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When it comes to raising a child with healthy hygiene habits, there is no training manual for parents to follow, and this can make it challenging to identify when your child is ready for oral care. We are happy to offer some guidelines on how to teach dental health to children, especially proper tooth brushing.

Children should begin building a solid dental care foundation at a young age so that they can form healthy habits that last a lifetime and create excellent dental health. Our friendly dentist and team are here for you if you would appreciate tips on teaching kids to brush their teeth.

Young children will naturally struggle with using a toothbrush and properly cleaning their teeth for the first several years, and it’s up to parents to provide guidance and assistance. Children should use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head that can easily navigate their mouths. Show them how to hold the brush at a 45-degree angle and brush along the gums and teeth in gentle circular motions to clean with irritating the gums. It’s also important to clean the tongue to eliminate bacteria and prevent bad breath.

Child are ready to see the dentist six months after their first tooth appears, or by their first birthday. Early dental visits help your child to build healthy dental care habits that will serve them well for a lifetime. We invite you to contact Dr. Edward Perdue Pediatric Dentistry at 615-662-2191 today if you need to speak with Dr. Ed Perdue about your child’s oral health in Nashville, Tennessee.