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Teaching Parents & Kids about Dental Hygiene
Proper dental care is more than wanting to have pearly whites in a beautiful smile. It is extremely important to make sure we are taking care of our teeth. Teeth show our smiles, they break down food for us to swallow, and help us talk. Teaching children about the importance of proper dental care is critical at young ages. It is when teeth are just beginning to develop, grow and are most vulnerable. Developing proper dental care habits early will help ensure children will grow up with healthy and beautiful smiles. Educating children can be fun and easy with rewarding results. As a dental assistant, you can play an important role in helping parents teach their children about the importance of dental hygiene.
Educate Kids on Gum Disease and Tooth Decay Prevention
As a dental assistant, you play an active part in dental hygiene education and disease and decay prevention. Having discussions with your clients about how to reach their children on understanding why dental hygiene is important is significant in your career. It is making sure that your clients fully understand the responsibilities they must take on after they leave the dentist office. Best practices for good dental care cannot start early enough. Start with making dentist visits with children comfortable and have fun with them. Ask them if they know why they visit the dentist and the importance in the dentists’ job. You can make fun games out of each visit and make it fresh and exciting for children, while letting parents know how they can bring the knowledge home with them. With this, you can talk about the children’s next appointment, making them feel like they have a great and fun responsibility until the next visit and you look forward to seeing their progress the next time they visit.
Parents Can Make Dental Hygiene Fun!
A large key in education is creating excitement to learn. Giving parents helpful tips on how to make dental hygiene fun is a great way to connect with your patients, while giving them the proper tools they need in educating their children at the same time.
Parents can have their kids pick out a fun toothbrush! This gives children an active role in taking the first step to caring for their mouths themselves. There is a wide variety of entertaining and kid friendly toothbrushes. From crazy colors and characters, to music-playing brushes, with their favorite rock star. Brushing teeth can be a fun experience and doesn’t have to be a chore. There is a variety of bright colored and flavored toothpastes as well.
Brushing your teeth has never been more enjoyable! You can also turn brushing teeth into a game. Parents can brush teeth with their children and play Simon says, where children can mimic what “Simon” is doing and vice versa. This also allows parents to know that their children are brushing their teeth correctly, by practicing the correct circular motion that should be used in brushing teeth.
Practicing good gum disease prevention and teeth protection habits is easy. Schedule dentist visits on a regular basis. Remind parents and children, the more they take care of their pearly whites, the smoother the visit to the dentist will be. Making sure children are eating teeth friendly foods will also go a long way. Sugar-filled foods and drinks such as candy and soda are dangerous to your children’s’ teeth. Promote healthy snacks including fruits, vegetables and cheese. We can’t all escape sugars, rinsing with water after enjoying these treats is helpful if unable to brush.
Tips on Gum Disease and Tooth Decay Prevention
- Teeth should be brushed twice daily, fluoride toothpaste is most favorable
- Brushing teeth after eating is best practice however, a mouth rinse or even water is beneficial as well
- Flossing is extremely important in removing plaque and excess food in between teeth and the gum line. Brushing alone does not do the trick and can miss up to 30% of the tooth surface
- Use mouth rinse for at least 30 seconds to kill germs, bad breath and to protect your teeth from plaque buildup and gingivitis
- Try to avoid sweets as much as possible. Candy and sodas can be extremely damaging to teeth. Great
substitutes for these sugary snacks are fruit, vegetables, and cheese
As a dental assistant, you can educate parents on the importance of teaching their children about proper dental hygiene. Your role is extremely important in prevention against gum disease and tooth decay. You are helping people protect their smiles, eating source and speaking habits. Starting dental hygiene education at young ages will guide children into practicing good habits and creating long term benefits.