We asked our families for their best advice.
Here’s what they said.
- Bribery! Determine treats or prizes that the child would earn for wearing their dentures “x” amount of time each day. Increase the times until he or she is wearing them all day, every day. You could do a star chart if they are younger. Or, you and your child (of any age) could create in advance a list of the prizes they would like to have if they wear their dentures for a week.
- Ask grandparents to help. Have an adult, such as a grandparent, who wears dentures talk and help your child throughout the process. They can help teach them. Also, the child will feel better with someone they know having them, too.
- Be persistent. Don’t give in. It’s much easier to get children to wear them for the first time when they are young than when they are in junior high. Follow them around for the first week. Every time they take them out, put them back in. Don’t let them stop wearing them! One mom said, “My son had dentures at age five and refused to wear them and we relented. He is now 19 and trying again but has very little bone. Implants are probably in his future and who knows what all. I so wish we had made him wear them.”
- Read Carver’s New Smile with your child. NFED mom, Julie Claeys, created this children’s book which tells the story of her son, Carver, and his adventure getting his dentures. It’s a must have for your younger children. Order yours.
- Be sure they fit right. Remember that your child is growing, but those dentures do not. She needs a new set every one to two years, depending on how much she’s growing. Don’t be afraid to make SEVERAL trips to the dentist. They need to fit right!
- Have fun with it. My son likes it when we make his teeth talk to him before putting them in. His teeth are “silly” and always excited about being in his mouth. He loves it and really looks forward to putting them in his mouth.
- Let them eat steak! Ok, that may not be at the top of their list, but find things they couldn’t eat before the dentures. Have them write down the foods they can’t eat but want to once they have their dentures. Once the dentures are in place, try these new foods they have been waiting to eat.
- Celebrate! If they are younger, download the Tooth Party Kit. Have your Tooth Party to celebrate their new smile and the fact they are wearing them. If they are older, figure out what kind of party interests them and host one.
What worked for you in getting your child to wear dentures? Leave us your best tips in the comments.