Don't Let Dieting Impact Your Oral Health

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Don't Let Dieting Impact Your Oral Health

Like many people who need to lose a few pounds, I try diet after diet in an attempt to find one that finally works for me. I learned the hard way that I need to make sure any diet will not harm my teeth, even if it does help me lose a few pounds. I learned this lesson when following a grapefruit diet. There are many versions of this, but the version I tried had me eat a grapefruit alone several times each day. It was supposed to suppress my appetite. I helped keep me from munching on unhealthy snacks, but the acid in the fruit took a toll on my tooth enamel and I quickly started getting lots of cavities. I created this blog to remind people that change up their diets often to make sure the foods they are eating are not harming their teeth.

Getting Through A Dental Visit With Your Small Child

If you have to take your little one to the dentist and you are expecting to have a hard time getting them to behave, there are some things you can do to decrease the chances of them having a tantrum. By preparing for the visit ahead of time, you may find that it goes a lot smoother than you had anticipated. Try using some of the tips in this article when you take your small child in to the dentist:

Bring a healthy snack

Your child can become agitated if they get hungry while they are waiting to see the dentist. You can bring a healthy snack for them to enjoy in the waiting room to prevent this from happening. Keep in mind, the snack should be one that isn't going to make it hard for the dentist to see their teeth during the exam, such as foods with food coloring in them. Apple slices, crackers and string cheese are a few examples of good food choices to bring. These foods are also low in refined sugar, so your child won't become more active after eating them.

Bring a new toy

Go shopping for a new toy before the dental appointment and don't let your child know that you bought them something until you are in the dentist's office. When they start to act up, you can tell them you have a surprise for them if they are good. Give them the toy and they will be so excited about its newness that it will keep them occupied while you wait to be called back into a room.

Bring a movie with you

If your child has a favorite movie that always keeps them calm, then you can bring it in a portable DVD player with earphones and let them watch the movie while they are waiting to see the dentist. If they have a favorite cartoon character that really grabs their attention, see if there is a DVD of that cartoon out with new episodes they have never seen.

By putting a little thought into entertaining your small child in the dental office, you can enjoy a much more pleasant experience without them throwing tantrums or being overly active while they are waiting. You may also want to set their appointment for first thing in the morning or right after lunch. This way, they will be one of the first people called back and there won't be as long of a wait. Click here for more info on dentistry.