Happy New Year from Utah Children’s Dental Network! As we start a new year, many of us like to make resolutions to improve ourselves and our habits. One habit that is important for kids to focus on is brushing teeth. Good oral hygiene is essential for maintaining healthy teeth and gums, and brushing teeth is an important part of that.

So, how can you improve your brushing teeth habits in the new year? Here are a few tips to get you started:

Brush your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time. Make sure to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride, which helps to prevent cavities. It’s also important to brush all surfaces of your teeth, including the fronts, backs, and tops.

Floss every day. Flossing helps to remove plaque and food particles that your toothbrush can’t reach. Don’t forget to floss between all of your teeth, not just the ones that are easy to reach.

Use mouthwash. Mouthwash can help to kill bacteria and freshen your breath. Just be sure to follow the instructions on the bottle and use a mouthwash that is appropriate for your age.

Eat a healthy diet. What you eat can have a big impact on your oral health. Try to eat a variety of foods that are high in nutrients, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Avoid sugary and acidic foods and drinks, as they can contribute to tooth decay.

Visit the dentist regularly. It’s important to see the dentist every six months for a cleaning and check-up. The dentist can identify and treat any problems before they get worse, and can also give you tips on how to take better care of your teeth.

By following these tips, you can start the new year off with a healthy smile. Remember, good oral hygiene is an important part of overall health, so make sure to take care of your teeth and gums. Happy brushing teeth!