Most kids neglect to brush their teeth because they do not find any joy in the act. As a parent, it is your responsibility to get your child to develop good oral hygiene habits to combat oral health complications in the future. Here are 5 strategies you can put to action to help your child form a better relationship with tooth brushing.

Regular oral care is vital for your child to stay healthy as tooth brushing is essential in removing the bacteria and plaque that is responsible for tooth decay, gum disease and other oral complications. However, most children struggle to commit to a dental hygiene routine; they may unwillingly do it after throwing bouts of tantrums. For parents, this can be a tiring process fueled by frustration.

However, with the right strategies, parents can help their child commit to long-term dental habits that will keep their smile bright for many years to come!

Here are 5 ways you can help your child commit to brushing

1) Make a game out of it

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1) Make a game out of it

Children will naturally commit to things that they find pleasure in. Use your creativity to turn a seemingly mundane task into a fun activity! If you are not sure how to do this, here is a pro tip: kids are drawn to actions that come with a reward.

You can make a game out of this. For example, if your child is able to commit to brushing their teeth every day, grant them the privilege to choose what they want for dessert on the family’s next visit to a restaurant.

2) Select fun toothbrushes

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2) Select fun toothbrushes

Try to purchase a toothbrush that comes in their favourite colour or fun designs to readjust their perception of the product. In this present moment, they may view it as a piece of equipment that sparks no joy in their lives, but if you can find a toothbrush that is visually pleasing, it could serve to encourage them to pick up the toothbrush more often!

Allow your child to select their toothbrush on your next shopping trip, this will also instil a sense of ownership in them and hopefully, this will encourage them to put their toothbrush to use!

3) Select age-appropriate
toothpaste for them

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3) Select age-appropriate
toothpaste for them

Toothpaste developers have the responsibility to create flavours that will be appealing for children as their job is to encourage, rather than hinder the development of good oral habits in children. Our doctors have also advised that toothpaste for children must contain lower concentrations of fluoride due to the fact that children have a tendency to swallow their toothpaste. As such, it is crucial for parents to purchase age-appropriate toothpaste for their little ones.

4) Commit to the process with them

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4) Commit to the process
with them

Coordinate your routine with your child’s schedule and brush together! Set an alarm for brushing so that every day when the clock starts ringing, you will both know what to do. This can turn into a period of bonding for both of you, which will motivate them to commit to tooth brushing.

Incorporating good dental hygiene habits begins with your own routine. If your child sees you brushing your teeth next to them, it will influence them to mirror you! After all, you are their greatest role model. You can also use this time to exemplify the correct techniques for tooth brushing. Show your child how to use brief, gentle strokes to clean their teeth. Dental professionals have advised the general public to brush at a 45-degree angle to cleanse the space between the teeth and the gums – where germs and bacteria take residence in. Do not forget to brush your tongue, too!

5) Do not associate tooth brushing with negative outcomes

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5) Do not associate
tooth brushing with
negative outcomes

To get your child to feel more empowered and motivated to practise oral care, they should associate brushing their teeth with positive outcomes. In other words, this means you should try your best to steer clear of perceived negative events before they start brushing their teeth.

For example, you should get them to brush their teeth before they take a bath so they can break the negative link between tooth brushing and bedtime. Alternatively, you can get them to brush their teeth before you tell them a bedtime story so their brains are wired to believe that a positive event is followed by tooth brushing.

This also means that if you ever find yourself upset at your child, try to avoid telling them to go brush their teeth in an angry tone. They may associate toothbrushing as a punishment rather than an essential daily habit.

Once you have put these 5 steps into action, remember to be patient and consistent. If your child initially shows little to no interest in your efforts in helping them, stay calm and keep trying. Tooth brushing is a habit that is meant to be deeply ingrained in a person’s mind at a young age but nobody said it was ever going to be easy. Trust the process and know that one day your child will thank you for their beautiful smile!

Speaking of beautiful smiles, if you or your child are due for a dental checkup, book an appointment with us!

The smile is often the focus of attention during conversations and it can significantly affect first impressions. So, if you are struggling with chipped, gapped, misshapen or discoloured teeth, veneers are a great option to help you achieve your desired smile.

