Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Six Steps to Calming Dental Fear in Kids



Contrary to popular belief, dental fear in kids is not innate. It's acquired. A parent’s behaviour towards dental check-ups or treatments can affect the way a child perceives them. If a parent has dental anxiety, his kids are most likely to experience it as well.
    
Parents can help kids get through a dental check-up without fear. There are at least eight ways by which parents can achieve this. They are as follows:

Introduce oral hygiene early – Oral hygiene must start while kids are still months old. Babies’ gums must be free of milk residue for their permanent teeth to grow strong. Parents can use a swab of cotton dabbed in warm water in cleaning their babies’ gums. Parents can replace cotton swabs with a toothbrush once their babies’ first teeth show. This will help babies and kids get used to tooth brushing.

Bring them to the dentist early – Dental visits must start at one year old. Early trips to the dentist can provide early detection and prevention of dental problems. Also, it can help toddlers and young kids feel at ease in the presence of a dentist.

Teach dental and oral hygiene in a fun way – Search for books and videos that show the importance of dental visits in a fun way. Learn happy songs which kids can sing on their way to the dentist.

Refrain from sharing painful dental experiences – More often than not, parents scare kids with painful dental treatments in order to keep them from eating sweets or to reinforce tooth brushing. Instead of doing this, emphasize the comfort and the benefits dental check-ups bring.

Prepare them – Kids usually fear something that they don’t know anything about. Let them know what can happen in a dental visit. Practice it or do role plays at least two days before the actual check-up.

Go to a pediatric dentist – This professional is skilled in accommodating kids with dental problems. Pediatric dentists usually have child-friendly clinics, equipment and staff.
      
Afraid of the Dentist? Quick Tips for Easing Your Kid


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Other Ways to Have a Heathy Mind

In my previous post, I discussed how proper diet, exercise, communication with others and creativity can improve your mental health. Now, let us look into other ways which we can do in connection to this.

Change your environment - Getting stuck in the same location for years is not only boring. It can also limit your self-perception. Relax and have a vacation whenever possible. Your vacation doesn't have to be fancy. Any place where you can relax and refresh your mind will do.

Learn to accept yourself - We are all created unique. Stop comparing yourself to others - how they look like and what they can do. Doing so will get you anxious and mentally unstable at the worst. Reconcile with your real self, be happy with it and accept your shortcomings.


 

Try yoga - Did you know that physical, emotional and mental stress can cause muscle tension? Additionally, they can constrict breathing. Muscle tension and poor breathing both affect the health of our minds and bodies. Yoga is noted to be the best exercise to arrest both difficulties. Yoga positions improve the function of the cardiovascular system and the circulatory system. When there's enough air and blood reaching the brain, you can get assured of healthier brain cells and clearer state of mind.

Think less of yourself and think more of others - Refrain from worrying about yourself. If you find yourself doing so, practice thinking about other people's welfare. By thinking of what you can do to help others and acting it out, you are able to think less about your failures. Little by little, you will find confidence in yourself and your credibility to depended upon by other people. This can kick out the negative thoughts affecting your mental health.



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ultimate Guide: How to Have a Healthy Mind

Having a healthy mind is as important as having a healthy body. You can live your life to the fullest with a healthy mind. Follow these steps if you want to think and be well.


Watch what goes into your mouth - Do you consume healthy meals and drinks? Do you eat on time? The substance we acquire from drinks and food can affect the balance of elements in our mind. For one, drinking too much alcohol can alter a person's behaviour, emotions and judgment. Food that is rich with fats and sugar are also believed to affect a person's depression or happiness level.

Make your body sweat - Apart from keeping your body in top shape, exercising improves your mood. This is made possible by the release of endorphins during exercise. Endorphins will help you battle against depression and shew away negative thoughts in your mind.

Give creativity a chance - We humans are born to create. You may not be as artistic as the others. But you can definitely create something beautiful or useful. Getting a hobby that matches your skills is also helpful. Playing musical instruments and horseback riding, for example, are recommended by psychiatrists to patients experiencing psychological turmoil.

Spend time with others -  We tend to clam up when experiencing heartaches or problems. This could be a healthy thing to do for a day or for a week. If it lasts longer than that, you must force yourself to share your thoughts with someone. Many mental problems have rooted from communication problems. Talking with a friend or a family member can ease up the burden you're carrying. It can also give you a new perspective about your situation and your life.