Q: What did the tooth say to the departing dentist? A: Fill me in when you get back!
Don’t Shy Away!
3 WAYS TO CALM YOUR DENTAL ANXIETY
G oing to
the dentist can be one of the smartest moves you make
for your health. Not only will you sport a healthier smile, but the connections between your oral health and overall well- being are staggering.
Unfortunately, too many Americans let fear keep them from these vital regular cleanings. According to the American Dental Association, the top reason people avoid going to the dentist is due to anxiety or fear, and studies have even shown that between 9% and 20% of Americans fear the dentist. If the thought of the dentist makes you sweat and your heart race, try these tips to help you calm down. Let Us Know If you’re afraid of us, we want to know! As dental experts, it can be easy for us to forget that some of our tools or procedures can be intimidating to someone who isn’t in the field. We can explain our procedures, develop a care plan that would make you more comfortable, and be extra cautious during your examination. In addition, we can offer guidance and support, which just might diminish the anxiety you are feeling. Be Smart Set yourself up for success before you even sit in the chair. For example, if you are not a morning person, don’t schedule a 9 a.m. appointment. You already don’t want to be awake, so you won’t be in the right frame of mind to face your fears. In addition, studies have shown that caffeine can make your anxiety worse, so lay off the coffee until after your appointment. (Avoiding coffee has dental benefits, too!) The Comforts of Home We all have comforts that calm us down when we are anxious or nervous. Little kids may cling to their stuffed animals when they are scared, while music might help you relax. We encourage our patients to wear comfortable clothes or bring something that may soothe their jitters. Wrapping up in a heavy blanket, listening to your favorite podcast, or bringing a friend along for support can be great ways to help you remain calm during your appointment.
Watermelon Cucumber Skewers
Inspired by CookingLight.com
Skewers are a Fourth of July favorite, but these are not your classic kebabs. They’re a fresh, light, and
fun way to start a barbecue. Oh, and they don’t require any actual cooking.
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1 medium-sized watermelon, cubed 2 cucumbers, cut into 1/4-inch rounds
1 block feta cheese, cubed 1 bunch fresh mint leaves
Salt, to taste
1 packet of bamboo skewers
At Woo Wang Dental, your comfort is our main focus. To learn more about our treatment options visit
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1. Assemble skewers by placing one
watermelon cube, one cucumber round, one feta cube, and one mint leaf on skewer in that order. Repeat until skewer is full. 2. Lightly season with salt and chill in fridge until right before serving.
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