Lake Oconee Dentistry - February 2019





How to Get Your Kids Excited About Brushing!

Despite the fact that it’s almost entirely preventable, tooth decay is one of the most common chronic diseases in children. In fact, reports indicate that by their 17th birthday, 80 percent of children will have at least one cavity. For this reason, the American Dental Association formulated the National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM). Its purpose is to bring together thousands of dedicated professionals and health care providers to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, and educators all over the country. When it comes to patients, we here at Lake Oconee Dentistry can’t help but favor the smallest (and cutest) ones. So this month, we have sought out some new opportunities in order to educate children (and parents) about their dental care.

children in for a cleaning knowing that we may not actually be able to fully complete the process. These routine visits help get the child comfortable and prevent any trepidation they might have felt as they grow up. To build their level of comfort climbing into the chair, I always incorporate the magic of the tooth fairy. As a child, I had several extra teeth that had to be extracted, so the

In accordance with the NCDHM theme for 2019, “Brush and clean in between to build a healthy smile,” I’m serving as the guest speaker at a local preschool. I will go in and talk to children, ages 2–5, with the objective of making

“Ever since the day my 2-year- old daughter, Eva, had her first tooth come in, I’ve been especially interested in the ways I can help other children feel more comfortable climbing into the dentist chair.”

tooth fairy brought me a lot of money. I find that talking about the tooth fairy’s mystique keeps kids excited about their oral health.

Through my presentation at the preschool and these early office visits, I have the opportunity to educate parents on signs of tooth and gum decay. They will also learn ways to encourage their child to brush habitually, which any caregiver knows can be an extremely difficult task. Even though I’m a dentist, I have just as hard of a time getting Eva to brush her teeth as other parents do. Because she is at the stage where she wants to be independent and do everything herself, I let her brush first, and then I step in afterward. I also got her a stuffed bear that sings and brushes his teeth, so I’ll sing while we brush along with the bear. As Eva grows, I know that the methods by which I encourage her to keep up with her dental hygiene will have to change. If you are having difficulty getting your young child to brush regularly, know that you’re not alone. As your local dentists, we're here to help!

the practices associated with oral hygiene fun and interactive. My primary goals for this presentation are as follows: to spread education and awareness to parents and teachers regarding the prevalence of tooth decay, get the kids excited about cleaning their teeth, and most importantly, help assuage any potential fear these kids might feel about visiting the dentist. Ever since the day my 2-year-old daughter, Eva, had her first tooth come in, I’ve been especially interested in the ways I can help other children feel more comfortable climbing into the dentist chair. So many people spend their lives afraid of dental work, and I truly believe their fear stems from their experiences as a child. At Lake Oconee Dentistry, our philosophy is to invite parents to bring their young

–Dr. Shel ly

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