Hello, My name is Dr. Dath Collins and I would love to be your dentist. Oftentimes, I get questions from my patients in regards to their young children and how often and how to brush their teeth; When can they do it on their own?
So, I have shot this little short video of my son and myself and what we do when we get out of the bathtub and brush his teeth. The rule of thumb is that you need to come behind them and help them with the tooth brushing and flossing until they can really do it right for themselves. So, let’s just watch Harrison and me get his teeth brushed.
“All right, here we go, all right? We are going to get those sugar bugs tonight. All right, and we are going to use this. This is your favorite Transformer’s tooth brush. We are going to get to brushing first and then we are going to get those flossers.”
“All of those flossers,” Harrison says.
Dr. Collins shows Harrison his children’s toothpaste and asks, “Do you like this Strawberry Flavor? Is that yummy?”
Harrison says, “Yeah!”
Dr. Collins: ”All right, lets put a little bit on here.”
Harrison gets his tooth brush a little bit wet and shows his dad how well he can brush his teeth.
Dr. Collins praises him and tells him to get the sugar bugs! Then he tells him, “All right, Daddy’s Turn.” He chases the sugar bugs. Brushing all over Harrison’s teeth and mouth.
Harrison reminds him, once he is done, that there is one more sugar bug in his mouth. “There is one right there,” and points to his front teeth.
They rinse off his tooth brush and then proceed to grab the flossers.
Harrison asks if he can see the sugar bugs when he rinses his mouth.
“Now we are going to use these flossers,” Dr. Collins says. He is using the flossing picks because they are easy to use for children.
“You like these?” Dr. Collins asks Harrison. “We like these because these are eeeeasy.”
“They’re so good!” Harrison says as he grabs the floss pick and starts flossing.
“Show me how to do that.”
“OK. Good job! Get those sugar bugs. We get those sugar bugs that hide in between the teeth. OK, daddy’s turn,” Dr. Collins says as he watches Harrison floss and then helps him floss.
Harrison insists on getting the side teeth as well before Dr. Collins takes over. “I gotta get these side ones.”
“OK. Get the side ones and then it’s daddy’s turn,” Dr. Collins says.
“I got them,” Harrison says.
“Get the back ones. This is great for cleaning in between the teeth. Excellent. Right in the front there.” Dr. Collins continues to chase the sugar bugs, noticing tight contacts in between the teeth. This is an area that needs to be cleaned especially with floss because the tooth brush cannot clean so well there.
Dr. Collins asks, “How do they feel?”
Harrison says, “Good!”
“Nice and clean. Can I get a thumbs up?” Dr. Collins says.
They both give a thumbs up at the end with BIG SMILES!
Dr. Ron Collins and Dr. Dath Collins are father and son. They practice at their family dental practice in Houston, TX called Royal Oaks Dentistry. Visit their website to learn more about their practice and if you need a new dental home. http://royaloaksdentistry.com