How to Help Your Child with Dental Anxiety

In our last post, we brought up the subject of kids with dental anxiety and promised that we’d continue the conversation and give ideas about how to ease some of that fear. If your child experiences dental fear, there is a way forward. So today, we’re going to talk about some of the most common stress factors as well as strategies for helping manage or overcome those fears.

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What is Dental Anxiety?

Let’s just start by saying that dental phobia is real. In some cases, it has really obvious causes (such as a traumatic childhood dentist experience); in other cases, the cause is harder to pinpoint. But it’s a real thing. Going to the dentist can trigger the same kind of terror for some people, that others might feel about spiders or heights or flying or needles or…you get the picture.

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Mom-Approved: Three Years in a Row!

For the third year in a row, when Atlanta Parent asked their readers about their favorite oral health professionals, moms chose Dr. Hernandez and Dr. Johnson of Vital Smiles! We love this! Honestly, mom’s opinions matter more to us than anyone else’s, because no one knows a kid’s world like their mama does. We’re thrilled to have this honor, and we are proud of our doctors and staff who work hard every single day to deliver top-notch care.

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Things You Didn’t Know Your Dentist was Doing at Your Checkup

Welcome to February! February is National Children’s Dental Health month, and we are celebrating! We’re celebrating our dentists and our staff members, and most of all, we are celebrating our favorite patients (and their adults). If you’re one of our favorite patients’ adults and you’re reading this and thinking, “Yeah, it’s another one of those made-up ‘holidays’—like Squirrel Appreciation Day,” we’re willing to agree that there’s nothing inherently magical about February. We do, however, think that the important things in life are worth taking time to notice and appreciate, so we want to highlight the value of your child’s oral health and appreciate the care that goes into maintaining a happy, healthy mouth.

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How Snacking Affects Your Teeth

Remember when you were a kid and snacks made the world go ‘round? Moms, y’all can definitely vouch for how quickly a fun outing becomes a disaster when you forgot the snacks at home, right? I mean, snacking is a way of life for children; they basically eat all day long. Unfortunately, many of us have maintained our childhood snacking habits, and it’s taking a toll on our teeth. How does that work? Let’s talk about it.

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Taking Care of Your Tongue

When you think of oral health, it’s really easy to focus on teeth almost exclusively and forget that there are other important players in your overall mouth health. One of the other key influencers of oral health is your tongue. In this post, we’re going to talk about how taking care of your tongue can help eliminate or prevent bad breath.

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Ways to Break the Nail-Biting Habit

In the last post, we discussed the negative effects that nail-biting can have on your have on oral and general health for both you and your kids, and we promised that we’d chime in soon with some strategies for helping you break this common habit. We all know, of course, that breaking long-time habits is more easily said than done. Everyone is different, and most people will probably find it most effective to use a combination of strategies to kick this habit to the curb.

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Let’s Talk about Nail-biting

Nail-biting is a common habit. A majority of kids chew their fingernails at least at some point during their childhood, and teens and adult frequently continue the habit. Like most nervous habits, nail-biting typically becomes a subconscious practice that surfaces most when you feel stressed in some way: hunger, boredom, frustration, complexity, etc. We want to help you help your kids navigate this common phase.

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