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Avoid  these words:
Shot or needle            
Pull /Yank a Tooth 

Use these words:
Sleepy Juice
Mr. Whistle or Mr. Bumpy 
Wiggle a tooth out
Sugar Bug
Wash a tooth
Count the teeth
Tickle the tooth
Tooth Counter    

Please be careful with your words. Before your visit, we ask that you avoid certain words that may increase anxiety and fear.  Keep older siblings from talking to their younger siblings about the dentist, if you think that they may create a poor image.  Children will pick up on your fear or any negative manner in which things are presented.

Don't say," it won't hurt"  or "don't be afraid", or "Be a big, tough boy or be brave", because those very words can make someone think that there IS something to fear.  Really, the less that is said, the better for the child.  We explain things as we go and try to make it gentle and fun for the kids.  Today, with modern fluoride, air abrasion, the Wand Single tooth anesthesia, and dental sealants, in addition to early prevention and education, kids just don't experience what the generations before them have experienced.  Let's give them a good start and make it really FUN!!    

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​​Angela Hilton-Foley, DMD

(813) 891-1212