When your little one becomes old enough to start caring for their own teeth (around 3-6 years old), it’s good to supervise them to make sure they’re learning properly and not using excessive amounts of toothpaste. Here are some tips on how you can help your child learn to brush their teeth in the right way, guiding them to a lifetime of good oral hygiene and bright, white smiles.
Make sure that your child uses only a pea-sized dab of toothpaste to brush their teeth; any more than this is too much, as they may decide to swallow the excess. Remind your little one not to swallow the toothpaste, but to spit it out after their brushing is finished. Have them brush their pearly whites twice per day, hopefully before bed and about twenty minutes after breakfast. And while learning is good, so is patience: continue to brush your child’s teeth for them until you’re sure that they’re doing an exhaustive job of washing away plaque and averting tooth decay and gum disease.
At West Valley Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Samuel Bailey and our Taylorsville, Utah, staff are ready to assist you, so make a date for your next checkup by calling 801-417-8080. We’ll be happy to help you learn about starting a lifetime of dental hygiene for your little one, so give us a call today!