Kids and a Healthy Smile!
Children have truly unique dental needs so they need a childrens dentist who understands these needs. Your child goes through many changes during their dental developmental growth phases. Your child goes from having no teeth, to having baby teeth, to losing their baby teeth, and finally to having permanent teeth. All of this occurs in the first 1-14 years of your child’s life. This is a lot of change, and Dr. Charchuk is trained to provide the children’s dental care necessary to ensure your child passes through these phases in life and enters adulthood with a strong and healthy smile.
At Chinook Mall Family Dental Clinic we love our smallest patients and it shows! We make it a priority to make them feel safe and understand what we are doing to their teeth and why. Teaching your kids about their oral health and importance of their teeth should start early. Keeping it simple is key, why do they have a mouth and teeth, what are they are for? Your mouth helps you do many things like-
Chewing- delicious healthy food and the occasional snack!
Talking- to your best friend, or favorite pet. And don’t forget singing!
Smiling- when something makes you happy!
What is the easiest way to care for your teeth?
Kids can take charge of their teeth by taking these steps:
-Brush at least twice a day, after breakfast and before bedtime. If you can, brush after lunch or after sweet snacks. Brushing properly prevents plaque.
-Brush all of your teeth, not just the front ones. Spend some time on the teeth along the sides and in the back. Have your dentist or parent show you the best way to brush to get your teeth clean without damaging your gums.
-Take your time while brushing. Spend at least 2 or 3 minutes each time you brush. If you have trouble keeping track of the time, use a timer or play a recording of a song you like to help pass the time.
-Be sure your toothbrush has soft bristles (the package will tell you if they’re soft). Ask your parent to help you get a new toothbrush every 3 months. Some toothbrushes come with bristles that change color when it’s time to change them.
-You can also brush your tongue to help keep your breath fresh!
Dentists love teeth and they love teeth so much that they went to school to learn everything there is to know about teeth. Most importantly, they learned how to care for our mouths and inspect them to make sure they are as healthy as can be. And if any of your teeth or gums are hurt, they know how to fix them! Dentists love showing kids their equipment and tools and share how they work and what they do. Going to the dentist you also get a deep cleaning that you cannot get at home. Going into the dentist does not hurt, you’ll have to sit still and keep your mouth open which may be a little uncomfortable but you are rewarded with a new toothbrush and oftentimes small prizes!
A Few Great Reads Before Your Child Goes to See the Dentist!
Little Critter- Just Going to the Dentist by Mercer Mayer
Curious George Visits the Dentist by Margret and H.A. Rey
My Dentist, My Friend by P.K. Hallinan
The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist by Jan and Stan Berenstain
Show Me Your Smile! A Visit to the Dentist by Christine Ricci
It’s quite common for children to feel anxious about seeing dentists. Teaching your child that visiting the dentist is a necessity, not a choice, and that the dentist will take care of their teeth so they stay strong is important. Just as is starting a good healthy oral routine at home. Our office at CF Chinook Centre is warm and inviting to all ages. We look forward to providing exceptional service to you and your family. Please contact us with any questions about your child’s smile!