Make it Fun! Teach Children to Brush and Floss

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Pediatric Dentistry - Colonia DentistFebruary is a month full of National Awareness.  National Black History Month and National Women’s History Month are recognized in our country as we celebrate the obstacles and road blocks many of our heroes overcame in order to stand up for our rights and our freedom; paving the road to greatness.  But this month also has an important role for the dentist Colonia families love.

National Children’s Dental Health is celebrated during February and often promoted at schools throughout the country.  As a parent, there are many ways you can get involved in creating a life-long healthy habit for your children and their oral health.

Make brushing and flossing fun

Children love games and songs.  A quick google search can help you find a fun song that you can sing while your children hum and brush at the same time.  Ideally, the song should run about 2 minutes long as that is the minimum amount of time it takes to brush your teeth.  The American Dental Association has a few great suggestions along with videos.  Just, turn on your phone or tablet, hit play, and watch your child’s smile light up as they brush and floss.

Play pretend dentist

When looking for a dentist Colonia citizens think is best for their families, Dr. Tina is the one they call.  A great way to help children feel comfortable going to the dentist is by setting up a mock dentistry situation in your own home.  Role playing with your child is a fun way of getting those little teeth clean.  Pretend your lap is the dentist’s chair, giving your child the controls of the imaginary chair remote.  They can lower the chair down so you can brush and floss their teeth, then raise it back up when it is time to spit.  When you spend time with your children, encouraging dental hygiene, you are raising them to understand the importance of good oral health.

Visit the library

Reading for 20 minutes a day is just as important as brushing and flossing your teeth.  Our local libraries have plenty of children’s books available that focus on dental health.  Dr. Panchal, our pediatric dentist Colonia children adore, recommends starting an oral hygiene routine as early as possible.  Nightly routines can focus on reading, brushing and flossing, and warm baths.  Morning routines should include a healthy breakfast, teeth brushing, and getting ready for the day.

 

Children pay attention to our actions.  Set your kids up for oral hygiene success by acting as a great role model.  Brush your teeth when they do, letting them see how you do it.  As they get older, and decide they are capable of brushing their own teeth, you will have instilled in them great lessons so they can properly care for their teeth and gums. Our Pediatric Dentistry services can help you teach the importance of oral health, as well.

We love seeing your children’s bright, healthy smiles when you visit.  We are happy to offer tips to ensure your child’s teeth are well cared for.  Visit our Facebook page for helpful oral health topics or call us with any questions.  We’ll supply you with the information you need to celebrate National Children’s Dental Health month and the month’s following to the fullest in order to have a healthy mouth.

Dear Patients,

As of June 1, 2020, the office will be open to treat patients. During our closure, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, we have made many changes to our office protocol to ensure the safety of our Patients, Staff, and Doctors.  We are abiding by CDC Guidelines and have implemented the following:  Frequent disinfecting in between patients, use of higher PPE and limiting the number of patients in the waiting room to ensure social distancing. 

Patients with respiratory symptoms and/or fever are to notify staff prior to arriving to the office.  

We will be providing a Pre-Screening Form from our website to be filled out prior to the appointment. In addition, we will be asking our patients to wear a facial covering upon entering our office and we will be taking your temperature upon arrival with a touchless forehead scanner. 

Adults will come to the appointment themselves. If a patient escort is required, only one additional person will be allowed. In addition, escorts required to drive patients will remain in their cars and will be called when needed.  Minors will be allowed to have one parent/guardian come to the appointment.

Due to the new protocols, you may be offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment times and the length of each appointment may be longer than usual.  

We are looking forward to seeing our patients and welcoming new patients.  It is our mission to provide a safe and positive experience for everyone.

Stay safe,
Dr. Tina Panchal and Staff