As a parent, you try your best to keep your kids happy and healthy. A big part of that is teaching them healthy habits that prevent health issues from arising. Such should be the case for your child’s oral health. To make sure your little one stays healthy, dental hygiene should be a priority in your family. This should include visits to Oakmont Advanced Dentistry in Oakmont, PA.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 19 percent of adolescents ages 2 to 19 have untreated cavities. Additionally, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 42 percent of children aged 2 to 11 have had a cavity in their primary teeth.
Pick Fun Dental Products
Have you ever noticed how many different kinds of toothbrushes there are? A stroll down the dental care aisle at the store can easily become overwhelming, but especially for young kids, it can be quite a fun experience.
Let your child choose their own toothbrush and toothpaste to get them excited about taking care of their teeth. Whether your child opts for a fun-colored manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush that lights up or plays music, they are sure to be mesmerized.
Plus, all the fun characters and flavors make it more likely that your child will participate in their dental care routine with enthusiasm.
Make Their Dental Routine Fun
Speaking of your child’s dental care routine, try to find ways to make it a more enjoyable experience. Play music and dance around while you brush your teeth together. Create a contest to see who can brush their teeth the longest to encourage your child to brush for two minutes. Use a digital timer to count down the time left. Make funny faces at each other in the mirror.
Get creative and find ways to incorporate fun into your child’s dental routine so that they associate cleaning their teeth with a fun, positive experience.
Get Your Kids Excited About Going to the Dentist
An essential part of a healthy dental care routine at any age is regular visits to your dentist. Especially when going to the dentist for the first time, kids can get anxious or feel uneasy.
Prepare your child for their dental visits ahead of time by using positive language. Give them an idea of what they can expect during their time with us, but describe it in a way that makes it sound more like a fun adventure. Remember, we are the good guys who work to keep your child healthy! Read books about visiting the dentist or make up fun stories about dental checkups. Draw pictures of happy teeth and kids with healthy smiles.
Call Today to Schedule A Checkup for Your Child
We like to see our patients every six months, regardless of their age, to ensure their teeth are as healthy as possible. If you haven’t already, call our Oakmont, PA office at 412-828-3311 to schedule your child’s next checkup at Oakmont Advanced Dentistry. You also can request an appointment online.
We are more than happy to offer any tips or information on how to care for your child’s teeth and get them more excited about doing so.