The most important parts of caring for your child’s teeth happen at home. Helping your child maintain a healthy mouth and develop an effective oral hygiene routine at home are at least equally as beneficial as professional preventive care from our pediatric dentists. We have provided a few tips on brushing and flossing your child’s teeth below. If you have more questions about caring for your child’s teeth in Centerville, Utah, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Nelson or Dr. Treagan White, call our office at 801-295-8322.
How to Brush Your Child’s Teeth
Before your child’s teeth erupt, gently clean their gums with a soft, wet cloth. When the teeth begin to emerge, use a soft-bristled, ADA-approved toothbrush. For children under age two, use a small smear of toothpaste. Your may graduate to a pea-sized dollop of toothpaste after the age of three. We recommend using an ADA-approved fluoridated toothpaste. Do not allow your child to swallow the toothpaste.
You will need to brush your child’s teeth until they have developed the motor skills to clean their own teeth effectively (about age seven or eight). Monitor your child’s brushing and flossing until about that same age to ensure that they are cleaning their teeth properly.
How to Floss Your Child’s Teeth
You should begin flossing your child’s teeth as soon as they have two teeth that touch. Floss daily to remove plaque between the teeth and under the gum line where a toothbrush cannot reach. You should floss your child’s teeth for them until they are able to do it on their own.
Our pediatric dentists and team will be happy to demonstrate the best ways of flossing and brushing during your visit to our office. To schedule your child’s appointment and learn more, contact Children’s Dentistry today!