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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

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Contoh 1: How to Relieve a Toothache

Toothaches (or pulpitis) may be caused by infection, trauma, cavities, or bacteria. Referred pain from the jaw can also cause symptoms of a toothache. 

At home treatments for a toothache include: 

  • Over the counter pain relievers such as Advil, Tylenol, or Aspirin. For children and teenagers, use Tylenol. Take them as instructed.
  • Avoid hot or cold as this may increase the toothache pain
  • Oil of Cloves which can be found in most pharmacies or health food stores. When using oil of cloves, use a small amount. Apply with a Q-tip. Oil of cloves is very strong, can be rather an unpleasant tasting and does not need much to soothe the tooth.
  • Anbesol may also be used. Be careful with the extended use of Anbesol, as it can dry out the gum tissue surrounding the tooth, causing additional problems.
  • Orajel, which is available in adult, toddler, infant strengths, can be used as an Anbesol alternative.

Not all toothaches require the attention of your dentist. Should the toothache pain persist for more than a couple of days, it is recommended that you schedule an appointment with your dentist. 

Do not avoid scheduling an appointment out of fear, or expense, as an untreated dental problem may end up costing you much more as well as affecting your overall health and well being.

Contoh 2: Toothaches - More home cures

Teeth are an amazing balance of form and function, aesthetic beauty and engineering. Good teeth are an important part of one's health and appearance. A toothache is a very common problem that occurs to anyone without any warning. 

Sharp, throbbing, shooting or constant pain is the first sign of an upcoming toothache. If not treated at the correct time, it will eventually be extracted. 

The main cause is the tooth decay that results from diet comprising of excessive consumption of soft drinks, candy, pastries, refined carbohydrates and sugar in all forms. Bacteria in the mouth break down sugar in acids that combine with calcium in the enamel and also cause decay or erosion. 

Proper cleaning of the teeth is essential to prevent tooth decay and consequent toothaches. Brushing in circular motion ensures that all the dental surfaces are cleaned. For gentle stimulation to improve blood circulation in the gums, brush the gums lightly. 

Dental decay, destruction of the bone around the teeth and infection of the gums can be prevented with an appropriate diet. Restrict sugar intake, ensure that your diet includes plenty of raw veggies, whole wheat bread, and whole foods. 

A clove of garlic with a little of rock salt, placed on the affected tooth will relieve the pain. Alternatively, you can chew a garlic clove daily in the morning. 

Chewing raw onion for approx 3 minutes is sufficient to kill all the germs in the mouth and ensure protection from a host of tooth disorders. 

Lime prevents decay, loosening of the teeth, dental cavities, toothache and bleeding of the gums 

The juice of wheat grass is an excellent mouthwash for dental decay and cures a toothache. It draws out toxins from the gums and checks bacterial growth. 

Asafoetida grounded in lemon juice cures dental ache. Heat the solution, soak a cotton swab and place it in the cavity of the tooth to relieve pain quickly. 

A paste of the bark of bay berry mixed with vinegar applied on the affected area will alleviate the pain and strengthen the gums. 

Clove oil applied to the cavity of the decayed tooth provides relief. 

A pinch of pepper and tsp of common salt prevents dental cavities, foul breath, bleeding from the gums, painful gums, and toothaches. 

A pinch of pepper powder mixed with clove oil can be put on the cavities to alleviate a toothache. 

If the pain in the mouth is caused by trapped food, take a mouthful of water and rinse it vigorously. A thorough rinse may dislodge the food particles. 

Floss your teeth gently to remove tiny bits of hard food. Be soft on your gums as they are likely to be sore. 

Gargle a glassful of water mixed with 1 tsp of salt after each meal and at bedtime. 

Put an ice cube on the aching tooth or on the nearest cheek for 15-20 minutes at least 3 or 4 times a day. 

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Contoh 3: What happens if I don't replace a missing tooth?

No one really likes to go to the dentist and even more so when they find themselves needing a tooth extraction. Whether the tooth is already missing or needs to be extracted, it is important to replace the missing tooth or teeth as soon as possible. Many people delay replacing the tooth out of fear of the dentist, expense, or they don't see the need to replace the tooth, especially if the tooth is a bicuspid, (premolar), or molar and they feel no one will see it anyway. What many people are not aware of, is that there are problems that may develop, which can lead to lengthy dental visits and costly procedures. 

