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Making Dental Care a Regular Habit for Kids

What should you do if your kid hates going to the dentist?

As a parent, you want the best for your child but you may not be on the same page when it comes to going for a dental exam.

At Marlborough Dental Centre, we’ve perfected how to make dental care safe, fun, and comfortable for your child.

Here are some of our favourite tips.

Start early

One of the best ways to instill a lifelong habit of good oral hygiene is to start early. Most experts advise taking your child to the dentist about 6 months after the first tooth has emerged.

Lead by example

Seeing Mom and Dad set the example by taking care of their teeth at home and sitting in the dental chair can send a powerful message to young children.

This is where choosing a family dentist is important. At family centered dental clinics, like Marlborough Dental Centre, the whole family can go to the dentist together and your child will associate dental checkups as a healthy habit as well as a fun, family event.

Choose a caring dental team

When it comes to family dentistry and pediatric dentistry, the personality of your dentist is extremely important.

You want a children’s dentist who is gentle, calm, and capable of putting your child at ease. Dr. Popp and the team are experts at using this approach, helping you and your child to feel like you’re members of our own family.

Use a pediatric dentist with comprehensive expertise

A pediatric dentist with general dentistry skills will be able to perform a wide range of procedures for developing teeth, including regular dental exams, dental cleanings, and orthodontics.

This type of dentist is excellent as a one-stop shop, ensuring that your child can see the same dentist over the years and prevent any serious dental health issues ahead of time.

Maintain good habits at home

Incorporate a daily dental hygiene routine at home. An effective routine includes:

  • brushing their teeth at least twice a day
  • flossing correctly
  • rinsing
  • removing buildup on the tongue.

Ask your dental hygienist to review and demonstrate the proper technique during your regular dental check-ups.

Establish a few key habits and your child will be well on the way to a lifetime of healthy, beautiful teeth.

To find out more about our child-friendly dental clinic in NE Calgary or to book an appointment, contact us today online or by phone at 403.248.2066.

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