Your Child’s Dental Health: Tips for Mom!

By: Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics  07/31/2014
Keywords: Dentistry, Dentist, Orthodontics

The process of caring for your child’s teeth can sometimes be a hassle but the process of getting your child to care for their own teeth can be even more daunting! In our 46 years of experience serving Michigan communities, the staff and doctor team at Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan have learned a few things about making the process of caring for your child’s dental health a breeze. Check out a few of our best tips here: 1. Incentivize, Incentivize, Incentivize. For many young children, providing small rewards for maintaining proper dental hygiene can be extremely effective in solidifying proper dental habits. Try providing your child with a sticker for every time they brush their teeth/remember to floss. Have your child place the star on a special chart that tracks the number of stickers earned. Once your child accumulates a set number of stickers (say, 20), treat them to a visit to their favorite restaurant, a trip to the water park, or maybe 30 extra minutes of playtime before bed. 2. Make It Interesting. Believe it or not, there are a number of ways in which you can make the dental care process interesting for your child. Some parents find success in allowing their children to decorate their own toothbrushes using non-toxic and swallow-proof materials. Others bring music into the equation, playing their child’s favorite song as they brush and encouraging them to continue brushing until the song has ended. 3. Consider the “Mouth Monsters!” The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry have created three characters called “The Mouth Monsters.” These characters, named “Ginger Bite-Us,” “Tartar the Terrible,” and “Tooth D.K.” help your child learn the importance of caring for their own dental health. They come equipped with a fun and useful “Mouth Monster Defense Kit,” which can be used to help inspire your child to keep up with those newly formed healthy habits. Check out the program here: http://www.mychildrensteeth.org/mouth_monsters/ About Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan, the offices of Drs. Delaney, Plunkett, Ralstrom, Makowski, Thanasas, Ker, and Associates Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan have specialized in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics since 1968. Our family-friendly office gives patients and families a more comfortable and consistent experience with dentistry from the very beginning. The pediatric dentists treat children from newborn to 18 years of age while our orthodontists provide care for both children and adults, including being an Invisalign preferred provider. The ability to treat all special needs patients reaches beyond our facility, which has treatment rooms available for children who require additional privacy. Valued hospital affiliations allow dental services to be performed at DMC Children's Hospital when needed. Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan 39400 Garfield Rd., Suite 200 Clinton Township, MI 48038 586-286-0700 www.mychildsteeth.com

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