Tips for Parents

General Advice

At the end of each appointment, parents are invited to reward their child with words of praise for a job well done. We enjoy establishing a trusting friendship with each child and their parents. We teach parents that it’s fun to converse with their child using our gentle dental terminology.

Nutritional counseling is provided to parents that will assist them with packing lunches and snacks for school. We also help parents figure out what may be the cause of cavities and give them many ideas for preventing dental decay.

Routine dental care, such as six-month cleaning and examination appointments, can also develop lasting friendships with our dental team. Children learn by watching their parents. Regular tooth brushing and flossing can be a fun family event.


What should I tell my child about the first dental visit?

We are asked this question many times. We suggest you prepare your child the same way that you would before their first haircut or trip to the shoe store. This will not be the frightening experience you may remember from your youth. If you are nervous about the trip, then the less you say the better. You cannot hide your anxiety from a child (they have radar for these things). Have fun reading books about dentistry with your child and encourage play behaviors that mimic a dental visit with your child being the dentist and then the patient. Talk about how the dentist or assistant will help keep your child’s teeth healthy and how they care about children. Your child’s reaction to his first visit to the dentist may surprise you.

Tips for cavity prevention
  1. Limit frequency of meals and snacks.
  2. Help your child brush and floss regularly.
  3. Avoid sticky foods (fruit rolls and sticky dried fruit).
  4. Make treats part of meals.
  5. Choose nutritious snacks
  6. Do not reward or bribe your child using candy or other unhealthy foods.
  7. Ask your doctor about medications that may cause a dry mouth. Saliva is necessary to wash away food.
  8. Some medications are high in sugar. Brush teeth after using them
  9. Avoid high carbohydrate/sugary sports drinks or juices. Most fruit juices are high in sugar and low in nutritional value.
  10. Examinations, cleanings and fluoride treatments are all part of your child’s prevention program. In addition, sealants can be applied to your child’s teeth to protect them from tooth decay. Children who play sports should wear mouth guards to help prevent sports injuries to the face and teeth. Our goal is to prevent dental issues before they occur.


Recommended Reading

“Barney Goes to the Dentist” by Linda Cress Dowdy
“Just Going to the Dentist” by Mercer Mayer
“The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist” by Stan & Jan Berenstain
“Curious George Goes to the Dentist”  by H.A. Rey
“Show me your Smile! A visit to the Dentist” (Dora the Explorer)


Helpful Links

Visit The Dentist with Marty
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
American Dental Association