a bright white smile, makes the next person comfortable enough to continue on with you in any aspect. That in itself produces a small about of confidence; more confidence produces more contact with people. When you have contact with more people in your life, you have a tendency to move this into your professional life.
How a Great Smile Can Lead to Success
Your professional life is by far the most important thing besides your family of course. It provides you with your daily bread, a roof over your head, clothes on your back and anything and everything else you would like to purchase. The more advanced you are in your profession the more of these things you can purchase or obtain.
Having a great professional life tends to you move you up in the world and gives the perfect amount of success. Being successful means you can be the person that someone has to make a great first impression on you! How wonderful is that? You are now the most important person in the room; all because you whitened your teeth for this incredible smile and made a great first impression years back you the important people.
Should I Consult a Dentist for Whitening?
Now not always is whitening something that has to be done at a dentist, there are over the counter products that help this process along, it is highly suggested though that you get your teeth and mouth cleaned by your dentist and see if there are any options they can give you to help this process along. There are white strips, trays and even a type of teeth paint!! Be careful not leave any of these products on too long as it will make your teeth extremely sensitive and can cause problems you never intended.
Now get out there, talk to your dentist, buy some teeth whitening products and try them out. See the confidence a beautiful smile can bring and the success that can come out of that!
As the Affordable Care Act rolls out more information each day regarding its coverage, the public is learning more and more about what it does and doesn’t cover. Some of the latest news are aiming at disputing Pediatric Dental Care Insurance.
Dental Insurance for Kids
Pediatric Dental Insurance was included in the Affordable Care Act as one of the 10 “essential health benefits” the new health insurance plans are to include starting in 2014. When looking at the type of coverage the Pediatric Dental plans, they must include basic services such as preventative care of teeth cleaning and X-rays and fillings.
Many children will be covered insurance wise with dental care through Medicaid, some health insurance exchanges, and through employer-sponsored insurance.
Dental Plans Separate from Health Plans
Within the Affordable Care Act there is a glitch that is stopping the option of many children from having any dental care insurance. The law in itself requires insurance companies to offer pediatric dental care, but unless it is offered exclusively in a bundle package with healthcare, parents are not obligated to purchase the insurance. What is happening is that many insurance companies have decided to not offer it together with the health plan and it is now found as an alternative plan, making it unenforceable under the Affordable Care Act leaving millions of children without pediatric dental care.
Pediatric Dental Insurance not Affordable Under the Affordable Care Act
Many families qualify to receive tax credit for the Health Insurance Plan, but are finding out that pediatric care, unless it is bundled with the health insurance, it is not covered under the tax credit. These families are receiving tax credit for their health insurance because they cannot afford the full payment. This means that they cannot afford to add any pediatric dental care to cover any of their children’s dental care needs. This leaving out millions of children without dental care.
Dental Care for Children is Essential
When considering pediatric care we are not looking at some kind of optional sickness that can affect children. Dental decay is very much a reality among children and is cause for serious illness produced from such. It is the most common childhood disease.
Dental Care is Part of Healthcare
Pediatric dental healthcare should not be made separate under the Affordable Care Act. All health insurance should be made to bundle this care for children making it truly affordable with the tax subsidy. If the government is truly looking into providing healthcare for children they should not leave out pediatric dental care as it is the most common childhood disease. Many company are using this separation of dental insurance plan loophole to not cover children dental healthcareand leaving them suffering from serious tooth decay.
If pediatric dental care is among the list of 10 “essential health benefits” the government needs to stop the health insurance companies from not including this benefit within the health insurance bundle. This would allow then many families to afford dental care for their children by having it under the tax subsidy.
As of January 1, 2014 the new Obama Care or as it is more likely known as ACA or Affordable Care Act is to into affect. The idea behind Obama Care is to make all insurance more affordable for all United States citizens and make it more feasible for everyone to receive medical care without the fear of severe charges or denial of treatment due to lack of financial capability.
Will the Obama Care Mandate Affect Dental Coverage?
Well that answer is still in the gray area, it depends on if you are an adult or a child. If you are an adult who buys health coverage on their own or in a smaller group, dental coverage will not be mandated the same as medical coverage, it also doesn’t have to be offered in medical plans. While people won’t be penalized for not having dental coverage; depending on what state you are in depends on the type of coverage available through the new marketplaces.
What About Kids?
