Teaching Your Child Oral Care | Fort Worth Kid’s Dentist

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The best way to have a lifetime of healthy smiles is to start learning about oral health young! The more these habits are instilled in childhood, the more likely children are to keep them up. Without understanding why oral health habits are so important, children aren’t likely to keep them up. Following are some ways that you can teach them about the importance of dental care in fun and engaging ways.

Be Their Best Example

Children are extremely impressionable to what goes on around them. As their parents, if they see you doing a certain behavior, they’re very likely to mimic it. If they see you brushing your teeth and flossing every morning and night, they’ll want to do it as well. If it looks like you’re having a lot of fun doing it, they’ll want to do it even more! You can even make comments while you’re doing it, such as talking about how good it feels to have a clean mouth.

Read Them Dentist-Related Books

Literature is a great way to teach children about various subjects, especially dental health. This can even get them ready for an upcoming dental appointment. Stories about going to the dentist, brushing teeth, flossing, and practicing other good habits can excite them about practicing those habits. It relates dental health to their favorite fun characters.

Use Play-Doh

Using hands-on activities or games to entice your children can be a great tactic. Put blocks in a row then stick a little play-doh around the blocks and in between. Have the child use floss between the blocks to show how the floss can get the “plaque” out. Explain to them that if they don’t floss their teeth, there will be yucky material in between their teeth.

Make a “Smile” Art Project

If your child loves art, an art project can be a great way to teach them about oral health. Give them some old magazines to look through and have them cut out pictures of healthy teeth and smiles to make a collage out of it on fun-colored paper. Perhaps have them write and illustrate their own book about a child brushing their teeth or going to the dentist.

This is your chance to get creative with it! Whatever the art project is, you can talk about the importance of oral care with your child as they’re making the project.

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The best way to instill the importance of good dental hygiene for your child is to bring them to the dentist when they’re young – around the time they’re 1 year old or when their first tooth erupts. If they come to understand it when they’re young and associate good memories and feelings with the dentist, they’re much more likely to develop positive dental habits.

With our games-filled office being extremely child-friendly and with a team of specialists who are trained to work specifically with children, you can trust that it’ll be the best possible dental experience for your child. For a kid’s dentist in Fort Worth, TX who will help instill the best oral care habits, give our pediatric dentists a call today!

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You can play a part in preparing your child for his or her first visit to our office. Informing your child of the visit as an exciting experience for both of you can ease any hesitations. As a parent try to act relaxed, since your child may sense any anxiety on your part.

Explain to your child that the doctor will “count, brush, and maybe take pictures of their teeth”. We also ask that you assume the role of a silent observer. Cooperation and trust must be established directly between the doctor, staff, and your child and not through you. Your child may become confused if receiving instructions from multiple sources.

We recommend bringing your baby in for their first dental appointment by their first birthday, or within 6 months of their first tooth appearing (whichever comes first). During this appointment, we will examine your baby’s mouth to track their dental development and discuss age-appropriate dental care.

It’s easy to make appointments to visit our office online or over the phone. Rio Dental sees patients both for checkups and dental emergencies. Using our online scheduler, you can select the location and time slot that works best for you for either type of appointment. If you have any questions regarding our practice, or simply prefer to make your appointment with a live member of staff, please don’t hesitate to call!

Rio Dental Group accepts most PPO insurances. We recommend that new patients and returning patients with new insurance policies reach out to us before their appointment to confirm coverage. Our Fort Worth location also sees patients who are covered by Medicaid and CHIP programs.

We don’t like surprises, either! Our staff is prepared to discuss the cost of dental services before you undergo treatment so that you know what to expect in terms of fees. The cost of your services will be due at the end of your appointment. Our office accepts payment by cash, credit card, or check.

Rio Dental Group allows patients to pay with their CareCredit card. CareCredit is a healthcare credit card designed to cover out-of-pocket costs at over 225,000 providers nationwide. After leaving the office, card holders will be able to make convenient monthly payments towards their balance. To learn more, visit the CareCredit website.

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