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3TipsforHelpingYourChildFeelMoreComfortableGoingtotheDentist

There’s really no secret to keeping your child’s teeth healthy — good, daily hygiene habits, regular dental visits and early treatment for emerging problems. It’s a lot easier for those things to happen if your child feels comfortable with dental care and visiting the dentist. Sadly, that’s not always the case: many children develop an unhealthy fear of the dentist because the initial relationship may have been mishandled.

Here, then, are 3 tips that will help you foster a healthy relationship between your child and their dentist.

Visit the dentist before their first birthday. From a health standpoint, dental visits should begin soon after your child’s first teeth emerge (erupt) in the mouth. Visiting the dentist by their first birthday also improves the chances they’ll develop a sufficient level of comfort with the visits, more so than if you waited a year or two longer.

Choose your dentist with your child’s sense of security and comfort in mind. When you’re looking for a dentist to care for your child, think of it as looking for a “new member of the family.” It’s important to find an office environment that’s kid-friendly and staff members that work well with children. Some dentists specialize in pediatric dentistry and many general dentists have additional training in working with children. The key is a dental team that has a good, trust-building rapport with children.

Set an example, both in the home and at the dentist. Children learn quite a bit watching what their caregivers say and how they react in potentially stressful situations. If dental care is important to you personally, it’s more likely to become important to your child. And when you visit the dentist with your child, be sure to project calm and a sense that it’s routine — if you display tenseness or nervousness your child may take that as a sign that visiting the dentist is something to fear.

You want your child to learn that the dentist is their friend who’s there to help them. That lesson should begin early with the right dental team — and by making dental care a priority in your own life.

If you would like more information on dental care for your child, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Taking the Stress out of Dentistry for Kids.”


By George L. Landress, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
November 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Tooth color, tooth shape, too much gum tissue, misaligned bite and more. These are the issues that patients ask Dr. George Landress to cosmetic dentistryaddress. Why is the appearance of your teeth and gums so important? The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry states that smile aesthetics directly impact self-confidence, a key element in professional success and interpersonal relationships. So if you worry about how your smile looks to others, why not investigate a smile analysis with one of Danbury's finest cosmetic dentists?

It starts with good oral health

Dr. Landress will ensure your teeth and gums are healthy before he proceeds with any cosmetic dentistry services in Danbury. That means no tooth decay or gum disease. Using his examination findings, Dr. Landress comes to understand what enhancements make sense for your personal preferences, facial and smile shape, age and more.

It takes an artistic touch

Cosmetic dentistry is not all science and modern materials. Dr. Landress provides his patients with much more. He wants to know their visions for perfect smiles. Does their tooth color bother them? Has an auto accident chipped front teeth? Did cancer therapy permanently darken tooth enamel? Is a special event such as a wedding or high school reunion imminent?

So with information gathered, Dr. Landress can translate a patient's vision into reality, and he does it accurately and beautifully. Artistry is definitely a big part of any smile makeover.

Offered aesthetic treatments

One treatment or several? Smile makeovers vary from person to person depending on their unique needs. Dr. Landress and his team offer:

  • In-office or at-home teeth whitening, removing deep stains caused by tobacco, darkly pigmented drinks, and acidic foods
  • Porcelain veneers, customized tooth-shaped shells bonded to the front of flawed teeth
  • Composite resin bonding, a simple treatment which reshapes cracks, chips, uneven tooth length and more
  • Tooth-colored fillings and porcelain crowns, pristine restorations that are durable and natural-looking
  • Conventional braces and innovative clear aligners which correct poor bites, misalignment, gaps and overcrowding

Additionally, restorative dentistry often blends with cosmetic treatments. For instance, in addition to using porcelain veneers to improve selected teeth, your Danbury cosmetic dentist may use bridgework, partial dentures or modern dental implants to span unsightly and unhealthy smile gaps.

Feel good, look great

Together, you and Dr. George Landress can change your appearance and your outlook. For a personal consultation contact his office team today. Call (203) 743-7608.


CharlizeTheronBackinActionAfterDentalSurgery

When they’re introducing a new movie, actors often take a moment to pay tribute to the people who helped make it happen — like, you know, their dentists. At least that’s what Charlize Theron did at the premiere of her new spy thriller, Atomic Blonde.

"I just want to take a quick moment to thank my dentists," she told a Los Angeles audience as they waited for the film to roll. "I don’t even know if they’re here, but I just want to say thank you."

Why did the starring actress/producer give a shout-out to her dental team? It seems she trained and fought so hard in the action sequences that she actually cracked two teeth!

“I had severe tooth pain, which I never had in my entire life,” Theron told an interviewer from Variety. At first, she thought it was a cavity — but later, she found out it was more serious: One tooth needed a root canal, and the other had to be extracted and replaced with a dental implant — but first, a bone grafting procedure was needed. “I had to put a donor bone in [the jaw] to heal,” she noted, “and then I had another surgery to put a metal screw in there.”

Although it might sound like the kind of treatment only an action hero would need, bone grafting is now a routine part of many dental implant procedures. The reason is that without a sufficient volume of good-quality bone, implant placement is difficult or impossible. That’s because the screw-like implant must be firmly joined with the jawbone, so it can support the replacement tooth.

Fortunately, dentists have a way to help your body build new bone: A relatively small amount of bone material can be placed in the missing tooth’s socket in a procedure called bone grafting. This may come from your own body or, more likely, it may be processed bone material from a laboratory. The donor material can be from a human, animal or synthetic source, but because of stringent processing techniques, the material is safe for human use. Once it is put in place your body takes over, using the grafted material as a scaffold on which to build new bone cells. If jawbone volume is insufficient for implants, it can often be restored to a viable point in a few months.

Better yet, when grafting material is placed in the tooth socket immediately after extraction, it can keep most of the bone loss from occurring in the first place, enabling an implant to be placed as soon as possible — even before the end of a movie’s shooting schedule.

Will Atomic Blonde prove to be an action-movie classic? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure: When Charlize Theron walks down the red carpet, she won’t have to worry about a gap in her smile.

If you have questions about bone grafting or dental implants, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Immediate Dental Implant.”