Jenkins and LeBlanc http://kidsmilekc.com Jenkins and LeBlanc Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:17:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 94789024 Dental Care for Children with Special Needs http://kidsmilekc.com/special-needs-dentistry/ http://kidsmilekc.com/special-needs-dentistry/#respond Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:02:15 +0000 http://kidsmilekc.com/?p=1806 Our staff has specialized training working with children with special needs, helping them feel comfortable and safe at the dentist.

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If you are a parent of a child with special needs, finding a pediatric dentist who provides a supportive, comfortable experience for your child’s specific dental care is a must.

At Jenkins & LeBlanc, you’ll find everything from our caring staff to our kid-friendly offices and treatment plans are designed with your child in mind.

Early Care

Daily oral care, regular check ups, and cleanings are essential to maintain a healthy smile. Children with special needs are more likely to experience oral health complications such as:

  • Dry mouth: can affect nutrition and lead to tooth decay and mouth infections
  • Bite and crowding problems
  • Poor jaw position
  • Teeth grinding
  • Delayed tooth development

To prevent oral health issues like tartar build up and gingivitis, our pediatric dentists and expert team will work with you to develop a preventative treatment plan.

You can help make sure your child’s experience is a positive one:

  • Provide our team with critical health information, like medical history
  • Prepare your child beforehand by role playing a “dentist visit”
  • Practice good oral hygiene habits like flossing and brushing from a young age
  • Discuss any questions or concerns you or your child may have

Sedation Services

Sedation may sometimes be recommended to ensure your child is comfortable during their visit. Endorsed by the American Dental Association, sedation is an effective way to provide comprehensive care without causing stress or anxiety to patients.

Your child’s dentist will talk to you about the process of sedation and pre- and post-sedation instructions, as well as any possible side effects your child might experience.

Dental Care Tailored to Your Child’s Needs

Our board certified pediatric dentists and dental hygienists are committed to providing compassionate, gentle care. We have extensive experience, training, and education in special needs dentistry as well as accommodating physical, emotional, cognitive, and sensory needs.

We’re happy to discuss your child’s specific circumstances and will answer any questions or concerns. Together, we’ll develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your child’s needs. And, we’ll provide tips for oral health care at home, such as brushing, and preventative strategies to keep your child’s smile healthy and happy.

To learn more about our special needs dentistry service, and how we can best serve your child, contact us. Before your appointment, feel free to bring your child in for an office tour to meet our staff members and become comfortable with our facility.

We look forward to having you a part of the Jenkins & LeBlanc family!

What Parents Are Saying

“My son is autistic and it not only was a very scary thought for him to have his first dental experience but for me too. The staff is so helpful and the overall environment is just comfortable. When all was said and done with his appointment, he looks at me and said ‘not so bad Mom!’” – Sharmien

“Our oldest son has special needs, and we delayed dental visits with him because we couldn’t fathom how anyone could even get instruments in his mouth for a cleaning. When he was 5 we discovered Dr. Jenkins. She is an absolute magician! Not only was she comfortable with our son’s disability, she was able to do a full exam and cleaning. They have such a fun, friendly atmosphere, it makes the biannual trips enjoyable!” – Robyn

“Great first visit! I highly recommend Jenkins & LeBlanc for kids with Special Needs. Everyone was patient, accommodating, and friendly, and tried to make my daughter as comfortable as possible.” – Heather

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Baby Bottle Tooth Decay: What Every Parent Should Know http://kidsmilekc.com/baby-bottle-tooth-decay/ http://kidsmilekc.com/baby-bottle-tooth-decay/#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:54:27 +0000 http://kidsmilekc.com/?p=1772 Baby bottle tooth decay is common among children, and there are important steps parents should take to prevent it.

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Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease.

Baby’s teeth are important to your child’s overall oral health and bone development. Teeth help shape the face and assist in eating, chewing, and speaking.

