Sure! Why not? As long as you are using rewards to develop positive behavior and not teaching your child to depend on the reward, there is absolutely nothing wrong with offering one. Yes, visits to the dentist are just that important. Read on for more ideas on how to reward you child for a dental visit in Phoenix.
Ready to Go to the Dentist?
If you are coming to the dentist for your children’s initial dental visit when they are less than a year old, then they are probably too young to be anxious. However, a child of two or three years old may be apprehensive about what will happen in the office. Here are some things you can do to get them ready.
- Keep the conversation about the dentist light and simple. Don’t give too much information, which can be confusing, and a confused child is a nervous child. Just say something like, “The dentist will look at your smile and count your teeth.”
- Pretend to be a dentist with your child at home. With a toothbrush in hand, clean and count their teeth. Then, let your son or daughter have a toothbrush so they can be the dentist to a favorite doll or stuffed animal.
- Go to the library and find books about visiting the dentist. There are many children’s books that offer simple explanations about what goes on in a dentist’s office.
- Don’t offer your child candy or a treat if they behave at the dentist. Candy, cookies, cakes and chips don’t exactly match a discussion about taking good care of teeth by avoiding sugary snacks. Offer an activity they’ve been wanting to do instead.
Oral Hygiene at Home
In between visits to the family dentist in Phoenix, making sure your children brush and floss their teeth daily is vital to their oral health. Let your children come to the store with you and select the toothbrush they want. Any brush that is approved by the American Dental Association is fine.
They can also choose their favorite flavor of fluoride toothpaste. Children only need a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on the brush. Teach them to tip the brush slightly so that they clean their teeth and along the gum line at the same time.
Setting your children up for a lifetime of good oral health is one of the many gifts you can give them. Start by scheduling regular dental checkups with a dentist in Phoenix and make a healthy smile rewarding!
Meet the Team
The dentists and their staff at Devoted Family Dental offer a complete menu of dental services for all ages. For children, dental checkups include a cleaning, examination and just the right amount of fun so they will want to come back! Keep your children’s oral health in top condition. Dr. Ludu and Dr. Sharma look forward to greeting you. Call for an appointment today.