Getting your kids to listen to you can be quite a challenge.
If you have younger children, you know what I’m talking about. At that age they’re starting to get their own ideas about everything under the sun – and they certainly won’t hesitate to let you know about them!
Discipline can be a tricky concept to teach them, especially when it comes to the things that are good for them. Eating their green vegetables, for example. Or sitting still at the restaurant.
One thing your children have to sit still for is a trip to the dentist.
My practice, Orthodontic Affiliates, specializes in family dentistry – which means me specialize in making children of all ages comfortable when it comes to fixing problems with their smiles. Even if this is their first visit to a dentist, we know how to put children at ease to get them the care they need without frightening them.
I’ve improved the smiles of hundreds of children over the years, so I’ve learned a thing or two about how to approach giving families of all sizes and shapes the comfortable, gentle treatment they need.
Yet in order for me to do this, I need you to start pulling your weight.
In order to get your child the orthodontic care they need at a young age, I’ve learned that it helps tremendously if they already have a good foundation of oral hygiene.
That foundation is built inside the home, and you’re the one laying most of the bricks.
By getting your child accustomed to taking care of their teeth in the comfort of their home, and at their own pace, they will be more accepting of professional treatment. Naturally, providing them with positive experiences while they’re young will pave the way for proper oral health as adults.
Tips For Good Dental Health at Home
Form the time they’re born, it seems that kids want to be independent. As soon as they learn to speak, they’re testing the world to see how it reacts to them. It’s amazing to watch, but it can be frustrating when they give voice to their own ideas about what they will or won’t do.
Your goal, then, is to make sure that they associate brushing (and eventually flossing) with positive experiences.
This is where you as a parent have total control. By creating an environment where your family treats brushing as a fun activity, you’re reducing the chances that they will try to resist professional efforts to fix any problems with their smile.
Children that don’t have that bedrock of good oral health at home can be difficult to treat, which only causes frustration and, ultimately, the potential that they develop serious conditions with their smile.
If a child isn’t taught the discipline it takes to brush and floss every day, then you can imagine how difficult it will be for them to maintain a pair of braces.
In honor of Children’s Dental Health month, I want to share a list of things that you can do at home with your family to impart habits that will promote lasting oral health for a lifetime, so let’s get started!
If you can start your family on this path, then you will have saved yourself plenty of headaches by the time of their first orthodontist appointment.
Once you’ve mastered these steps, then the next best thing you can do for the health of your family’s smile is schedule an appointment with my office. The earlier a child receives orthodontic treatment, the greater and longer-lasting the benefits will be, saving you time and money.
So pick up your phone and give me a call at 888-722-5033, or click here to request an appointment online.
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