Parents, you play an essential role in providing your child’s dental care, and with good home care, and regular visits to your pediatric dentist, tooth decay is preventable. Let’s take a closer look.

What Causes Tooth Decay in Babies?

While there are many factors that can cause cavities, the most common reason a young child experiences tooth decay is prolonged exposure to sugary liquids, formula, or breast milk.

When a child sleeps with a bottle filled with juice, formula, or other liquids that contain sugar, this increases the risk of baby tooth decay. While asleep the production of saliva, which helps wash away sugar, slows down. Bacteria in the mouth turns the sugar into acids, which eats away at tooth enamel.

Early Signs of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Most often signs of tooth decay occur in the front upper and lower baby teeth, but decay can become a problem in other teeth as well. You may notice your child has:

  • Brown or white spots along the gum line
  • Minor bleeding and swollen gums
  • A fever
  • Bad breath

Prevention

Take these important steps to help prevent tooth decay:

  • Clean baby’s teeth after bottle or breast feeding
  • At night, fill your baby’s bottle with water or use a pacifier instead
  • Schedule baby’s first dental check-up as soon as they get their first tooth, and visit us every six months to protect your child’s oral health.

Worried Your Child Has Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

We’re here to help! If you’re concerned your child may have baby bottle tooth decay, schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations. At Jenkins & LeBlanc we offer board certified pediatric dentists and dental cleanings provided by experienced registered dental hygienists. We’ll examine your child’s teeth, answer your questions about oral care, and schedule any necessary treatment.

Check out more frequently asked questions here.

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Are Electric Spinbrushes Better for My Child? http://kidsmilekc.com/kids-electric-spinbrush/ http://kidsmilekc.com/kids-electric-spinbrush/#respond Thu, 09 Feb 2017 19:04:08 +0000 http://jenkinsleblanc.strategynewmedia.com/?p=472 The toothbrush is a small but mighty tool in the quest for excellent oral health! There are two basic types of toothbrushes, manual and electric, and both will do a good job of cleaning your teeth. However, an electric spinbrush may be more beneficial for your child. Benefits of an Electric Spinbrush An electric spinbrush […]

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The toothbrush is a small but mighty tool in the quest for excellent oral health! There are two basic types of toothbrushes, manual and electric, and both will do a good job of cleaning your teeth. However, an electric spinbrush may be more beneficial for your child.

Benefits of an Electric Spinbrush

An electric spinbrush for children:

  • Provides more movement and covers more tooth surface area
  • Reaches areas that are harder to brush with its flexible head
  • Many brands have a built-in timer, so your child knows they’re finished brushing
  • Helps prevent gum infections and bad breath by thoroughly cleaning the gum line and tongue

What Type of Electric Spinbrush Should I Choose?

Chose an electric spinbrush that is small and child size. Some parents find that giving their child a choice of a toothbrush (favorite colors, characters, etc.) is one way to encourage excellent oral hygiene habits.

Bristles

Always choose soft bristles. Medium and hard bristle toothbrushes don’t clean teeth any better than soft bristled ones and the harder bristles may cause damage to the gums.

Brand

Choose any brand of electric spinbrush that has an ADA Seal of Acceptance. The best electric spinbrush for children is the one that’s used regularly and correctly, regardless of its cost or appearance. We recommend children brush four times a day (after meals and at bedtime) to avoid the accumulation of food particles and plaque.

Finally, don’t forget to care for your toothbrush! Rinse thoroughly after brushing, store in the open in an upright position and remember to replace toothbrushes every three months or sooner if the bristles begin to show wear or fraying, or if your child has been sick.

Take advantage of Our Free Spinbrush Offer!

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What Order Do Baby Teeth Come In? http://kidsmilekc.com/what-order-do-baby-teeth-come-in/ http://kidsmilekc.com/what-order-do-baby-teeth-come-in/#respond Thu, 05 Jan 2017 21:22:15 +0000 http://kidsmilekc.com/?p=1666 Baby teeth can erupt in any order however; most children start to develop teeth around 6 months. Learn more about a baby’s teeth order with our guide.

