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As your dentist will tell you, it is important that you brush your teeth at least twice a day. As any parent can tell you, getting your child to do that is sometimes easier said than done! But it does not have to be a chore and with a little imagination and ingenuity, you can convince your child that brushing his teeth is not only important, but even fun!

Get your child involved in the process. Let him pick out a toothbrush in his favorite color, or featuring his favorite cartoon character or superhero. Toothpastes now come in a variety of flavors and in interesting tubes. Let him pick out his own toothpaste, as long as it contains fluoride and has the American Dental Association Seal of Approval.

Let him practice brushing the teeth of toy, stuffed animal or action figure. You can watch videos with him about brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist. Praise and encouragement can work wonders when you want your child to brush his teeth. Let him know how proud you are of him for doing a good job brushing and try positive reinforcement with stickers or other small gifts as a reward for brushing.

One of the best things you can do for your child is to set a good example. If he sees you brushing and flossing on a regular basis, he’s more likely to follow your lead. You might try brushing your teeth together to make sure he has the technique down and is brushing for a full two minutes twice a day.

If it is time for your little one to make a trip to the dentist (or for that matter, if it time for your regular cleaning and checkup), you can make an appointment to see Dr. Scott Chandler at Silver Creek Dental in Payson, Utah, today by calling 801-465-1810. We’re looking forward to seeing your family!