Clarence Street Dental - March 2019

Dental Trepidation? CALMING YOUR CHILDREN’S DENTAL APPOINTMENT JITTERS Even though we like to think we’re pretty lovable at Clarence Street Dental, Statistics Canada has found that 40 percent of Canadians have a fear of going to the dentist! As parents and dental experts ourselves, we know this fear can start in childhood. Stifle a budding fear with some of the following tips, and teach your kids to love the dentist. Simple Fun Going to the dentist will never measure up to the

Laughing Gas! Josh: Why did the king go to the dentist? Scott: Beats me. Josh: To get his teeth crowned! Josh: What does a marching band member use to brush his teeth? Scott: I have no idea. Josh: A tuba toothpaste!

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excitement of an amusement park, but it can be easy, fun, and worry-free. Start by avoiding confusion and a lot of questions by keeping your explanations positive and simple. Tell your kiddos the dentist will count their teeth and clean their smile. Having some form of comfort, such as their teddy bear or blanket, can ease fears too. At Clarence Street Dental, we also try to make the experience as enjoyable as possible with movies, TV, and popcorn! Early Bird While we don’t recommend munching on worms, making your kid an early bird when it comes to their

Because they are traditionally made with buckwheat, many brands of soba noodles are gluten-free. Combining them with the increasingly-popular “zoodles” results in a healthy, light meal that you can eat for lunch the next day.

INGREDIENTS

• 4 ounces soba noodles • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 2–3 cloves garlic, grated • 1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and grated

• 1/4 cup soy sauce • 2 tablespoons water • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced • 1 small zucchini, julienned into noodle strands

dental hygiene will set them up for success. Studies show that patients who start going to the dentist early and continue throughout their life have better oral health. We recommend getting your children into the dentist by their first birthday. This will help the dentist become a regular part of their life while they are young and lower their risk of anxiety or fear of the dentist. Check Yourself The way you talk about the dentist could instill anxiety in your child. If you’re nervous about going to the dentist, talk to your provider about ways to make the experience easier. For example, studies have shown that consuming caffeine can increase your anxiety, so experts suggest limiting it before doing something you already dread. Kids learn by example, and when you’re comfortable with the dentist, they will be too. At Clarence Street Dental, we know that sometimes our tiniest patients need the most time, attention, and care. That’s why we’ve catered our practice to address every aspect of your child’s care — including their fears — with care and kindness. Schedule your child’s dental appointment, or learn more by visiting ClarenceStreetDental.com or calling 855.973.1113.

DIRECTIONS

1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add soba noodles and cook until tender, about 4–5 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water, then set aside. 2. In a large skillet or wok over medium- low heat, warm olive oil until barely shimmering. Add grated garlic and ginger, and cook for 1 minute. Pour in soy sauce and water, and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 2 minutes. 3. Add onions, simmering for 3 minutes. Stir in zucchini and cook for an additional 90 seconds. 4. Add soba noodles and toss to fully coat. Serve immediately, or cool and serve as a cold dish.

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