It seems like kids are sick often. They go out to the park or the mall and touch all of the handrails and all of the other surfaces and then touch their mouth and face. They go to school and share supplies with the other students and this is a common occurrence. This is also some of the reasons that kids get sick often. They are not that great at keeping their hands to themselves and being cautious of the germs that are all around them. You want to make sure you teach your child good hygiene and how to be careful. You also want to make sure you are prepared when your child does get sick. You want to ensure you are there to take care of them when they have the flu and also help to keep their mouth, teeth and gums clean as well. One area of the body that seems to be the main focal point when you are sick happens to be your face and in particular your mouth. It is important to make sure you continue with proper dental care when they are sick. Smile Reef outlines what you can do to keep dental care going when your child is sick.
Keep Brushing Teeth when You are Sick
One of the things that seems to be common when you have a child that is home sick is that they stay in bed. They lay down and call when they need a drink or some food to eat. They stay in their pajamas and don’t want to do much but sleep and watch the television. The best thing you can do to protect their teeth when they are sick is to make sure that they still get up to at least brush their teeth. The mucus that they are dealing with can start to build up on the teeth. This can cause them to stay sick for longer and continue to not feel good. Be sure that they are up a twice a day to rinse their mouth and to clean their teeth.
Drink Water when Sick with a Cold or Flu
It can be easy to let your child just sit around and to give them what they want but if you want them to get better and to keep their dental health in mind you need to make sure they are hydrated. This means that you need to stay on how often they get up and how often they are drinking water. Water is a big part of rinsing out the mouth and keeping the body hydrated. Your gums rely heavily on hydration to stay healthy.
Change Your Toothbrush After a Cold or Flu
The toothbrush is something that can be overlooked. It sits in the bathroom and you send your kid in to brush. You want to make sure you keep track of the age of the toothbrush. You also want to make sure that you get rid of the toothbrush when your child is sick. The time that they are contagious is before the symptoms actually show up. Start them off with a new toothbrush and when they are feeling better switch it out for a new one again. This is a great way to care for their oral health and general overall health as well.
Pediatric Oral Health
Smile Reef can make sure that your child’s teeth and oral health is in good shape. Call us today to make your appointment.
If you have an autistic child you already know the importance of preparing your child for new things. Most autistic children thrive on patterns and routine. Familiar places and familiar people are where they do best! Here at Smile Reef we typically only see your child a couple times a year. We understand that only seeing us so infrequently does not help your child feel at ease with us. We have some tips for how you can prepare your autistic child for their next office visit that we hope will put both you and your child more at ease.
Choose a Pediatric Dentist Specializing in Autism
The best thing that you can do for your autistic child is make sure that you are taking them to a dentist that works with special needs children. Since you are here on our website, we hope that you know already that Smile Reef is well trained in working with special needs children. If you do not know this, let us put your mind at ease. Dr. Jensen and the rest of the staff will take amazing care of your child during their visit. Once you know you have the right dentist you will want to start introducing your child to the idea of their upcoming visit to see us here at Smile Reef. One idea that many of our patients find helpful is to print out a picture of Dr. Jensen and show it to your child. We have pictures of Dr. Jensen on our website that will help you with this. If your child knows who they are coming to see it will help them feel less anxiety about the visit.
Give Autistic Child Information About their Dental Visit
Next you will want to help your child prepare for what will happen during the appointment. Walk them through what will happen at each part of their appointment. If you need a list of what will happen at their appointment give us a call and we can walk you through the main parts of the appointment. When your child knows what to expect it can help lower their anxiety about the appointment.
Social Stories of Dental Office for Children with Autism
Over the years we have found that many times the tools we use during your child’s appointment are a point of concern for autistic children. You may want to consider buying or borrowing some basic dental instruments. Letting your child see, touch, and interact with the tools that we will be using on their teeth to help make them seem less scary on the day of the appointment.
Frequently creating a social story helps autistic children prepare for new experiences. You can create a social story for the upcoming trip to the dentist. If you would like to come in and take pictures of our office to help you create this social story please give us a call. We would be happy to have you come in and take pictures of our office to use.
Special Needs Pediatric Dentistry
We hope that these tips help you prepare your autistic child for their next trip the dentist. We want their experience to go as smoothly as possible. Smile Reef is here to help you in any way. Contact us to schedule your next appointment today!