Children grow at an amazingly fast pace. It seems the first thing to develop is opinions. They might not know how to walk, or even talk, but they know what they like and dislike – and they can make their opinions very clear. For many kids, oral hygiene and dental visits are near the top of the “dislike” list, leaving parents to endure temper tantrums and unhappy kids in the name of healthy teeth. At Big Smile Dental, we don’t think it should be that way.
Smiles are all about happiness, and that is what we have dedicated our lives to. The solution is making dentistry fun for all ages! We understand why kids scream when a stern-faced adult orders them to sit down and hold still, and then comes at them with a drill. If the procedure is painful, it just confirms their suspicions that dentists are evil. In our office, there are no intimidating “monstrous” characters for your child to encounter, and we always use gentle techniques with every patient.
When you bring your child to Big Smile Dental, you will be greeted with friendly faces, warm welcomes, and, of course, big smiles! We believe that serious work is best performed in an upbeat environment. Our office is equipped with state-of-the-art technology – and plenty of laughter. We’ll take the time to make friends with your little one, and explain who we are, and what we are going to do. We also work with you and your child to develop great hygiene habits, by explaining the importance of healthy teeth in a positive way –without scare tactics or intimidation.
Here are a few tips on how you can help your child develop a good attitude toward oral health:
- Instead of having kids time themselves when brushing, choose a song (2-3 minutes in length) and have them play it while brushing.
- Use positive reinforcement with ample praise when they do a good job.
- Let kids choose their own toothbrushes. There are bright colors, and fun themes available to spark their interest.
- If your child has braces, try an oral irrigator. Many kids like to blast away food and plaque with their “water gun.”
- Set a good example. Children learn by imitation, so they are more likely to brush and floss regularly if you do.
- Remember to tell your little one what a lovely smile he or she has. Kids are concerned about appearance too, and pride is a great incentive to keep their smiles sparkling and cavity-free.
You and your family are invited to join our family of big, happy smiles! Call 773-772-8400 today and schedule an appointment.