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A drooling, irritable baby with swollen gums is a telltale sign of teething. While baby teeth actually develop before birth, they start to erupt by the child’s first birthday. Although each baby’s teeth develop differently, there’s a general order of when specific types of teeth erupt. Our infographic shows the different types of teeth, where they are located, typical timeframes they emerge and includes tips on developing a healthy smile for your child.

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Lower central incisors

  • The first baby tooth to erupt and it occurs between 4 and 8 months.
  • TIP – When the first tooth appears, or by the child’s first birthday, schedule an appointment with a pediatric dentist.

Upper central incisors

  • The upper middle teeth erupt usually between 8 and 12 months.
  • TIP – When teeth first come in, the gums are tender. Gently rub child’s gums with a clean finger, or a wet gauze pad to help soothe the soreness.

Upper lateral incisors

  • The upper teeth to the right and left of your center teeth usually come in around 9 to 13 months.
  • TIP – Prevent baby bottle tooth decay by having your child finish their bottle and wiping their teeth clean before bed.

Lower lateral incisors

  • The lower teeth to the right and left of the center, appear around 10 to 16 months.
  • TIP – As your child grows, they need more calcium to supplement healthy bone and tooth development.

Upper first molars

  • The top molars erupt between about 13 and 19 months.
  • TIP – Toddlers can learn to brush with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste and should eats lots of fruits and vegetables, high in water content, to help clean teeth.

Lower first molars

  • The bottom molars emerge around 14 to 18 months.
  • TIP – Schedule visits every 6 months with a pediatric dentist to monitor oral health

Upper cuspid

  • Also known as canines, the cuspid appears between the incisors and first molars at 16 to 22 months.
  • TIP – By the time a child is 3 years old, they should have all 20 of their primary teeth.

Lower cuspid/canines

  • Appears between the lower incisors and first molars around 17 to 23 months.

Lower second molars

  • The lower second molars usually erupt between 23 and 31 months.

Upper second molars

  • The final teeth erupts around 25 to 33 months.

No matter what stage of tooth development your child is at, Jenkins & LeBlanc would love to be a part of growing their healthy smiles. Schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations today.

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Oral Hygiene for Kids http://kidsmilekc.com/oral-hygiene-for-kids/ http://kidsmilekc.com/oral-hygiene-for-kids/#respond Mon, 02 Jan 2017 21:25:56 +0000 http://kidsmilekc.com/?p=1639 We made a list of fun, educational resources at Jenkins and LeBlanc to help your child understand the importance of oral health for their developing teeth.

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Encouraging good oral hygiene for kids at a young age is important to developing and maintaining a healthy smile throughout life. We’ve compiled a list of educational dental resources that you can share with your child to help them understand more about dental health.

ABC’s of Dental Hygiene

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Practicing good oral hygiene is easy with our ABC’s of Dental Hygiene infographic. Besides brushing and flossing, visit us every 6 months for a check-up and dental cleaning. This is great to ask questions about your child’s teeth and oral care. These steps help familiarize your child with the dentist while putting them at ease.

Next steps: In our infographic, we listed letters A through F. As a fun family activity find more dental words for the remaining letters of the alphabet.

What is Plaque?

Plaque is a funny word that can have a big impact on your child’s teeth. This video teaches your child how to take care of their teeth and prevent plaque and cavities.

Next steps: Children should brush their teeth two times a day for two minutes. Help your child with their oral hygiene routine by being a role model and make it fun by brushing along to their favorite song!

Choosing Healthy Foods

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Nutrition helps maintain healthy teeth for you and your child. Some foods are particularly helpful while others can cause plaque build up. Milk and cheese contain calcium that helps strengthen teeth, while soda and sugar beverages are acidic and can soften tooth enamel.

Bonus: Having a hard time getting your child to drink more water? Use a colorful straw or a “special” cup or try these tips.

