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Best Tips for Starting Healthy Habits

Parents, through the parenting choices they make and the things they do, play a huge role in the habits their child develops. Follow some of these parenting tips and advice to help your child develop habits that will improve their oral health.

Try to Always Stay Positive

It can be difficult to stay positive about the dentist, especially if you are undergoing a practically painful or prolonged procedure, but try to remain positive for your children. If your children see you constantly complaining about the dentist or being afraid to go to your regular dental check-up they will pick up on it and start to feel the same way.

Lead by Example

Your children will look to you to see how they should act and what they should do, so make sure you are leading by example. The best way to lead by example is to make sure you are doing exactly what you are asking your child to do. For example, if you want your child to brush their teeth twice a day, make sure you do it too. Don’t just expect your child to do it, but you don’t.

Make Things Fun

Children are more likely to want to do something if they think it is fun. Try to be creative and make the healthy habits you want your child to develop fun.

Some ways you can make brushing and flossing fun include:

  • Create a silly song that you sing when your child brushes their teeth. It doesn’t have to be super complicated, but it should be fun and upbeat. If you happen to be brushing your teeth when your child is around, make sure you sing the song!
  • Use fun downloadable apps for brushing your teeth. There are a number of downloadable apps that can turn brushing your teeth into a game. One app, Brush DJ, plays music that your child can brush their teeth too. The music goes for 2 minutes, which is the recommended minimum amount of time you should be brushing your teeth.
  • Let your children ‘brush’ their favorite doll or stuffed animals teeth at night. Of course, you wouldn’t have them actually use real toothpaste and water, but having them brush their favorite toy’s teeth will make it a fun experience.

Give Rewards for Following Through with Healthy Habits

Everyone likes to receive rewards for doing a good job. Use that to your advantage when trying to get your child to learn healthy habits.

Create a reward system that encourages your child to not only do something once, but to follow through with it multiple times. For example, create a reward system that gives your child a small reward for flossing once a day for a week, a medium sized reward for flossing every day for a month, and a huge reward for flossing every day for six months.

The rewards don’t have to be huge or super expensive. They can be as small as being able to pick out their bedtime snack or getting a sticker to getting a new toy or having dinner at a favorite restaurant.

Let Children Customize Their Experiences

Children like to feel like they are in control and making decisions for themselves. Don’t just tell your child what healthy habits to do and how to do them, let them work with you to customize their experiences and make it interesting for them.

A great example of how you can customize their experience with healthy habits is letting them pick out their own toothbrush. Children’s toothbrushes are available in a wide variety of colors and designs. There are even toothbrushes with TV and movie characters on them. Let your child pick out their toothbrush. Not only will they feel like a ‘big kid’ for picking out their own toothbrush, but it will be something they are sure to want to use on a regular basis.

It isn’t always easy encouraging children to develop healthy habits. Luckily, we are here to help. The staff at Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida is here to answer any questions you may have or provide you with tips on how to encourage your child to develop healthy habits. Call us with any questions you may have or ask us during your child’s next dental appointment.

 

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National Children’s Dental Health Month

February is more than just the month of love, it is the month to celebrate children’s dental health. National Children’s Dental Health Month is dedicated to educating and promoting the benefits of good oral health to children and their parents. It was created by the American Dental Association officially in 1941 as a single day observance in Cleveland, Ohio and has since grown into a nationwide month long program. Support dentists and children across the country by educating your own children on dental health and why it is so important. Our future leaders’ mouths are depending on you!

Dental health is such a crucial part of a person’s life that the more education and awareness that can be raised at a young age, the better. Here are some of the wonderful benefits of National Children’s Dental Health Month that we hope encourage every parent and child to recognize the power of dental health.

 Develop Good Habits

 Good habits are so much easier to form as children than as adults. For some people, it is just instinct to reach for the seat belt when they get into a car or to put the napkin in their lap when they sit down to the table. Habits such as brushing and flossing every night before bed can and should be supported in a child’s routine at a young age so that it becomes an instinct. Research shows that on average, it takes a minimum of two months to form a habit. Looking at the big picture, spending about two months on educating your child about the importance of regularly brushing and flossing is not a very long time considering that they will need to take care of their teeth for their entire lives.

