The best thing you can do to ensure your child has a bright, healthy smile is to encourage healthy habits and educate them the value of brushing and flossing.
Brushing is straightforward, and if your child has adequate motor ability to tie their own shoes, you can let them clean their own teeth (usually by the age of 6).
Flossing, on the other hand, needs greater precision and skill, thus parents frequently have to perform it for their children until they reach the age of ten.
If your child’s pediatric dentist has given you the go-ahead to start flossing his or her teeth (around the age of 2-3), here are a few things to remember:
What Is the Importance of Flossing?
Brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis are the two most important things you and your child can do to maintain good dental health.
Pediatric dental care is particularly important since establishing excellent habits at a young age is the most effective approach to ensure that they endure a lifetime. Flossing cleans parts of the teeth that a toothbrush cannot reach.
Flossing your child’s teeth guarantees that every surface (even below the gums) is clean and free of bacteria, which is important because children’s diets are typically high in sugar and they may not wash their teeth with perfect technique every time.
Flossing Techniques That Work
Even flossing your own teeth can be difficult at times, but the team at Sea of Smiles is here to make your life a bit easier. The following is a step-by-step guide to flossing your child’s teeth:
Cut a piece of floss about 18 to 20 inches in length.
Wrap each middle finger numerous times with either side of the piece of floss.
Then, using your index fingers and thumbs, carefully slide the floss between your child’s teeth in an up and down motion.
Make sure to floss below the gum line and bend the floss into a “C” on each tooth’s side.
Do you have any questions? Please give us a call!
We at Stevensons Dental Ark and The Dental Ark consider it a pleasure to collaborate with parents in order to assist their children stay strong and healthy.
We approach every pediatric session with enthusiasm because we understand how critical it is to get your child interested about dental health and their daily oral hygiene regimen.
We’ll explain the necessity of flossing in terms they’ll understand and enjoy, making it easier for you to take care of their teeth.