Q. My 18-month-old is resistant to brushing and flossing. Do you have any recommendations?
A. The CDC reports that dental caries is the most prevalent infectious disease in our nation’s children. Most toddlers are not willing participants of the oral hygiene routine, however it is very important that it be done daily to decrease the chances of needed treatment.
In my practice, I suggest that both parents help with this process, one holding the child and counting and singing and the other doing the brushing and flossing. The child WILL cry but as long as you keep your tone of voice upbeat and loving, then there should not be negativity associated with this process. End the session with hugs, kisses, and praise and everyone will be happy. Ask your pediatric dentist to show you the best way to hold the child while brushing.
P.S. Please call 520-886-7575 to set up your child's appointment at our office in east Tucson. We have a super kid-friendly staff and space! Toddlers and young children love our Disney themed playroom and post-appointment goodie bags. Hope to see you soon.
Niloofar Hubrich is a 1996 graduate of University of Mississippi and a 1997 post graduate of University of Tennessee in General Dentistry who has limited her practice to Pediatrics. She and her husband Raymond both practice at Hubrich Dental in Tucson. Niloofar loves reading, cooking with her husband, traveling, and Mickey Mouse.