I can't stress enough how important it is to keep your child's teeth healthy. Starting as young as you'd like, you should clean their gums with a clean wet wash cloth. Then as they get older they have baby approved gum cleaner with little finger brushes. Then when their first tooth pops in you buy a soft tip tooth brush and infant tooth paste that's safe to swallow. If you're one of those moms that says " why do I have to brush them? They're just going to fall out any ways". Yes, but you're completely wrong. Keeping your child's baby teeth healthy will help aid in healthy adult teeth.
I lucked out and non of my kids have ever been scared to go to the dentist or monsters under the bed, but I know that a lot of kids are terrified. America's ToothFairy, Crest & Oral- B Pro- Health Stages would like to help children overcome their fear of both with some great tips!
Fear of the unknown can have a negative impact on on a child's feelings toward their dental visits. Ensuring that your child is familiar with the dental practice and the people that are going to help them keep their smile healthy will ease their fears and make the dental visit go smoothly.
*Visit the dentist with your child on their first appointment. Help your child understand what to expect on their visit by taking a tour of the practice and asking the dental assistant or dental hygienist to explain what will be done and demonstrate how each instrument will be used. Not only will this help ease your child's fears, but it also creates a wonderful learning opportunity!
*For slightly older children, bring them along to observe your routine dental cleaning and exam. This will allow them to ask questions, see how each instrument will be used, eliminate potential fears by observing your experience and help them understand the importance of practicing good oral health behaviors. (Contact your dental office prior to your appointment to advise them that your child will be with you.)
*Regular dental visits will enable your child to develop a sense of familiarity and comfort with the dental team and practice as well provide vital preventive care necessary for a healthy smile.
*Reinforcing concepts such as daily brushing and flossing, by posting a calendar and rewarding your child a gold star or sticker for every day of excellent oral care. Help get your child excited about their next dental visit by bringing the calendar with you to show the dentist.
*Allow your child to bring their favorite toy or blanket with them on their dental visit to give them an added sense of security and comfort.
*Reading can have a soothing and calming effect on your child. Bring their favorite book to read to them during their dental appointment.
*Let your child wear a costume on their dental visit. This special treat can help them view going to the dentist as a fun activity.
Be positive about going to the dentist. Avoid grumbling about your own dental appointments and help your child understand that going to the dentist helps them keep their smiles healthy! This is important because after all, the ToothFairy likes to collect healthy teeth!
Brush your child's teeth a least twice a day. In the morning & especially at night when bacteria is at its highest. NEVER give a baby a bottle with juice at night, in fact you shouldn't be giving your baby/child juice out of a bottle at all! Soda is very bad for your child's teeth also. It wrecks the enamel and causes tooth decay. I highly recommend water at all times. I only allow water or milk for my kids at home. They're ok with that.
Open the door to brushing fun with Crest Pro-Health Stages Monsters Toothpaste and Oral-B Stages 3 Monsters Tooth Brush! Available at Walmart.
Crest Pro- Health Stages Monsters, Inc. Toothpaste- Makes brushing fun and provides effective cavity protection in a mild gel formula. Make sure that children under 6 years old use a pea-sized amount, and instruct them in good brushing and rinsing habits (to minimize swallowing)
Oral-B Stages Monsters, Inc. Toothbrush- Designed for kids ages 5-7 years, the Stages 3 Monsters, Inc. Toothbrush helps kids brush their best. At this stage , molars start to grow in while some baby teeth are lost. Kids can brush, but they're still learning good technique. Sometimes they brush only one side of teeth and they can't always reach the back teeth. The Stages 3 Monsters, Inc. Toothbrush Helps protect tender gums, Surrounds and cleans teeth, Helps kids reach their back teeth, Fits little hands still learning to brush and makes brushing fun with Monsters, Inc. Characters!
Want to win a giveaway pack of Crest & Oral-B products!
Prize pack will include, include 2 Crest Pro-Health Stages Monsters, Inc. Toothpastes (4.2 oz. ea.) and 2 Oral-B Stages Monsters, Inc. Toothbrushes! (Total approximate retail value of $10.00)
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