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How to Encourage Good Dental Habits in Your Child Marietta, GA
Mother with a little joyful girl who is brushing a dental model during a dental appointment at pediatric dentist in Marietta GA.

What are you doing as a parent to establish strong brushing habits for your child? In most cases, a child sees the dentist twice a year, which means parents have a major responsibility for making sure their child is taking care of their teeth and gums the rest of the year. Great dental habits at home can set the stage for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Instead of making dental hygiene a chore or a battle in your home, try the following tips to make it the positive and rewarding habit it should be:

Make it Easy

There are many kid-friendly products out there to make brushing easier and more fun for kids. Choose bubble gum flavored toothpaste, a battery powered toothbrush or a colorful handheld flosser to make the job less of a hassle for kids. You may also want to consider a stepstool under the sink so that your young child can watch himself in action in the mirror and reach the faucet more easily.

Have Some Fun

There is no reason why your child’s two-minute brushing session can’t be fun. Allow your child to be messy if it helps them scrub better. The extra splashes of water are a small price to pay for better dental hygiene. If you have a child that is intrigued by technology, download a fun dental app on your tablet or smartphone. There are countless dental games, creative songs and timer apps for kids that can motivate them for the job.

Set An Example

Does your child see you taking care of your own teeth? Never underestimate your influence as a parent. Set a good example and let your child know how much you value keeping your teeth clean and white. In addition, don’t skip your personal routine cleanings and try not to talk negatively about an upcoming dental procedure, as this can send the wrong message to kids. In fact, many pediatric cases of dental phobia can be traced back to a parent’s fear of the dentist.

At Pure Smiles Dentistry, we make every effort to educate your child on the importance of a healthy smile. We welcome the chance to share new and creative ideas with parents to encourage brushing and flossing at home. Remember that until your child can tie his or her own shoe, they need an adult to do the flossing for them. Schedule your pediatric dental appointment at our Marietta office today.

Posted on behalf of Pure Smiles Marietta

2655 Dallas Hwy #510
Marietta, GA 30064

Phone: (770) 422-8776

FAX: (770) 428-2207


Mon - Wed: 7AM – 7PM
Thu, Fri: 7AM – 4PM
Sat: 8AM – 3PM, twice a month

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  • Kim P.

    Dr Patel answered my call for practically in the middle of the night. He came and had no other appointments for the day! Just to help me. The facility was immaculate and him and his hygienist were so helpful. I wish I remembered her name. It had been a while since I had been to the dentist and they never made me feel judged. Great team of people. If you are looking for a dentist give Dr. P and his team a try you won't be disappointed! See u in 2 weeks Dr. P.!i

  • Lisa O.

    Hands down the best dentist I have found. I took all three of my kids and myself. This is a welcoming, child-friendly team. It is readily apparent how well this team works together to make every patient, no matter what age, feel comfortable. I appreciate these people so much. Thank you for being such an outstanding dentist team, Pure Smiles!

  • Carmelita Ch.-H.

    Doctor/Staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Always make sure you feel comfortable. Pam is an excellent Hygienist. Office space is always clean and tidy. I would recommend this office as we have been going there for the past 12 years.

  • Hudson H.

    I usually HATE the dentist! I saw all these good reviews and was a bit skeptical, but after visiting this office I now know they’re all legit. Pure Smiles made me feel comfortable and was very considerate to me. I normally leave the dentist angry, this time however I was so pleased! Everyone was empathetic and went over and beyond to help me. Everything from scheduling to payment options, they cared. I actually want to floss now.

  • Michelle P.

    I only have positive things to say about Dr.Patel and the staff at Pure Smiles in Marietta. I was in bad shape with a wisdom tooth that needed to be removed. I was seen the same morning that I called, and everything was finished in under an hour. I received a check-up call that afternoon, which I felt was very thoughtful. I went back for an overall exam the following week, and I left their office feeling great about my future dental health. Do not hesitate to call Pure Smiles. The staff is kind, efficient, and up-to-date on dental advances.

  • Kashni S.

    Everyone from the front desk to our Dentist was wonderful. Dr. Sanil Patel was truly impeccable - everything was clean. He offers various services to meet all your cosmetic and medical dental needs in one place!! Check it out for yourself.

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2655 Dallas Hwy #510
Marietta, GA 30064

Mon - Wed: 7AM – 7PM
Thu, Fri: 7AM – 4PM
Sat: 8AM – 3PM, twice a month