Dr. Brett L. Johnson

General & Cosmetic Dentistry

How to Get Children Excited to Fight Cavities

You know how important it is to practice good oral hygiene. But teaching your children the value of fighting cavities can be a little overwhelming especially if they don’t want to listen. Here are some tips to help you connect with your children more and teach them about good oral hygiene. From your choice for Children’s dentist Oregon City: Dr. Brett Johnson.

Start Young

Teaching your children proper oral care at a young age will be an invaluable investment in his or her health. Start by setting an example. When your children are young they learn best from watching you. If you treat brushing your teeth and flossing as a daily routine and a fun regimen they will learn it is an easy to implement habit as well. Your actions send a message to them that oral care is extremely important.

Involve Them

Children like to be part of the family and feel as if they matter. Include your child in all aspects of oral care including picking out the toothbrush and toothpaste. Make a date of it, and invite them to the store to pick out their very own style. This will help your child feel more connected to you and recognize the importance of maintaining proper oral care through routine care. When children get to pick their own tools out, they often feel more encouraged to do proper oral care.

Spend Time With Them

Being with your children until they get the hang of simple oral hygiene steps will help them see the importance of brushing and flossing. Make sure you use a soft bristle brush and show them how to reach to the inside of their teeth. The plaque builds up in these hard to reach places, so involving your children in the aspects of reaching to the hard to reach areas will remind them why it is important to take care of their teeth.

Educate Them

Children learn by example but also remember it is extremely important to tell them why you are doing what you are doing. By implementing the importance of brushing and flossing to remove plaque and prevent cavities will help remind children why it is valuable to continue this habit.

Visit a Pediatric Dentist

It is a great idea to take your child to a dentist who specializes in treating kids or a family friendly practice. Pediatric dentists are trained to handle the wide range of issues associated with kids’ dental health. They also know when to refer you to a different type of specialist such as an orthodontist to correct an overbite or an oral surgeon for jaw realignment.

Oregon City Dentistry is a true family dental practice. Our friendly, caring, highly trained dental staff is committed to making your visit as relaxing as possible and to ensuring yourcomfort and health. The minute you walk through the door you will feel right at home.

 

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