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Dentistry for kids!

Key West Dental Group in St. Charles, MO

At Key West Dental in St. Charles, MO, we know that the key to a child with healthy teeth starts with proper care.  We make each visit fun and enjoyable for your child- they look forward to seeing us and leave with a beautiful smile on their face.  It is important to start good oral hygiene education and habits at a young age. We help kids understand the importance of clean teeth and make their dentist appointments something they can look forward to. At Key West, we provide excellent dental care for children, all while making the environment fun and enjoyable(for both parents and kids!).

How to make brushing teeth fun for kids!

Explaining the importance of proper dental care is sometimes not enough to encourage children to stop their fun and games to take care of their teeth. However, it is possible to bring playfulness to brushing.

Make It Special

Let your child pick out his or her own toothbrush. Perhaps a Batman or Hello Kitty model will do the trick. You can also find kits with stickers that allow children to design their own brushes. Then, pick out a great flavor of toothpaste. Think beyond mint! There are many great flavors available for kids, such as strawberry, watermelon, berry and bubble gum. Finally, brush your own teeth with your child. Put on a favorite song, and use your toothbrush as a microphone. Then make funny faces at each other in the mirror.

Play games

  • Give your child a toothbrush to play with. Let him brush his stuffed animal or doll's teeth while you brush his.

  • Let your child brush your teeth. (Don't forget to do it again yourself later.)

  • Cheer with each tooth brushed: "Tooth number eight is clean and shiny!" Then give an enthusiastic "Woohoo!"

  • Download a fun app. "Brush DJ" plays two minutes of music (the recommended time for brushing) while the brusher races against the clock to get a clean mouth before time is up. "Star Teeth" allows kids to pick a character who encourages them while they brush.

Offer Rewards

If nothing else works, it is okay to offer rewards. Do not look at it as a bribe. Even adults get rewarded for good choices: For example, getting a paycheck for coming to work. There is no need for an elaborate prize; a little something to provide motivation will suffice. Allow your child to pick a book to read or a sticker after brushing.

With a little creativity, your child may even come to look forward to brushing teeth. Encouraging good dental practices does not have to be a chore that everyone hates. Make it a favorite part of the day!

Key West Dental Group is located conveniently, in St. Charles, off I-70 and Zumbehl Road. Our dentists have served the St. Charles, St. Peters and O'Fallon areas for almost 30-years. We've become St. Charles county's trusted dental group; providing general dentistry, emergency dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry. If you'd like to join the Key West Dental Family, visit our New Patients page, here.

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