15 things kids (and their parents) have to say about dental health

15 things kids (and their parents) have to say about dental health

February is known as the month of love, Valentine’s Day, and President’s Day…

But did you know that February is also Children’s Dental Health Month? Well, it is!

We could talk about all of the ways to prevent dental decay, how to properly brush your kids’ teeth, good dental habits, etc. But we’ve done that in past blog posts. This time around, we wanted to know what some of our patients had to say about those things, so we decided that we would reach out to our youngest patients and their parents to see what they have to say about what they like about visiting the dentist and the importance of dental health. We also asked the kids what the tooth fairy placed under their pillows, and we think you’ll find their answers to be adorable.

If you think that “kids say the darndest things” and want to have a reason to smile, then keep on reading. We know you’ll enjoy it.

*Before diving into the main part of this post, I just wanted to let you know that, since the kids were the ones to answer these questions, their spelling is sometimes incorrect. However to keep their answers more authentic, I felt it necessary to keep their spelling the same. I didn’t change anything. On some of the answers, I have added a note to explain the answer a bit more. 

Kids’ Question and Answers

1. What is your favorite part of coming to the dentist?

“The flavor of cleaning stuff.”

“Getting my teeth klene.”

“Getting the water sprayed in my mouth.”

“The paist.”-The toothpaste used to polish teeth.

2. What is your favorite character to have on your toothbrush?

“Olofe.”-Olaf from Frozen

“Pirates.”

“Onu.”-We weren’t quite sure who Onu is, but we loved this answer.

“Likes adult toothbrushes.”

3. What is your favorite flavor of toothpaste to use when getting your teeth cleaned?

“Strawberry.”

“Chocolate.”

“Mint.”

4. How much money have you collected from the tooth fairy?

“$8.05”

“Five dollers”-Dollars

“Pinecone, stick, and rock, and a dollar”

“$30”

Parent’s Question and Answer

We can’t forget the parents; we only asked them one question: “Why do you think it’s important for your children to get regular dental checkups?” We received several good answers from the parents. Here are two of the answers that we thought explained the importance of regular checkups for kids the best:

“Because it keeps their teeth healthy, and it can catch any dental problems that they may have.”

“I feel it’s important to see the dentist regularly for several reasons. If you go often and care for your teeth, you don’t have to worry about problems later in life. Healthy teeth contribute to overall health and self image. Regular visits also alleviate anxiety.”

We think that those two answers nicely sum up what makes regular dental checkups so important.

Dental health does affect overall health, and it can have a great impact on children’s health later in life. While this blog post is meant to be more fun than anything else, it is also for Children’s Dental Health Month. If it’s been a while since your child has been in to see us, please schedule an appointment by calling 620-275-9157 or clicking the “Schedule” button at the bottom of the page. We want to help our youngest patients have the best dental health, and overall health, possible!

We send our thanks to the kids and the parents who answered our questions. This article wouldn’t have been possible without them. And thank you to all of our patients. You are the reason that we do what we do, and why we love our jobs.

February is Children’s Dental Health Month

February is Children’s Dental Health Month

THE CDC REPORTS that 1 in 5 children (between ages 5 and 11) in the US have untreated tooth decay. Not only should tooth decay be treated in regular dental appointments, it should be prevented! Tooth decay is 100 percent preventable with effective personal care and regular dental cleanings.

In honor of Children’s Dental Health Month, we’re spreading the word about children’s dental health.    

 

YOU Can Help Little Ones Have Healthier Smiles!

1.    Encourage them to brush for two full minutes. Pick a song about two minutes long and sing it to them during brushing time.

2.    Set reminders to brush twice a day. Brushing after breakfast and just before bed are the best times for preventing bacteria growth from food.

3.      Brushing apps can help make brushing more fun. There are many apps available for your smartphone that make brushing a fun game for kids. One of our favorites is the Disney Magic Timer app. My grandkids think it is awesome!

4.    Show them flossing is fun, not harmful. Be gentle at first when doing it for them. A bad experience can stop them from flossing on their own.

5.    Be persistent. Don’t let fussy children off the hook. Be motivating! Kids may gladly brush for a sticker or star if you make it an activity.

6.    Set their first dental appointment before age 18 months. Having positive dental experiences early will make dental visits easier and less frightening when older.

We enjoy kids and love helping them get off to a good and healthy start towards dental health! If your child is very fearful we work in conjunction with Advanced Specialty Anesthesia to provide care under sedation for our pediatric patients. 

Check out our Facebook page! We are doing a coloring contest this month for our younger patients. Details on our Facebook page. We’d love to see your little one’s artwork!

 

  Thank you for continuing to be part of our practice family

Here’s to your health!

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