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Teaching Your Kids Good Dental Habits

Teaching Your Kids Good Dental Habits

IT ISN’T ALWAYS easy to teach a young child important life skills. They have boundless energy and short attention spans, so a session of sitting still with a toothbrush isn’t always going to go as planned. Following these tips might help when imparting these essential skills:

1. Show them that brushing is a priority. If brushing their teeth comes across to them as an inconvenient chore, they’ll see dental hygiene as an inconvenience. Frame it as something easy but unskippable — a part of every morning and evening.

2. Feel free to move brushing outside of the bathroom. All it takes is a toothbrush to brush a child’s teeth wherever it’s easiest. It could save a lot of frustration.

3. Using toothpaste isn’t as important as using a toothbrush. If the child practiced their finger-painting skills with the entire toothpaste tube, simply brush without it until it’s possible to get more.

4. Let the child choose their own toothbrush. This will help them feel more ownership over the process and make it more exciting.

5. When possible, brush in front of the mirror so they can watch how the process works. It will also help them feel more involved.

6. Make brushing fun! They’ll be happier to cooperate if it’s presented like a game. Maintain a cheerful attitude and play fun music in time with their two minutes of brushing.

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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Linda Clague
5/5

Alex, . Morgan, and Dr Geo are very personable and professional. I felt very relaxed the entire visit.I especially appreciated Dr. Geo's careful mouth and teeth exam. They explained everything step by step and allowed time for questions.

Mclatt
5/5

On my first visit I meet Becky, we sat down and talked about everything they do there and she allowed me to tell her about my issues with my teeth and she felt that they could help me with my problem. This is the first time I have ever been able to explain, in detail, about my past and present experiences with my dental problems. She made me feel very comfortable in taking about my care and what I would like to have done with my denture issue's. I have set up my next appointment to have x-rays done and feel very good about that! I'm looking forward to my visit and what they have to say about fixing my problem .

Dolly Kite
5/5

My dad had the appt there at the office for a broken tooth. They worked him in and made the experience as pleasant as possible for an 86 year old man. I appreciate the care, understanding and patience for him. Great visit! Great Doctor!!

beverly morris
5/5

I go to smiles for life I can't thank them enough for there kindness and caring I really like Dr Geo there all awesome but he's my favorite ♥️ they are all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable just like one big Happy family

Lynn Reedy
5/5

The best staff !! The most friendly staff of any dentist office I have ever been too. Dr Geo is the best. Super friendly. Recommend this dentist office to any one especially if you have a fear of dentist (as I myself ).

Warren Wise
5/5

Just had my first visit with Dr. Whiting at Smiles for Life in Bridgewater. My welcome to the office was warm and inviting. The dental assistant was professional, proficient, and very gentle. Dr.Whiting is very good at explaining problems he saw with my teeth and outline options for addressing those problems.

Jennifer Harper
5/5

Cathy Batton is an amazing hygienist and is so gentle but very thorough. She is very kind, and I am always happy to see her when I go to the dentist! She makes going to the dentist more fun!

Sandy Miller
5/5

I love Cathy!! She does a great job and is always very personable and professional. Give her a raise!! 😊 Everyone at Smiles for Life is great! If you’re looking for a dentist, I would highly recommend them.

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