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As children come of age, we teach them how to write, how to swim, and how to drive. Long before any of those tasks become relevant, though, it is important to teach our children how to care for their teeth. Before children can even talk or walk, teeth begin to appear above the surface of the gums. It’s important we begin caring for their teeth as soon as they appear. Here are a few tidbits to help you take on the cavities that threaten your youngsters:

– 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 & Kevin R. Markham no later than the child’s first birthday.

– 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.

The oral health of your child is important, so start helping them today. Provo Pediatric Dental is also here to help. For more information, or to book an appointment, please call us at 801.373.4200 to get in touch with a member of our staff. You can also visit our office in Provo, Utah. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Call or visit us today!