Teaching 3-Year-olds to Brush

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When your child is old enough to begin brushing their own pearly whites (3-6 years old), it’s good to supervise them to ensure they’re learning correctly and not using too much toothpaste. Here are some bits of advice on how you can help your child learn to brush their pearly whites in the right way, guiding them to a lifetime of great oral hygiene and bright smiles.

Make sure that your child uses only a pea-sized dab of toothpaste to scrub their teeth; any more than this is too much, as they may decide to swallow the excess. Remind your child not to swallow the toothpaste, but to spit it out as soon as their brushing is complete. Have them brush their pearly whites two times a day, ideally before bed and around half-an-hour after breakfast. And while learning is good, so is patience: continue to brush your child’s pearly whites for them until you’re sure that they’re doing an exhaustive job of rinsing away plaque and avoiding tooth breakdown and periodontal disease.

At Price Pediatric Dental, Drs. Trace M. Lund and our Price, Utah, team are waiting to assist you, so make a date for your next checkup by calling 435-637-9590 now. They’ll be thrilled to help you learn about starting a lifetime of oral hygiene for your little one.