Talking With Your Kids

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Kids and the Importance of Oral Hygiene

Many parents dread having to talk to their kids about serious matters. When it's related to fun and games it's easy to converse with your children but when the subject matter involves health, safety and responsibility it can be difficult. Oral hygiene is a topic many parents prefer to leave to their pediatric dentist but by avoiding this subject you are missing a great opportunity to connect with your children and help them better understand the importance of taking care of their teeth.

Kids look up to their parents and will trust that you have their best interests in mind. This is a good thing. Before you visit a dentist or doctor your child will probably be asking why they have to go and now is a great time to start building a relationship with your kids that involve serious issues. If you don't talk to your kids or try to avoid their questions this can lead to problems with trust and that can be very hard to win back.

When your children are old enough to understand, it is important to discuss their oral hygiene with them. Prior to this you probably helped him brush his teeth, held his hand for his first visit to the dentist and acted as a go-between with the pediatric dentist. Now, though, you need to find out how much your child has learned and do your best to fill in the gaps. When the time is right and you feel comfortable, sit down with your child and start by asking easy questions about their teeth. Using a soft and gentle approach is always the best way to gain a child's trust and will make conversations much easier.

A good idea when talking to your children about oral hygiene is to keep the conversation fun and lighthearted. Trying scare tactics can backfire quickly and only induce anxiety. Start off by asking your child how his teeth feel, does he have any pain when he eats or drinks, is there any discomfort during or after brushing. Also ask him if he knows why it is important to maintain healthy teeth. You may be surprised by how much your child knows and understands. However, if the answers are vague and confusing this is a sign that you may need to talk to your pediatric dentist and figure out a way to reinforce the importance of good oral hygiene.

Talking with your kids about healthy teeth and the proper way to brush and floss will not only build a trusting relationship but also get them to open up about problems they may have been hiding.

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West Hartford: 860-523-4213
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