Growing Healthy Smiles

Good dental care of teeth at all stages of tooth development is essential for growing a healthy smile. Whether the child is teething or developing permanent teeth, our video helps your child understand the importance of dental hygiene.

Baby Bonus: Is your child currently teething or losing baby teeth? No matter what stage of tooth development, here’s what every parent should know.

Want to learn more about children’s dental health?

The board certified dentists at Jenkins & LeBlanc are dedicated to educating you about the long lasting benefits of dental health. Read our Growing Healthy Smiles Guide to learn more.
Time for a check-up? Schedule an appointment at one of our 5 convenient locations.

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Help Your Child Overcome Their Fear of the Dentist http://kidsmilekc.com/help-your-child-overcome-their-fear-of-the-dentist/ http://kidsmilekc.com/help-your-child-overcome-their-fear-of-the-dentist/#respond Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:01:31 +0000 http://kidsmilekc.com/?p=1516 Fear of the dentist is a common phobia in children and adults. Whether your child is nervous or afraid, try these tips from our team to make your visit a more positive experience.

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Is your child nervous about visiting the dentist? Fear of the dentist is a common phobia in children and adults. However, there are many ways you can help your child overcome their dental fear. Whether your child is nervous or afraid, try these tips from our team to make your visit a more positive experience.

1. Be a role model

If you dread going to the dentist, it’s likely that your child will detect it. It’s important to set positive expectations for good oral health and lead by example. Brush and floss your teeth routinely with your child. Explain that regular dental visits, brushing twice a day, and flossing keeps their smile strong and healthy.

2. Learn more about pediatric dentistry

Going to the dentist shouldn’t be scary! Normalize dentist visits by inviting your child to learn more about dentistry and teeth. Take them to a library and read kid-friendly, educational dentistry books. We also have plenty of resources on our blog for your child to read, including the ABC’s of Dental Hygiene. Our Growing Healthy Smiles video is also a great resource.

3. Schedule regular dentist visits

For the best dental health treatment, bring your child for a check-up every six months. At your appointment, let us know if your child fears the dentist. We want your child to feel comfortable when they visit our office. Our dentists and dental hygienists have special training, and use fun age appropriate props like a stuffed dinosaur and his giant toothbrush, for easing children’s anxiety.

4. Use positive reinforcement

Stay positive throughout the dentist visit and avoid using words like “pain” or “scary”. Reward good behavior through praise. Remind them that a dentist is a friendly doctor for their teeth. Go to the park or ride bikes before or after the appointment to minimize stress. Also, we use fun incentives, like balloons, to make your child’s experience a relaxing one.

We love to make kids smile!

“The hygienist and all staff there made for a relaxing, stress free experience! They took the time to show him all their tools they use for the cleaning! He even left his appointment saying he loved going to the dentist and he couldn’t wait to go back!”

At Jenkins and LeBlanc, we put our patients first. Your child’s experience is important us.

If you are concerned about your child’s fear of the dentist, or have a child with special needs, let’s talk about your next visit. In some cases, dental sedation is an option to address your child’s dental anxiety. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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6 Teething Tips Every Parent Must Know http://kidsmilekc.com/6-teething-tips-every-parent-must-know/ http://kidsmilekc.com/6-teething-tips-every-parent-must-know/#respond Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:29:41 +0000 http://kidsmilekc.com/?p=1432 Is your baby keeping you awake at night? Teething is one of the many milestones in your baby's development. Here's what you should know about your teething baby.

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Is your baby keeping you awake at night? Teething is one of the many milestones in your baby’s development. Here’s what you should know about your teething baby:

Signs Your Baby is Teething

Although teething may cause discomfort, there are plenty of options to help soothe your baby. When a tooth is emerging, a baby may:

  • Drool
  • Swollen gums
  • Try to bite, chew, and suck on everything
  • Rub their face
  • Grab their ears

Tips for Your Teething Baby

1. Gum Massage 

A baby starts to teeth between 6 to 12 months of age; the gums are sore, tender, and sometimes irritated. The pressure from a gum massage can ease your baby’s discomfort. Use a clean finger or soft cloth to gently rub baby’s gums.

