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Good oral hygiene is crucial — anyone who’s ever been kissed can agree to that. And while you pray your little one won’t be smooched for approximately the following 20 years, developing an oral hygiene regimen is a necessity with children while they’re still little.

That’s why at St. George Kids Dental, we want to help the teeth-brushing (and eventually flossing) training goes as easily as possible for you and your kids. We think that with these tips, they’ll develop lifelong habits for healthy oral hygiene.

-Try to use the correct-sized toothbrush for them. A child can do their best when they have a smaller toothbrush with soft bristles since their gums and mouth are budding and sensitive.
-Don’t give your child too much toothpaste. Using too large an amount can make children heave, so never apply any more than a small drop of toothpaste to their toothbrush. You can even make toothpaste optional until your little one gets the hang of using the toothbrush.
-Enjoy it! Allow your child to dance, listen to music or do something else they can enjoy while brushing their teeth. Using teeth-brushing as a penalty can often lead to oral hygiene problems down the road, so try to make time brushing teeth as enjoyable as safely possible for your little one.

For more tips on how to set a foundation of good oral hygiene habits for your child, visit us at our St. George, Utah, dental office! Dr. Trent Pryor and the whole team here will be excited to see you. Please give us a call at 435-673-3490 now to set up your next appointment.