As a Xylitol brand believer, I am privileged and honored that I get to be an instrument to share information to you all. Naks, lakas maka-beauty queen ng intro! Heehee. Anyway, I think one of the things parents really don’t prioritise is dental visits. I remember when I was young, I seldom had trips to the dentist and when I do, it was because of tooth aches. I believe I am not alone. There’s a study that people only go to the dentist for cure rather than just a regular check up and prevention. So now that I have two kids, I try to be more vigilant when it comes to taking care of my kids’ teeth. I am proud to say that Gabbie’s regularly seeing her dentist and soon my lil’ Mr. GJG will have his first dental visit too. In order for kids to practice good dental hygiene, we parents must first be armed with the right tools. In this post, I am sharing some factors to consider that can help you with your child’s dental hygiene.
FIND A DENTIST THAT’S PERFECT FOR YOUR CHILD
Gabbie’s very first dental visit was when she was a year old and the dentist who checked up on her was actually my dentist. She isn’t a pedia dentist but nonetheless, she was gentle to kids. Gabbie liked her first dental visit because she was clueless of what was going on. On her second dental visit, we went to a pedia dentist. She was two years old then and milk cavities have started to form. She was at first excited given there were toys in the waiting area to play with but eventually was a bit hesitant upon seeing the dental chair. She felt uncomfortable and soon after, didn’t like the idea of being there. I myself didn’t feel comfortable because as a parent, I felt like I was being scolded by the dentist for not being as vigilant as I should have been in preventing Gabbie’s milk cavities. So we switched dentists. Now that Gabbie’s three years old, I have to say I have found the perfect dentist for her. Luckily, my pedia referred Gabbie’s present dentist to us. Coincidentally, a few friends of mine also have the same dentist for their kids.
Here is Gabbie last weekend during her dental visit. She loves her dentist, Dr. Eric Hernandez. She would even bug me and her dad as to when’s her next visit, very far from her attitude a year ago. It’s such a joy seeing she loves having her teeth checked.
So not afraid to sit in the dentist’s chair. She would even look at how Dr. Eric cleans her teeth. Galing!
USE THE RIGHT DENTAL PRODUCTS
Currently, here’s my kids’ dental tools. For my lil’ Mr. GJG, he uses Oral B Mickey Mouse Toothbrush (in blue) and SansFluo Toothpaste. For my lil’ Ms. GJG, she uses Oral B Mickey Mouse Toothbrush (in yellow), Colgate Spongebob Toothpaste and GC Tooth Mousse.
Ask your dentist what are your child’s options when it comes to dental products. There’s a lot of different toothbrushes and toothpastes in the market today but there’s something that’s perfect for your child’s dental needs. Gabbie has also used one of those timer toothbrushes where you press a button and a light and sound emits from it. It helps your child determine how long she needs to brush her teeth. Now that she’s liking this Mickey Mouse toothbrush, we’d sing the Happy Birthday song instead so as to gauge the length of time she needs to efficiently brush her teeth.
Here are some printables from Xylitol that can help you track your child’s dental hygiene.
Make your child’s dental appointment more fun by printing this and letting your child fill it out for you. If she’s too young to do so, you can do it yourself and let her stick this on your refrigerator door or in her room. This will help her build up excitement as you count the days to her next dental visit.
A primary teeth tracker is very helpful for parents as it’s easier to keep in mind dates when your child popped her particular tooth. Here’s a very detailed chart as to when you should expect the eruption and loss of your child’s milk teeth.
Don’t let your child suffer from tooth ache before you take her to the dentist. You wouldn’t want to associate tooth aches to dental visits as this may traumatize your child. Also remember to ask your dentist for his opinion on the dental products that’s best for your child as each one have different needs. Lastly, don’t forget to print the Xylitol charts to make dental hygiene fun and interesting for both you and your child.
You can download the printable version of these charts HERE.
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