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Pediatric Dentistry: 3 Tips for Reluctant Brushers Marietta, GA

Pediatric Dentistry: 3 Tips for Reluctant Brushers

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Does your child moan and groan when you announce that it is time to brush teeth? Daily brushing is the most critical step towards a healthy mouth, regardless of your age. Unfortunately, many kids struggle to find the benefit in the task, and oral hygiene becomes a chore instead of a reward. This can cause children to avoid brushing their teeth or maintain a negative approach to dental care as they grow older. It becomes very important, therefore, that parents make an effort to make brushing fun. Whether you have a tiny toddler or an independent fifth grader, here are a few ways you can foster a positive attitude towards teeth brushing in your home:

#1 Brush Together
Never underestimate the power of togetherness when it comes to doing something you don’t necessarily “want” to do.  Sharing the task of brushing alongside your child can make it a much more enjoyable experience. Not to mention, you are being a positive role model for your child as they watch you take care of your teeth and gums. Feel free to sneak in some tips on brushing techniques and talk with your child about why we need to keep our teeth clean.

#2 Let Technology Help
It is no surprise that our children live in a digital age, so why not let this work for you when it comes to brushing. It won’t take long to find a fun brushing app for kids or a brushing video to occupy them during that two-minute time frame that they need to be brushing. This makes the time go by fast, and your child may even look forward to a little screen time while engaging in dental hygiene at the same time.

#3 Go Electric
Is your child currently using a manual toothbrush? Consider stepping up their game with an electric or powered version. Electric toothbrushes can be an excellent option for young brushers since they are easier to handle and require less dexterity. Most importantly, this type of toothbrush may be one that your child considers fun to use. Many models even have a built-in timer!

Why the “2 X 2” Rule?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry advises kids and adults to brush their teeth twice per day, for two minutes at a time. The time limit helps ensure that all of the harmful bacteria is scrubbed off of your teeth, which in turn prevents plaque buildup, cavities and gum disease.

Want to learn more brushing tips for kids? Call Gilreath Dental Associates. We love making dental care fun and rewarding for all ages!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

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The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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