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Helping Your Family Get Great Dental Habits

  • October 1, 2016

It’s hard enough being a parent. Tired of having to watch everything your family does to prevent cavities? Then call us today at 248-721-4502 to schedule appointments for your whole family.

Our dentists know the value of family. Dr. Grewal volunteered in Haiti helping families there have better dental health. Dr. Duffield has a child of his own. Together, they are dedicated to helping your family have healthy teeth and smiles.

That’s why setting good habits is so important. Here are some tips for doing that with your family.

Setting Healthy Dental Habits

Make your six-month appointments for everyone, including parents.

Too many adults think going to the dentist is optional. Prevention is the key, so skipping on dental exams can make small dental problems turn into big, expensive ones. If you want to help your family get into the habit of going twice a year, take them there twice a year when they’re young.

That’s why you need to call us today. The more you bring your family to our Royal Oak, MI dental office, the more they will do so in the future. Dr. Duffield and Dr. G know how to work well with children, and they love seeing them in the office.

Skip the fruit juice and diet sodas whenever possible.

Yes, fruit juice is full of vitamins. And yes, it’s certainly better for your family than regular soda. However, fruit juice is packed with sugar. Even diet soda, which has no sugar, can be bad for teeth. Diet soda is full of acid, which can damage the enamel on your kids’ teeth.

Call us today at 248-721-4502 to schedule a dental exam for your whole family. Not all dental offices see children, but we can see kids as young as three years old.

Role-model good dental habits like brushing and flossing.

Kids learn from their parents. Sometimes, they listen to your words. Other times, they watch what you do. That’s why you can give your family great dental habits by letting kids see you brush and floss. When they do, they realize this is something really important.

By calling our Royal Oak, MI dental office, you can schedule appointments for dental exams. Our dentists know your time is valuable, so you can often schedule appointments back to back. This can get the exams done that everyone in your family needs.

Drink plenty of water.

Your mouth uses saliva to help wash away food particles. Harmful bacteria need those to grow, so this helps keep them under control. However, dehydration robs your mouth of saliva. And you know kids. They can run themselves into the ground if they don’t get into the habit of drinking water.

That’s why staying hydrated is so important to the body and the teeth. Dr. Duffield has the advanced training necessary to understand how little things like this can make a big difference. That’s why you should call us today to schedule your next dental exam.

Get custom athletic mouthguards for kids playing sports.

Children love running around. With the childhood obesity problem in our country, staying active is more important than ever. However, sports are not without their risks. That’s why many leagues and schools require athletic mouthguards.

Dr. Duffield has been practicing dentistry long enough to know the value of a custom mouthguard. Only a custom-fitted one like you can get at our Royal Oak, MI dental office truly protects their teeth. Plus, a custom fit makes it easier to breathe and is more comfortable. Will they get into the habit of wearing their mouthguard if it doesn’t feel right?

Let your kids pick out their own toothbrush and floss.

Parents often end up telling their kids what to do a lot of the time. That’s because adults know better than kids. But that means kids often feel like they have little control over their lives. Let them pick out their toothbrush and dental floss. Just a little bit of control like this can help them make dental hygiene a habit.

When you call us at 248-721-4502, you can schedule dental cleanings for your family. Brushing and flossing at home are important, but our dentists can get your family’s teeth professionally clean.

Stop smoking altogether, not just when the kids are near.

Admittedly, this is a tough one. See, you don’t want your kids to use tobacco when they grow up. If they see you smoking, a part of them will view tobacco as being a normal part of life. That increases the risk they’ll start smoking later in life. Tobacco is not just bad for your lungs; it’s horrible for your teeth as well. By not smoking, you’re setting a great habit for your kids to follow.

Call us TODAY at 248-721-4502 to get appointments for the family.

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