Getting children to brush their teeth can be one of the most difficult tasks to accomplish. Children aren’t usually too keen on the idea of brushing their teeth because it requires them to do something other than play with their toys or watch their favorite movie. However, family dentist’s offices are now offering different ways that can help a child to brush their teeth.
In this article, we will go over how our family dentistry office can help a child to brush their teeth. Just like with other family dentistry offices, we too, use different things to get children brushing their teeth regularly. Read more below!
Getting a child to brush: tips from a family dentistry office
When a child comes into the dentist’s office, they are usually afraid because dental procedures can be scary and unknown. However, at a family dentist’s office, a child might feel safer because the dentist is likely to know the entire family, thus making for a more personable interaction.
Family dentist’s offices know that children are often frightened by dental appointments. With that being said, they do everything that they can to make a child feel more comfortable.
A good tool to use to help a child brush their teeth is that of visuals. Visuals can include anything from pictures to video clips. Children respond well to things that they can see and/or refer back to and visuals happen to be one of those. Using visuals to show a child that other people and children brush their teeth regularly will help increase the likelihood that they will do so.
Most often, a child will visit their dentist with their parent or guardian. Because a family dentist is usually familiar with the entire family, the interaction is likely more personable and comfortable. Family dentist’s offices can use a family member to demonstrate to the child how to brush their teeth.
When children see one of their loved ones brushing their teeth or having their teeth brushed, they may be likely to want to copy the act. Having a parent or other family member demonstrate teeth brushing will increase the chances that the child wants to do it also.
Almost every child responds well to anything that is fun. Sometimes having a family dentist incorporate fun music or a fun reward can help make the child more likely to brush. Implementing something fun into an at-home brushing routine may make the child more keen on the brushing idea.
Family dentist’s offices can offer children a more comfortable environment because it is likely that the dentist will know their parent or guardian too. Children often need a little push to brush their teeth and visiting with the family dentist can help with that. Allowing a child to see visuals and demonstrations of teeth brushing may help them understand the importance so that they are likely to do it later on.
If you have questions or concerns then reach out to our office today so that we can help you. Our trained professionals can walk you through how we can help your child get to brushing. Give us a call or stop in today!
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