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The Dentist is Your Child's Friend

Updated on September 25, 2014

It is a common scenario at most dental offices to see kids crying, kicking and shouting. Why? It's because they are afraid of the dentist, which should not be the case. As a parent it should be a major concern for you. I'm sure you know the importance of regularly visiting the dentist.

Keep tooth decay at bay.

It's also called dental caries, holes or cavities and it occurs when the teeth aren't cleaned properly and regularly. And your kid's dentist would surely say that the main culprit is often sugary foods. That's because the bacteria in your child's mouth loves to feed on sugars that are left on your mouth, particularly on the teeth. And the more sugar your kid eats, the happier the bacteria will be.

How the dentist would teach your child to prevent tooth decay:

  1. Number one on the list is to avoid sugary foods.
  2. Brush at least twice a day.
  3. Teach your kid to use a floss.
  4. Use a fluoride toothpaste

Foods that help prevent dental problems:

The dentist will also educate you and your child on how to eat properly.

  1. Eat high fiber foods. This will keep the saliva flowing which in turn prevents the build up of bacteria in the mouth.
  2. Whole grains which are rich in B vitamins and iron. These help in keeping the gums in good condition.

Find a dentist who can quickly build a rapport with children.

How can you do this? Just visit a dental clinic and look at the kids at the waiting lounge. Are they happy? Do they show any signs of worry or apprehension? Are they playing around the clinic? Children who have a great relationship with the dentist are generally glad to be in the clinic and having their teeth checked.

How to brush the right way:

The dentist will definitely teach your kid on the correct way of brushing his teeth.

  1. Use short and gentle strokes at a 45 degree angle.
  2. Brushing should average around 2 minutes to make sure the teeth are thoroughly cleaned.

Start giving your kid the pep talk.

It's always a good idea to start your child young and instill in him that the dentist is his friend and he's there to help him maintain his teeth. Always use positive words when describing the dentist and the usual dental procedures that will be done.


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    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      Great post on the basics of good dental hygiene practice. I agree children should start early on brushing teeth.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's hard to find fault with anything you wrote here, so I won't even try. :)


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