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You may have a child that likes playing with army guys and battle ships but doesn’t enjoy brushing his or her teeth. Yet children’s mouths are like war zones. Humans are frequently exposed to environmental toxins from food, beverages, kisses and even the air. You can teach your child that brushing and flossing his or her teeth is like fighting the bad guys.

Before the age of five or so, when basic fine motor skills are still developing, your child will probably need your help brushing his or her teeth. If you make that a consistent morning and nightly routine, the better the chance that he or she make brushing a habit when older.

If you are struggling to brush your child’s teeth efficiently, here are some helpful 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 just as important as brushing their teeth, including those areas where teeth have not come in yet. Pass this information to your child so he or she will remember to do it later in life.
4. Give your child a cup of water to rinse out his or her mouth and spit into the sink. You may want to keep little pixie cups by the sink or even a plastic sippy cup.

Another thing to remember is to schedule pediatric dental check-ups every six months with Provo Pediatric Dental in Provo, Utah. Call us at 801.373.4200 today to meet with Dr. Trace M. Lund & Kevin R. Markham.