Tips From The Tooth Fairy – How to Make Dental Health Fun!
Proper dental health is an essential part of your overall health and the habits we pick up as children have a huge impact on whether we embrace good dental hygiene or evade it. Brushing, flossing and regular dental checkups can be exciting and they should be part of your routine. Our Tooth Fairy has created a list of tips you can incorporate into your kids’ lives to make their dental health a priority for years to come!
Make Brushing Fun!
Invest in Products They Will Use:
Next time you go toothbrush shopping, let your kids pick out their own toothbrush, floss and toothpaste. Children will be more likely to use a tooth product they like. Our Calgary dentist recommends sticking to well-known brand-name dental products. Many brand names have a fun variety of kids’ toothbrushes and flosses to choose from, they come in various colours, and fun shapes and even include some of their favourite characters! Consider an electric toothbrush too, it can add another fun element to brushing your teeth and the oscillating movements do most of the work.
Get the Family Involved
Kids learn from their parents and caregivers, so setting an example is a great way to get children into the habit of brushing and flossing. This is also a great way to hold each other accountable and there is no harm in spending a little extra time with your family! If you have small children this is a great time to teach them how to properly brush their teeth. You can even get your toddler to help brush your teeth so they feel involved and learn the proper techniques.
Create a Reward System
This not only gives them an incentive to brush their teeth, but they will also get excited to brush and floss as they associate it with a reward. This reward can be as simple as gold stars on a calendar. The calendar can help you better keep track of their bruising and it also gives them a physical reminder to brush. At the end of the week, if there are two gold stars every day you can get them a bigger reward, like making their favourite meal on the weekend or playing their favourite game. In addition to brushing their teeth, you can add a special sticker for when they visit their Calgary dentist, this can help get them excited for appointments.
Find A Kid-Friendly Dentist
A trip to the dentist can be scary, think of the last time you went to the dentist as a child and how intimidating everything was. However, that is a thing of the past, dentistry has improved over the last few years so dental appointments don’t always have to be so scary. At Chinook Mall Family Dental, our Calgary dentists specialize in dentistry for children. Our friendly staff will make it an easy and fun experience and Dr. Stewart Charchuk will ensure your teeth are properly taken care of!
Get Excited About the Dentist!
Children often mimic their parent’s behaviours, so if you get excited to go to the dentist they will too. Prior to the appointment talk to them about what will happen and be there to answer any questions they might have. They will feel more prepared and less scared when they know what is happening. You can do this using a book or through various online resources. If your child is anxious about the appointment, you can always call ahead and let your Calgary dental office know, the staff can then better prepare and make the process easier.
Did you know that our Tooth Fairy pays more for healthy clean teeth? Make sure to let your little ones know when the time comes! At Chinook Mall Family Dental, we believe proper dental care can be fun if you make it fun. Make a habit of brushing and flossing twice a day and make sure to schedule a visit twice a year. Call us at 403.252.7711 to schedule your next appointment or book online.