Dental Hygiene And Tears: Things To Consider

Of course, in the daily goings on at home with little ones, you may find that one of the biggest challenges you face is somehow getting through dental hygiene with your children. That is, getting through it without tears, without upset, and without Mom or Dad feeling completely exhausted. While some less-than-stellar experiences may simply be the natural consequence of kids who aren’t in the mood to brush (which of course, will get better over time), there are some other things to consider!

Something May Be Wrong

If your child is whining and doesn’t feel like brushing or flossing, then you can identify this when you see it. However, if you’re witnessing tears and a serious aversion to dental hygiene, it is worth investigating. Find out if anything hurts, taste the toothpaste your child is using, etc. If you think there’s a problem but cannot quite put your finger on it, schedule a dental visit just to be sure.

Your Child May Have Conflicting Feelings

Your child may be experiencing a bit of conflict. On one hand, he or she is told that dental hygiene is what big kids do! On the other hand, your child may dislike the products being used or may simply want to be more involved (often without realizing it). See if bringing your child with you to choose a brush, paste, and floss does the trick. Sometimes, making it special makes it fun!

It Might Be A Scheduling Thing

Do you let your kids fall asleep in front of the television and then try to rouse them to brush and floss? This isn’t going to go well. Try getting onto a schedule in which they are awake and chipper, so brushing and flossing is a daily, consistent habit.

Make Hygiene Easier By Asking For Advice

If you find that getting your children to brush and floss is becoming increasingly difficult, check in with us for some helpful advice. Schedule a visit with your Dallas, TX children’s dentist, Dr. Marr at Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda by calling 214-321-4880. We proudly welcome patients from Dallas, TX, and all surrounding communities, including Casa Linda, Lakewood, Lake Highlands, Forest Hills, East Dallas, Mesquite, Garland, Richardson, and more.

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