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How can I encourage my child to brush their teeth?

how do i get my child to brush their teeth | Albuquerque, NM | Essenmacher Family DentalWe all know that brushing twice daily and flossing at least once per day are keys to good oral health; however, anyone with children will tell you it can be a struggle to get kids to brush their teeth properly. Often, kids will just do a quick once-over, which is not enough to remove bacteria and the acids that cause decay. We have even heard stories of kids wetting their toothbrushes to be sneaky without brushing at all.

Your children’s dentist in Albuquerque, Dr. Lindsay Essenmacher, has a few suggestions to make life easier for parents.

Brush Together for Fun

With busy schedules, parents often wish they could spend more time with their kids. Set good habits by brushing together. YouTube and other video websites have catchy videos that encourage brushing for a full two minutes. You and your little one can enjoy a teeth cleaning dance party together.

Be Sure to Help Little Ones

Kids will need assistance brushing their teeth until their motor skills develop enough to do it on their own – usually around age eight.

Keep a Chart and Give Prizes

Kids love prizes. When your child does a good job brushing his or her teeth, give a reward at the end of each week. To protect the teeth, make sure it is something other than candy or sugar.

For more advice from an experienced children’s dentist, contact our Albuquerque dental office to arrange an appointment.

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Dear valued patients,

As many of you know, in response to the recommendations from the American Dental Association and public health orders in place in New Mexico, we have been seeing patients on an urgent/emergency basis only since March 17. As a practice, our first priority is to put the health and safety of our team and community first.  

Because the exact trajectory of this pandemic cannot be anticipated, we are unable to accurately predict when we’ll be able to resume seeing patients for regular dental care.  At this time, public health orders prohibiting elective dental care extend until May 15.  However, we will definitely make an announcement on our website and Facebook when normal hours are resumed. We will also be contacting patients whose appointments were canceled so that we can reschedule.  

In the meantime, if you have any questions about an upcoming appointment, or have a concern about your teeth that you’d like to discuss, please do not hesitate to call our office.  We are happy to assist you in any way we can.  

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Dr. Essenmacher