When a tooth is lost, the bone begins to atrophy, (deteriorate), over time and the teeth adjacent to space will begin to shift or tilt into the empty space. If there is a tooth to the top or the bottom of the empty space, that tooth will continue to erupt because there is no opposing tooth to prevent the tooth from coming out of the gum tissue. The majority of bone atrophy will occur within the first 6 months but will gradually continue for many years. The movement of the adjacent teeth will not happen right away, but will most often become noticeable around 3-5 years. Sometimes movement will be noticeable in less than 3-5 years depending on bone density, your bite, and occlusion, (how well the teeth fit together). 

The movement of the teeth can cause gum problems as well as decay in other teeth, which may result in the loss of even more teeth. Whenever teeth are missing, chewing food can become difficult as well as forcing other teeth to work harder, sometimes forcing other teeth that aren't designed for chewing to act as chewing teeth, which in turn causes teeth to become worn or fractured. As a result, more extensive dental work may be needed to repair these teeth. There is also the possibility of needing more teeth extracted. Aside from fractured or worn teeth, TMJ, (jaw joint), problems may develop because the teeth are out of occlusion. Missing teeth, as well as misaligned teeth, can lead to low self-esteem, problems with speech, or problems with digestion due to not being able to chew food properly. 

There are many options available to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Consult with your dentist as soon as possible to review what options are available and recommended for you. 

It is also very important to maintain a healthy diet, a good oral hygiene routine, as well as keep regularly scheduled visits with your dentist. Prevention, early diagnosis, early treatment are the keys to maintaining healthy teeth and gums as well as reducing the need for stressful, lengthy dental visits and costly treatment. 

Contoh 4: Options for replacing a missing tooth or teeth

If one tooth or two teeth are missing, there are several options available for replacing missing teeth. 

Removable Partial Denture - A RPD is a prosthesis made out of metal and acrylic or just acrylic. The acrylic is a plastic type material that is pinkish in color and resembles your gum tissue. The removable partial denture is designed to replace a missing tooth or several missing teeth. The artificial teeth can be made out of plastic or porcelain and are shaded to match your natural teeth. The removable partial denture is held into place by tiny metal clasps or plastic attachments known as precision attachments that fit snug against the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth for stability. If more teeth are lost, artificial teeth can often be added to the existing removable partial denture. Very little, if any tooth preparation is needed. There are also several different types of removable partial dentures available. 

Maryland Bridge - A Maryland Bridge, also known as a resin-bonded bridge is an ultra-conservative treatment option to replace a missing tooth. Unlike a traditional (fixed) bridge, which requires the two teeth next to the missing tooth to be crowned, a Maryland Bridge only requires a slight adjustment to the teeth next to the missing tooth. 

A Maryland Bridge is a pontic (artificial tooth), with two metal wings, one on each side. These medal wings are cemented on the lingual (tongue) side of each tooth next to the missing tooth. The artificial tooth can be made out of porcelain, shaded to match your natural teeth, or out of gold. Should the Maryland Bridge ever become loose or fall out, the Maryland bridge can be sent to the lab to have the medal wings re-etched and then the bridge can be cemented back into place. 

Traditional (fixed) Bridge - A fixed bridge is a permanent prosthesis that consists of a pontic (artificial tooth), fused between two dental crowns. The fixed bridge may be made out of porcelain, (shaded to match your natural teeth), or gold. The two teeth on either side of the space are drilled down to form a cone-like shape. The fixed bridge is then cemented onto these two teeth which hold the bridge into place. 

Full (complete) Dentures - Full dentures are used to replace missing teeth when there are no teeth remaining. The denture is made of a pinkish material called acrylic, which resembles your gum tissue. The artificial teeth, either made of plastic or porcelain, are attached to the acrylic base. The denture teeth are shaped and shaded to create a natural look. Dentures can easily be removed by the patient for easy cleaning. 

Dental Implant - Dental implants can be used to replace one missing tooth or several missing teeth. An implant is a small titanium screw that is placed into the jawbone. This small titanium screw will act much like the root of a tooth, providing support for the replacement tooth, as the bone begins to bond to the implant. The next step of the procedure involves a tiny post inserted into the implant itself. After this post is placed, the replacement tooth then fits into the post, locking the artificial tooth into place. These implant supported artificial teeth not only look like natural teeth but feel and function much like your natural teeth. Dental implants are permanent and can not be removed by the patient. 

