Charles M. Marks D.D.S and Dental Associates.

Conveniently located at 34th Street and 5th Avenue. Drs. Charles M. Marks and his associates offer Invisalign, cosmetic dental treatments and dental care for children, teens and adults.

212.279.1232

How to Be a Good Dental Role Model for Your Child

Keeping your teeth in good condition

Parenting is as much about setting an example as it is verbal instruction. Little eyes watch their parents carefully, which in turn leads to mimicking behavior. If your child watches you visit the dentist for teeth cleanings and take care of your oral hygiene at home, he or she is much more likely to embrace the idea of oral health than if he or she does not witness these things. Here are a few tips for being a good dental role model for your child:

Make a Big Deal About Brushing and Flossing Your Teeth

If your child is very young, you might try announcing that you’re about to go clean your teeth, and offer and invitation for him or her to come join you in the fun. Otherwise, leave the bathroom door open and be sure that your child notices what you’re doing. Brush twice per day, floss at least once, and consider mentioning occasionally how the dentist says it’s really good for teeth to be cleaned this often.

Be Enthusiastic About Visiting the Dentist

If you approach your dental appointments as just another obligation or with anxiety, your children will pick up the sentiment and share in it. On the other hand, if you talk about how exciting it is to go for teeth cleaning, how cool all the instruments in the office are, and how nice the dentist is, your child will look forward to their own appointment with the same kind of excitement.

Make Good Lifestyle Choices

Staying clear of tobacco products and choosing healthy foods for your diet are crucial to your oral health, as well as that of your child’s. Don’t just tell your kids to make good choices; let them see you doing the same!

At the office of Dr. Charles Marks, D.D.S. and Dental Associates, we care about the oral health of your entire family. For teeth cleaning, general, or cosmetic dentistry needs in Manhattan, contact us by calling (212) 279-1232 and scheduling an appointment.

 

347 5th Avenue Suite 1310
New York, NY 10016

Hours of Operation

  • Closed Sunday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Wednesday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Thursday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Friday
  • Closed Saturday