Celebrating Kids’ Oral Health with Quality Dental Care
The habits kids develop during their younger years will likely stay with them for the rest of their lives. Regular dental visits, learning to brush and floss properly, and keeping an eye out for nutrition and diet all play a large role in dental and overall health. The American Dental Association sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month each February to promote the benefits of good oral health to children and adults, caregivers, teachers, and many others.
What can you do to celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month with Grand Mission Dentistry? We’re glad you asked! Here are a few ways you can help us keep your child’s smile strong long after you’ve left your appointment:
Talk Enthusiastically About Dental Visits
Did you know that the main reason people don’t receive necessary dental care is that they are afraid or nervous about dental appointments? This is one thing the team at Grand Mission Dentistry is dedicated and passionate about changing. You can help us by building anticipation for your child’s visit rather than anxiety. A few tips:
- Don’t use say “shot”, “hurt”, or “pain” when discussing their upcoming appointment. Our staff will introduce our vocabulary to children and communicate any procedures in a fun, informative way that they will understand.
- Talk about our office and procedures using basic words, like “toothbrush”, “toothpaste”, and “lights”. Your child will probably understand when you talk about the dentist looking at and counting teeth instead of discussing x-rays or cavities.
Keep Up with Proper Hygiene Habits In-Between Visits
Brushing, flossing, and keeping an eye on your child’s sugar intake are the best ways to manage their oral health in-between their regular six-month checkups. Children are at high risk for developing cavities, mostly due to diet and improper brushing methods. It’s estimated that more than a quarter of kids ages 2 to 5, and half of those 12 to 15 years old, have tooth decay. Observing and helping your child learn the best way to brush and floss, and developing a proper diet will help ensure a strong, healthy smile for years to come.
Don’t Dismiss a Toothache as a Minor Problem
Toothaches are our mouths way of telling us that something is wrong. Though toothaches can be caused by small issues that don’t necessarily require professional help, others are considered critical emergencies. In addition, it can often be very difficult to tell whether your child is suffering from a minor issue like a piece of food stuck in-between two teeth, or a more severe problem like an infection. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when toothaches come up. Call us today at (281) 789-8836 to take care of your child’s pain and get them smiling again. We offer same-day appointments for convenient care!
Schedule a Pediatric Visit Today!
We love meeting new patients and helping parents develop proper oral care routines that will encourage healthy smiles for a lifetime! Call us today at (281) 789-8836 to learn more about our methods, talk to Dr. Nguyen, and book your child’s next visit for optimal dental health.