Help Kids Learn Good Dental Habits at the Hands-On Learning Lab™ in Gillette, WY
Like you, we want your children to have a positive lifelong relationship with the dentist. Gillette, WY dentist Dr. David Porter and the rest of our friendly team at Synergy Dental Center do all we can to ensure they will. Most kids like to learn by doing, and that’s exactly what they get to do with the Hands-On Learning Lab™, a series of fun, hands-on activities where they learn about the importance of good oral hygiene, dietary habits, and more.Doctor David Porter on the hands on learning lab Read Transcript
We have something in our office called the Hands-On Learning Lab. And so this is our approach to really getting kids interactive in their own health, not only just their dental health but their overall health. So at those appointments, what we do is we, our hygienists will do kind of a self-prophy with a child to have the child demonstrate to them how they're cleaning their teeth so that the child can really develop the skills to do a better job when Mom and Dad or their dental hygienist is not around. So we found that to be very valuable in our office, having the kids develop those skills. We also do little science experiments at every visit to where the children are really learning about not only their dental health but their overall health. And so our goal there is to inspire, educate, and help the kids develop good habits that not only last while they're young, but really last a lifetime.
We also are hoping that maybe we inspire somebody to seek a career in the health professions to where that they can go on and help educate and help other people. In the learning lab, the kids are going to be learning about pH of water, the amount of sugar that's in their food that they eat, what happens in the body when we ingest these things, when we do these things, they'll be learning about anatomy. They'll be learning about science. They'll be learning all these things. And our goal with that is to inspire them to make good choices, not only for themselves but their family, not just for the time period, but for the rest of their lives.
So I feel like our job as health care professionals is not only to help people, but to also inspire them to make good choices. A lot of these things that we buy off the shelves in the store, people are just not aware of what's in those things. What are these things made out of that we're putting into our body? So that's our goal as well too, is to educate them on, What is this, can we pronounce it? If we can't pronounce it, why can't we pronounce it? What does it mean actually “made out of,” and is that something that's good to put into our body?
Our lab will:
- Teach them the most effective ways to brush and floss their teeth.
- Show them how what they eat affects the health of their teeth – and their overall health.
- Let them see for themselves how bacteria can damage their teeth and gums.
- Help them develop a great relationship with our whole dental team.
- Pique their interest in learning more about healthy habits.
- Give them the skills they need to take better care of themselves.
Awaken an Interest in Science in Your Child
In addition to learning good dental habits, our activities may help your child develop a broader interest in science. When we talk to them about the bacteria that live in their mouth, we’ll let them use a microscope to see what the bacteria look like. When we talk to them about sugar content of different cereals, we’ll measure out the sugar with them. Our staff will take the time to answer all of your children’s questions too.
Reinforce Learning With Fun Activities at Home
You can reinforce what your child has learned by making oral hygiene fun at home too. Try these tips:
- Let your child select their own toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Give your child a sticker for activities like flossing or making a healthy snack choice. Keep a chart for the stickers. When they earn enough stickers, reward them with a favorite activity.
- To encourage brushing for two full minutes, pick out a two-minute song to play. To make it really fun, choose one that makes you dance.
Call Synergy Dental Center at 307-622-1311 so your child can visit the Hands-On Learning Lab. Our Gillette, WY dentist office is near Sage Bluffs Park, so you can stop at the playground after your appointment!