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No one is born with a full knowledge of the dental hygiene habits required to have a healthy smile. Like all good habits, these are picked up from their parents, and first-time parents often have lots of questions about teaching proper oral care to their children. Our friendly dentist and team provide guidelines to help you teach your child to brush their teeth and practice good dental habits.

Even at a young age, it’s important for children to begin learning proper dental hygiene habits to prevent the development of cavities and to help them enjoy a healthy smile for life. We are always happy to provide insight on your child’s dental health needs and offer tips on how to brush teeth effectively.

Because young children don’t understand the importance of oral care and lack the coordination to hold a toothbrush well enough to efficiently clean their teeth, it is up to the parent to step in and provide assistance. Children should have an appropriate toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head so that brushing is comfortable. Teach them to hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and use small and circular motions, cleaning every section of their teeth, gums and tongue to remove any bacteria and prevent the development of stinky breath.

Bring your child to the dentist within six months of the eruption of their first tooth or around the time of their first birthday so that they can begin receiving necessary dental care and establish excellent oral health habits to aid in their smile development.

We encourage you to contact Anderson Pediatric Dental & Orthodontics, Inc. at 801-774-5437 today if you need to speak with Dr. John Anderson about your child’s pediatric dental care in Roy, Utah.