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Parents: How To Avoid Passing Dental Fear On To Your Kids

Parents: Avoid Passing Dental Fear To Your KidsSome of the most fun times at our practice are when kids come in for their check ups.

Whether they’re shy, playful or loud and chatty, they bring smiles all around (it’s hard not to when you’re so darn cute).

Beyond fun, what we love even more is the opportunity to give them a positive, happy dental experience. There’s no better opportunity to make a good impression as when they’re young and, well, impressionable.

Unfortunately, many adults have experienced the opposite. Going to the dentist was scary, boring or just plain unpleasant, planting the seed of fear that few can shake off over the years, despite numerous advances.

Today, dentistry is more comfortable than ever before, from

–effective anesthetics,

–fast acting materials, to

–cushy chairs…with pillows,

happy gas (yippee!) or something stronger, and

–iPods for music to tune out, if need be.

But mostly, we care a whole lot more about your comfort.

Regardless, as parents, we always aim to do better for our children. In terms of establishing good habits, one of the best things we can do is to NOT pass on our fears to them. It doesn’t matter if it’s the taste of broccoli (yum, in my opinion!), a fear of heights or, going to the dentist.

If we encourage good habits in our children and do so in a positive light, they will not only be better received but practiced more authentically.

Which is exactly why this is so important. If you had a not-so-great experience with your dentist, passing dental fear on to your kids will only continue the negative cycle.

Using a dental visit as a “threat”: if you don’t behave, I’ll take you to the dentist, be ready, it’ll hurt or I always hated the dentist...comments such as these may sound innocent enough but children, especially as young as 2 or 3, take them to heart. Already, going to the dentist or brushing their teeth becomes a punishment rather than part of taking care of themselves.

Instead, using positive reinforcement, prizes or treats for a job well done, as well as oohing and aahing about healthy, bright and shiny teeth can be a better alternative.

These little steps can go so far in breaking the negative cycle. Kids start appreciating the value of oral health, and establishing good habits that last for life.

Every day is a new opportunity to start fresh. Let’s take the positive approach and get our children started on a path to a lifetime of great oral health.

If you’re ready to get your kids off to a great start on their oral health (and have fun while doing it), call or email us:

(214) 522-3110                             www.raodentistry.com

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The Essentials Of Teething In Babies

Teething in babies can be one of the quirkiest, unpredictable and interesting experiences.

And that’s just for parents.

But your little bundle of joy knows no different. She cannot communicate yet what she’s feeling. So she does what she feels as her little baby teeth (a. k. a. “primary teeth”) get in line to come forth.

Speaking of which….

When do babies start teething?

As early as 3 months, as late as 14 (often preemies). It’s rare, but some are even born with a tooth or two. Hey, I did say unpredictable.

More commonly, though, their first tooth sprouts around 6 months, and it’s usually the bottom front one (“incisor”). Teeth like to come in pairs, so once you see the first, the partner is soon to follow. Then come the ones on top.

Here’s a handy-dandy chart (from TheBump.com) of the order in which baby teeth come in:

You can download and print this chart (pdf) by clicking on the image or here. (You can fill it in as teeth come in, and it makes for an interesting addition to the baby book.)

I think my baby is teething early!

You may think so, if your little one starts gnawing and chewing on anything she can get her hands on as early as 2 or 3 months.

Most often, though, all the drooling and chewing doesn’t lead to an actual tooth until around the 6 month mark, or even later. My daughter, a preemie, could not chew enough when she was 4 months old, but didn’t get her first tooth till 11 months. Go figure!

As those teeth come in, you may wonder….

When should my child start going to the dentist?

When the first tooth appears in the general rule of thumb, but no later than her first birthday.

Your dentist can make sure everything is looking a-ok in there, answer any questions, prevent small issues form getting bigger, and offer tips on how to take care of their mouth at different stages of teething.

In addition, early positive dental experiences build good oral care habits from a young age so your little ones grow up with healthy teeth right from the start.

Need more information? Call or email us!

(214) 522-3110            www.raodentistry.com

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