How to Teach Proper Dental Care to Kids

 Mareshah Logan  Thursday, August 31, 2017

A good attitude towards dental health and proper dental care starts early. The best bet that you have of giving your child a future of healthy teeth and gums is to teach them all about proper dental care while they are still young. At Azarko Dental Group, our children's dentists in Edmonton have seen the difference it can make for parents to give their children a good understanding of dental health.

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When you feel that your child is ready to understand, you can start teaching them a little bit about why we need to take care of our teeth. Let them know that cavities and tooth decay can develop if teeth aren't properly cleaned. Try not to make it sound too scary, and make sure that you also teach them about the steps we can take to keep our teeth healthy, such as brushing, flossing, and eating a healthy diet.

Get your child involved and interested in their teeth by teaching them about the different teeth and their different functions, such as that the front teeth are for biting and the molars are for chewing. Explain to them as well about what happens when they lose a tooth, especially if they are approaching the age where that might start happening soon. You don't want your child to be shocked when their first tooth falls out!

There are a variety of handy teaching aids that you can use to help you get all of this information across in a fun and child-friendly way. Plenty of children's books are available on the topic of dental care and dentist visits, as well as a variety of educational apps that you can download to your phone or tablet for free. Consider doing some fun arts and crafts as well. For example, you can cut out some large teeth from yellow poster board and have your child paint them white.

One of the best ways to get your child interested in their own dental care is to let them choose a toothbrush that appeals to them. Children's toothbrushes come in many different colours and designs, and often feature beloved cartoon characters. When your child is old enough to print their own name, then they should have the strength and dexterity to brush their own teeth. You should, however, keep supervising to make sure that they are brushing for two minutes. Try singing a song or playing some music for those two minutes to help them keep track of time.

Edmonton Dental Clinic Providing Childhood Dental Care

Though good oral health starts at home, don't forget that your Edmonton dentist can also help educate your child about proper dental care. Both of the Azarko Dental Group Edmonton dental clinics provide quality dental care services for children. Our friendly staff will make sure that your child feels welcome and excited about taking care of their oral health. To schedule your child's first checkup with us, just contact one of our two clinics today.

Azarko West

780-483-7079

14938 Stony Plain Rd.

Edmonton, AB T5P 3X8

Azarko South

780-988-8190

969 James Mowatt Trail SW

Edmonton, AB T6W 1S4