Establishing a good foundation of trust and discipline as a child is essential for your optimum oral health as an adult. This is what pediatric dentistry is all about. We, at Village Family Dental, don’t just provide your child the dental treatments he/she needs, but we also strive to educate and instill in children the value of healthy teeth and gums for life. Children smiling with healthy teeth is a result of good dental pediatric care from both parents and dentist. A child growing up to be an adult with healthy teeth means effective pediatric dentistry, something that will be passed on to the next generation, too.e passes on to his children.
How Do You Encourage a Child to Practice Good Oral Care Habits?
As your child’s dental care providers, we are passionate about instilling in children the value of practicing good oral care habits. You can start by reading stories to your child about dental care. Try reading tales about the tooth fairy or stories with lessons about the teeth.
Bring your child to the dentist at the early age of 2 or 3. This first visit is an educational experience that allows your child to see his community helper – the dentist at work! Schedule this first visit with a good pediatric dentist; informing the dentist ahead of time what you want to happen. There shouldn’t be any dental treatment performed during this time as the child learns to trust the people in this new environment. The pediatric dentist can show the child the tools he uses and introduce him to the team who helps him perform pediatric dentistry. A happy first dental visit encourages your child to cooperate with the dentist and practice good os at home.
Teach your child proper brushing and flossing. Be lavish with praises if your child brushes his teeth well. Positive reinforcement is a great way to encourage a repeat of a good behavior.
Demonstrate to your child how you brush your teeth, and encourage good habits. This is not only a good bonding moment, but also a good learning experience. Dentists recommend that brushing must take at least 2 minutes to complete. There are toothbrushes made for children with music that lasts for 2 minutes. You can get this type of toothbrush for your child when learning proper brushing technique. It’s important to teach your child upward, downward and circular strokes in brushing the teeth.
Pediatric Dentistry is Specially Made for Kids
Pediatric dentistry addresses the special needs of children, which is why this branch of dentistry requires an additional 2 to 3 years of training. Pediatric dentists are trained to care for children’s teeth and respond to their need for a loving, nurturing environment. A good pediatric dentist can explain a dental treatment to a child in an easy-to-understand and non-threatening manner. Pediatric dentistry is like infant milk that every child must take. It promotes, nurtures, and nourishes healthy teeth and gums for life.
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