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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