At our office we joke with our patients (young and older!): If you want to keep your teeth, brush them at night, but if you want to keep your friends, brush your teeth in the morning. Another school year has just begun in our area. Now is the time start your kids’ year off right by scheduling a back-to-school check-up and cleaning! If you are looking for Riverdale dental care for you or your family, visit us at Riverdale Park Dental.
Starting Healthy Habits Early
It’s important to teach your children how to take care of their teeth when they’re younger. Even though they’ll lose their baby teeth, gum health is a lifelong commitment. Plus, when kids get used to brushing and flossing regularly, they form habits that they take into their teen years, caring for braces if needed and keeping their adult teeth healthy!
Making Dental Visits Easier on Your Children
The first trip to the dentist can be a scary time for young children. The large chair, bright lights, and scary-looking equipment are intimidating for little ones. You can make your child’s dental visits easier by explaining what the dentist will do, each step of the way. Remind your children that their teeth need a “bath” too, just like they do!
Try to find a dentist that specializes in family dentistry and has experience working with younger children. They’ll be able to soothe little ones’ fears and go slowly enough to make sure that dental visits are routine, versus something that children dread. Sit with your child, and encourage them to be brave, then praise them for brave behavior.
You may wish to consider asking your dentist about dental sealants, especially for smaller children that may have a hard time reaching their back molars. These clear coats fill in some of the deeper grooves in the back teeth and reduce the incidences of cavities in places kids can’t reach.
Keeping Teeth Healthy at Home
Once you’ve had a successful dental visit, it’s time to keep those sparkling teeth clean and healthy. Make sure that your child brushes thoroughly in the morning and at night. Check that they’re reaching the tops of the teeth, where the gum meets the enamel. This part is often missed, and plaque buildup can lead to gum disease. If your child has a hard time flossing, choose the small floss pics that are easier for small fingers to handle.
When it’s time to schedule your child’s back-to-school dental check-up, give the team at Riverdale Park Dental a call. We know kids – and we’ll make sure yours is in good hands. Contact us today for an appointment!