Christmas is a time for giving, and the greatest gift you can give your children is a positive and relaxed attitude towards dental appointments.
A positive attitude coupled with a consistent relationship with your dentist will go a long way towards setting your children up for life with a healthy smile.
Children who attend regular dental visits feel more confident, are more relaxed and are more willing to ask questions regarding their oral health.
Children often seem to take more notice if someone other than a parent tells them something. This is particularly true for dental care. Dentists are well versed in oral care techniques, and are willing to share their knowledge on how to create and maintain happy and healthy mouths and smiles.
Holidays mark a change in routine.
Keeping a consistent brushing regime through the holiday season is very important for the entire family. It is vital to keep up brushing and flossing twice a day, and to limit the number of treats, despite their abundance at this time of year.
The summer holidays are associated with an increase in the number of dental trauma cases.
Front teeth are most at risk of injury from new toys, bikes, scooters, swimming pools and outdoor play. Everyone, especially children, can easily get caught up in the excitement of their new toys or having fun in the sun, without thinking about potential risks.
Holiday dental first aid for when a tooth is knocked out:
• If a permanent tooth is knocked out, rinse it briefly in milk and if possible, gently push the tooth back into the space it came out of. If this is not possible, place the tooth into milk, or wrap the tooth in cling wrap.
• Remember, the quicker the patient is seen by a dentist, the better the long-term prognosis for the tooth.
• If a baby tooth is knocked out or dislodged, rinse the tooth with milk and wrap it in cling wrap. Do not attempt to replace the tooth. Make a dental appointment as soon as possible for a review.
• If the tooth cannot be found, it is still important to see your dentist, as the tooth may be dislodged into the lip, swallowed or even inhaled.
Finally, why not treat yourself or a loved one to a dazzling white smile this Christmas?
Christmas is the perfect time to give a gift voucher, and teeth whitening is the gift that will keep on giving, smile after smile. Speak to our friendly receptionists to organise your voucher.
B.D.S(Hons).(Syd). MDSc (Melb, Grad.Dip.Clin.Dent (Oral Implants), Grad.Dip.Clin.Dent (Conscious Sedation & Pain Control), FRACDS, FPFA, Senior Clinical Associate (Uni of Syd), Dental Surgeon.