Is it a struggle to get your kids to clean their teeth let alone floss them? It’s something that many parents face, but good dental care is extremely important. Leeds City Dentalcare, your dentist in Leeds, is very keen on preventative dentistry, as this can help keep your kids teeth in good condition right throughout childhood and well into adulthood. If you have young children then you need to brush their teeth for them until they’re about the age of six or seven, and even after this age you still may need to supervise them every so often to make sure they’re doing the job properly.
There are lots of things you can do to try and make the whole process more interesting, including picking out child friendly toothbrushes, or getting them involved in the process of selecting their own. There are also lots of child oriented toothpastes on the market, and this might be a worthwhile investment if it helps get them into the habit of brushing their teeth twice a day. When they begin to brush their teeth on their own you might find it useful to brush your teeth alongside them so they can copy your technique, and it also helps to keep their interest. If you want to make sure they are brushing their teeth for long enough, then you could either invest in an electric toothbrush that has a built in timer, or you could put a small timer in the bathroom and set it for at least 2 minutes.
Dental Visits in Leeds
Dental visits can be another bone of contention, but you’ll find our surgery in Leeds is very child friendly, as we’re certainly interested in making sure your child feels comfortable and relaxed in the dental chair. Having a positive attitude right from the start will help make all the difference and will ensure your child doesn’t develop a fear of dentists. If you suffer from dental phobias or are apprehensive over dental visits then try to do your best not to transmit these fears and concerns to your child.
This is something that can be quite tricky to do if you experience a lot of dental anxiety, but it’s worth talking to Dr David Brown, a well-known dentist in Leeds, about your concerns as you’ll find we’re very used to treating nervous patients and there are lots of things we can do to help you feel more comfortable, and hopefully to make you feel more positive about visiting the dentist. If your partner is more positive about dental visits, then it might be worth discussing whether or not they should be the one to accompany them to our Leeds surgery.
You can rest assured that whoever your child sees will be extremely gentle with them, and regular dental checks help us to see if their teeth and jaws are developing normally. We can also make lots of suggestions on how to care for their teeth, so if there is anything you’re unsure about it’s well worth asking us for help. We can give you advice on how to protect their teeth against decay, and even if they still have their baby teeth it’s still important to look after these teeth as well as you can as they help ensure their adult teeth can develop normally.