Have you been seeking out information about tooth decay but you aren’t quite sure whether you’re gathering details from reliable sources? Are you interested in better understanding cavities and how to safeguard the oral health of your child? Don’t worry – this is a very common journey, on which we are prepared and happy to join you. To begin, we suggest you take a quick look through some common questions (and answers) on the topic, so you may receive some helpful clarification.
Do you wonder how to approach bringing your child in to see us for a dental checkup? Are you trying to decide if you should tell your child stories about your experiences with checkups, so your son or daughter feels included in a legacy of good smile care? Or, are you worried that your child will develop an anxiety about dental care and you are wondering how to prevent this from occurring? Allow us to provide you with some helpful things to remember, so your checkup is easy and relaxed.
You bring your child in for a dental checkup once every six months so we can maintain a detailed understanding of his or her oral health. This is an excellent way to prevent damage or illness from affecting your child’s smile. While we cover a lot of ground with our efforts, you may be overlooking something: A checkup is also a wonderful time for you to ask questions, so you can keep your child’s smile in good shape between visits. Consider some helpful questions to ask the next time you visit us.
When you begin wondering about your child’s ability to brush independently, you may find yourself a bit torn. First, if your child shows enthusiasm for dental hygiene and increasingly developing habits, you might want to let your little one brush solo as soon as possible. However, it is important not to give your child too much free reign too early, so you can ensure those brushing sessions are safe and productive. Allow us to offer some helpful answers to frequently asked questions, so you feel you’re on solid ground.
As you prepare to guide your child into another exciting year of growth and development, one of your goals includes promoting a healthy smile that stays that way. Like most parents, you likely have a long list of other very important concerns to ensure your child’s wellbeing in safe and sound. Fortunately, we are ready to help streamline your approach to safeguarding your child’s oral health. Focus on the absolute essential details of prevention and you can relax, knowing your child’s smile is headed in the right direction.
A wonderful activity for children who are old enough to feel excited about the New Year is to sit down with your child and create New Year’s resolutions together. Since you can include anything you want, slipping in goals regarding your dental hygiene and encouraging your child to follow suit can create a fun way to see brushing, flossing, and dental visits in a positive light. The more excited your child feels about caring for his or her smile, the easier it will be to establish long-lasting habits for years of healthy smiles. Consider some suggestions as we prepare for 2016.
Have you ever found yourself instructing your child to brush his or her tongue only to wonder if you’re offering the correct advice? Perhaps this is something you have never done but you have a feeling you’re supposed to include tongue brushing as part of dental hygiene. Allow us to offer some clarification on this matter with a helpful Q&A session. You and your child will find that this simple step can provide your brushing routines with exceptional benefits without much extra effort.
Whether you have a young tot who is learning to brush his teeth for the first time or teenage girls who seem like seasoned pros, it is important that you monitor brushing habits. While we would all like to assume our children develop exceptional dental hygiene. However, as new skills develop, younger patients often overlook particular aspects of tooth brushing or they simply rush through the process because it’s certainly not on the top of the priority list. Consider some potential mishaps to watch for to make sure your children are getting the most out of their brushing sessions.
Do your children ever ask you for something that you know is particularly bad for their smiles? Perhaps your little ones ask for sugar-filled gum or extremely chewy candy that you know will lead to a mess and sugar-coated teeth that are hard to clean up (and vulnerable to tooth decay). Have you often found yourself wishing you could quickly think up an alternative because you remember how much fun it was to indulge in these types of sweet treats as a kid? Allow us to offer a few helpful hints, so you have replacement options on hand (and smiling kiddos).
Do you begin feeling extra concerned about your child’s smile over the holidays? What is your biggest concern? Is your child becoming older and more independent and you want to think of a way to promote a positive outlook on dental care? Do you worry about your child’s dental hygiene throughout November, December, and even part of January (and then February!) because of the many exciting holidays that bring with them a bevy of delicious, sugary treats? Do yourself a favor and stop all of that worrying – we are happy to offer a few helpful tips for making sure your child’s smile remains healthy and bright, while home care remains simple to accomplish.