If you have young children, you know it’s important to make life fun whenever possible. This even applies to dental care! At Alcovy Dental, we believe that your child’s dental care routine is a chance to learn something new and have fun in the process. While we recommend bringing your child to the dentist as soon as their first tooth is visible, good dental habits always start at home. Read on for some of our favorite tips for kids and parents looking to start a healthy dental routine that will last a lifetime.
Starting Healthy Habits
By age three, most children have a full mouth of baby teeth. At this age, they should also have a foundational understanding of how to care for their teeth. We know it’s not always easy to teach these skills, so here are some quick tips to help your kids build healthy habits:
Make it Easy
Your child should know what to expect when it’s time to care for their teeth, but it shouldn’t feel like a chore. Start by making your child’s dental care routine accessible for them. Make sure they can reach the sink and can easily access their toothbrush, toothpaste and floss. Dental care shouldn’t feel like something adults do for them; you want your child to feel empowered to care for their oral health. Then, try to make the process fun! For example, playing your child’s favorite song may help them brush for the right amount of time.
Dental Products for Kids
There are toothbrushes of all shapes and sizes, so your child is sure to find one that makes them excited about brushing their teeth. Keep an eye out for products with characters your child loves or toothpaste flavors they might enjoy. These days, some toothbrushes will even play music and more to help your child stay engaged in caring for their teeth.
Goal Setting and Education
Consider making a game out of your child’s dental care routine to help keep them engaged and excited. A progress chart is a good idea so that your child can see how far they’ve come. There are also many opportunities to teach your child about their teeth and what happens inside their mouths. Consider educational videos for your child to watch and be sure to answer any questions that arise. Learning something new is always fun, even when it comes to dental care! Our team is also happy to help educate your child during appointments at our Covington location.
Set a Good Example
Especially in these early stages of life, children believe that everything their parents do is the right way to do it. If you’re enthusiastic and regimented about your dental care routine, your child will likely adopt the same attitude. If your child is watching you flossing and brushing your teeth and has questions about what you’re doing, this is a great opportunity to educate them and show them that you enjoy caring for your teeth. You can even bring your child along on dentist visits so they can see you feeling comfortable and engaged during your appointment.
Visit a Trustworthy, Family-Oriented Dentist
At Alcovy Dental, we offer years of experience in the dental care and education of children. We believe that the right dentist can change your child’s mind about dental care, and we want them to look forward to visiting our office. We recommend bringing children in before their appointment so they can meet our team, get acclimated to the office, and ask any questions that come to mind. That way, they’ll feel confident and excited when it’s time for their official visit. Beginning visits early in a comfortable setting can go a long way in de-escalating anxiety for patients.
Make Your Child’s Appointment with Alcovy Dental Today!
We can’t wait to see you and your family in our office! We are proud to be part of the Alcovy, Covington and Oxford communities to show your children the importance of dental health. If you’re ready to make a convenient and compassionate dentist appointment, simply give our office a call or fill out our online contact form today!