2. Teething Toys

A teething toy offers relief to your baby as well as provides a distraction. Consider a teething necklace or toys made for teething that are fun and have bright colors.

3. Cold Comforts

A cold washcloth or spoon can be soothing on a baby’s gums. If your baby has started solids, offer them chilled, but not frozen, fruit. Refrigerated teething toys can also bring your baby some relief.

4. Pain Relief Medication

If your baby is especially irritable, numbing gels (Orajel), acetaminophen (Tylenol), or ibuprofen (Children’s Motrin) might help, but be sure to read age and dosage instructions and check with your doctor first.

5. Cuddles 

While your baby is teething, they may be especially clingy, so we recommend giving your baby special attention and extra cuddles. Time to spend some quality couch time!

6. Watch out for baby tooth decay

While your baby is teething, it is important to monitor their teeth for signs of baby bottle decay. A bottle containing anything other than water and that’s left in an infant’s mouth while sleeping can cause decay. Sugars in the liquid mix with bacteria in dental plaque, forming acids that attack the tooth enamel. Examine your baby’s teeth, on the inside, or the tongue side, periodically for dull spots.

Have More Questions about Your Baby’s Dental Health?

When your child gets their first tooth, or by the time of their first birthday, schedule an appointment with Jenkins and LeBlanc. We are always here to answer your questions about your baby’s dental health. Read more about a baby’s tooth development in our guide to Growing Healthy Smiles and video.

 

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Your Child Should Still Floss! http://kidsmilekc.com/your-child-should-still-floss/ http://kidsmilekc.com/your-child-should-still-floss/#respond Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:04:56 +0000 http://kidsmilekc.com/?p=1264 Recent news articles have questioned whether flossing is beneficial. If you’ve been wondering whether or not to floss, our board certified pediatric dentists want to encourage you to keep flossing! Why is flossing important? Flossing is important because, like brushing your teeth, it has many benefits for your child’s dental hygiene and oral health. Actually, […]

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Recent news articles have questioned whether flossing is beneficial. If you’ve been wondering whether or not to floss, our board certified pediatric dentists want to encourage you to keep flossing!

Why is flossing important?

Flossing is important because, like brushing your teeth, it has many benefits for your child’s dental hygiene and oral health. Actually, you can think of dental floss as a toothbrush’s sidekick.

Floss is used to reach areas between teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing removes excess food particles and plaque from your child’s teeth and helps to prevent redness and soreness of the gums.

At What Age Should My Child Start Flossing Their Teeth?

Teaching your child about dental care from a young age can have a significant impact on their oral hygiene as they grow older. Once a child’s teeth start to fit closely together, parents should help children floss daily. Until your child can wrap the floss around their fingers, try flossing sticks. We recommend that you supervise your child’s brushing and flossing routine until they are old enough to do it on their own.

How Often Should My Child Floss Their Teeth

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends flossing your teeth at least once a day, before or after meals. If your child’s gums bleed a little when flossing, don’t worry, this is common. After a few days, the gums will adjust to flossing, and the bleeding should stop. However, if you notice that the bleeding persists, please contact us.

Need Some Flossing Tips? We Love to Make Kids Smile!

Schedule an appointment at one of our five convenient locations, and we’ll show you some quick, easy flossing tips. Learn more about caring for your child’s teeth in our free guide “Growing Healthy Smiles.” 

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A Quick Guide about Calcium for Kids http://kidsmilekc.com/quick-guide-about-calcium-for-kids/ http://kidsmilekc.com/quick-guide-about-calcium-for-kids/#respond Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:29:47 +0000 http://kidsmilekc.com/?p=1137 Did you know calcium not only supports bone growth and development, but it also helps the growth of your child’s teeth? As your child grows, they need more calcium to supplement their healthy bone development as well as aid in tooth development.

