Dentist in Hanford educates kids and their parents about oral hygiene

We have the opportunity to enjoy many "firsts" with our children, including their first words, first steps, and first teeth. These can be exciting times and are often captured in photographs and videos. Visiting the dentist for the first time can be just as enjoyable.

Dr. Nikunj Raiyani, a compassionate dentist, understands the importance of gentle, comfortable, professional dental care. He makes personalized treatment a top priority at his dental practice, Hanford Family Dental Center, where he treats kids and adults of all ages. As an advocate of patient education, he teaches parents how to keep children's oral health in excellent condition.

Instilling enthusiasm in children about oral health

One of the best ways to protect the oral health of your children is to instill a sense of enthusiasm in them about dental hygiene. It starts with choosing toothbrushes your children will enjoy. Maybe the toothbrushes are their favorite colors or have pictures of their beloved animated characters. When it is time to brush their teeth, they may be more excited to pick up their toothbrushes.

Teaching children the proper brushing technique

It is important to teach children the proper technique for brushing their teeth to encourage good oral hygiene habits at an early age. We recommend children hold their toothbrushes at a 45-degree angle against the gums and move the brush back and forth gently over the teeth. Remind them to brush behind the teeth because those are also areas prone to tartar buildup. Encourage children not to scrub their teeth too hard because they may irritate the gums. We recommend brushing after breakfast and before bedtime.

Preparing children for their first dental visit

Just as we encourage daily brushing to be a fun activity, visiting the dentist can also be exciting. You can present this milestone as a sign of growing up. Talk positively about the upcoming experience. You could tell the children the visit will include "counting" and "brushing" the teeth and possibly "taking photographs" of the mouth.

Above all, rest assured your children are in caring and gentle hands at Hanford Family Dental Center. We are available to help you and your children enjoy excellent oral health. To learn more, call (559) 530-8080.

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