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Making Dental Cleanings and Checkups Easier On Moms

Avoid the time commitment and stress that comes with dental visits for your kids, with Dr. Larsen’s Family Days.

Few things are as exhausting, draining and stressful as motherhood. It’s not only a ton of work that never ends, but at the same time your care about your children a lot and want to give them the best of everything, so you never give half an effort.

Healthy children is at the top of a mother’s concerns. As an experienced dental team in Utah, we know that no mother wants their child to suffer with toothaches, cavities, alignment issues, etc. But taking the right precautions for your children’s oral health can be very difficult. Sugar is so abundant in our country and in Utah, that child tooth decay is more common than it has ever been. Parents try to teach good brushing and flossing habits, but sometimes that isn’t enough.

Regular dental cleanings and checkups are very important for keeping your child healthy. But when a mother of multiple children thinks about trying to schedule multiple dental visits, shuttling kids from school to the dentist’s office and back, and all the other battles required to get children to not be angry about a trip the dentist’s, that mother might just put it off.

That’s why we at Dr. Larsen’s office decided to have regular Family Days, where we open up multiple chairs for cleanings. We can get a whole family of children in and out of the office faster than you ever thought possible, with cleaned teeth and a thorough exam.

We do this because we’re a part of our community, and we want to help out all the moms who are super busy and stressed out. We want to make sure your children’s oral health is good, but without sacrificing a ton of time, and your sanity.

Get all the kid’s teeth cleaned and checked, and still make it to soccer practice!

Note: We don’t do fillings or crowns on Family Days, just cleanings and checkups.

How Do I Know If I’m Grinding My Teeth?

Bruxism Diagnosis and Treatment in Utah County

Most people don’t realize it, but grinding or clenching teeth is common. In fact, many people who clench or grind their teeth don’t even realize they do it.

Clenching: Holding the teeth together and tightening the jaw muscles.
Grinding (bruxism): Moving the jaw with the teeth held together.

Teeth Grinding. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Grinding results in the visible wear and flattening of the teeth, which can become obvious to the patient and especially the dentist. Clenching results in less obvious flattening and wear, but soreness and pain can still result from the tightening of jaw muscles.
So even if you don’t remember clenching or grinding your teeth, check for wearing and flattening where the teeth come together. Furthermore, if you are experiencing jaw pain or stiffness and you aren’t sure of the source, come talk with Dr. Larsen, who can identify bruxism and prescribe treatment to help with your symptoms.

How Common is Bruxism?

Bruxism is most common in childhood, and prevalence decreases with age. Many people clench and grind their teeth, but most of the time it is not problematic. When pain and teeth damage arise, that is when a person needs assistance.
Many children and adults grind their teeth while sleeping, so it is not a conscious habit they can break. Others apply the strain on their teeth during times of concentration, anger, or stress. When the mind is occupied in this manner, during rush hour traffic in Utah County for example, it’s easy to not realize the wear you’re putting on your teeth.

Why Does It Hurt Us?

The human jaw is quite powerful. It is not uncommon for people to be able to bite with their molars in excess of 200 pounds of pressure, studies show. That is a lot of strain on the teeth, especially if the pressure is repeated over and over again.

Treatment

At our office, which serves north Utah County, including Highland, we treat many cases of bruxism with a simple dental appliance that you wear in between your teeth. It’s very comfortable, easy to get used to, and much like wearing a retainer. Dr. Larsen will consult with you about how often and when it should be worn.
In some cases, medication may help to relax the muscles in the jaw. Certain relaxation techniques may also be recommended. Bruxism treatment with Dr. Larsen can be an important choice for getting rid of jaw pain, headaches and more.
Call for an appointment: (801) 756-4440

I’m Afraid of the Dentist

Gentle Dental Care in Alpine and Highland

If you’re scared of the dentist, you’re not alone. Dental anxiety is a common problem that can range from simple uneasiness to fainting at the dental office. Then there are people who prefer to avoid discomfort altogether by never showing up at appointments. Your Alpine dentist understands how fear and anxiety can keep you from getting necessary dental care, so he designed our office to be a stress-free zone where every experience is pleasant.

Relaxing Office

Alpine Dental Care is an office like no other. Let your worries melt way in our comfortable waiting room with vaulted ceilings that keep claustrophobia at bay. Watch TV shows and movies (even in the treatment rooms) or listen to soothing music as you snuggle under warm blankets. We also have a special game room for children and an aviary where you can watch birds hatching.

DentalVibe Pain-Free Injections

Your dentist in Alpine uses DentalVibe, a painless injection system. The small pen-like device uses vibration to counter and block the sensation of pain from injections. No need for pills or drugs! Even if needles don’t bother you, DentalVibe helps local anesthetic spread more quickly and evenly.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Dr. Larsen provides nitrous oxide to help you reach a higher level of comfort. Nitrous oxide is a safe, colorless gas that is inhaled through a mask placed over your nose or mouth. Within seconds after inhalation, you will feel calm, relaxed and ready for treatment. You are conscious throughout the procedure and can be easily awakened if you do fall asleep. This sedation method is recommended for patients with mild to moderate anxiety.

Advanced Technology

Advanced technology means better patient experiences. At Alpine Dental Care, we have invested in the latest equipment and techniques for accurate diagnosis and painless procedures.

Learn how dentistry can be comfortable and pleasant. Schedule a consultation with your Alpine dentist today by calling 801-756-4440. You can also use our online form to make an appointment.