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As the days come and go, so must the pages on a calendar. With the influx of candles on your child’s birthday cake, they will soon reach an age where they will leave the nest for an education beyond the clouds on their bedroom walls. Although the early days consist mostly of juice boxes and midday naps, there health care is paramount during the all-important years leading up to it.

As your child grows, so do their teeth, and so must your task of caring for those precious pearly whites. Even if your child has not quite mastered other skills, such as the art of tying shoes, you must insist he learns proper oral hygiene. Here are a few tips to help you prepare your child for his first year of school with a smile:

– Use toothpaste that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance. For children less than 3 years of age, use a dab of toothpaste roughly the size of a grain of rice. For children that are 3-6 years old, use a dab of toothpaste roughly the size of a pea.

– Do not share eating utensils between yourself and your child. Doing so can easily pass harmful cavity-causing bacteria to the child.

– If the child is unable to brush their own teeth effectively, brush their teeth for them twice a day approximately 2 minutes each time, or as directed by their dentist.

– For children between the ages of 3-6, supervise the children to ensure they do not swallow the toothpaste.

– Make sure your children consume healthy food and drink options.

– A child’s first tooth begins to break the skin at 6-10 months of age. Be sure to bring your child in to visit Dr. Trace M. Lund no later than the child’s first birthday.

Make sure your children have excellent oral hygiene long before they learn to do it for themselves. Price Pediatric Dentistry is here to help with you and your child’s oral health care needs. For more information, or to book an appointment, please call us at 435.637.9590 to get in touch with a member of our staff. You can also visit our office at Price, Utah. Our dentists look forward to crafting the smile of your dreams.