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Helping Your Kids Learn and Love To Brush Their Teeth
ANY PARENT KNOWS that getting your child to do certain things like eat their veggies, clean their room and even brush their teeth can be difficult. But the reality is that tooth decay is the number one disease affecting young children today.
To combat this, kids need to learn and love to brush their teeth early on in their lives. Our goal is to help your children maintain bright, healthy smiles and help them learn early the importance of good oral hygiene.
Let’s Catch Up On Some Of The Basics
Your child’s first dental visit should be when their first tooth appears, or around their first birthday. Once teeth emerge, you can start brushing them. Brush your child’s teeth twice a day with a child-sized toothbrush and only a smear of toothpaste (the size of a grain of rice). When two teeth begin to touch, it is time to start flossing!
From the ages of three to six, you can use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Remind children not to swallow the toothpaste. Continue to help your child brush their teeth until you feel that they can correctly do so on their own.
Our Top Tips On Teaching Your Kids Good Oral Hygiene
It may not be easy, but it will definitely be worth it to teach your kids the value of taking care of their teeth. Here are some things you can do to help them understand just how important a task it is, and even how fun it can be!
Teach Them Why
When kids understand the reason behind something, they are more inclined to do it. You can even make it more interesting by spinning it into a fun story and giving the bacteria in their mouths a name, like the plaque monsters or tooth bugs!
Let Them Participate
Allowing your child to pick out their toothbrush, toothpaste and floss is a great way for them to participate. If you use a timer to help them brush their teeth for the full two minutes, let them press the button. Find ways to get them involved!
Use Positive Reinforcement
Parents know better than anyone what kids will do for prizes. One idea is to use a sticker chart. Every time they brush their teeth well, without complaining, they get to put a sticker on the chart. When the chart is full, they get a prize!
Make It Fun
Whether you turn on their favorite two-minute song or have them brush their stuffed animal’s teeth first, making it fun is key to helping your child love brushing time. There are also many Smartphone apps out there dedicated to making oral hygiene more fun!
You can even show them this fun video to help encourage them to brush their teeth!
We Are Proud Partners of Parents
Although getting your child to love brushing and flossing their teeth is difficult at times, remember that we are your allies in helping ensure their lifelong oral and overall health. If your child is still struggling with brushing and flossing, let us know, we are here to help.
Thank you for your trust in our practice.
Fresno Smile Makeovers, Sam Namdarian DMD, FAGD
Contact: Sam Namdarian DMD, 559-431-1772 Info@fresnosmilemakeovers.com
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Dentist Sam Namdarian Receives AGD Fellowship Award in Boston, MA
Boston (2016)—The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is pleased to announce that Sam Namdarian DMD, FAGD, of Fresno, CA, received the association’s Fellowship Award during the AGD 2016 annual meeting, which took place July 16, 2016 in Boston
The AGD Fellowship Award is presented to dentists who seek to provide the highest quality dental care by remaining current in their profession. To earn this prestigious honor, Dr. Namdarian completed 500 hours of dental continuing education, passed a comprehensive written exam, and fulfilled three years of continuous membership in the AGD.
As a Fellowship Award recipient, Dr. Namdarian at Fresno Smile Makeovers joins nearly 7,000 active AGD Fellows who have gone above and beyond the basic requirements to care for their patients’ oral health.
“We are proud to honor Dr. Namdarian for his commitment in reaching this lofty goal,” says AGD Immediate Past President W. Mark Donald, DMD, MAGD. “He has distinguished himself professionally among his peers and is a role model for both his fellow dentists and the Fresno community.”
Dr. Namdarian graduated from Boston University in 2005 and currently practices dentistry in Fresno CA. He and his wife, Faith, have two children.
About the Academy of General Dentistry
The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is a professional association of 41,000 general dentists dedicated to providing quality dental care and oral health education to the public. AGD members stay up-to-date in their profession through a commitment to continuing education. Founded in 1952, the AGD is the second largest dental association in the United States, and it is the only association that exclusively serves the needs and represents the interests of general dentists. A general dentist is the primary care provider for patients of all ages and is responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management, and overall coordination of services related to patients’ oral health needs. For more information about the AGD, visit www.agd.org.
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