April 2021 by Carly Tse
For the first time ever, April 2021 will be recognized as “Autism Acceptance Month” rather than the traditional “Autism Awareness Month”. The Autism Society of America and other leading disability organizations are urging our community and media to use the word acceptance in place of awareness. The movement serves as a call for improved support in education, employment, accessible housing, and inclusive healthcare. The word “acceptance” represents the ability for individuals with autism to live fully in all areas of life. According to Christopher Banks, President and CEO of the Autism Society of America, acceptance is one of the hardest barriers for individuals and families affected by autism. Using a rhetoric of integration has the potential to help weave neurodiversity into our social fabric and everyday life. Cheers to celebrating differences!
Do You or Your Child Feel Anxious at the Dental Office? – Try this!
- Tell your dentist what helps you or your child feel calm and comfortable.
Bringing a blanket or pillow from home to your appointment can help aid in the comfortability of your appointment. Communication with your dental team can help them better understand how they can treat you and your child to help lower dental anxiety.
- Engaging in a distraction during your visit.
Listening to music or watching a movie during your appointment can help distract you or your child during the appointment. Your dentist might suggest breathing techniques or guided imagery to aid in the calming process.
- Inform your dentist if you and your child are better off knowing the most or the least about the appointment/ procedure.
Everyone is different! Let your dentist know if you would like them to explain what is happening during the procedure or if you prefer to not know. Open two-way communication is the best way to ease anxiety in the dental office.
- Engage in clinical rehearsals if necessary.
Desensitizing yourself and your child to what to expect during your visit will help prepare you for your visit. Check out our social story on our website! Play “dentist” at home with your child. Allow them to be both the dentist and the patient.
Electric Toothbrushes vs Manual Toothbrushes – Why do dentists recommend electric toothbrushes?
- Consistent Clean
With Bluetooth tracking and trademarked movements, electric toothbrushes provide a consistent clean. The oscillating or vibrating motion allows it so that you don’t have to do the work!
- Pressure Indicators
Some electric toothbrushes offer a pressure sensor that will indicate when you are brushing with too much force. With everyday use of an electric toothbrush and the appropriate pressure, your gums are guaranteed to improve.
- Automatic Timers
Instead of trying to keep track in your head, an automatic timer makes it easier to know when 2 minutes is done! The Bluetooth tracking feature, built in timer, and easy to use charger all contribute to the reliability of an electric toothbrush.
Sometimes it’s hard to reach all the way back to our molars! Electric toothbrushes can help them reach those hard-to-reach spaces.