When it comes to children however, the ACA expands the availability of coverage for children up to 18 years of age. Anyone trying to figure out if paying for a dental plan out of pocket is cheaper than paying for monthly coverage, has more options to see what may be more affordable than no coverage at all. Dental coverage plans differ from state to state, except in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey pediatric dentistry must be required. There are stand alone coverage options that have pediatric dentistry along with 12 certified stand-alone dental plans.
How Much Will it Cost?
Stand-alone plans have been heard to be somewhat expensive; however there are plans that are as low as $25 a month all the way up to $40 a month on the high end. Which given the amount of dental care out of pocket, is a highly more viable option for most households to pay. The best change to this is there will be no longer be an annual cap on dental coverage.
What If I Already Have Insurance?
If you have insurance through your employer, there is less likely of any changes to your dental plan other than all coverage must include dental needs assessments for kids and doctor referrals to dentists.
What About the “Marketplace” I Keep Hearing About?
There are numerous plans available on the marketplaces and depending on what state you live in, depends on what coverage is available and it’s cost and inclusive benefits. Coverage for children is now considered an “essential benefit” in the insurance policies. The best benefit of this consideration shows that by 2018 8.7 million children will be covered with dental insurance and will have the dental health that is needed.
What Kind of Coverages Are Required?
In many states however it is imperative that the research of what each plan will cover for dental coverage is the biggest point. Some states requirements of services aren’t necessarily a better benefit. In some states while a cleaning and checkups are covered pretty fairly, cosmetic dentistry and restorative work may not be covered and come out of pocket.
When researching and discussing what plan works best for you, make sure to keep an eye out of the “fine print”. Changes are meant to help everyone, not cause hardships. Be sure to understand what plans are available and what is covered and what’s not, while at the same time making sure it’s affordable, as it is intended.
Taking care of one’s teeth is not as easy as brushing one’s teeth every day. Even that has a number along with it. Brushing twice a day is essential for everyone, be it a child or an adult. Dentists are tirelessly advising patients to come back for check-ups more than once a year, which people often tend to ignore. Regular visits to the dentist are as important as eating healthy. Some people have to visit the dentist even more often than others without any teeth and gum problems.
The standard recommendation is to visit the dentist twice a year for check-ups and cleanings. This frequency works well for most people. There are several people with a genetic predisposition for cavities, gum diseases or a weak immune system who need to visit the dentist more frequently. These visits depend on the prescription and advice of the dentist. Certain other physical ailments can transcend to the teeth and gums and cause lasting problems, and those need to be checked out as well.
The three major reasons to visit the dentist at least twice a year are:
- For a thorough check-up by dentist to look for deep-rooted problems
- To allow the dentist to find early signs of decay
- For treatment of other health problems
People that suffer from ailments like diabetes, gum disease, weak immune system and those who smoke and drink excessively are at a high risk and must visit the dentist more often than just twice a year. Young children should also get more check-ups as the condition of their teeth is constantly changing.
A typical check-up appointment entails check-up by a dental professional – both dentist and dental hygienist – who will conduct an initial oral exam of gums and teeth. They will note changes from the last visit and create a record for dental hygiene and advice for general methods to look after oral health. The dental professionals will also conduct a cleaning. First the dentist will conduct a treatment with home-based tooth brushing and flossing that helps remove plaque. Only the professional cleaning can truly rid your mouth of all abnormalities. By using a series of metal hand instruments to clean the teeth, the dentist will ensure thorough clean-up. The dentist will then conduct a polishing session, in which all plaque and stains are removed and the tooth surface is polished to look clean and more even. The hygienist then offers additional instructions for follow-up at home based on the results of the oral examination. If there are some serious doubts about the health of the teeth, an x-ray will be conducted. Based on the result of the x-ray treatment methods will be prescribed.
Visits to the dentist, when done regularly are pain and problem-free. Visits done in an emergency-like situation are often accompanied by pain and fear, thus ruining the image of dentists. Taking care of one’s teeth is the easiest task to accomplish, but people often ignore it thinking it to be unnecessary. This puts their entire health at risk.
Finding a good dentist that puts his patients at ease, is quite difficult. People have often been scared of visiting dentists, because of the sensitive nature of treatment they engage in. There are several well established and talented dentists in the Holladay area in Utah. Dentists are often referred to by friends and family and Holladay offers severl choices for these.
What Makes a Good Dentist?