 Schedule Regular Dental Visits

 Dental visits should occur every 6 months. Those visits are similar to having your car’s oil changed regularly or taking your dog to the vet, they are necessities that can save you time and money later down the road. Plaque builds up on teeth at different rates for different people, so every 6 months is generally a good amount of time to guarantee that teeth are getting the cleaning that they really need. Regular dental visits are so important because prevention is a much easier process than treating existing problems. By taking excellent care of teeth and gums at home, and having a professional cleaning done by a dentist every 6 months, you are maintaining the health of your teeth properly and preventing any issues to pop up in the future.

 For some, insurance policies require a 6 month dental visit in order to keep a policy. Not only does that hold patients accountable, but it also proves to the insurance company that their clients have healthy mouths that will not require a great deal of expensive treatment in the future. When patients have dental records showing that they regularly see the dentist and have positive appointments, dental insurance can actually become less expensive.

 Promote Lifelong Dental Health

Styles change and trends come and go, but teeth are something that should last a lifetime. Health is something that everyone should invest in, the same way people invest in their technologies, closets, and cars. It is so important to teach children that we only get one body so we have to treat it well in order for it to be at it’s best for our entire lives. Our teeth give us the ability to chew our meals, speak our thoughts, and smile. They should be given the respect they deserve and treated well starting off right when we first get them. As parents, it is definitely a big responsibility to educate children on the importance of dental health and it is not always easy to enforce guidelines in order to build healthy habits. As time goes on and those habits are instilled, children who have successful dentist appointments and maintain good oral health into their adult lives are always thankful.

 For more information on dental health, or to schedule an appointment for your child, call our office today at (407) 628-2286 for the Maitland practice or (407) 593-8900 for the St. Cloud practice. We would be happy to see your child and support the healthy growth of their beautiful smile.

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Healthy Snacks for Kids On the Go

Having kids means constantly being on the go. Whether you’re carting them to and from school, sports, clubs, or friends’ houses, it’s incredible that you even find time to eat! Since it’s not always so easy to plan for what life with kids can throw your way, we wanted to share some healthy go-to snack options to keep on hand for those hectic days!

• Granola bars. Don’t be fooled by the non-nutritional granola bars stuffed with sugar. Look for low-sugar, high-fiber granola bars. Even the healthy granola bars can stick to your teeth, so be sure to have water on hand at all times to wash it down.
• Cheerios or other low-sugar, high-fiber cereal. Throw a bag or box of this cereal in your car for a healthy snack that will satisfy a hungry belly.
• String cheese. String cheese is not only nutritious and delicious but is fun for kids to eat! Grab one or two out of the fridge on your way out the door.
• Applesauce. Those small cups of applesauce can really come in handy when your child has a sweet craving while you’re out and about.

As your pediatric dentist here in Maitland we hope that your child enjoys some of the healthy snacks we’ve listed above. Should you have any inquiries regarding your child’s dental health, please don’t hesitate to contact Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida today.

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Tooth Fairy Magic

As your children’s pediatric dentist in Central Florida we not only love to make your child’s smile healthy, but we love to make them smile! This past Saturday was a wonderful day for Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida, as Dr. Mansour and the Tooth Fairy accompanied sixteen of our fabulous princess patients to the movies to catch a glimpse of Disney magic in the new Cinderella.

Recently we called upon our princess patients to post a photo to our Facebook page showing off their best princess pose and attire for a chance to meet the Tooth Fairy–and they answered! Dr. Mansour and the Tooth Fairy happily escorted our smiling princesses and their parents to see Cinderella on the big screen and a great time was had by all!

Are you interested in meeting the Tooth Fairy too? The Tooth Fairy would love to visit your school to talk about healthy snacks and drinks for your teeth, and how to best keep them clean. Call Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida at 407.628.2286 to schedule a fabulous visit from the Tooth Fairy!

Dr. Mansour was truly honored to accompany such kind and smiling little princesses to the movies, and is even more honored to serve as their pediatric dentist. Whether you’d like to meet the Tooth Fairy or schedule your child’s checkup with Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida, don’t hesitate to contact our office today.

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