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Creating a Floss Habit at an Early Age

Setting your child up for a lifetime of oral health success begins with the habits you teach at an early age. Children who don’t learn to properly care for their teeth until they are older are less likely to maintain those habits. Children who have been flossing and brushing since they were babies are more likely to maintain those habits as they age. Below we have listed a brief timeline to show you how to introduce floss to your child.

Flossing Baby Teeth – You should actually begin using floss when your baby has at least two teeth that are touching. Use flossers (plastic handle with a piece of floss at the end) to gently clean between your baby’s teeth as often as you brush.

Allow Toddlers to Floss – Somewhere between two and three years old, your child will probably ask to do the flossing. Gently teach your child how to floss and where to stop the movement of the flosser. Always supervise flossing and brushing.

Teaching Traditional Floss Techniques – As your child progresses into elementary school, it will be time to teach traditional floss techniques. A flosser is unable to clean all the way around the tooth, so it’s important to make this switch. Teach your child how to make a C around each tooth and move the floss up and down. This requires dexterity that your child might not have until third or fourth grade. Be patient.

Creating floss habits and teaching your child great oral health care at a young age will greatly benefit you and your child. Those six month checkups will be a piece of cake! Contact us today to set up an appointment for your child. We can’t wait to see how that smile is growing!

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