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5 Tips To Help Kids Get Excited About Visiting The Family Dentist

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Taking kids to the dentist can be a stressful experience for children and parents alike. Nevertheless, taking children to the family dentist regularly is a vital part of keeping them healthy and teaching responsible habits. There are lots of strategies you can use to help your children feel more comfortable at the dentist, and some may even help grow their interest in dental health. Helping your kids respect and feel comfortable with the family dentist is a lesson they will be grateful for through their entire life. Check out our favorite tips on helping your kids love the family dentist.

Get Started Early

In the past dental professionals have recommended taking children to the dentist starting at age three, but in some cases dentists would find cavities in these children on their very first visit. The new standard is to bring babies to the dentist not long after their first birthday. In the event that your favorite practice doesn’t serve patients at such a young age, most will have a referral for a pediatric dentist happy to check on your child.

Practice At Home

Great dental hygiene starts well before the dentist gets involved. Teaching your kids why it’s important to take care of their teeth and gums from an early age will help develop a sense of purpose to go along with the routine tasks like flossing and brushing. At the same time, you can help kids understand that they can’t do it all alone, and that the dentist is a person who wants to help keep their teeth clean and healthy for their whole life. Being familiar with dental care also means there will be fewer surprises when you make those first few visits to the dentist.

Do A Test Run

If you know a dentist visit is on the horizon, it can help to get your children familiar with the sensation of having someone else working on their teeth. Having your child lay on their back while you gently brush their teeth can be a comforting introduction to this perspective, and it can help associate calm and fun memories with dental activities that your kids will remember when they go in for a real treatment.

Be Friends With The Dentist

Young children are always watching their parents for cues to understand the unfamiliar world around them. If you are seen to be uncomfortable about a visit to the dentist, it’s likely your children will be as well! Be friendly when first introducing children to the dentist, make small talk with them and smile. This helps show your kids the dentist is a friend and not someone to be afraid of, something they’ll remember later on.

Make Things Fun

One time tested way to make dental or other procedures easier for kids is to come up with a great reward for good behavior and smooth sailing. Going out for pizza or getting a new toy or video game are a great way to help kids associate dentist visits with positive emotions and feelings. This practice can be scaled back once your child is regularly feeling more comfortable, but the effects can have a positive impact for the rest of their lives.

Contact Your Local Green Bay Family Dentists

Finding a great dentist can be a challenge, but it’s crucial for the health of your entire family. Oral Health Associates provides premier family dentistry in Green Bay WI and make the process of going to the dentist easy and fun. Schedule an appointment today with Oral Health Associates or reach out at (920) 437-3376 for more information.

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Dear Patients:

We at Oral Health Associates hope this notice finds you and your family in good health. Over the last few months Green Bay has been through a lot, and we all are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. One thing that has not changed during this time is our commitment to the safety of you and our staff.

You may have noticed infection control has always been a top priority at our practice. Our established processes ensure you receive care that is both safe and comfortable. The COVID-19 pandemic is not the first contagious illness to have circulated our country, nor will it be the last. Over the lifetime of our practice we have successfully prevented the transmission of many infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Swine flu, H1N1, MERS, SARS in addition to our annual “flu season.” Furthermore, hepatitis in its many forms, HPV, herpes, etc. are all part of our everyday lives as your dental care team.

In addition to our standard and universal precautions we want to tell you of additional infection control procedures we have implemented. We follow the daily updates and recommendations of the American Dental Association, the CDC, and OSHA. You may notice the following changes at your next appointment:

  • ⦿ Our office will do a brief but thorough screening process prior to arriving at our office and when you arrive including taking your temperature.
  • ⦿ We have hand sanitizer present throughout our office including at the reception area when you enter and exit and ask that you please use it.
  • ⦿ We have removed difficult to clean items from our waiting rooms like magazines, children’s toys, etc.
  • ⦿ Social distancing will be considered as we allow increased space in our waiting room and the option to wait in your vehicle prior to your appointment.
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  • ⦿ Our staff will be wearing personal protective equipment at the highest available level which may include wearing masks and face shields for the entirety of your visit.
  • ⦿ We have installed multiple Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization Systems in our office which has proven very effective at safely filtering air within our office and killing many pathogens including SARS and other versions of coronaviruses.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you have regarding the steps we take to ensure the safety of everyone in our office. Thank you for being our patient and we look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.

Sincerely,

Oral Health Associates

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