More Ways to Help Overcome Your Children’s Dental Phobia

Children are naturally fearful of new situations, and people they do not understand. Many children develop fear and anxiety over visiting the dentist, a provider they only see twice a year. With lots of scary-looking gadgets and an oddly-shaped chair, visiting the dentist may not be on your children’s favorite list. But, we know your children’s dental health in Lancaster, PA, is essential, so we wanted to provide you with some additional techniques to help your children overcome their fear of the dentist.

Previously, we provided you with a few ideas to help ease your child’s dental phobia. Dr. Kolsun and the staff at Hempfield Family Dental Care want to help you make your children’s visit to the dentist as stress-free as possible. Our prior tips included: starting your children’s dental visits at age three, using a board-certified pediatric dentist for children with emotional or physical disabilities, being a strong role model, using positive reinforcement, and bringing your child to the office for your exam and cleaning before his or her appointment.

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Make the Most of Your Dental Benefits on Cosmetic Dentistry in Lancaster, PA

Most of us, at some point in our lives, have looked in the mirror and wished our smile appeared a little brighter. Whether we want whiter teeth or ones that are a bit straighter, we can get discouraged when our pearly whites are not so pearly anymore. Luckily, at Hempfield Family Dental Care, in Lancaster, PA, we have focused on the evolution of cosmetic dentistry for the past 35 years.

While most dental insurance policies will not cover purely cosmetic procedures, they may contribute to the cost if there is a defect or pathology associated with the claim. You can maximize your dental insurance on cosmetic dental claims by scheduling your procedures towards the end of the year and breaking it into multiple visits over two different plan years.

Here is more about what you should know when planning to apply dental insurance benefits to your cosmetic dental procedures.

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How to Choose Between Silver vs. White Fillings and More

Cavities—almost everyone has had one at some point in their life. In fact, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), approximately 92% of adults aged 20 to 64 have experienced dental caries (tooth decay, cavities, etc.) in their permanent teeth.

Whether you ate too much sugar as a kid or you do not floss enough as an adult, not taking proper care of your teeth has likely resulted in some tooth decay. Luckily, cavity fillings have been used in the United States since 1830. As a result, dental practices like ours at Hempfield Family Dentistry have all of the knowledge you will need to help you decide whether you want silver vs. white fillings for your cavities.

In this post, we want to talk about two very popular filling types: “amalgam,” or silver fillings, and “resin composite,” or white fillings.

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Your Most Budget-Friendly Cosmetic Dentistry Choices

When meeting new people, your smile is often the first thing they notice. Having an attractive smile can help boost your confidence and make a good impression. What if your smile could use a little help, but you do not have dental insurance, or your insurance will not cover cosmetic dentistry? Fortunately, there are options to improve your smile that will not break the bank. Read on to discover some of the more budget-friendly choices to enhance your smile that we can help you with here at Hempfield Family Dental Care.

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A Closer Look at Dental Crowns, Veneers & Bonding in Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic and esthetic dentistry offers numerous options for hiding flaws, removing stains, and giving your teeth that “polished” look. Often, the dazzling smile you want can be achieved with whitening treatments that you apply at home with an experienced dentist’s guidance. However, if you are dealing with more significant flaws—like crooked, chipped, broken, or missing teeth—the application of dental crowns or other cosmetic and dental-health promoting solutions may present the best way to get the smile you deserve.

Today’s blog post highlights three specific dental treatment options that can solve both esthetic and oral health concerns—dental crowns, veneers, and bonding. Read on to learn more about each.

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How You Can Help Your Child Overcome Their Fear of the Dentist

While we recommend starting your child’s routine dental care visits when he or she turns three years old, we welcome parents to bring their little ones along to their own dental appointments as early as they are comfortable doing so. “Starting them young” is one of the best ways to prevent your child from developing a fear of the dentist.

Of course, we know that sometimes, despite our best efforts as parents, kids still become shy or fearful of certain experiences—especially those in which they are unsure what to expect. Doctor and dental office visits may result in physical discomfort from time to time, and that fact can easily lead to anxiety and even extreme fear of the dentist.

Luckily, there are lots of preventative actions you can take as a parent to counteract dental anxiety in your child. Today’s post features just a few. If you need even more ideas, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Hempfield Family Dental Care—The Friendly Family Dentist You’ll Appreciate right here in Lancaster, PA.

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Tired of Clenching and Grinding Your Teeth? How to Stop Bruxism

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You may be unfamiliar with the term “bruxism,” but there is no doubt that you have experienced this dental problem at some point. Bruxism is the often sub-conscious act of grinding or clenching your teeth. Our bodies tense up when we are stressed or anxious. We may clench our jaws, grind our teeth, and experience muscle stiffness or cramping.

Read on to learn more about what this dental problem is, what causes it, and how you can work to prevent or stop bruxism from continuing. 

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