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Being a parent means you have your hands full. Kids are constantly learning and growing, keeping us surprised daily. Teaching your child how to brush their teeth is also important for their oral health. That is why, our team here at Ryan D. Sparks, DMD in Corvallis, Oregon, is happy to talk to you about simple tips to teach kids how to brush their own teeth.

It is always imperative to begin teaching your children about their oral care at a young age. This is because if they learn excellent habits at a young age, this will help them with positive oral health throughout their entire life. Dr. Ryan D. Sparks cares about your child’s smile and oral health, which is why he is pleased to provide you these tips to begin your child’s oral health education.

In a nutshell, because young children do not know how to brush their teeth properly, it is important to always provide assistance. Always choose a soft-bristled toothbrush and angle it towards the gums and teeth. Teach your child to move it softly and slowly back and forth along the teeth and gums, like a game. Also, brush the tongue, so you can eliminate any other bacteria on the surface.

Regular dental visits should begin as early as six months after the first tooth arrives, or after the child’s first birthday. The earlier they are exposed and familiar with the dentist and oral health habits, the healthier their oral health can be long-term throughout their lifetime. If you think it’s time to bring your child in, please call us today at 541-754-9322 to set up an appointment. Our friendly and professional staff is happy to help your child’s beautiful smile.