Kid smiles are special smiles

  • Posted on: May 15 2018

It’s hard work being a parent. Between rushing kids from school to practice, making sure everyone has enough to eat, getting little ones ready for bed, and reading “just one more story” in the evenings, raising little ones can grow quite tiring. Yet, we love our kids and would do anything for them. I often see this with the New Yorkers who visit our offices with their children.

Kids are notorious for being nervous about going to the dentist. Maybe it’s because they have had a bad experience in the past or maybe it’s the fact that things are just a little bit overwhelming between cleaning equipment, hygiene masks, and having someone look into their mouth. We get it. We were kids once, too. Still, it’s important that children receive proper oral health care. Making sure that they have a regular checkups and cleaning treatments, regardless of how frustrating it can be for parents, helps set up a future full of healthy smiles, and we are incredibly grateful for the moms and dads who make regular trips in to see us and keep their kids smiling.

And speaking of kids smiles, you probably want to capture the precious memories youth brings. After all, it’s hard to argue that kid smiles are stinking cute. If you need proof, just look at any kindergarten yearbook or ask a little one that you’re close to to pose for the camera. Lifehacker recently produced a helpful article that details how to help capture a child’s natural smile when you take a photo, and none of the tips include forcing them or making them feel uncomfortable. Some of the suggestions included:

Making Them Laugh

To get a genuine giggle, say something silly and completely unexpected or go for a cheesy but hilarious kid-level joke. If all else fails, ask them to fake laughing and even join in on the silliness. Chances are likely that their fake laughter will transition into real laughter in a matter of seconds.

Getting them excited

You don’t just have to rely on your own sense of humor to get the smiles started. Fart sounds are an easy go-to, and you can challenge older children to tell you a joke without laughing. It’s pretty likely that they will crack up at their own selves and provide the genuine expressions you are hoping for.

Don’t discount action shots

Movement can account for some pretty powerful images. Ask them to chase you around and then snap a photo when they are in the moment or immediately after. If other kids or family members are around, ask them to play a quick game. Smiles will soon emerge!

Believe it or not, we love your kid’s smile as much as you do. If your little one needs a checkup or cleaning, don’t hesitate to reach out!

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