Consult with your dentist about which treatment options are available for you. No matter which option is right for you, whether it would be a traditional (fixed) bridge, a Maryland Bridge, removable partial denture, a full (complete) denture, or a dental implant, it is very important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible. 

Contoh 5: Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Baby bottle tooth decay is a common dental problem for children 3 and under. As soon as the child's teeth begin to erupt, they are susceptible to decay. Baby bottle tooth decay is more common on the upper teeth but can affect the lower teeth as well. This condition is caused by the teeth being exposed to sugary liquids such as formula and fruit juices for long periods of time. Just like in adults, infants and toddlers have bacteria in their mouths. The bacteria feed on the sugars and as a result produces acids which break down the enamel, hard surface of the teeth, which leads to decay. 

Steps to prevent baby bottle tooth decay: 
  • Do not allow the child to fall asleep with a bottle that contains milk, juice, formula, or other sweet liquids. (This is the number one cause of baby bottle tooth decay) Even when the child is awake, do not let the child suck on a bottle containing milk, juice, formula, other sweet liquids, or soda pop for any long periods of time.
  • At nap time, in between feedings, or at bedtime, fill the bottle with cold water.
  • Always make sure the child's pacifier is clean. Never dip the pacifier in honey or any sweet liquids.
  • When the child is 6 months old, gradually introduce a cup into the routine. Over time, this will help wean the child off of the bottle as well as help in preventing baby bottle tooth decay.
  • When the child has finished drinking a bottle containing milk, juice, formula, or other sweet liquids, take a wet cloth or a gauze pad and gently clean the child's teeth and gums.
It is recommended to have the child visit a dentist by the age of 1. More than 1 in 4 children in the United States have cavities by the time they reach the age of 4, sometimes as early as age 2. 

Contoh 6: Tooth Extraction | After Care

After the tooth is extracted, it is very important to do all the right things in order to help the area heal quickly and to reduce the risk of complications. 

What you should do after tooth extraction: 

Take your painkillers right away. Do not wait for the pain to set in before taking them. It is far easier to prevent pain than to take it away. For many tooth extractions, over the counter pain medicine works well. Do not take Aspirin because Aspirin will thin your blood and cause your mouth to bleed. If you feel you need stronger pain medicine, consult your dentist or oral surgeon.

Relax and take it easy for the rest of the day. Prop your head up with some pillows for the first 12-24 hours after surgery. 

Keep firm pressure on the gauze padding placed in your mouth after surgery. This will help a blood clot to form, which is very important in healing. The blood clot will form over the extraction site, protecting the socket from air and debris. Change the dressing every 30-45 minutes, depending on the amount of bleeding. If the bleeding does not stop, moisten a tea bag and place the tea bag over the extraction site. The tannic acid in the tea will stop the bleeding. 

After the first 24 hours after surgery, gently rinse 3-4 times a day with warm salt water. (1 teaspoon of salt in a glass of water). Rinse after every meal and snack. Do not spit forcefully because you can dislodge the newly formed blood clot. 

For the first 3-4 days after surgery, brush your teeth gently near the extraction site. Be careful not to brush too hard because you may dislodge the blood clot. You can gently wipe the area clean with a wet sterile gauze pad. 

Stick to a liquid or soft food diet for the first day or two. (Soups, ice cream, milkshakes, smoothies, mashed potatoes... ) 

If you have been prescribed antibiotics, follow the instructions and make sure to complete the course. 

Swelling and sometimes bruising can occur after tooth extraction, especially wisdom teeth extractions. On the day of the surgery, apply ice packs for 15 minutes on, then 15 minutes off until bedtime. This will keep swelling to a minimum. Also, keep your head elevated until bedtime. Moist heat after 36 hours may help jaw soreness. The swelling is usually at it's worse 2-3 days after surgery. 

What you should not do after tooth extraction: 

Do not rinse in the first 24 hours after surgery. 

Avoid exercising for the first 12-24 hours and heavy lifting for 2-3 days. 

Do not eat or drink until the numbness wears off. 

Keep your fingers and tongue away from the extraction site. 

Do not drink through a straw, spit, blow your nose, or sneeze. Any of these actions could cause the blood clot to dislodge. 

Try not to smoke for as long as possible, at least in the first 24 hours after surgery. Smoking interferes with the healing process and the "sucking action" can dislodge the blood clot. 

