How to get your kids to take care of their teeth and have a good relationship with the dentist

We all know that kids can be, in some cases, a little bit more difficult to deal with and when it comes to taking a trip to the dentist, the problem gets even worst. I love them and I also think that I want to be a pediatric dentist in the future, so that being the case I have decided to share with you some ways that can make your child to be good at the dentist.

We are told at classes that the first thing that we should do when it comes to a parent and his child is to educate the parent first. Picture this – if a parent is really afraid of going to the dentist, the child will be too. The parent will not make a step into a dentist office because he/she is really afraid so the kid will do what they know the best: take after his parent.

It is important to take your kid to the dentist as soon as she (I will refer to the kid as a she so it could be a little bit easier to read) gets a fair amount of teeth. It would be a simple trip, where the dentist will probably just count her teeth and make her feel a little bit comfortable with the environment. Then, take her regularly and she will learn not to be afraid of it.

One of the most important thing is to find the right dentist. It’s ok to make a short appointment for yourself only so you can get to talk to the dentist. Getting to know your doctor better will make a significant difference later when your kid will get to observe that her mommy or daddy is actually friend with the doctor.

Don’t force them. Talk to the doctor first. Make sure they are ok with every situation that may occur during the visit. If she doesn’t want to sit on the big chair at first find an alternative and maybe keep her in your arms but without actually forcing her. Going periodically will make her feel more comfortable as time passes and soon she will sit by herself.

Make sure the place is kid friendly. Kids like stuffed animal, toys and drawings on the wall. Make sure that the place you are going to has at least one of those. There are a lot of places that offer free toys for kids that are nice during the appointment so this might be a nice way to make them stay still for a moment.

The education starts from home. Make sure you start brushing your kid teeth as soon as she gets any. You should not use a toothpaste until your kid is about 3 years old because she can swallow it so getting the toothbrush wet and cleaning every teeth will be enough. You can always invest in an electric toothbrush that has Disney drawings on it or the ones from Oral B who come with apps that let’s your kid see how she brushes her teeth. Important: if you decided to get your kid an electric toothbrush make sure you turn it on in front of her face first. Let her play with it for a bit. If you put it in her mouth then turn it on, it might scare her so much that she will refuse to use it after. You can also get a mirror like the one that you see in a dental office so your kid could get used to that too. It isn’t expensive at all and you can get them at the supermarket.

Don’t rush them when it comes to brushing their teeth. The toothbrush is something new for them so let them explore it in every possible way. Buy 2 or 3 just in case one gets in the toilet and the other one is used as a hair brush for the dolls. There will be times when you will be tired and you will not have enough patience to watch your kid play with his toothbrush, but please, take a deep breath and wait for them to finish. It’s a new thing they have to discover and understand so please let them take all the time that they need.

Bribe is always an answer. If you decide that you’ve tried everything and your little one is still refusing to cooperate, you can always bribe her a bit with a new toy or some ice cream if she behaves. No judging, everyone gets there in the end.

Let me know what you think about this post in the comments down below. I would love to hear more methods if you know or tried any so feel free to leave a comment down below.

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  1. January 24, 2019 / 3:33 PM

    I have this problem with my almost 2-year old. He actually likes “brushing time” but only licks the toothbrush and plays with it. When it’s my turn to brush his teeth, he would bite the toothbrush and won’t allow me to go to the front surface of the teeth.

    I’ll give bribing a try tomorrow.

    • stralthy
      Author
      January 24, 2019 / 3:37 PM

      If you are using a toothpaste that has Florine in it and he eats a lot of it during a longer period of time it can encourage the apparition of small stains on his teeth.
      I have a niece that does the same and her mom interrupted the toothpaste usage until she’s 3-3 and a half just to be sure haha

      • January 24, 2019 / 4:19 PM

        Thanks, I’ll keep that in mind.
        I’m actually using Pigeon, it doesn’t contain Fluoride, so I think we’re safe there. I’m just worried his teeth (especially front teeth) will rot because I don’t get to brush the front.

        • stralthy
          Author
          January 24, 2019 / 4:32 PM

          I think everything will be fine. Just try to brush them only with water as often as you can.
          I know there are some rubber things that you can put on your finger and act like a toothbrush. Maybe you can try with one of those🤔

  2. bingingonabudget
    January 22, 2019 / 6:38 PM

    Great post, what would you say is the best tip on here?

    • stralthy
      Author
      January 22, 2019 / 7:16 PM

      I’d said the best one is to definitely start slow and not forced him/her to do anything. Take you time to explain every step as you go

  3. January 22, 2019 / 2:25 PM

    This post made me smile. My father used to do these things with me when I was younger and I remember sitting on his lap whilst at the dentist when I was really young. It paid off though, because now I have no issues with going to the dentist 🙂 Great tips x

    • stralthy
      Author
      January 22, 2019 / 2:39 PM

      Thank you! You should really find a dentist now that will make you feel comfortable with yourself in his/hers office!
      It really does a big difference being able to communicate and trust your dentist before any procedure!

      • January 22, 2019 / 3:21 PM

        I do already have one like this 🙂 I need to book an appointment to see him actually…

        • stralthy
          Author
          January 22, 2019 / 3:22 PM

          Oh then good luck!🤗

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