Teaching Your Children About Proper Oral Hygiene

Good nutrition and oral hygiene care practiced at home are extremely important during the teen years. Proper diet, brushing, and flossing all play a significant role in maintaining a healthy smile and preserving teeth during these challenging years.  Cavities and periodontal (gum) disease can be a threat to teens as well as adults. Recent survey results show that bleeding gums were most prevalent among adolescents and those three-fourths of 13-17 year-olds had gums that bled.  Adolescents also have particular issues not shared by younger age groups.  These concerns include: oral piercings, mouth guards, eating disorders and orthodontic care, as well as significant tooth decay.

Some oral health practices should begin from day one and continue through the teenage years. You should change your child’s toothbrush three to four times a year, and after every illness to avoid bacteria and germs.

Preparing a Child for an Oral Checkup

The dental office might seem like a frightening place to most children, but with the help of the following tips, both children and parents can enjoy the trip to the dental hygienist and dentist.

• Schedule visits to the dental hygienist at a time when your child is likely to be well rested and cooperative.

• Never mention the words “hurt” or “pain” around your child when discussing an oral health visit. Saying “it won’t hurt” instills the possibility of pain into your child’s thought process.

• Do not discuss your own negative experiences in your child’s hearing range.

• Allow and encourage your child to discuss any fear he or she might have about oral health visits.

For more information about proper oral health care, as well as brushing and flossing instructions, please talk to your Minnesota Family Dentist.

New Operating Guidelines

During the COVID-9 pandemic, the wellbeing of our staff and patients is our highest priority. For this reason, we have implemented several changes in order to support a safe and healthy environment.

— If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-9 or any other illness, please reschedule your appointment. Dental appointments will be spaced in a manner that allows for proper social distancing between patients.

— When you arrive at the office, please remain in your car, call our office to let us know you are here, and a staff member will come out to meet you. The staff member will take your temperature with a no-touch thermometer and ask some COVID-19 screening questions. We request that you remain in your car until we call to let you know that your chair is ready.

— Please arrive at your appointment wearing your own mask. If you do not have a mask, we can provide one.

— Please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before entering the office.

— We ask that patients do not bring others with them into the office, unless you are a parent or guardian of a patient who is a minor or has special needs. If you need to accompany a patient to the door, you will then be asked to wait in your vehicle or outside the office during their appointment.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this difficult time, and we look forward to seeing you at your next appointment!

George Rizkalla, DDS Team

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