Avoid alcohol for the first 24 hours. 

It is normal for the area to be tender for the first few days. The pain should lessen with each passing day. The gum tissue usually takes about 3-4 weeks to heal. The bone can take up to 6 months to completely heal and fill back in again. It is normal to feel a sharp edge with your tongue around the socket or tiny bits of bone that may rise to the surface as the extraction site begins to heal. If a small bit of bone is annoying you and you don't want to wait until it comes out by itself, you can ask your dentist to remove it for you. 

If the blood clot becomes dislodged or never forms, a dry socket occurs. A dry socket is when the bone and fine nerve endings are not protected and exposed to air, food, and liquids. Dry socket delays the healing process and can be very painful. Go to your dentist immediately if you think you have a dry socket. Your dentist will place a medicated dressing in the socket which will relieve the pain and help the area to heal. If you have any infection, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics. Make sure to take the antibiotics as prescribed and take the full course. Stopping your antibiotic treatment early can lead to further complications.

Contoh 7: Proper Teeth Brushing Technique

It is very important to brush your teeth properly in order to maintain healthy teeth and gums. An improper brushing technique can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. 

Before you even begin to brush your teeth, choose a toothbrush that is right for you. Your toothbrush should be easy to hold, has a smaller head (easier to reach the back teeth), and should have nylon bristles. Natural bristles tend to build-up more bacteria on them. 

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Medium or hard bristled toothbrushes can wear down the enamel on your teeth, which can lead to sensitivity and tooth decay. 

Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. 

Step 1: 
Begin by gently cleaning the outer surfaces of your upper teeth first, then your lower teeth, 2-3 teeth at a time. Tilt your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gumline and sweep the brush away from the gumline. 

Step 2: 
Using the same technique as on the outside surface of your teeth, (hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gumline and sweep the brush away from the gumline), clean the inner surfaces (tongue side) of your upper teeth and then your lower teeth. 

Step 3: 
Gently brush the chewing surface of each tooth using short back and forth strokes. Do not scrub your teeth. Scrubbing your teeth can cause the enamel on your teeth to wear down and weaken as well as causing your gums to recede or become damaged. 

Step 4: 
Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath. 

Step 5: 
Gently floss your teeth. 

Step 6: 
Rinse with warm water or mouthwash to remove any loose debris and excess toothpaste. 

Brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes, 3 times a day. Brush your teeth after a snack. If you can not brush your teeth after a snack, at least rinse your mouth out with water. 

Do not skip brushing your teeth before bedtime. While you sleep, your saliva flow slows down. Throughout the day, saliva helps to wash away food and debris from your teeth. Without a steady flow of saliva, your mouth becomes dry and it is easy for plaque to form and stick to your teeth. Plaque becomes tartar, which can cause tooth decay and gum disease. 

When brushing, pay close attention to teeth that have crowns, bridges, implants, fillings, or other types of restorations. These restored teeth are more prone to plaque build-up. It is vital to the health of these teeth to keep them as clean as possible. Failure to do so can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and failure of the restoration.

Contoh 8: What is Gingivitis

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums surrounding the teeth. Gingivitis is one of the many periodontal diseases that affect the teeth, gum tissue, and bone. If left untreated, Gingivitis can lead to more serious diseases that can cause tooth and bone loss. 

What causes Gingivitis? 
1. The build-up of plaque between the teeth and under the gums. 
Plaque, the sticky film that coats your teeth, contains a lot of bacteria. This bacteria builds-up on the teeth and under the gum tissue causing a mild infection. This mild infection is what causes your gums to become swollen and bleed. 

2. Diseases that affect the immune system. 
People with diabetes, Addison disease, HIV, or other immune system diseases often lack the ability to fight the bacteria that is invading the gum tissue. People with leukemia also have changes in their blood vessels of their gums, which can leave them susceptible to developing Gingivitis. 

3. Medications. 
Many seizures, high blood pressure, and organ transplant medicines can suppress the immune system and change the structure of the gums, leaving the person vulnerable to bacterial infection. 

4. Hormone changes during puberty, pregnancy, as well as steroid therapy, can leave the gums vulnerable to bacterial infection. 

Symptoms of Gingivitis: 
1. Swelling, bleeding of the gums, redness, and sometimes pain are all signs of Gingivitis. 

