Help Children Overcome Fear Of The Dentist

fear of the dentistThe reason most children have a fear of the dentist is because of the unknown. Many may have not visited a dentist before and don’t know what to expect. They might see the dentist as someone who causes pain. This is because they might have seen their parents experience discomfort after a major dental procedure.  Or they may not be able to differentiate between the dentist and the doctor where they may have been given shots. There are some things that we can do to help our children overcome fear of the dentist.

Model correct behavior – The next time you have a dental appointment, take your child with you.  Have the child watch the entire process and explain what is happening as it happens. After, make sure your child is aware of how amazing your newly cleaned teeth feel and how happy you are to have healthy teeth and gums.

Read dentist stories to your children – There are many children’s books available that talk about visiting the dentist and make it fun for children.  This can help relieve some of the unknown and fear from your child.

Pretend play – Role playing with your children is a great way to have them know what it would be like at the dental office.  Create a pretend dental office in your house with fake instruments and all.  Take turns with your child pretending to be the dentist and patient. Pretend to check your child’s teeth and talk to your child about brushing and flossing.

Bring your child’s favorite toy – You can talk to the dentist ahead of time and make sure that it is OK to bring your child’s favorite toy with you. This helps the child feel more safe and happy.

Reassure them – While you are at the dentist, be sure to let your child know how great they are doing. Give them encouragement and positive affirmations.

How Parents Can Help Kids Overcome Fear Of The Dentist|Village Dental

Make Brushing Magical

make brushing magicalDentalCare.Com provides a fun way to make brushing magical.  This activity booklet from Disney, Crest, and OralB includes fun activities for kids that remind them the importance of brushing their teeth.

You will find mazes, crossword puzzles, matching and coloring activities.  If you have a child that doesn’t think brushing is fun (and what child does!), print out this fun activity booklet for them. Check it out here.

Tooth Fairy Inflation

18020313-boy-in-the-natureIf you have kids, you may or may not have had to deal with the tooth fairy yet. If you have, you may have noticed that there has been a bit of inflation since you were a kid.  A new survey has shown that kids are getting on average $3.70 per lost tooth from the tooth fairy nowadays. The reason? Parents don’t want their kids to be the one that got a quarter while other kids are getting almost $4.00. They don’t want their kids to feel like their tooth is worth less.

So how much should you give your child?  You can ask around and get an idea of how much the tooth fairy is paying in your area.  But you should do what works best for you and your family. Read the full article from NY Daily News here: Tooth Fairy inflation: Price of a tooth nears $4   – NY Daily News.

Kids Oral Care

girl with broken toothIt’s not always easy being a parent. You have plenty of things to worry about when it comes to the care of your kids.  One important thing that you should be concerned about is your kids oral care. This is something to begin teaching at a young age, as soon as they have teeth.  An article written by Simply Senia reviews 8 habits that will have your kids teeth glowing like pearls. These include things like teaching them the proper brushing technique, restricting sugary and gummy snacks, encouraging them to drink a lot of water and visiting the dentist regularly.  To see this list in more detail and to see the other 4 healthy habits for your kids oral care, see the article here: Kids Oral Care – 8 Habits That Will Have Teeth Glowing Like Pearls | Simply Senia.

6 Tips for Instilling Good Brushing Technique in Your Kids

child brushing teethFor many children (and adults for that matter), being healthy doesn’t always come easy. Things such as getting them to eat their vegetables and taking a bath can be a struggle and at times a downright battle; why would brushing their teeth be any different? But don’t lose hope yet! The earlier healthy habits can be instilled, the better! Set your children up for a lifetime of good oral hygiene by following some of these tips and tricks to not only get your kids brushing, but excited doing it!

  1. Play a children’s favorite: “Monkey See, Monkey Do.” This one’s a two-parter:
    1. Starting at a young age kids love to mimic, use that to your advantage! Make an effort to make it look like fun when you are brushing your own teeth and they will be more excited to do it as well, even look forward to it!
    2. Let them brush your teeth and then you brush theirs. They will most likely be more willing to let you brush their teeth if they get to brush yours in return, you can make sure it’s done right, and it’s also more like a game to them then. They should get a good feel at knowing the right way to brush by feeling how the brush moves and feels in their mouth first hand when you do it.
  2. “Once upon a time…” Give them a good story. Sometimes all it may take is a creative story or two about villains such as Professor Plaque and heroes like Timmy the Toothbrush to get your kids excited to brush regularly. Dental hygienist, Kim Czerwonka, says she and her coworkers talk to kids about “why we need to brush and how the sugar bugs make holes in our teeth if we don’t brush them away.”
  3. All aboard the Toothbrush Train! Compare the motion of their toothbrush to the wheels of a choo-choo train to encourage them to move their brush around their teeth in large, massaging circles rather than scrubbing back and forth.
  4. Bubbles galore! Lots of bubbles mean that they’re brushing well, so hold a bubble contest and see who can make the most bubbles. On your mark… Get set… Brush! (just make sure they’re brushing for a total of at least 2 minutes).
  5. Show and tell. After chewing a dissolving agent, plaque turns bright pink. This is a fun way kids can see first hand where plaque and problem areas are, and more importantly why brushing makes a difference.
  6. Turn on the tube. Have your kids watch short 2 minute clips from their favorite shows to make sure they’re brushing long enough. Visit http://2min2x.org/watch-brush for tons of 2 minute videos of popular kids shows right at your finger tips!