Pediatric Dentist in Plantation | Getting Toddlers to Brush

Teeth brushing should be introduced to your child as soon as their first teeth appear. During the toddler years, your child will have most or all of their teeth. At that time it becomes crucial that they start brushing on a daily basis. However, it can be hard getting your child to brush every day, especially when they are toddlers. The following are some tips to help your toddlers get brushing and avoid unpleasant visits to your pediatric dentist in Plantation.

7 Effective Brushing Tips for Toddlers

Show and Tell – Let your child see you brushing your teeth. Show them that it is a pleasant experience – the more animated and silly you are the better! Also, tell them how important it is as you start and finish the process.

Make Brushing Fun – Try turning teeth brushing into pretend play! Make believe that you need to get all of the sugar monsters off.

Choose a Fun Powered Toothbrush – A battery powered kids toothbrush is great because the toothbrush resembles a fun, interactive toy. Of course, the vibrating motion will help do a much better job of brushing than the old-fashioned way, also. Overall, this should make brushing an intriguing and fun experience for your child. If he or she is surprised by the vibration, try taking turns with it to show them that it just “tickles” the teeth as it cleans.

The Right Toothpaste – Check with your dentist to see if they recommend a toothpaste with fluoride or without. A small dab of a more mild-tasting toothpaste should do the trick.

Encourage Playful Technique – Ask for a “Grrr!” from your child to get the front teeth brushed, and then a loud “Rawrrr!” to get your toddler to reach the back molars. Remember that if your child only gets the toothbrush in for just a moment, it is ok. Keep trying every night to get the process routine and to get better brushing happening.

Rewards – Try using positive reinforcement when your child has a successful brushing session. Remember not to think in terms of edible treats here, but rather simple alternatives such as giving them a sticker, or a special privilege.

Make It Routine – Young kids thrive on schedules and routines. Make sure to be consistent and brush their teeth at last two times a day. One time should be just before bed.

Need Extra Care from a Pediatric Dentist in Plantation?

Persistence and commitment are key when developing good oral care habits at home with your toddler. However, remember to also book them regular check-ups at their pediatric dentist in Plantation in order to reinforce those habits and stay on top of your toddler’s oral health. Unlike a typical dentist office, Jacaranda Smiles specializes in the unique needs of each child. Contact us today to help your child achieve the best smile possible!

Happy Holidays from Jacaranda Smiles

Happy Holidays from Jacaranda Smiles! We hope that you have a holiday season filled with smiles and shared with loved ones. We love our Jacaranda Smiles family and wish you all the best in the New Year!

Jacaranda Smiles is Spreading Holiday Cheer!

This holiday season, Jacaranda Smiles has chosen to spread holiday cheer to the Women in Distress of Broward County. They are in need of toys from ages infant to 12 years and gifts for teens and their parents. They are accepting gift cards to Target, Walmart, Old Navy, Sears, and JC Penny as well as gas cards and movie passes. They are also in need of gift wrap for the gifts.

Let’s help gift those in need with holiday smiles! You can bring your gift to your next appointment and leave it with us to donate. We are accepting donations through December 15th! Thank you in advance for your participation.

Want to Win FREE Tickets to the Drake Concert?

Enter to Win Drake Concert Tickets!

It’s EASY to enter! The Jacaranda Smiles team wants to take YOU to see Drake! To enter the contest, simply take a selfie of your smile in our photo booth or on your phone and email it to including your name and office location by August 18th.

We will post your picture on our Facebook pages within 72 hours. The picture with the most LIKES on August 18th will be the winner so make sure to watch for your picture to be posted and SHARE your picture with family and friends asking them to LIKE it! Make sure that you follow your office’s Facebook page to see your post and the amount of likes you have! 

The first place winner will receive THREE tickets to the Drake concert on August 31st.
The second place winner will receive Drake merchandise.
The third place winner will receive a $50 iTunes gift card.
Good luck to all! 

Please note: The contest is open to all current patients and prospective patients! One entry is allowed per person per social media platform. No cash value and non transferrable. Winners must be 18 years of age to claim prizes. If winners are under age 18, parents or legal guardians can claim the prize for them.

Prom Week

IT’S PROM THEME WEEK at Jacaranda Smiles!

Who doesn’t love dressing up like you are the belle (or the beau) of the ball?  This week at Jacaranda Smiles, it is YOUR CHANCE to be part of the party!  So dress up in your best and be our date at the prom theme week in office!