2. Your breath can begin to smell really bad. 

3. The gum tissue begins to recede and become a beefy red, inflamed color. 

Gingivitis treatment: 
1. Develop and maintain a good oral hygiene routine. Gingivitis is a disease that is preventable. By maintaining a good oral hygiene routine, you can help keep control of the amount of plaque that will form on your teeth and under the gum tissue. 

2. Regular dental visits to have your teeth cleaned by your dentist or hygienist.

3. Do not forget to floss! Flossing is very effective at removing plaque from between the teeth, under the gums, and areas that are hard to reach with your toothbrush. 

4. Severe Gingivitis may need to be treated with antibiotics to help fight the bacterial infection and to reduce plaque. Antibiotic treatment is sometimes necessary to help fight the infection to where it reaches a level that your immune system can then take over. 

If you think that you may have Gingivitis, schedule an appointment with your dentist or hygienist to have your teeth cleaned. The dentist or hygienist will then be able to determine the severity of the Gingivitis and help get you back on the right track to healthy teeth and gums. 

Contoh 9: What causes teeth to stain and discolor?

Below is a list of some of the common causes of tooth stain and tooth discoloration. When we understand what causes teeth to become stained or discolored, we can then prevent, reduce the amount of staining and discoloration, as well as treat this common dental problem. 

Poor dental hygiene 
If you do not take good care of your teeth, brushing and flossing at least 3 times a day, plaque builds-up on the teeth and under the gum tissue which then hardens into tartar. This can cause the teeth to have a yellowish appearance. Your tooth enamel is hard, but it is also porous, which means when certain foods, liquids, and tobacco are left on the teeth too long, they actually begin to sink into the inner layers of the teeth causing the teeth to appear stained and discolored. A good oral hygiene routine not only reduces the risk of tooth decay and other dental problems, but it also reduces the number of liquids, food, and tobacco that can get absorbed into the teeth. 

Excessive fluoride 
Too much fluoride either from water, mouth rinses, toothpaste, fluoride supplements, or fluoride applications can cause white spots to appear on the teeth. 

Tobacco products, whether smoked or chewed, can cause an increase of staining in the teeth. Teeth are porous and they can absorb the nicotine contained in tobacco products. As a result, the teeth will discolor. 

Foods and liquids 
Many foods such as apples and potatoes, as well as wine, coffee, tea, and soft drinks, can all cause your teeth to stain. 

Antibiotics such as tetracycline and doxycycline are known to discolor teeth when given to children whose teeth are still developing. Chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium chloride, which are found in many types of mouthwash and rinses can cause the teeth to stain. Antihistamines (like Benadryl), antipsychotic drugs, and antihypertensive medications also cause teeth discoloration. 

Diseases & Treatments 
Diseases that affect the enamel and dentin, and head and neck radiation or chemotherapy, can cause the teeth to discolor. Pregnant women who experience some types of infection can cause discoloration in infants teeth by affecting the development of the tooth enamel. 

Some people are born with naturally thicker or whiter tooth enamel than others. 

As we age, our teeth will naturally darken. Our tooth enamel begins to wear away over time, exposing the natural yellowish color of the dentin. (soft layer of the tooth) 

Whenever there is trauma to a tooth, such as bumping a tooth too hard or breaking the tooth, the nerve may begin to die in the tooth. The nerve supplies moisture and nutrients to the tooth. If the nerve dies, the tooth will discolor and become brittle because there is no moisture and nutrients supplied to the rest of the tooth. This can affect children as well as adults. Sometimes in children, a fall or some other form of trauma can interrupt the natural development of tooth enamel causing the tooth to appear discolored. 

Dental restorations 
Silver fillings,(Amalgams), or other metallic restorations may cause the tooth to stain over time. 

How can I prevent my teeth from discoloring? 
Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most beneficial ways to reduce staining and discoloration in teeth. If you are a smoker, or a coffee, tea, or soda pop drinker, then altering your intake or quitting all together will help lessen tooth discoloration and staining. Monitor your fluoride intake and make any necessary adjustments. 

For things, we have no control over, such as aging, genetics, trauma, medications, and health treatments, there are many solutions available to combat the effects of these conditions. 

Consult with your dentist and hygienist, especially before using any over the counter whitening or bleaching products, to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.

