Our pediatric dentists and team are aware that your child’s baby teeth are not here to stay. However, we stress their importance in your child’s long-term dental health. Did you know that your child’s baby teeth help guide the permanent teeth into their correct positions? Did you know that if a baby tooth is lost too early, this can cause issues? Because of this, it is so important that you teach your child to brush and floss their teeth daily early on. Also, you should brush and floss their teeth for them until they can clean their teeth on their own.
Choose a small toothbrush for your child that can easily reach all areas of his or her mouth. To help your child become excited about toothbrushing time, consider selecting a fun flavor of toothpaste like watermelon or cherry. Before the age of two, use a rice-sized amount of toothpaste that is safe to swallow. After the age of two, about a pea-sized drop of fluoride toothpaste will be just right. Teach your child to brush his or her teeth for two minutes. Make sure that your child brushes every surface of every tooth and that he or she spits out the toothpaste when they finish. Your child should brush his or her teeth at least twice a day.
Flossing is also important for your child’s dental health, so it is important to start early. As soon as your child has two teeth that are beside each other, you should begin flossing them. You may use a flosser or traditional dental floss. To floss your child’s teeth, either stand behind him or her or sit with your child in your lap, facing a mirror. When your child starts flossing on their own, you may want to supervise them to ensure that they are using proper technique.
We invite you to contact Price Pediatric Dentistry today to learn more and to schedule your child’s appointment with Dr. Lund and Dr. Markham. Our pediatric dentists and team in Price, Utah, look forward to getting to know you and your family!