Good dentists take a personal interest in patients. They offer long-term health-friendly advice to patients, instead of prescribing pain-relief medication that is of no use to the patients. They will not prescribe sensitive check-ups or difficult medication unless it is required for the patient. They want patients to come back to them, but not because of problems they have helped cause.
Dentists also conduct a thorough dental examination of teeth, gums, tongue, lips, inside of the cheek, palate and jaw. They check for abnormal lymph nodes and enlargement of thyroid gland. It helps prevent dangerous cancerous scenarios. By early detection, they can further guide patients to appropriate oncologists and doctors.
What Do Good Dentists Do?
Dentists conduct routine examinations like tooth cleaning, bite evaluation, fluroide treatment to ensure the health of their patients’ teeth. These can help avoid more costly treatments in the future. The frequency of such maintenance is usually based on the frequency of cavity formation or mouth ulcers or condition of gums. They also keep track of the patients’ check-ups to avoid doing too much of a good thing and cost the patient unnecessary money.
Holladay dentists perform great quality dental work which avoids decay for a several years, through wear and tear. The price of dental work is not the best way to judge its quality and Holladay dentists offer quality above quantity. This repair and prevention procedure by dentists are cost-effective and not assembly line. They vary for each patient.
How to Find a Good Dentist
Finding a good dentist can best be achieved through recommendation by family and friends. Another determining factor is the proximity of the dentist to the patient. Find a dentist close to your place in Holladay. Look for pleasant staff at the dentists, because often they assist in routine procedures and help book appointments. Make sure that your insurance supports dental visits and let the dentist know of what insurance plan you are on, so that he can make adjustments along those lines. Ask for fees, payment plans in advance, so that you can make a wise decision about the dentist.
Dentists are hard to find if the appropriate criteria are not kept in mind, but with the help of Village-Dental and the experts present in Holladay, it should not be an impossible goal.
Dentistry is a fairly popular field of study and the career choice of many people. The majority of dentists treat patients with problems of the gums and teeth and are considered to practice general dentistry. Some dentists decide to specialize in orthodontics, periodontics, or other dental specialty. Along with being dentists, many dentists are also business owners, who run their own practice. These dentists must not only know the care and repair of teeth and gums, but also know how to run and operate a business.
To become a dentist it requires at least 8 years of education. Here are the highlighted requirements for becoming a dentist.
General Desire to Become a Dentist
To become a dentist, you have to want to become a dentist. You must also have a general aptitude and love of science and chemistry, as well as a desire to help and care for people. It is also helpful to have healthy communication skills and good business sense.
Begin Preparing as early as High School
You may not know specifically what type of dentistry you want to specialize in, but if you have a desire to become a dentist, it is a good idea to begin taking courses like chemistry, math, physics, and health in high school.
Get a Bachelor’s Degree in a Science Field
Before deciding on a major in college, check the pre-requisite requirements for dental school. Decide early on in your college career that you want to be a dentist and take a focused course load to obtain a bachelor’s degree in a field of science accepted by dental schools. The majority of dental school students received an undergraduate degree in an applicable science field.
Take the DAT (Dental Admissions Test)
The DAT is an exam required for acceptance into Dental School. Scoring well on the exam is practically a must. Information about the exam can be found at the American Dental Association website: http://www.ada.org/dat.aspx
Get Accepted to Dental School
Apply to and get accepted to an ADA accredited dental school. Dental schools will consider a combination of your DAT score, grades from college, student interviews, and recommendations from college professors, and more in the dental school acceptance process.
Attend and Graduate Dental School
Complete all the required coursework in dental school and graduate in approximately 4 years. You will graduate with either a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree.
Intern with a Practicing Dentist
During the last 2 years of dental school, it is expected that you get an internship position with a practicing dentist to gain experience in the real world.
Obtain a License
Obtain a license to practice dentistry by completing your state’s requirements. Get your license and become a board certified dental practitioner.
If you choose to do so, you can also become a dental specialist, such as an orthodontist or and endodontist. Becoming a specialist will include the following requirements:
- – 2 years continued post-graduate education
- – 2 years post-graduate residency (not required in all states)
Once you have become a full-fledged, board certified dentist (with even a specialization to boot), you are ready to begin practicing. The majority of dentists will start a private practice or join a dental group. Being a dentist is a rewarding career, but it takes hard work and dedication to become a dentist.