Archive for February, 2013

Catonsville Pediatric Dentistry: The Benefits of Dental Visits for Children

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

At what age should children start visiting the dentist?

Here at Affinity Dental Associates, we like to informally meet children around 18 months of age. This way we can introduce your child to the concept of going to the dentist. He or she can see exactly what happens at the dentist and we can give your child a quick and informal examination. Then, when your child is ready for their first real examination, around age 2, he or she will be much more comfortable.

What are the Benefits of Dental Visits for Children?

  1. Peace of Mind: The more frequent a child goes to the dentist at an early age, the more comfortable they will feel about it in the future.
  2. Development of Good Oral Hygiene Habits: It is important to show your child the importance of good oral health. Early and frequent visits with the dentist are a great way to accomplish this.
  3. Good Oral Health: Of course, the biggest advantage of dental visits for children is good oral health. Dentists can spot warning signs of problems far before they develop and take the necessary steps to correct these issues.
  4. Dental Sealants: Between the ages of 7 and 9, your dentist will probably recommend dental sealants, a plastic resin that bonds to a tooth’s chewing surface.
  5. And Much More!

Catonsville Pediatric Dentistry from Affinity Dental Associates

By relating to children with understanding and patience at a level they can understand, we find that most children will be more accepting of the necessary dental treatment. Of course, not all children are cooperative. For those children or procedures, we have different levels of sedation available.

If you have any questions about Sedation Dentistry, please contact Affinity Dental Associates by calling 410-719-7900 or visit MarylandsBestDentists.com today!

Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Sources:

  1. The Importance of Early Dental Visits WebMD

Dental Anxiety, Sedation Dentistry, and Affinity Dental Care in Catonsville

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Don’t let Dental Anxiety keep you from the Dentist…

Are you one of the many Americans that avoid going to the dentist because of fear? Don’t worry; you are not alone. In fact, 50% of all American adults admit to having anxiety over going to the dentist’s office. As a result, more than one third of these individuals refuse to go to the dentist at all.

Avoiding the dentist is definitely not the way to go. This could greatly increase your risk of cavities, tooth decay, gingivitis and gum disease, and many more oral health problems. Luckily, there is one easy way to get around your anxiety: Sedation Dentistry!

At Affinity Dental Associates, we understand that not everyone can sit through dental procedures. This is why we offer sedation dentistry. Our office is licensed by the State of Maryland for the use of General Anesthesia for general dentistry. This allows us to offer a great range of options to minimize the fear and discomfort of dental visits.

Our office is licensed and equipped to sedate and treat:

  1. Patients who experience dental anxiety
  2. Physically or mentally challenged patients
  3. Patients that have time constraints and need to have their dental care performed in as few visits as possible

At Affinity Dental we strive to provide our patients with the personal, professional, quality dental care they need, while making it convenient, painless, and affordable.

If you have any questions about Sedation Dentistry, please contact Affinity Dental Associates by calling 410-719-7900 or visit MarylandsBestDentists.com today!

Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Sources:

  1. 4 Steps to a Pain-Free Dentist Visit WebMD