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SIHF Healthcare Offers Area Residents Tips for Stress-Free Oral Care During Dental Hygiene Month

October 5, 2017

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, which means it’s time to visit the dentist! SIHF Healthcare recognizes that anxiety and dentist appointments can go hand-in-hand for many individuals. In an effort to minimize stress and maximize regular dental check-ups, read through these useful tips to help make visits as comfortable as possible.

Do Your Research:
It may soothe your mind if you know more about your dentist. Do they have an expert dental team that works with the latest technology and state-of-the-art equipment to minimize pain and maximize comfort? An expert dental team will take time during every visit to educate you on preventative care methods and proper oral hygiene practices.

Have an Open Conversation with Your Dentist:
Much of dental anxiety comes from fear of the unknown; patients don’t know what to expect from a dental visit. Having a discussion with your dentist will not only alert them to your anxiety, but can prompt them to explain what they are doing as they are doing it, and why. Dental professionals want to make sure your visit is as comfortable, quick, and painless as possible. Help them understand your concerns by being as open and upfront as possible.

Try Relaxation Techniques:
Your dental visit shouldn’t be a long affair, but in the time leading up to your visit, do your best to relax. Breathing exercises are a great way to calm your mind and body. During your appointment, try listening to music to take your mind off the visit. 

The dental team at SIHF Healthcare is dedicated to providing expert oral healthcare. SIHF Healthcare provides a wide range of services, including: general assessments, cleanings, fluoride treatments, restorative care, extractions, sedation, sealants, and special needs dentistry. Please note that SIHF Healthcare centers only provide dental services to patients under 21 years old. To find your nearest SIHF Healthcare center providing dental services, visit


About SIHF Healthcare
SIHF Healthcare operates a network of more than 30 health centers across 11 Illinois counties with more than 160 medical providers who deliver comprehensive health care services including: adult, family, women’s health, pediatrics, dental services, behavioral health, and population health services. As one of the largest Federally Qualified Health Center networks in the country, SIHF Healthcare is devoted to leading individuals and communities to their healthiest lifestyle regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, visit