Contoh 10: Preparing for your child's first dental visit

"When should my child first see a dentist?", is a question commonly asked by many new parents. The American Dental Association, the American Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry all recommend that your child's first dental visit take place at 12 months of age, or shortly after the eruption of the first baby teeth. Don't wait until your child has a dental emergency or a toothache to take your child to the dentist for the first time. By doing so, the experience can be very traumatic to your child and one that your child will likely remember for years to come. 

The first dental visit is a very short visit, 15 - 30 minutes, depending on the age of your child. During this visit, the dentist will evaluate your child's complete medical history, ask about your child's eating habits as well as discuss the child's diet, determine the need for fluoride supplements, evaluate your child's oral hygiene, count the teeth and look for any cavities and other oral health problems, and discuss with you age-appropriate oral hygiene techniques. 

It's recommended that you call the dentist before your child's first visit and ask the dentist exactly what it is involved during your child's first dental visit. The dentist may also recommend a few tips to help prepare yourself and your child for the first dental visit. 

Tips to prepare your child for his/her first dental visit: 

1. Read a story and/or watch a movie with your child about going to the dentist. 

Children can relate to characters in a book or on the screen. If they see that their favorite character shows no fear and is having a good time at the dentist, it will help your child be less afraid when he/she visits the dentist for the first time. 

2. Make a dental appointment for when your child is well rested and is generally a good time of day for them. 

Each child is different. Some children are much more receptive to new things and just generally in a better mood in the morning. Other children are not 'morning people', and an appointment after an afternoon nap may be best. Schedule an appointment for a time of day that works best for your child. 

3. Play "dentist" with your child. 

Sit down with your child and count his/her teeth, check the gum tissues, and just get your child comfortable with having fingers in his/her mouth. Let your child then be the dentist and allow the child to count your teeth and play with your mouth. By calling the dentist before your child's first dental visit, will also prepare you for what takes place on the first visit and you can incorporate that into "playing dentist". 

4. Let your dentist know of any psychological, mental, or physical disabilities your child may have. 

The more informed the dentist is about your child, the easier it will be for the dentist to work with your child to make the first dental visit a pleasant experience and not a traumatic one. 

5. Don't be afraid to talk to your dentist. 

If you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask them. The more you know about your child's teeth, development, and how to best take care of your child's teeth and gums, and any treatment that may be needed, the better for your child. You will be able to help prevent cavities and/or other dental health issues, develop a good oral hygiene routine with your child that will most likely carry into adulthood, and also better prepare yourself and your child for any treatment that may be needed. 

6. Don't convey anxiety to your child. 

Your child is very receptive to your moods, tones in your voice, facial movements, and just general body language. If your child senses any kind of fear that you may have, it will make your child more uncomfortable and fearful. Remain as calm and relaxed as you possibly can. Sometimes, it may be better if a spouse, older sibling, or someone close to the child, attends your child's first dental visit if you have a fear of the dentist and are concerned about whether or not your child will sense this. 

7. Watch what you say around your child. 

Never let your child hear of any past dental experiences that you may have had, or someone else experienced, that were traumatic or just generally bad experiences. Be careful not to use words like, "shot", "needle", "hurt", "x-ray", or "drill". Instead, explain to your child that the "tooth doctor" will count his/her teeth, and maybe take pictures. Talk to your child about the first dental visit, but keep it positive, short, and simple. 

8. It's okay if your child cries during the first visit. 

Crying is perfectly normal during your child's first visit. Remain strong, supportive, and work with the dentist during this time. No parent enjoys seeing their child cry but remains as positive and supportive as possible. 

9. Allow some alone time for your child and dentist. 

When possible, let your child alone with the dentist and staff. Even if you just stand outside of the room so your child can't see or hear you. By allowing your child some alone time with the dentist, this will help to create a bond between the dentist and your child. The dentist will create a comfortable environment for your child, one where the child can open up to asking questions, or explore around the room on his/her own time. The dentist will talk to your child in terms that your child can relate to, as well as help create a positive experience for your child. 

10. Make your child's first dental visit as fun as possible. 

11. If your child has a favorite toy, something small, allow them to bring it with them to their first dental visit. 

The more positive and supportive you can remain before and after your child's first dental visit, the better. Each time your child visits the dentist, the easier it will be if they had a positive, enjoyable experience the first time. Your child will also be more likely to be willing to learn good oral hygiene skills and will want to take good care of their teeth. Children who develop good oral hygiene routines will most often carry these routines well into adult their life. 


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