Good oral hygiene is important — anyone who’s ever been kissed can attest to that. But while you hope your little one won’t be kissed for roughly the next 30 years, establishing proper oral care is a must with your children while they’re young.

That’s why at Mountainland Pediatric Dental & Orthodontics, we want to help the teeth-brushing (and eventually flossing) training goes as calmly as it can for you and your family. We hope that with these tips, they’ll learn to love practicing dental hygiene.

-Get them to use the correct-sized toothbrush for them. A child can do their best brushing once they have a smaller toothbrush with soft bristles, since their mouth and gums are budding and particularly sensitive.-Don’t use too much toothpaste. Using too large an amount – or in some cases any – can make children gag, so never apply any more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to their brush.-Let it be exciting! Let your child to dance, listen to songs or do other things they like to do while brushing their teeth.

Using teeth-brushing as a penalty can often lead to phobia or oral neglect later on in life, so try to make the experience as positive as possible for your child.

Are you ready to help your children start learning healthy oral hygiene? Give us a call at 801-766-2111 now to set up a visit with our office in Lehi, Utah, Mountainland Pediatric Dental & Orthodontics.

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