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3 Tips to Teach Your Kids When They Are Learning How to Brush

Dental Health. Albuquerque, NMAs a parent, it’s your responsibility to teach your kids just about everything they know. Even though those disgusting habits like picking their noses may not be something you want people to think they learned from you, having good oral habits is something that you should be proud of. To make sure that your kids learn all of the tools they need to have a healthier and happier smile, let’s take a closer look at a few tips that you can teach them.

Flossing

Flossing is the first step to get your mouth clean and although you may not be able to teach your little kids how to use traditional dental floss, you can get them small flossers which are easier for them to hold onto. All they have to do is try to wiggle it in between their teeth; that way it gets out everything from in between them. Let them know that for the first week, their gums may be sensitive, but that it’s normal and will go away.

Brushing

Brushing is the most important step that you should teach your kids. If they are only going to pick one thing to do to perfect their oral health, make sure that it’s brushing. Just make sure that you choose a toothbrush that appropriately fits their mouth. Then, choose a flavor of toothpaste that they like; that way you can make brushing a little bit more fun. If you really are having a hard time getting them to brush consider making a chart for them. Then, if they consistently brush their teeth, they can go to the store and pick out a sugar-free treat.

Don’t Forget to Rinse

Another important part of oral care that you can teach your kids is rinsing after they are done brushing. Rinsing helps you to get the extra food and germs out of your mouth so that you don’t get a cavity or an oral infection. To rinse, all you have to do is just put some warm water in your mouth after you brush and then spit it out.

Teaching your kids good oral habits at a young age will set them up for a healthier future. If you want to learn more ways to ensure that your family’s mouths stay happy and healthy, contact us at our Albuquerque office at (505) 881-1159.

 

 

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3 Ways to Keep Your Little One’s Smiles Healthy

Dental Disease Prevention Albuquerque NMWhen you have a house full of little kids, it can sometimes feel like you’re herding sheep. No matter what you say, they tend to do whatever they want. Although that may work in some parts of your home life, when it comes to dental care, it may require a bit more guidance. But because we know just how hard it can be to get your kids to follow your every wish and command, we have created a brief guide listing some simple ways you can keep your little one’s smiles healthy.

Cut Down On Snacking

Snacking may be a lifesaver when you have toddlers, but if you can, try to keep it to a minimum. Although snacking can be great at keeping your kids busy, it can also increase their chances of getting cavities. After all, the more food they eat without brushing their teeth, the more exposed their teeth are to cavity-causing germs.

Eat Well-Balanced Meals

When you’re preparing meals for your family, try to make sure that they contain at least one fruit, one vegetable, a protein, and a grain. Balanced meals help ensure that your kids get full of things other than sugar. Then, only allow your kids to have dessert a few times a week— try not to make it a daily endeavor.

Make Sure They Brush

When it comes down to it, even if your kids are eating salads for every meal, if they aren’t brushing their teeth at least twice a day, they aren’t doing their mouths any favors. Make sure that your kids brush their teeth, at a minimum, after breakfast and dinner every day.

Being a parent is hard work, but making sure your kid’s teeth stay healthy doesn’t have to be. If you want to learn more about dental health, schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Holbrook online or call our office today at (505) 881-1159.

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How to Talk to Little Kids About Dental Hygiene

dental hygieneWhen you have little kids, it can be especially hard to talk to them about things like their health. However, your children are a lot smarter than you think and if presented well, they should be able to understand what you’re saying. To help instill good dental habits in your little ones, make sure to talk to them about their oral health. This article will discuss a few ways that you can talk to your kids about dental hygiene. Read on to learn more.

Use Visuals

Kids are primarily visual learners. One of the best ways to teach them about the importance of brushing their teeth and avoiding too much sugar is to use a visual object like a puppet. By acting out different scenarios with the puppet, you can explain to your child what happens if they don’t take care of their teeth. By sparking interest with visual objects, this will also encourage your little ones to ask questions.

Read Books

The library and websites like Amazon have books that were made for this very thing. Consider buying or checking out a few books on oral hygiene for your kids and read them to your children before they brush their teeth at night. By reading before brushing, you can use this as a perfect learning opportunity.

Use Small Vocabulary

Often when adults are discussing medically based topics, they use jargon that is impossible for kids to understand. When you are talking to your kids about their oral health, make sure that you are using words that they can comprehend. The easier you make the explanations, the more they will be able to understand what you are saying.

Schedule a Consultation

Talking to your young kids about dental hygiene can seem a bit intimidating. However, by using visuals, reading books, and using language that they can understand, you shouldn’t have any problems. To learn more tips or to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Steven Holbrook today!

 

 

 

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The First Dentist Visit Can Be Hard On Your Child – And Hard On You

first dental visitPediatricians and dentists agree – a child’s first dental visit should be within six months after the first baby teeth appear, or around the age of one. For first-time parents, the idea of taking your “baby” to the dentist can be a concern. Even if you have maintained twice-yearly dental visits throughout your life, taking your child to the dentist could fall under the category of “the fearful and the unknown.”

Dr. Holbrook would like you to feel confident and comfortable about taking your child on that important first trip to the dentist. To that end, here are some ideas and things to consider:

•If you are relaxed your child will sense your calm
•If you are anxiety-ridden, your child will also pick up on those vibes
•You can sit in the examining chair with your child on your lap
•You can wait in our reception area if that would work better for you
•The first dental visit gives your child and Dr. Holbrook a chance get to know one another and begin building comfort and trust
•Dr. Holbrook will discuss your child’s overall health history with you
•Your baby’s tooth or teeth will be checked for any signs of decay

Depending on your child’s unique dental issues or your concerns, x-rays may be taken, the teeth cleaned and a fluoride treatment applied. One of the major reasons for this first dental visit is to give you a chance to learn about the best ways to take care of your child’s teeth, as well as ask questions and discuss your concerns.

It’s advisable that you get in the habit of taking your child to the dentist every six months. This allows Dr. Holbrook the ability to discover and timely treat any problems. It also helps build a trusted relationship that will be so important for your child.

Dr. Holbrook is always happy to treat a new, young patient. Call to schedule an appointment, today: (505) 881-1159.

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