Does your child like playing with army guys? Your same child might not enjoy brushing his or her teeth, and yet children’s mouths are war zones. They are constantly exposed to environmental toxins from food, beverages, kisses and even the air. Have you thought to teach them that brushing and flossing their teeth is like fighting the bad guys in their mouths?
Before the age of five or so, when their fine motor skills are less developed, they’ll probably need your help brushing. If you make it a consistent morning and nightly routine, you’ll help instill the habit in them for when do start brushing on their own.
Are you having some trouble trying to brush your child’s teeth efficiently? Here are some simple instructions:
1. Kneel down and face your child’s mouth. Aim the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to his or her teeth and gums.
2. Using short gentle strokes, brush the teeth back and forth. Brush the teeth on the front side, back side and top.
3. Brushing your child’s tongue and gums is super important, particularly those areas where teeth have not come in yet. Talk to your child about the fact that you are doing this so they can remember when they do it on their own.
4. Give your child a cup of water to rinse out his or her mouth and spit into the sink. If he or she is too young to do this, you can raise it to his or her mouth. You can also rinse the toothbrush and use it to brush the excess toothpaste lathering out of your child’s mouth.
Don’t forget to schedule pediatric dental check-ups every six months with Price Pediatric Dentistry in Price, Utah. Call us at 435.637.9590 today to meet with Dr. Trace M. Lund.