Help! My Child Is Gagging During Brushing Sessions!

Of course, when your child doesn’t want to brush and floss, you have a very particular type of challenge on your hands. However, when your child is willing but you watch on as your little one tries to brush but always ends up gagging, you can quickly find that you aren’t sure how to respond at all! You certainly don’t want your child to experience any more discomfort or upset. However, you know that dental hygiene that’s consistent is so very important. Not to worry: If your child has been experiencing gagging, our Dallas, TX team is here with some very reassuring help!

Your Child May Be Anxious

We remind you that for anyone, child or adult, anxiety about dental hygiene can lead to gagging. Why might your child be anxious? Perhaps your little one gagged recently by accidentally placing the toothbrush too far back during brushing. Maybe your child feels rushed because hygiene has become a last-minute thing to get through. It could be so many things! If this is the case, make sure to set aside plenty of time, help your child breathe and relax (tensed muscles due to anxiety may cause the gagging), and then proceed slowly and gently!

Your Little One May Need A Smaller Toothbrush

If your child is gagging during dental hygiene, check the size of his or her toothbrush. A brush that is too big (with a head that’s too big) can cause anyone to gag. Downsize and ensure your little one is using an age-appropriate brush!

Your Child May Need A Dental Visit

Maybe brushing hurts, which stresses your child, which leads to gagging. When you are in doubt to any degree, come on in. We would be more than happy to help get dental hygiene back on track.

Your Kiddo May Loathe The Toothpaste

The toothpaste you have bought for your child is likely fluoridated and something you assume your child will enjoy. Why? Well, because you’re doing all that you can to ensure the products you purchase will help your child enjoy dental hygiene and protect against cavities. Unfortunately, you may have guessed wrong with the flavor or texture or both, which can make kiddos gag. Some are more sensitive than others! Try other toothpastes (for instance, switch from gel to paste or from mint to strawberry) and it may do the trick!

Let Us Help You Make Brushing Fun For Your Child

When you recognize that your child is struggling with dental hygiene, it’s time to let us know, so we may make things easier! 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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