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How to Teach Kids about Oral Hygiene

child teeth careYou know the importance of having healthy teeth, but chances are your children are less concerned. Yes, their pediatric dentist at Night & Day Dental in Raleigh is going to discuss issues such as cavities with them, but the message is more powerful when it’s coming from Mom and Dad. Better yet, turn oral hygiene into a game that the entire family plays.

A Plan for Durham and Chapel Hill Families

1. Set Time Aside to Brush Together. You know that the first step to good home care is to brush and floss morning and night. Set time aside each day where you and your little ones do this together. It creates family bonding time while taking care of their mouths.

2. Have Fun Doing It. Who says you all have to stand there and brush without a little fun? See who can create the best bubble, or who has the best aim when spitting the suds into the sink. The winner gets a prize, try to avoid candy as an option!

3. Don’t Forget to Floss. Floss together, too, but only after you’ve allowed your children to get the hang of it on some plastic teeth. You don’t want them hurting their gums. This will only discourage the habit and encourage the resulting tooth decay.

4. Make Checkups a Family Event. Your child may fear his or her tooth exams. Make going for your annual checkups a family event, where everyone goes together. Talk with your child and then get in the chair first. That way your son or daughter can see it’s not so bad.

Pediatric Dentistry in Cary, Apex and Raleigh

Night & Day Dental is here to help you with your family’s teeth and gums. Established in 1997, we’ve been working with Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary and Apex families for years. Call us today for a full exam and braces consultation at 919-783-5677.

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