Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Do As I'm Doing, Follow, Follow, Me

There is a familiar children's song entitled "Do As I'm Doing, Follow, Follow Me".  During the song the leader does an action and audience follows.  The song instructs the audience to do it higher, or lower, faster or slower.  The results are always a room full of giggles and fun.  So what does that have to do with Dentistry you ask?

Nothing is more important than a good example!  Do you think your behaviors and actions influence your children?  You bet they do!  Parents have an enormous influence on their children and when it comes to health and well being the impact can be life changing.

Getting children to brush their teeth can be a down right struggle some days, but persistence pays off - big time.  They are not going to understand the benefits now, but as they get older and interact with more children it will become obvious what dental hygiene can result in if done properly.  They will see friends with missing teeth, capped teeth, chipped teeth, and unhealthy mouths.  They are out there, and one day when it dawns on them that their pearly whites are that way because you set the proper example and taught them how to care for their health, they will thank you.

Colgate has put together a fun video instructing how to teach your children to brush their teeth.  Maybe it will be a review for you, and maybe it will spark some ideas to start in your family.

Don't forget about our personalized tooth chart that you can print out for your children.  Celebrate with them and bring these charts into their semi-annual cleanings for a special prize.  All of us like surprises right?  You can personalize a chart for your child or grandchild by simply clicking on the tooth icon up at the top right of our blog.

For some more helpful tips see a former post that shares 10 Tips on getting your child to brush his teeth:

Scheduling regular dental visits will instill in your child's mind the importance of oral health care.  If it's been longer than six months since you have seen us please call us today!  We can give you moral support by teaching your child the importance of brushing and flossing.  Sometimes having someone "back you up" reinforces your teachings.

Call and schedule a cleaning and exam 
for your child today!
(541) 451-1440

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