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10 Tips to Help the Children in Your Life Keep a Healthy Smile

  1. Lead by example. Show your kids that practicing good oral health is important and can be fun by practicing good oral health yourself.
  2. Choose a dentist that you and your family will like and trust. It will make the experience more enjoyable for everyone.
  3. Take them to the dentist regularly – usually every six months or as directed by your dentist – for routine cleanings and checkups. This is not only good for the mouth; it can also help your child build a comfort level with the dentist.
  4. Remind them to brush. Always ask your children if they brushed their teeth before they leave for school and when they are getting ready for bed.
  5. Encourage them to brush at school. A travel toothbrush can be easily packed in your child’s backpack so that he or she can brush after snacks and lunch while at school.
  6. Teach the importance of flossing. Flossing is just as important as brushing and may also help prevent gum disease. Gum disease may be associated with health complications later in life.
  7. Make sure your child eats breakfast every day. There’s evidence that young people who eat a high protein breakfast have noticeable reductions in cravings for sweets later in the day.*
  8. If they’re going to drink soda, have them use a straw. Doing so reduces their teeth’s exposure to sugar.
  9. Reduce sugar in their diets. Replace sugary snacks and drinks with healthy alternatives, such as fruit, cheese and crackers and water.
  10. Reward healthy habits. Leave little treats from the “tooth fairy,” every now and then, to reward your child for practicing good oral health.

For more articles on dental health, see our main blog page.

We Look Forward To Welcoming You And Your Child…

You will find our office to be a pleasant and caring environment. We know a positive experience can set the tone for your child’s future dental health. That is why our office has been designed to be “kid friendly”. Even more importantly, our pediatric dentists and professional staff have dedicated their careers to helping children. We establish trust with your child by creating a safe and happy place for them to be. The latest in dental technology is combined with genuine compassion and concern.

We are open Monday through Saturday and offer appointments as early as 7:30am

The first checkup is recommended at the first birthday. Our patients generally stay with us until they graduate high school. We are proud to say we are now seeing the children of former patients, as the practice was established in 1973 by Dr. Robert Harmon.

We have 24 hour coverage for our patient’s dental emergencies. There is a pediatric dentist on call at all times. Should you need after hours advice or emergency care, simply dial our telephone number and our message will direct you.

Are we accepting new patients? Yes, absolutely! We are happy to welcome new patients to our practice and we appreciate your referring your friends and family to us.

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