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Many children like to play with army guys. These same children might find brushing their teeth to be a chore. What they may not understand is that their mouths are a warzone. Children are constantly exposed to environmental toxins from food, drinks, kisses and breathing. Brushing and flossing teeth is like fighting the bad guys in your mouth.

When they are old enough to tie their shoes, children are also usually ready to brush their teeth on their own. Before that, they’ll need your help. Making it a consistent morning and nightly habit is a great way to instill the routine in them for when they strike out on their own.

Is it awkward trying to brush someone else’s teeth? Here’s are step-by-step instructions to help you get the hang of it:

1. Kneel down and face your child, aiming the toothbrush at 45-degree angle to his or her gums.
2. Gently brush the teeth back and forth using short strokes. Brush the teeth on all sides.
3. Make sure to brush all gum surfaces under the teeth and where teeth have not yet grown.
4. Brush your child’s tongue. This is just as important as brushing the teeth.
5. Give your child a cup of water to rinse his or her mouth and spit. Or if he or she is too young to do this, you can rinse the toothbrush and use it to brush the excess toothpaste residue out of your child’s mouth.

Another important part of your child’s dental health is to schedule check-ups every 6 months with Sam Amirani DDS in Wichita, Kansas. Call us at 3166867155 today to meet with Dr. Amirani.