February is National Children’s Dental Health Month
We know choosing the right dental practice for your child can be a challenging task. You want to have the best when it comes to your child. That is why you should only bring them to a PEDIATRIC dentist with a Dentist who specializes in pediatrics dentistry, not just any general dentist.
As dental experts that have been in this industry for a long time we have noticed an increase in adults developing a negative relationship with Dentistry. The top reason that people hate the dentist is because of fear. There was a bad experience in the past, most likely as a child and now as adults it affects how they view the dentist.
At Dental Care Kids we have designed our dental practice specifically to help children build positive dental experiences early on so as they grow up they will not fear the dentist. Although we have everything taken care of to have a fun and child-friendly environment at the dentist, we still need your help to keep your child’s smiles healthy between visits. So below are 5 ways we recommend will help to encourage healthier smiles at home.
1. Establish Healthy Dental Routines Early, then Stick With It:
We know it is not the easiest thing to get children to remember to brush their teeth. So by starting the process early, it will help them to improve their habits as they grow up. Here are some steps to help with the process.
First: What is a healthy dental routine:
- Brush for 2 Minutes, In the Morning and at Night
- Floss at least once a Day
Second: We recommend making brushing a fun activity.
Here are some suggestions:
- Do it together. That way you are also helping your teeth.
- Put on your favorite song that is 2 mins long to brush to.
- Dance while brushing and flossing
- Watch a 2min Disney or Pixar short
Third: Explain why it is so important to brush and floss every day.
If you need help on what to say call us and we will be happy to help you out. And at your next visit we can also help explain.
2. Make Going to the Dentist Fun
- Show them that going to the dentist is not a scary place.
- Remind them they will receive a prize and balloons after their visit. It will be something they can look forward to.
- Let them bring their favorite toy or stuffed animal with them to their visit.
- Some patients love to dress up to go to their visit.
- If you are fearful, try to avoid telling them that.
3. Maintain A Healthy Diet
- Plain yogurt
- Watch out for snacks and drinks that have added sugars
4. Keep up with Regular Dental Checkups
- The more they go to the dentist, the more comfortable they will be.
- The repetition of going to the dentist every six months is instilled when they are younger, the more likely they will continue it as they get older.
- They will get excited to go to the dentist because they get to share with us what they have been up-to for the past six months, plus get prizes, and balloons!
5. Make learning about good dental health with fun activity worksheets
Learning about good and bad dental health is a good way to get children to understand how important their smiles are to their overall health. With fun activity worksheets they learn while playing games. To get you started we provided 2 Fun Free Downloadable, “National Children’s Dental Health Month” Activities Sheets provide by The American Dental Association. (download below) If they enjoyed those so much, we have more FREE downloadable worksheets located here: https://dentalcarekids.com/kids-activities/
We hope these 5 steps help your child grow up and continue to have healthy smiles for a lifetime. We are here for you 7 Days a Week. If you have any questions or concerns, call us! (203) 883-4431
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