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This is a sponsored post in behalf of the American Dental Association. All ideas and thoughts are mine.
Do you have a child who fears going to the dentist? We went to the dentist recently and 3 of my 4 kids had cavities, including my youngest daughter. I decided it was time for a teeth and dental health lesson for my kids. I thought I had taught them well, but apparently we still have more to learn! So, this past week we have been practicing better dental health practices as well as preparing my sweet little three-year-old for getting a cavity filled.
I don’t know if your kids are like mine or not, but they brush their teeth, but do it so quickly sometimes that I do not believe they did it. They most likely forget half of their mouth and probably only get their front teeth! However, they REFUSE my help and get frustrated when I ask them to do it again. So, I am hoping some education will help them understand why they need to clean their teeth well and why it is important to go to the dentist. Plus, some ideas to help them fear the dentist a little less!
According to the American Dental Association’s website MouthHealthy.org, the most important things to teach kids about dental health is how to best care for their teeth. Teach them that it is important to brush their teeth twice a day with a toothpaste that includes fluoride. Look for products with the ADA Seal of Acceptance! When kids brush, help them come up with tricks to brush longer. We like to do the alphabet song. I also help them learn how to get all of their teeth front and back. Flossing is also so important and often forgotten. Flossing should be done once per day. Also, regular dentist visits ( twice per year) are important for preventative problems! Healthy eating is important for dental health, too. Limit sugar make healthy eating choices that are full of nutrients! (Check out my nutrition lesson for kids for more details on that!)
And for my daughter who is a little afraid of getting her filling, I made a fun printable pack about the dentist for her.
It is a play mat so she can play through the experience beforehand. It helps her to be comfortable with the experience! There is a dentist play mat that has a waiting room, a dentist chair, kids, a dentist and a dental hygienist.
It also includes a blank tooth-shaped book that can be used in a variety of ways when teaching about dental health!
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