February is more than just Valentines, it is also National Children’s Dental Health Month. Little teeth need checkups twice a year to make sure they are growing healthy. (It’s also fun to see cute little smiles running around the office.)
Remember to make your biannual appointment with A Kids Place Dentistry in Salt Lake City, Utah. We have an amazing group of pediatric dentists, hygienists and dental assistants to make your visit comfortable and safe. All of our little patients will also receive a goody bag after each visit.
Call (801) 747-8000 or schedule your appointment online at dentalprosutah.com.
Helping Your Grandchildren Learn About The Dentist
By David L. Steed
For many, the dentist can be a daunting experience. He is often thought of as the one who inflicts pain with rudimentary implements while getting paid handsomely to do it. While this isn’t true, anxiety about the dentist affects many of the patients we see every day, especially young children.
A Kid’s Place Dentistry tries to alleviate some of that fear with our child friendly services and doctors that care about patient comfort. Parents and grandparents can also help stem many of the fears that accompany a child’s first visit to the dentist. You are your grandchild’s greatest ally when it comes to learning about the world and using teaching materials like books, movies and games can help them see the dentist in a more positive light.
A great resource for kid friendly learning materials can be found on Pinterest.com. The Pinterest website operates like an online scrapbook where people can share creative projects and pin them to virtual pin boards. The Center of Dental Professionals page on Pinterest has many great ideas for learning about how to maintain a healthy mouth, including printable materials to share with your children.
One of our favorite project ideas from Pinterest is to take a large building block or styrofoam egg carton to use as teeth. By applying salt dough or clay between the grooves you can teach young children the importance of flossing with a string of yarn. This tactile project is fun and engaging for young minds that will remember how much fun they had when they go to their next dental appointment.
Another strategy to prepare them for their first visit to the dentist is to read books or watch educational videos while answering any questions they might have. It is an excellent way to bond with your grandchild and gives them safe environment to learn about potentially frightening experiences. With websites like Youtube, Hulu and PBS, you can find educational programs about visiting dental offices and maintaining proper oral health for free. Many popular programs such as The Magic School Bus series and Sesame Street have episodes about the dentist that are great fun for kids.
For reading materials the website wegivebooks.org has some of the newest and most popular children’s titles for free. You can browse their collection of thousands of books and easily search by subject, genre, author or title. The non-profit organization has many fun books to read with your family including “A Trip to the Dentist,” by Penny Smith.
At a Kids Place Dentistry we try to make the experience at the dentist as fun of a learning experience as possible. We know that going to the dentist can be scary at times, but our team of dental professionals is invested in your children’s oral health. If you have any questions about children’s dentistry or where to find more great learning materials please visit our website dentalprosutah.com or contact our offices in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Center of Dental Professionals and A Kids Place Dentistry are committed to being an integral part of our community. That is why this year we will be a part of Winter Palooza at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, Utah. This fun event is put on by the Utah Kids Club and we are happy to be a local sponsor.
The event will take place on January 24th from 10am to 8pm and only costs $7.00 per person if you purchase your tickets online. A Kids Place Dentistry will be there to help with one of the many Bounce Houses and have fun activities and prizes at our booth. The Winter Palooza has many other fun activities for families like face painting, animal shows, balloons, food and so much more! It is a great way to wear your kids out while creating lasting memories.
A Kids Place Dentistry will also be teaching kids the importance of a healthy mouth with fun activities encouraging children to brush their teeth and seeing their dentist twice a year. For more information about our offices or the Winter Palooza event please call (801) 747-8000 or visit our website, A Kids Place Dentistry.
We can’t wait and we look forward to seeing your smiling faces at Winter Palooza!