Veneers can give you a customised smile that will suit your face, skin tone and personality. There are different types of dental veneers—porcelain veneers and composite veneers. To find out which dental veneer is the best for you, keep on reading.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

What are Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are custom made to fit on the teeth. These shells are similar to that of a false fingernail. However, making these porcelain veneers is an intricate process carried out by a skilled dentist and dental lab ceramist. The artistry that goes behind the fabrication of these veneers gives the teeth a natural and elegant appearance.

The translucent properties of the porcelain give the teeth a sense of depth as the veneers mimic the light handling characteristics of the enamel. Porcelain veneers are strong and long-lasting.

They also have a natural-looking surface and don’t stain easily. They are a great option to replicate and recreate the natural look of the teeth.

What are Composite Veneers?

What are Composite Veneers

What are Composite Veneers?

As for composite veneers, they are made from a tooth-coloured filling material bonded to the tooth. The veneers will be matched with your natural tooth shade, applied in layers to the tooth surface and sculpted directly into your mouth.

Many advances have been seen over the decades in advancing the technology that goes behind manufacturing composite materials. The newer composite materials appear very natural and can rival the natural appearance and beauty of porcelain.

Composite veneers are usually best suited for the improvement of the appearance of 1-2 teeth. For the right clinical situation, they may also be used to improve the appearance of up to 8 to 16 teeth. But in most instances, composites are great for small improvements in the shape or size of the teeth. For an entire smile makeover, porcelain veneers may be the better option.

Both composite and porcelain veneers can be used to give the appearance of straighter teeth and correct minor misalignments.

Porcelain Veneers vs Composite Veneers

Porcelain Veneers vs Composite Veneers

At Coast Dental, we first scan your teeth and do something known as a trial smile. This trial smile gives you a preview of how your teeth can look like if you were to do veneers. We use a scanner instead of traditional impression materials, thereby, making the entire process very comfortable.

Our lead ceramist Mr Alvin and principal dentist Dr Nijam will design a smile for you and give you a preview of how it will look like. The patient gets to be involved in the entire process to choose the colour, shape and size of teeth.

So, feel free to bring in a photo of a celebrity’s smile and we can follow some elements of what makes their smile look great. The teeth will be prepared minimally based on the plan to create your new smile. In about three weeks, you can then get your brand new customised smile.

A beautiful smile never goes out of fashion. Here at Coast Dental, we can give you your desired smile! Other treatments such as the Align Bond Colour (ABC) is also available here. Book an appointment with us now!

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We would like to inform you that our team at Coast Dental are adhering to the COVID-19 procedures set by the Ministry of Health (MOH) to ensure your health and safety.

At Coast Dental, we take all the necessary safety measures to ensure a safe and pleasant dental experience for all our patients.

First things first, all our patient visits are appointment based. As such, you will not see a crowded waiting room and you will only experience minimal waiting time before you see your doctor.

The air in the reception area is constantly purified by our clinic air purifiers. All patients who are visiting the clinic are first screened over the telephone by our staff to ensure that they are not experiencing any flu-like symptoms or fever.

If you are feeling unwell but need an urgent dental consultation, kindly speak to our staff and request a virtual or telephone consultation with our doctors.

Our treatment rooms are thoroughly disinfected after every patient
Our treatment rooms are thoroughly disinfected after every patient
We practise high standards of infection control.
We practise high standards of infection control

We follow all protocols set by the Ministry of Health (MOH), meaning all our staff members wear masks and practise thorough hand washing and sanitising guidelines. All contaminated surfaces are thoroughly disinfected and the air in the treatment room is purified for 15 minutes in between every patient visit, adhering to the manufacturer’s instructions.

We use Waterlase for our procedures to reduce aerosol production.
We use Waterlase for our procedures to reduce aerosol production
At Coast Dental, we follow all protocols set by MOH to ensure your health and safety
At Coast Dental, we follow all protocols set by MOH to ensure your health and safety

Doctors and dental assistants wear full PPE that includes gowns, face shields and N95 masks to protect themselves and patients during treatment. For many procedures, the WATERLASE iPLus all-tissue laser is used instead of the traditional drills as it produces 98% fewer aerosols.

We trust that the measures we have in place will create a safer and more pleasant dental experience for all our patients.

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