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Chances are your kids like to play with army guys but don’t really like brushing their teeth. What they don’t know is that their mouths are like a war zone. We humans are daily exposed to environmental toxins from our food, drinks, kisses and breathing. Teach your children that brushing and flossing teeth is like fighting the bad guys in their mouths.

Before they are old enough to tie their shoes, children will also probably need help brushing their teeth. Teaching them by doing it with them and brushing your own teeth in front of them are great ways to reinforce the importance of it for later when they start doing it on their own. Need help knowing how to brush someone else’s teeth? Here’s are some instructions:

1. Face your child and place the toothbrush at 45-degree angle to his or her gums.
2. Gently brush the teeth back and forth with short strokes. Brush the outer sides, inner sides, and chewing surfaces of the teeth.
3. Brush all gum surfaces where baby or adult teeth have not yet grown.
4. Brush your child’s tongue to remove bacteria.
5. Give them a cup of water to rinse their mouths and spit or rinse the toothbrush and use it to brush out excess toothpaste residue.

A huge help in ensuring your child’s dental health is to schedule check-ups every 6 months with Smiley Dental & Orthodontics in one of our many convenient locations. Call us at 214.613.1877.