The key to great smile for your child is in your hands. You are in the driver’s seat for their oral health, and their teeth depend on you to see them through. Teaching your children to brush on their own can take many years for them to master the skill effectively enough for them to do so on their own. In the meantime, take care of their teeth. Listed below are some of the most helpful tooth brushing tips and techniques to use for toddlers:
– Stick to small amounts of toothpaste for each session. Never use more than your child needs, which is often a dollop roughly the size of a grain of rice. As they get older, you can begin to use more.– Never share toothbrushes with your child. Doing so can cause cross-contamination to occur.– Also, avoid sharing any dental utensils or tools of any sort with your child without cleaning and disinfecting them first.– Ask your child’s pediatrician about which products are best for their oral health. Also, keep your eyes on the lookout for those products that feature the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance.– Brush your child’s teeth twice daily for roughly 2 minutes each session.– Make sure your child is eating healthy and nutritious foods and avoiding chewy or sticky foods that tend to linger after eating and are hard to brush away.
To discuss your child’s tooth brushing options with Dr. Matt Swan and the rest of our team at Mountainland Pediatric Dental & Orthodontics, simply book an appointment at our pediatric office in Lehi, Utah. Our number is 801-766-2111, and we look forward to making your child’s smile shine soon!