Wondering about the importance of flossing

Flossing Your Child’s Teeth

March 13, 2018 1:45 pm

No matter if your child is an infant, a teen, or somewhere in between, we know that as their parent, you are concerned for their health and well-being. At Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry in Kerrville, we are dedicated to caring for your children’s teeth as they grow and develop.

We believe one of the most important things we can do as healthcare providers is to teach your children how to develop a good oral care routine – one that can help them maintain a healthy, happy smile for years to come.

A good preventive care routine includes brushing teeth twice daily for two minutes each time, regular visits to our office, and perhaps the hardest habit to establish: daily flossing.

Start Early

As soon as your child has tooth surfaces next to each other (meaning that their baby teeth have neighbors), they should begin flossing. Often, we find that our patients need their parent’s help to floss until they’re around eleven years old. To floss properly, hold a section of floss, form it into a curve, and slide it gently up and down the side of each tooth. You should use a new section of floss for each tooth.

Why Is Flossing Important?

Flossing enables your child to clean the surfaces of their teeth that they miss when brushing. This helps remove plaque and other bacteria before it has the chance to form cavities. Additionally, when you establish good dental habits early on, your little one is more likely to continue them as they grow and develop into a healthy adult.

We hope that this post helps you understand why flossing your children’s teeth is so important. If you have any additional questions about flossing or if you want to schedule your next appointment at our office, contact us today!

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