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Parents: How To Avoid Passing Dental Fear On To Your Kids

Parents: Avoid Passing Dental Fear To Your KidsSome of the most fun times at our practice are when kids come in for their check ups.

Whether they’re shy, playful or loud and chatty, they bring smiles all around (it’s hard not to when you’re so darn cute).

Beyond fun, what we love even more is the opportunity to give them a positive, happy dental experience. There’s no better opportunity to make a good impression as when they’re young and, well, impressionable.

Unfortunately, many adults have experienced the opposite. Going to the dentist was scary, boring or just plain unpleasant, planting the seed of fear that few can shake off over the years, despite numerous advances.

Today, dentistry is more comfortable than ever before, from

–effective anesthetics,

–fast acting materials, to

–cushy chairs…with pillows,

happy gas (yippee!) or something stronger, and

–iPods for music to tune out, if need be.

But mostly, we care a whole lot more about your comfort.

Regardless, as parents, we always aim to do better for our children. In terms of establishing good habits, one of the best things we can do is to NOT pass on our fears to them. It doesn’t matter if it’s the taste of broccoli (yum, in my opinion!), a fear of heights or, going to the dentist.

If we encourage good habits in our children and do so in a positive light, they will not only be better received but practiced more authentically.

Which is exactly why this is so important. If you had a not-so-great experience with your dentist, passing dental fear on to your kids will only continue the negative cycle.

Using a dental visit as a “threat”: if you don’t behave, I’ll take you to the dentist, be ready, it’ll hurt or I always hated the dentist...comments such as these may sound innocent enough but children, especially as young as 2 or 3, take them to heart. Already, going to the dentist or brushing their teeth becomes a punishment rather than part of taking care of themselves.

Instead, using positive reinforcement, prizes or treats for a job well done, as well as oohing and aahing about healthy, bright and shiny teeth can be a better alternative.

These little steps can go so far in breaking the negative cycle. Kids start appreciating the value of oral health, and establishing good habits that last for life.

Every day is a new opportunity to start fresh. Let’s take the positive approach and get our children started on a path to a lifetime of great oral health.

If you’re ready to get your kids off to a great start on their oral health (and have fun while doing it), call or email us:

(214) 522-3110                             www.raodentistry.com



Filed under Children's dentistry, Experience, Oral Health, Wellness

7 Pearls Of Transcen’dental’ Wisdom

1. The fastest way to brighten your day: SMILE. 

2. Beauty without health is like a song without a melody.

3. The Floss Police does not exist (but do it anyways).

4. Everything you do to take care of your body, matters. Even the little things.

5. You can speak “smile” in any language.

6. Conquering your fear: priceless.

7. No smile is too white for that delectable glass of red or a lovely cup of coffee 🙂

Do you have more pearls to add to this list? Tell us in the comments below!

(214) 522-3110     www.raodentistry.com


Filed under Cosmetic, Smile, Teeth Whitening, Wellness

The Multi Million Dollar Guide to Get Rid of Dental Fear

Have you heard of a ‘little’ known phenomenon called Harry Potter?

It is, of course, a classic tale of good versus evil, but with a flair that won the hearts of millions around the globe.

Harry’s journey is inspirational; a young boy who starts off quite unsure of himself, and despite numerous challenges and obstacles, eventually conquers his greatest fear and defeats his nemesis, You-Know-Who.

Although not always quite as dramatic, sources of real life fear are, well . . . real. To each and every one of us. While we conquer some and barely manage others (show me a snake and I may WILL run), we all have them.

Which brings me to . . .

Dental Fear.

You are not alone.

You would be in a minority if you didn’t have, at least at some point, some trepidation over the prospect of an upcoming dental appointment, be it a routine cleaning or that as-bad-as-a-dementor’s-kiss root canal.

Oh my.

But not everyone is aware that a lot has changed since their childhood years. While we are often encouraged to face our fears, it doesn’t hurt to have help.  Dental treatments are a lot quicker and much more comfortable. Gone are the days of  ‘just hold on and suck it up’. We offer:



Aromatherapy scents

iPods/Ear plugs

Better, faster anesthetics

Nitrous gas

Anti-anxiety (sedative) pill (by prescription)

And best of all

Caring professionals that care about YOUR comfort.

You relax. We do the work.

No magic wand required.

Thoughts? Send those to us either via owl post ;), or call us at (214) 522-3110, or share in the comments below.




Filed under Dental, Experience