It can be tempting to try to cover up for the lapse in flossing or brushing at home. Especially if your child doesn’t like to brush their teeth or never lets you help them. Although your child or teen might feel tempted to lie about how well they’re doing, their teeth and gums will always speak for themselves!
We’re Not Here to Judge
Talking with our pediatric dentists about your child’s oral hygiene struggles is one of the easiest ways to get your child back on track. We’ll work with you as a team — judgement free — to boost your child’s self-care habits and lower their chances of irreversible dental disease.
It Takes Two Weeks…
…of dedicated brushing and daily flossing to reverse the symptoms of gingivitis. If gums are tender or bleed easily, it can be particularly challenging to help your child or teen to get things back under control. Many children see bleeding gums and actually think that the brushing/gum care is causing it. And then they stop or avoid the activity, making the problem worse. Jump-starting the process with a professional dental cleaning is one of the best ways to get started.
Modify, Modify, Modify
There may be a reason why your child lies about flossing or doesn’t brush more than once a day. Especially during the teen years, where they’re preoccupied with other things. Incorporating gentle electric toothbrushes or water flossers are just a couple of examples of making oral hygiene easier, especially if your child is in braces.
We’ve Seen it Before
Rest assured, you’re not alone. If your child has heavy plaque buildup or gingivitis because they aren’t brushing well, we can help. We’ve had the same conversations time and time again, and we know what works (and doesn’t.) We’re here to be your partner when it comes to helping your child enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile for their lifetime.
Has it been over six months since your child’s last checkup? Call Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan today to schedule!
About Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan
Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan has specialized in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics since 1968. Our family-friendly and newly renovated office gives patients and families a more comfortable and consistent experience with dentistry from the very beginning. Our pediatric dentists treat children from newborn to 18 years of age while our orthodontists provide care for both children and adults and are proud to be Premier Providers of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen services. We have the ability to treat all patients with compassion and individuality, including those that may have special needs as we have treatment rooms available for children who require additional privacy and customized care options. We pioneered valued hospital affiliations to allow dental services to be performed at DMC Children’s Hospital and St. John Macomb Hospital, when appropriate or necessary, and our specialists are also proud to be on staff at Henry Ford and Beaumont hospitals.