Here at EccoDental we understand how important the health of your family is. We also understand that taking your kids to the dentist can be one of those dreaded tasks, looming in the not-so-far-away future, which can leave you feeling panicky and wondering if your kids really need to have healthy teeth and gums? In the offices at EccoDental we try to eliminate that worry by having friendly, reassuring pediatric dentists who love to spend time in the company of children. But even if knowing that doesn’t make you feel better about going along for the necessary check-ups, read our top 4 useful tips for visiting the pediatric dentist to help you relax.
Try to arrive early for the pediatric dentist
Stepping out the front door can be hard. You snooze your alarm too many time. You spill the milk and burn the toast. Plus, you have one, two or even three little people in tow! So here are our tips for making it to your dental appointments on time, heck maybe even early!
- Set your alarm to go off 30 minutes before the kids get up, and jump straight out of bed. Have you tried putting your alarm on the other side of the room? This way you have no choice but to pull back the covers and get going! Before the noise wakes the kids and you miss having that precious half hour to yourself!
- During the night before your appointment, try getting organised. Pack all the bags you’ll need (toys, snacks, drinks, spare clothes) and leave them by the front door. Is the appointment with the pediatric dentist in the morning? Then make some overnight breakfast. Keep it in the fridge, and bam! Everyone can grab their bowl of food and gain all the great energy they need for the day.
There are so many benefits to being organised and leaving the house earlier than you need to. It gives you plenty of time for those everyday accidents to happen, and gives you breathing space to sort them out, all the while knowing that you’ll still be on time for your dental appointment. Leaving you, and more importantly the kids, calm and relaxed to see the dentist.
Although our waiting-room is comfortable, clean and managed by friendly receptionists – for kids, a pediatric dentist’s office isn’t the most exciting place for them to spend time. So bring something for your child(ren) to do. Toys, colouring books, stories, stickers, tablets, music devices with headphones. Games for all the family to do will be a fun distraction. Try Pediatric Dentist I-Spy – who can spy the most interesting thing in the dentist’s office? Another game to play is 20 questions. Each of you thinks of a famous person or film character to become, and the others have to ask yes or no questions to find out who it is – 20 questions only! Before you know it your kids are relaxed and in good spirits, and they may even start to associate seeing the dentist as a fun activity, making future visits easier for you!
Help your kids have healthy mouths
If you work hard with your kids to keep their mouths healthy, then a visit to the pediatric dentist’s office should be much smoother. Here are our top tips for healthy mouths of the small people in your life:
- Brush their teeth twice a day. Try brushing your teeth together as a family. If your kids see you brushing your teeth happily they may be more interested in doing it themselves. Encourage them to take control of their brushing – they choose how much toothpaste to use, and they decide if they’ve been brushing for long enough. Let them choose their own toothbrushes when out shopping; there are lots of colours and different characters to choose from.
- Make sure there is a high level of fluoride in the toothpaste. For children over three, there is no reason why they can’t use a toothpaste that has the same amount of fluoride as an adult toothpaste. This makes economic sense too, as you can all use the same toothpaste.
- Reduce their sugar intake. It’s common knowledge that the more sugar a person consumes, the more decay takes place on their teeth. Have sweets, sugary drinks and cakes as a treat, rather than an everyday snack. This not only keep children’s mouths healthy, but also their general physical well being.
- Introduce flossing as a daily habit. Between the ages of 6 and 10, a child should be able to learn how to floss their teeth on their own. This keeps bacteria out of those places that the toothbrush can’t reach.
Looking after baby’s teeth
Are you bringing your infant to the pediatric dentist’s office for the first time? There is definitely nothing to worry about. Your baby will probably enjoy the experience of meeting new people and getting to sit on your knee in the fun dentist’s chair. It’s best to make an appointment for your baby to see the dentist as soon as their first tooth erupts. Teething can be a really difficult time during your child’s first two years and the dentist can give you plenty of advice on how to help your baby through this important part of their development.
Whenever you need to visit the pediatric dentist, EccoDental will always endeavour to make your appointment as smooth as possible, for you and your children. Looking after your family’s oral hygiene is our number one priority, and we know if you follow our handy advice, we can all work together to stay as healthy as possible. Contact us to make your appointment now: