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If you are teaching children to brush their teeth, some days you need all the help you can get! Here are some ideas to help your child brush his or her teeth:

Family Time: Proper oral hygiene habits include brushing twice a day for two minutes, and flossing for two to three minutes once daily. If you begin by consistently doing this with your child, you will have an extra three hours a month together! Make it as fun as possible. Perhaps make up a two minute story as your child brushes, using people the child knows as characters. Try coming up with new ways to spend the time. Family routines can form the foundations of positive habits that will last them throughout their lives.

Character Support: Many children’s television shows and kid’s books include stories about brushing and flossing. Try reading and watching those stories together, then refer to the stories when it’s time to brush! Also, many child’s toothbrushes come in bright colors with beloved characters on them. Try letting your child choose one to come along with them on their brushing adventure.

Lead By Example: Your child watches you and will pick up many of your habits, good or bad. If you brush and floss every day, they will be more likely to do so, as well. Setting an example of caring for yourself is important to help your child develop strong oral hygiene routines. This can save them a lot of trouble down the road. The more positive and consistent you are about oral hygiene, the more likely it is that your child will have a healthy smile to last a lifetime!

For more information, call Provo Pediatric Dentistry in Provo, Utah, at 801-373-4200. Dr. Trace Lund, Dr. Kevin Markham and our team look forward to helping your child’s smile shine!