Once a child’s teeth have developed it is important to have regular dental check-ups. The idea is to bring the toddler to the dental office at a young age to introduce them to the idea of coming in and start with having their teeth counted and attempt to polish the teeth, and as years go on the child is comfortable with routine check-ups. Dr Thordarson can assess problems at the start, and apply a sealant to the teeth that show signs of oncoming decay to slow the process and allow the child to keep their primary teeth, which is important for spacing.
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How to keep your children interested in brushing their teeth:
Children have many priorities in their lives, between building forts and what color construction paper to use, it makes sense that brushing their teeth gets bumped down a few spaces on the priority list
Unfortunately, by the age of five, cavities do begin to appear in your children’s teeth. According to a Canadian study, 51 million hours of school is missed due to oral problems stemming from lack of teeth brushing. But what can we do? Listed are a few ways you can make brushing more interesting and fun for your kids.
- Brush your own teeth with your children. They have a tendency to mimic whatever their parents are doing. If you set a good example, they will follow it.
- Make brushing an adventure. Make up games for them to play while brushing, like ‘defeating the cavity bugs’, or get them to name each tooth a wacky name so they know who they are cleaning.
- Play a small cartoon clip, about two minutes a day twice a day for the child to brush its teeth to. Or play a short video to get them to go the distance.
- Have them use cooler brushes. Giving your child a brush that they admire and are proud to use goes a long way. You can go further and get some cool toothpaste too with different flavors.
- Always be consistent. Try your best to make sure your child never misses a brushing. Start planting the idea in their head early in their lives so that it requires less work and persistence for you in the future.
- Story time. Nothing can inform or scare a child more than telling your child how you had your teeth drilled or needles because you didn’t brush enough. Try not to demonize the dentist as you don’t want them to get the wrong idea about going to the dentist. The dentist is there to help, not to hurt. Instead, reward them for brushing their teeth. Keep comments to positive phrases about the dentist and avoid details regarding treatment, let the dental professionals explain the treatment.