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Calcium for Kids

Did you know calcium not only supports bone growth and development, but it also helps the growth of your child’s teeth? As your child grows, they need more calcium to supplement their healthy bone development as well as aid in tooth development.

Why Children Need Calcium

Children need calcium to strengthen teeth and neutralize acids which protect the teeth from developing cavities. For calcium to be effective in bone growth and development, it is also important that your child gets enough vitamin D. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium from food. The best sources of vitamin D include sunlight, and eating fish, egg yolks, and fortified foods. 

How Much Calcium Do Children Need?

The amount of calcium depends on your child’s age. The National Institutes of Health recommends the following:

  • Infants up to age 6 months: 210 mg
  • Infants from age 7 months to 1 year: 270 mg
  • Children ages 1 to 3 years: 700 mg
  • Children ages 4 to 8 years: 1000 mg
  • Children ages 9 to 18 years: 1,300 mg

Sources of Calcium

Dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and cheese are some of the best sources of calcium, but you’ll also find it in many other food groups, such as:

  • Fish  (181mg )
  • Fruits, such as kiwi, oranges, dates (23-57mg)
  • Vegetables, such as kale, broccoli, collard greens (21-100mg)
  • Calcium-fortified orange juice and breads (30-261mg)
  • Pudding (55mg)

Are you concerned your child is not getting enough calcium?

You can discuss calcium supplements with us if you’re concerned that your kids aren’t getting enough calcium. Have more questions about your child’s dental health? Jenkins and LeBlanc are committed to educating children and parents about how to have great oral health. We’ve compiled a parent’s guide that answers important questions about your child’s dental needs.

If you still have questions, please contact your local Jenkins and LeBlanc pediatric dental office and we’ll be happy to help you!

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How to Get Your Child to Drink More Water http://kidsmilekc.com/how-to-get-your-child-to-drink-more-water/ http://kidsmilekc.com/how-to-get-your-child-to-drink-more-water/#respond Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:47:50 +0000 http://kidsmilekc.com/?p=1084 Drinking water is essential for growing your child's healthy smile. Not only does it help keep your child's mouth clean, but it keeps them hydrated and improves their oral health, too. Here are helpful tips from the board certified pediatric dentists at Jenkins and LeBlanc to encourage your child to drink more water.

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How to Get Your Child to Drink More Water

Drinking water is essential for growing your child’s healthy smile. Not only does it help keep your child’s mouth clean, but it keeps them hydrated and improves their oral health, too.

Water can help your child’s oral health by preventing cavities. Water washes away sugar and acidity from food that builds up in the mouth and on the enamel of the teeth. Another benefit of water is that it’s a natural source of fluoride, which aids against tooth decay.

But as parents, motivating your child to drink water can be a challenge. Here are helpful tips from the board certified pediatric dentists at Jenkins and LeBlanc to encourage your child to drink more water.

    • Use a fun theme cup: Let your child pick out a “special” cup that they’ll love. Whether it be their favorite princess or superhero, they’ll be more inclined to drink water from it.
    • Add excitement with a colorful, silly straw: A silly straw makes your child consume water faster and keeps them entertained.
    • Use fun shaped ice cube trays: Add different styles of ice cubes like stars and smiley faces to make drinking water more fun.
    • Add a colorful piece of fruit: Incorporate a colorful piece of fruit like a strawberry. Strawberries have plenty of vitamin C and malic acid, which is great for the gums and acts as a natural enamel whitener.
    • Make it a game: Whoever finishes their water, gets a gold star. At the end of the week add up the gold stars and give them a special surprise.
    • Be a role model: Water benefits you, too! The more water you drink, the more likely your child will drink water.

Want to learn more about growing your child’s healthy smile? We answer your questions about your child’s dental health in our FREE guide to Growing Healthy Smiles. Worried your child may have a cavity? Schedule an appointment at one of our five convenient locations.

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