Children’s Week is coming again (from 21–29 October) and Prevent Dental Suite wants everyone to know that children who begin life with healthy teeth and good dental habits have a great chance of keeping them (good habits and teeth!) for life.
Early acquisition of good dental hygiene helps children maintain an awesome smile, and avoid dental issues that can lead to general complications over time.
Children’s Week is celebrated annually in the fourth week in October, and focuses on children, their needs, and achievements. In support of Children’s Week, Prevent Dental Suite is sharing the importance of looking after your children’s teeth from an early age.
How to Safeguard the Oral Health of your Children
Brushing and flossing teeth regularly is the best way to safeguard the health of not only your mouth, but your entire body. Passing on these healthy oral care habits to your children is a great way to give them the tools to live a healthy life. Below are a handful of helpful dental care tips that Prevent Dental Suite has put together to help get your child excited about keeping their dental hygiene at the highest level.
Does your child have a favorite song or video? Perhaps, they like to sing a song that they learned in school or you find your child humming the theme song for their favorite TV show? These songs and videos can help your child associate brushing their teeth with the positive experiences in their life. If you play the song or video to time your child’s brushing, they will be more likely to reach the recommended two-minute mark!
Let Them Choose
Letting your child pick out their own toothbrush is a clever way to make your child assume responsibility. Your child will be more excited to brush their teeth if they are able to do so with a brush they picked out. A toothbrush in their favorite color, or with their favorite cartoon character, can do wonders to get them excited about good dental habits. Don’t be surprised if your child wants to brush their teeth on the way home from the store!
Be a Role Model
Let your child see you as you brush your teeth daily. In their early years, when habits are formed, children take cues from their parents to determine what is expected from them. The more your child watches you brush your teeth, the more healthy habits will be reinforced in their mind. Never act as though brushing your teeth is a chore. Some parents set a teeth brushing routine in which both they and their child brush their teeth together.
Seeing you brush your teeth may encourage your child to try out their new toothbrush.
Use Your Imagination
If your child is having a hard time understanding the importance of brushing their teeth, start a conversation with them about cavities. Use metaphors like “fighting the evil cavity-monsters with the toothbrush sword.”
Practice Teeth Brushing
If your child has anxiety about brushing their teeth, choose one of their favorite stuffed animals or dolls and demonstrate brushing their teeth on the stuffed animal. Once your child sees that their toy survived the teeth brushing, they won’t be so worried about brushing their own teeth.
These tips will help you as you teach your child the importance of a healthy mouth.
Prevent Dental Suite and Your Child’s Dental Care
At Prevent Dental Suite we are friendly, especially to children. We use a gentle approach to ease a child’s fear of dentistry. Once we have gained the trust of children, they are more comfortable visiting the clinic at their next appointment. At Prevent Dental Suite we maintain a kid-friendly environment, to help reduce potential anxieties.
Take advantage of the CDBS
The CDBS is a government funded health program which provides a benefit cap of $1,000 to cover basic dental services over a two year period for about 3 million Australian children between the ages of 2 and 17.
Don’t let your eligible children miss out on the CDBS’s benefit for basic dental services. Oral health is always important, and developing good dental and oral health habits in your children is one way to ensure a healthy life in the future.
Here at Prevent Dental Suite, under CDBS we bulk bill for dental services up to $1000 so there is no GAP or out of pocket expense to you. Services in this Scheme include check-ups, x-rays, cleaning and polishing, fissure sealants, fillings, extractions and root canals.
Prevent Dental is the perfect dentist for your children!
Your Trusted Family Dentist in Kallangur
If you have a child in need of treatment, or any other dental issues, do not hesitate to call us at Prevent Dental Suite on (07) 3886 2428.
Visit us today and take advantage of CDBS (Child Dental Benefits Schedule) and receive up to $1,000 worth of basic dental treatments over 2 calendar years.
Prevent Dental Suite is open from Monday to Saturday to cater to all your dental needs.