Dental Books for Kids Make Regular Checkups Easier

kids-dentist-books

Getting children comfortable with the idea of having a stranger take a close look inside their mouths presents a challenge for many parents and caregivers. Adding a few fun books about visiting the dentist to the bedtime story rotation or reading a story about kids who enjoy their regular checkups can help kids feel more at ease.

Dental checkups are necessary for the health and well-being of every child. There are many ways to help kids feel good about seeing their dentist. Here are three dental books for kids that may help make regular visits a lot less stressful for everyone involved.

USB First Experiences: Going to the Dentist by Anne Civardi

This book helps children process their anxiety in a healthy way. Written by experts who understand how to make kids feel good about new situations, this book is a quick read that will put little ones at ease before and during their dentist appointments.

Little Critter: Just Going to the Dentist by Mercer Mayer

This story about a first-time visit to the dentist is ideal for young children. In this story, the main character, Little Critter, learns that seeing the dentist can be fun and certainly isn’t anything to fear. This book is ideal for kids aged 4-6. 

ABC Dentist by Harriet Zierfert 

Perfect for kids aged 5-7, this basic and light-hearted book is a great introduction to the dentist. The author is well-known for communicating somewhat complex topics to kids in a way that they immediately connect with, and this book is no exception.

 

Why You Shouldn’t Fear Getting a Root Canal

mccord-root-canal-therapy

The thought of having a root canal can cause people to run for the hills. They put up with un-necessary pain and even avoid their dentists for routine check-ups.

If this sounds like you, please keep in mind that the actual root canal does not cause pain. It is your infected tooth that is hurting, and this pain will not simply go away.

When your dentist recommends a root canal it is because the pulp (consisting of blood vessels and nerves) is damaged. Pulp that is inflamed allows bacteria to multiply which causes an abscessed tooth and/or swelling of the face, head or neck. This equals pain.

Root canal therapy is the treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly infected. The procedure consists of removing the pulp, cleaning out the inside of the tooth, and sealing it. The tooth will be restored with a crown or a filling.

Once your root canal is finished it is normal to feel some tenderness in the area and in your jaw. Over the counter medicines should help with these temporary symptoms.

Post Care Treatment Should Begin Immediately  

Wait until the numbness wears off before eating because it will be very easy to bite down on your cheek or tongue and not realize it.

Do not use your treated tooth to chew until you have your tooth restored.

Make sure to continue your normal dental routine of brushing and flossing.

If you have abnormal swelling or an allergic reaction to any medications, contact us immediately.

You shouldn’t fear the root canal. At Mint Dental Care, we make you as comfortable as possible for your treatment. Call us today if you are having any tooth pain and we’ll schedule an appointment as soon as possible!