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One of the most common approaches used by many pediatric dentists is also an effective method for your child’s oral care at home. “Tell Show Do” is a popular technique for managing fears and behaviors during dental office visits. First, the dentist TELLS the young patient about the procedure using a calm voice. He or she will also explain the steps with uncomplicated age-appropriate terms. In the SHOW phase, the dentist demonstrates what happens next and children might be allowed to touch or handle the equipment. Finally, when the patient is ready, the dentist will DO the exam or treatment procedure.

“Tell Show Do” for your child’s oral care

Parents play an integral role in helping their kids to adopt good oral care habits at home. Parents should be vigilant in caring for their children’s gums and teeth from infancy. Yes, baby teeth fall out, but this does not mean they are insignificant. With the “Tell Show Do” method, parents can demonstrate proper techniques and get their children interested in their own oral care.

TELL: Explain how to brush and floss properly, then remind your child to brush at least twice a day and floss every evening. Tell your child how those actions keep teeth clean and healthy. Allow your child to ask questions and keep the oral care conversation positive. Many parents and dentists explain that they are working to get rid of “sugar bugs.”

SHOW: Let your child watch as you brush and floss your own teeth. Make sure they see how often you take part in your own oral care. If they have any questions, demonstrate on your own teeth when you can.

DO: Help your child brush their teeth at least twice per day. Do this on a regular routine so they know that is is not optional, but expected. Continue to help your child brush and floss until they are about five years old. Continue to supervise and monitor until your child is past seven years old.

Be a healthy role model for your child, including oral care. Parents should be vigilant in caring for their children’s gums and teeth from infancy. Children’s teeth do fall out eventually, but they serve an important purpose. Call us at (919) 782-9560 to schedule your child’s next appointment. We provide professional and experienced pediatric dental care in Raleigh.