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Children’s dental care can be quite confusing and even a bit overwhelming, which can lead to many questions. If you have questions about how to clean and care for your child’s smile, you’re not alone. Our dentist, Dr. Troy Hardy, is happy to help you find the answers you need so you can properly care for your child’s smile. To help you find the answers, he is happy to answer the following commonly asked questions:

Q: How often should I clean my child’s teeth and gums?

A: It’s recommended to brush your child’s teeth every morning and night. It’s also recommended to floss your child’s teeth once a day, but this is only recommended if your child’s chompers have all erupted from the gums and the teeth are tightly knit together. If your child is still missing teeth, there is still enough room between the teeth for the toothbrush to clean the area as you scrub.

Q: What oral hygiene tools should I use to clean my child’s smile?

A: For a proper and effective cleaning, use a child-sized, soft-bristled toothbrush and swallow-safe (if your child still swallows the paste) as well as fluoride-free (if your child is under 3 years old) toothpaste. When it comes to flossing, use the product that is easiest to maneuver.

Q: How often should I take my child to the dental office for a checkup?

A: You should bring your child into our office six months after their first tooth erupts or around their first birthday. After their first visit, you should bring them in every six months.

Call Hardy Smiles Pediatric Dentistry today at 801-331-8449 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more. Our dental team will be happy to tell you all about children’s dental care in Lehi, Utah, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We look forward to hearing from and helping you!