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Proper dental hygiene habits for a healthy smile are one of the countless life lessons that children must learn from their parents. It’s normal for parents to have a lot of questions and concerns about how to instruct their children on proper oral care, and this is where our dental team comes in. We are pleased to provide guidelines on teaching dental habits to children to help them become pros at brushing their teeth.

Oral care instruction should begin at a young age so that children develop these dental hygiene habits as soon as possible and learn how to protect their teeth from cavities and other dental concerns. We invite you to turn to our dentist if you have questions about your child’s dental health and how to provide proper tooth brushing instruction.

Keep in mind that young children take several years to develop proper coordination in brushing their teeth, and are reliant on you to help them keep their smiles clean. Your child’s toothbrush should have soft bristles and a small head and should be maneuvered in small circular motions at a 45-degree angle. Clean every of the mouth, including the teeth, gums and tongue, so that bad breath and cavities can’t develop from lingering bacteria.

If your child has had their first tooth or first birthday, it’s time to begin scheduling regular dental visits to encourage them to make a habit of excellent oral care so that their smile can develop properly over the years.

To learn more about pediatric dental care in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, contact Pediatric Dentistry South at 412-257-1150 today and bring your child to meet with one of our caring dentists. Drs. Richard Ruffalo, Molly Lanz, Priyanka Vaddi, and Courtney Uselton are here for your child’s smile!