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It is common for children to like playing with army guys. Sometimes these same children think of brushing their teeth as a chore. But the reality is that their mouths are a warzone. Children are constantly exposed to environmental toxins from food, beverages, kisses and the air. You can teach them that brushing and flossing their teeth is like fighting the bad guys in their mouths.

Before the age of five, they’ll probably need your help brushing. Make it a consistent morning and nightly habit. This a great way to instill the routine in them for when do start brushing on their own.

Are you having some trouble trying to brush someone else’s teeth? Here’s are step-by-step instructions:

1. Kneel down and face your child. Aim the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to his or her gums.
2. Brush the teeth back and forth using short gentle strokes. Brush the teeth on the front side, back side and top.
3. It’s important to brush the tongue and gums, particularly those areas where teeth have not come in yet.
4. Give your child a cup of water to rinse his or her mouth and spit into the sink. If he or she is too young to do this, you can raise it to their mouth, or you can rinse the toothbrush and use it to brush the excess toothpaste residue out of your child’s mouth.

Another essential aspect of your child’s dental health is to schedule check-ups every six months with Orem Pediatric Dentistry in Orem, Utah. Call us at 801-802-7200 today to meet with Dr. R. Bruce Howell.