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13 Nov 2014

Tips On How To Get Your Kids To Brush Their Teeth

I think most parents can agree, trying to get your kids ready in the morning and before bed can be a struggle. This struggle arises in part because many children simply dislike having to brush and floss their teeth. I remember thinking up every excuse as a child to avoid brushing my teeth. It took a few cavities for me to begin to admit that perhaps brushing was as important as my parents and my dentist had said. As an adult, I now realize just how imperative proper oral hygiene is and only wish it hadn’t taken me quite so long. So, I decided to seek out some family dentists in Ottawa, to ask for a few key things to keep in mind when trying to get children to brush regularly.

Explain the importance

Depending on the child’s age and cognitive development, they may not have mastered the ‘cause and effect’ concept fully yet. As such, they will not naturally understand that improper oral hygiene can lead to cavities and other health risks. It’s important to try to educate children about oral hygiene in a way that they will understand. Perhaps you could try to explain that not brushing could lead to little germ bugs making holes in your teeth, which will mean uncomfortable trips to the dentist. It’s also important to help them understand that brushing your teeth will create a white, bright and healthy smile and that going to the dentist is just as important as check-ups at the doctors.

Make brushing fun

Making brushing fun might not be easy, but many family dentists in Ottawa assure it is feasible. For starters, opt for a fun and colourful toothbrush – maybe one with the child’s favourite cartoon on it. Also try incorporating other fun activities into the mix, such as singing along to music or telling stories. Although this seems far-fetched – it really works! A few weeks ago I was babysitting a seven-year-old boy and I was dreading bedtime for this very reason. I winced as I asked him to brush his teeth, but to my surprise he gave me no trouble at all. The reason? His toothbrush was electric and featured a popular band on it; when he brushed his teeth music played and he said it made brushing his teeth fun.

While getting your kids or siblings to brush their teeth can be a difficult task, lots of family dentists in Ottawa assure it is possible. Try out the two techniques mentioned above and/or try talking to your own family dentist. With a little perseverance, you’ll find the technique that works best for your family and you’ll have a brushing and flossing master in no time!

23 Oct 2014

Finding a Dentist in Ottawa: Tips for Newcomers!

Are you new to Ottawa? If so, you might have opened the phone book or looked online to search for a great dentist, only to find a large choice of clinics that seem —on the surface — to offer the same quality of service. But how can you accurately determine which dentist will be the best fit for you? Consult the following tips to help you find your new dentist in Ottawa!

Questions to Ask When Calling a Dentist’s Office

Calling a dentist’s office will enable you to determine if your clinic accepts new patients, and will also give you a chance to speak to the receptionist and ask any question you might have. Is the person at the reception desk knowledgeable, calm and friendly? If so, this is a great first sign that you are dealing with a professionally-managed clinic that is focused on excellent customer service. This is important, especially if you have dental insurance, since great dentists in Ottawa are capable of processing your claim electronically with the least amount of hassle for you, their client.

Take Them Up on the Offer: Free Consultations

Did you know that there are dentists in Ottawa who offer free consultations to their new patients? Indeed, whether patients are new to Ottawa, or whether they are long-time residents, new patients can take advantage of the free consultation offered by certain clinics in order to see whether they feel at ease .

When visiting a dentist in Ottawa for the first time for your free consultation, observe the following:

– Is the entire staff warm, friendly and ready to serve you?

– Is the office clean, orderly and geared towards your comfort (Internet access, children’s play area, cable television and satellite radio in examination rooms, etc.)?

– Do you feel at ease speaking with the dentist?

Exchanging Smiles: Speaking with your Dentist

Speaking with your new dentist in Ottawa should be pleasant, comforting and relaxing! An experienced dentist will make you feel at ease by comprehensively explaining possible treatments plans in a clear and professional manner. Don’t forget to ask him or her if they are qualified to administer sedation for nervous patients. This is especially important if you are, or someone in your family is, a patient with a certain fear of dental procedures.

If you are new to the community, or a long-time resident of the city, finding a fantastic dentist in Ottawa with the help of the above tips will be simpler than ever!