Routine checkups are an efficient and vital way to ensure that your child’s oral health is sound and their smile is developing properly. Drs. Hardy and Bushell can recommend the best possible treatments for your child. We ask that you help your child maintain excellent oral health by encouraging dental hygiene habits.
Teaching your child the basics of at-home care can be difficult, especially if you are unsure how to begin. Your child’s at-home care routine varies, depending on their age. During infancy, you can wipe your child’s gums with a warm, clean washcloth after each meal. You can begin brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they erupt through the gums. Using a soft bristled toothbrush and a smear of toothpaste, brush gently in a circular motion to help your child become accustomed to the sensation. You can also begin flossing at this time. When your child reaches two years of age, they can begin using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Please ensure your child’s teeth are brushed and flossed at least twice a day.
Your child may go through phases of crying and fighting your efforts to clean their teeth. We encourage you to be persistent. Excellent oral habits are best taught at a young age. Singing your child’s favorite song or playing soothing music may help to ease the process.
For more information about caring for your child’s teeth, contact Copper Cove Pediatric Dentistry to schedule a visit with our pediatric dentists in South Jordan, Utah.