Fun Family Dentist in Orlando, FL, Part 1 | Dr. Overmeyer

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Did you know that August is National Family Fun month? In light of this celebration, we’d like to talk to you a little bit about your family’s dental health and some easy ways you can make dentistry more fun for your family!

Our family dental practice knows the importance of keeping everyone you love healthy. That’s why Dr. Tom Overmeyer and Dr. Jessica Overmeyer, a father-daughter team, focus on achieving optimal health for families all across Orlando. We’re always welcoming new families to join our dental family, too!

Fun Ways to Get Kids to Brush and Get Rid of Tooth Decay

If you have kids, you might have had trouble getting them to take care of their teeth (among other things!). So how can you get your young ones to practice and even enjoy dental hygiene? Here are a few ways.

  • First, it’s good to teach kids from an early age about the importance of keeping their teeth clean, just like they have to wash their hands or take a bath. Let them know about cavities and how tooth decay puts bad bacteria on their teeth – especially from sugar – that they can simply brush and floss away!
  • When you start brushing their teeth, make it an enjoyable experience. Talk them through what you’re doing and how they have to get every single tooth. Make it into a story or personify the teeth (like they’re alive and listening!), if that’s what will help keep your child interested.
  • It’s also helpful to brush your teeth with them, especially after meals. If they see you brushing and flossing your teeth, they’re going to be encouraged to do so, too. They will know this is a normal habit.
  • When they’re ready to start brushing their teeth on their own, patiently walk them through the process. Make sure that they reach to their back teeth and clean their tongue, too. When they’ve proven they are doing a good job, give them more independence.
  • Show them their teeth afterward, and encourage them by telling them that they’ve made their teeth extra shiny and beautiful!
  • Choose toothpaste and toothbrushes that they like. Better yet, take them to the store with you and let them pick out the toothpaste and toothbrush that they want. If they’re interested in a certain flavor or like that their favorite superhero or princess is on the package, that’s a good sign that they’re relating their oral health to something they love. For youngsters older than 6, we may recommend a fluoride rinse for extra protection, and they can also choose the flavor for that.
  • Reward them! It’s OK to provide a small reward to your child for keeping up with their brushing and flossing. Perhaps you can print out a monthly calendar and keep it in the bathroom or somewhere visible. Each day that they brush and floss, they can mark off that day or put a sticker on it. Then, at the end of the month, they can get a small prize. (You can decide whether to tell them about it before they reach the end of the month – again, whatever specifically motivates your child.) Note: This should not be considered a bribe in any way! Just like you enjoy getting a bonus at work for a job well done, your child can feel proud about their accomplishment. Plus, you won’t have to deal with as many cavities!
  • Set a timer. According to the American Dental Association, it should take at least 2 minutes to effectively brush your teeth. Set the timer for at least 2 minutes, but make sure that your child is still reaching all the places they need to! This is helpful for a lot of children, but especially those who have a competitive edge.
  • Emphasize how healthy eating keeps your child’s teeth strong and helps keep their mouth healthy.
  • Take them to store to pick out healthy snacks and foods they like to eat. Explain why the food is good for their teeth. If your child is a picky eater, you can even focus on the foods or beverages they will eat, like milk and cheese.
  • Above all, don’t teach them about dentistry as something negative and scary! Avoid talking about their oral health or the dentist in a negative way, or use scary scenarios to get them to brush and floss. Make it fun and positive!

    Remember, the better your family maintains their oral health, the less time – and money – you have to spend fixing problems!

    Enjoy the Dentist and Taking Care of Teeth

    Did you know there are ways we can help make your family’s dental health enjoyable, too? That doesn’t apply just to kids, either! Check back for our next blog to see how we’re continuing to celebrate Family Fun month with enjoyable dentistry! In the meantime, set up an appointment for your family at our Orlando family dentist practice by Contacting us today!

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