Patients are welcome to dress up in their theme outfit for the week and join us for your appointment at Jacaranda Childrens Dentistry and Orthodontics! If you (or your parents) arrive to your appointment in your prom attire, you will get a special *prize!

*Parents receive movie passes and patients receive ice cream certificates as prize/reward for dressing up during our theme week!

Mother’s Day Giveaway

The Jacaranda Smiles team is offering a special for mothers in honor of Mother’s Day coming up! We want to give all moms a chance to win a prize just for them so that they have a day of relaxation.

Interested in winning a FREE Spa Package compliments of Drs. Khakhria and Landa? It is easy to enter, but we need your help!

Here is how you enter:

  1. Ask us for some of our “Refer a Friend” cards.
  2. Write your name on the back on the “Referred by” line & give the cards to your friends.
  3. When your friend brings the card in, we will put it into the drawing!

A winner will be drawn once a month from now until June!

Your referral is the biggest compliment that you could ever give us. We would like to reward all mothers and fathers for passing along our name!

Download Our FREE App!

Jacaranda Smiles is proud to now offer our very own app for both Apple and Android devices! The app is FREE and can help you with the following:

  • Keep track and request appointments!
  • Check account status and make payments!
  • Be the first to know about office events!
  • Refer friends and family directly from the app!
  • Get to know your Jacaranda Smiles team!

Download the Jacaranda Smiles app today!
Android Users – Click HERE to download
iPhone Users – Click HERE to download

Win a FREE Kindle!

Beginning November 2, we will be giving away a FREE Kindle to a lucky winner each week!

Kindly review us on one of our Facebook, Yelp, or Google+ pages and you are entered into the drawing. You will receive one entry for each review that you make, so make sure to post your review on each platform!

We would like others to know about your experience with us so they can join the Jacaranda Smiles family! Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback! Dr. Khakhria and Dr. Rene feel that the greatest compliment is your referral.

Community Event: Paws for a Cause

Starting November 1st, we need you to join us in Paws for a Cause! The holidays are a special time to share smiles with others and we would love to help our four legged friends at the Broward Humane Society. The animals there are in need of donations like pet food (limit of 5 pound bag), treats, beds, toys, and blankets. Please drop off your donation at any of our office locations between November 1st and December 18th.
In addition, on December 18th, Dr. Rene has volunteered to have himself taped to the wall. However, the question is how much tape will it take to make him stick???
You can purchase 1 foot of tape to try to help Dr. Rene stick to the wall and all cash donations will go directly to the Humane Society of Broward County.
Children- $1 per foot of tape
Adults- $3 per foot of tape
Please purchase the tape in advance at any of our locations and thank you for helping us share smiles all over Plantation and Pembroke Pines. We are thankful for our “paw”some patients and amazing community!

Geronimo’s Super Hero Event

For the last seven years, our team at Jacaranda Smiles has been making children smile in more ways than one. Each year for Halloween, we arranged for over 100 pumpkins to be decorated and delivered to children at Dan Marino Children’s Center (Weston), the children’s ward at Plantation General (Plantation), and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital (Hollywood). The trips were never without a dry eye, and the smiles on each child’s face are as heartwarming today as they were then. We want to personally thank everyone involved for their selfless efforts that made it such a wonderful surprise for the children.

This year, we decided to refresh our approach. We feel these kids are all amazingly brave for keeping beautiful smiles on their faces—no matter what. They are our superheroes! So this year, we plan to distribute over a 100 superhero capes to current patients and partnering dental offices to decorate. We will then donate the capes to the children at Dan Marino Children’s Center and the children’s ward at Plantation General Hospital. We want to see every child take home a cape because each one is a superhero!

On October 15th, 2015, present your decorated cape at our office and enjoy lunch on us from 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm. Prizes will be awarded for the best capes from a patient and a dental office. We will deliver all decorated capes to the children on October 29th. Note that we cannot accept torn capes or capes decorated with staples or thumbtacks. If you would like to request a cape or have any questions, call us at: Plantation (954) 452-9988, West Pembroke Pines (954) 436-0502, or East Pembroke Pines (954) 251-2717.

Plantation: 954-452-9988

West Pembroke Pines: 954-436-0502

East Pembroke: 954-251-2717