Ammar Idlibi – Tips For Working With Children

As a pediatric dentist, Ammar Idlibi has extensive experience of working with children and often needs to help young people overcome their fears of dental treatment before he can assist them with their teeth. Working with children presents a number of challenges that you may not encounter when working with adults, so keep the below in mind to find success.

Keep Things Simple
You will usually find that children struggle to engage with what you say if you use complex terminology during conversation. Appreciate the fact that children, particularly younger ones, have short attention spans so you need to keep things as simple and concise as possible. Explain things in language they understand and answer any questions that they may have to help them feel more comfortable.

Use Positive Language
Negative language can have an enormous effect on a child’s psyche, which often makes it harder to work with them. This is especially true in the case of dentists, where any mentions of pain, even saying that something won’t hurt, can conjure up negative thoughts in the minds of children. Be positive in everything that you say and encourage children to keep going.

Encourage Participation
Education has always played a large role in Ammar Idlibi’s life and he encourages discussion in his dental practice. By involving young people in what you are doing you help them to learn about why it is important, while also giving yourself the opportunity to develop trust and engage children in what you are doing.

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Ammar Idlibi – Bad Dental Habits That You Can Change Today

As a pediatric dentist, Ammar Idlibi tries to offer as much advice to his patients as possible about what they can do to maintain the long-term health of their teeth. While visiting the dentist regularly and brushing twice a day are obvious, there are many other things that people do that can cause untold damage to their teeth over time. The following are all little habits that are bad for your teeth and oral hygiene, all of which can be changed in an instant.

Crunching Ice

There are few things better than the taste of an ice-cold beverage on a warm day. Disregarding the fact that this beverage may be a soft drink, which likely contains sugar and could damage your drink, it is the ice that may present a more immediate threat. Many people have gotten into the habit of chewing the ice in their drinks when it goes into their mouths. At first glance this may not seem like much of an issue, after all it’s only water in another form. However, the coldness of the ice, coupled with its brittle nature, can actually cause microscopic cracks to appear on the teeth when it is crunched, which can develop into big problems later on.

Using Teeth As Tools

Your teeth are tools for eating food, but a lot of people use them for all sorts of other things. There are probably many reading this who have torn open a plastic wrapping with their teeth or used their molars to loosen a bottle cap. All of these actions cause your teeth to come into contact with materials that they should not be interacting with. These can lead to trauma and may even result in teeth getting chipped.

Teeth Grinding

The effects of teeth grinding are obvious in that it wears down your teeth. Unfortunately, this is something that many people do at night, when they are unaware of what is happening. The best fix in these cases is to speak to your dentist and acquire some mouth protection that will stop your grinding. Those who grind their teeth when they are awake need to exercise a little bit of willpower to get out of the habit.

Using The Wrong Toothbrush

While brushing regularly is always recommended, you may actually be damaging your teeth if you use a hard-bristled brush. There is a common misconception that harder brushes will result in cleaner teeth, but this is not usually the case, especially with older adults. As you age your gums will start to recede and the roots of your teeth become more exposed. Hard bristled brushes will cause pain in these more sensitive areas, in addition to leading to gum irritation.

Ammar Idlibi is the founder of Kids Dental Care and has been practicing dentistry since 1992.