What to Do if Your Child Knocks Out a Tooth

If your child falls off a bike or gets hit in the face with a ball and knocks out a tooth, it is important to act quickly and take the right steps. This could be the difference between the tooth being able to be reattached or not being able to be reattached. Unfortunately, I found myself in this situation and wasn't really sure what to do. I ended up taking my son to an emergency dentist, but it was too late and the tooth could not be reattached. I wanted to ensure this didn't happen to other parents and children, or to me again, so I created this website. If you have children, this is great information to know before you find yourself in this situation.

5 Tips For Getting Your Child To Floss

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Does your child hate to floss? Can you blame them? Flossing isn't a pleasurable experience for many people. Even adults have trouble sticking to disciplined flossing routine. Most kids don't like flossing because they find it uncomfortable or because they don't like sticking their hands in their mouth. Others may see blood on their gums or the floss and become distressed.

No matter their objection, it's important that your child sticks with it. Flossing helps keep teeth clean, fight plaque, and build healthy gums. Here are five ways you can help your child stick with flossing:

1. Use a chart

Your dentist may be able to provide you with a flossing chart to track your child's progress. Every time he or she flosses, put a sticker on the chart. Once he or she has flossed for a week, reward them with a small prize, like being able to stay up a little later on the weekend or getting an extra story at bedtime. Rewarding good behavior will help them stick with it.

2. Turn it into a game

Your kid may hate flossing if it's just for dental health, but they may love it if there's a game involved. If they're just learning to count, have them count their teeth as the floss in between each tooth. Or create a story about the "evil" plaque in their teeth and pretend that the floss is a weapon they can use to destroy it.

3. Get a flossing stick

For many kids, the act of getting the floss in between the teeth is just difficult and uncomfortable. In fact, many adults have the same issues. You can make it easier by using a flossing stick, which holds a piece of floss in between two prongs. You then use the stick to get the floss between the teeth, rather than wrapping it around your fingers and angling your mouth. Making it easier for the child may make them more encouraged to do it.

4. Do it with them

The best way to change any child behavior is to lead by example. They'll often mimic your behavior, especially if they're very young. You can get them in a good flossing routine by doing it with them. In fact, make flossing time a regular part of your evenings and stand together at the mirror to do it. They'll probably look forward to it as quality parent and child time.

5. Tell them their breath will stink if they don't

One of the great benefits of flossing is that it creates cleaner, fresher breath. Kids are often terrified of anything that will make them look bad in front of their friends and peers. Simply tell them that flossing is the best way to have good breath and that not flossing increases the chances that they'll have bad breath. That alone could be enough to get them to do it, especially if they're a teenager.

If none of these options work, talk to your dentist. He or she can recommend options and may be able to talk to your child to explain the importance of flossing. Have other questions? Try contacting a professional like Dr. Dan Foresto to learn more.

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5 January 2015