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Important Habits During the School-Year Rush

Sometimes, it’s the little things that make the difference.

It’s easy to skip good dental care when we are rushed. We’re tempted to think no one will notice. But, over time, good dental care can make a huge difference in our child’s health. With school back in session, being rushed is inevitable.

Here are some important things to remember.

  1. Protecting against cavities is worth the effort. A cavity is a hole that is formed when bacteria (germs) in your mouth use the sugar in food to make acid. This acid eats away at the tooth, forming the cavity.
  2. Diet makes a difference. When your child eats sugary food and then goes hours without brushing their teeth, that acid (as described above) will form. Keep sweets at a minimum and feed them more fruit and vegetables.
  3. What they drink makes a difference, too. Don’t give your children sugary drinks such as soda. And, try to limit fruit juice.
  4. Brushing twice a day is a must. Once in the morning and again before bed with a soft bristle toothbrush is genuinely important.
  5. And of course, regular check-ups at the Smile Center. Trained professionals can see things that the average eye can’t.

As with all good habits we teach our children, these will not go without a pay-off. Less time in the dentist’s chair and a beautiful smile on their face will give us the satisfaction of knowing all our efforts were well worth it.


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Our Little Lovable Therapy Dogs

For our team, having dogs is just a way of life. With all the research surrounding therapy dogs and the well-known fact that they decrease patient anxiety, we decided that dogs should be a part of our work, too.

Friendly and gentle pups.

Research has shown that therapy animals can improve a patient’s mental and emotional state — which helps them to engage and participate in the treatment process. We like our environment to be calming and serene. Our pups Diego and DJ make all the difference!

As trained therapy animals, our dogs are friendly but gentle. They put everyone at ease — especially children that are less-than-sure about the dentist. Diego and DJ are often used to lead children to their appointment, or are placed on their lap during procedures to decrease anxiety.

Our little heroes can…

  • Decrease stress and anxiety
  • Decrease aggressive behaviors
  • Decrease blood pressure
  • Increase the feeling of acceptance
  • Increase verbal interactions
  • Increase self-esteem

Diego and DJ love visitors. Bring your children in to meet our dogs, and take a spin around the office. We’ll show them just how fun a dental visit can be!

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Conscious Sedation Dentistry

We use a number of effective techniques to make your dental experience a calm and relaxing one, and conscious sedation is a a preferred alternative for those who are nervous about dental care or those who want to have multiple dental procedures accomplished in one visit. You don’t find this approach everywhere, because it requires special attention and equipment– it’s one of the things that makes The Smile Center unique.

If any of the following issues are a concern for you, then this approach may be helpful:

  • Dental Anxiety
  • Difficulty Getting Numb
  • Very Sensitive Teeth
  • Extensive Dental Needs
  • No need to be intimidated by going to the dentist any longer.

Taking the Fear out of Dental Visits

For those who know that a local anesthetic won’t be enough to make their visit comfortable, conscious sedation provides a state of relaxation that is deeper, but still allows you to stay awake during the procedure. With this approach, you won’t feel any pain, and you’ll be able to respond to your dentist’s questions and commands. Since communication is important in the dentist-patient relationship, conscious sedation is an excellent option for those who have a little extra anxiety about dental work.

Conscious sedation is often called “sleep dentistry,” this is a term that can be misleading, since you are conscious rather than asleep while the dental work is completed.  The relaxing feeling that the sedation provides has the same effect as a calming sleep, but you can still respond to questions and verbal queues.

Facilities Designed for Conscious Sedation

At the Fredericksburg Smile Center we have a room designed especially for conscious sedation. Our qualified professionals use this room to provide several different types of sedatives and you can be confident that we maintain this important part of our practice with both high standards and your comfort in mind.

Many of our patients have discovered that Conscious sedation allows them to maintain their commute schedule and schedule more than one procedure at a time, without a sense of anxiety.  Those who have avoided the dentist altogether find this approach allows them to keep their regular care schedule with putting it off due to concerns about how nervous they might feel about the visit.

With conscious sedation at the Smile Center, you’ll be surprised just how relaxing a visit to the dentist can be.


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