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Adding Flossing to the Dental Care Routine

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Floss, brush, rinse, repeat—well, almost. Flossing once daily is as important as brushing twice daily, making it one habit that you must teach your children. Children can begin learning about flossing as soon as two teeth emerge side by side. You can begin teaching them about the sensations and establishing the flossing habit at this early age. It isn’t always easy to teach these tedious dental care habits, but the value is priceless.

With routine adherence to daily brushing and teaching your child how to floss properly, your child will reap the benefits of a beautiful smile, reduced risk of disease and decay, and lifelong dental health. Use this guide to make flossing easy and fun for your child.

  • You can start cleaning your baby’s gums before their teeth even emerge by wiping them with a soft cloth or gauze after feeding. Begin cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as one emerges.
  • Make sure your child brushes in the morning and just before bed. Two minutes should be spent brushing, concentrating a good portion of that time on the back molars, where cavities often first develop in children.
  • When selecting a toothbrush, choose a small one designed for a child with soft bristles. If necessary, you may soften the bristles further by soaking the new toothbrush in warm water for several minutes.
  • Until the age of two, brush only with plain water and avoid using toothpaste. Too much fluoride may cause discoloration to your child’s permanent teeth. After age two, only use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and speak with your dentist in Sarasota about toothpaste options.
  • Toothbrushes should be replaced every three months or when the toothbrush has become worn, whichever comes first. Toothbrushes can harbor bacteria and germs. Store in a clean dry place and replace regularly.
  • Begin flossing your child’s teeth once a day as soon as two teeth emerge next to one another. Floss sticks or picks will make this easier for you and your child in the early stages. When your child is older and has more teeth, begin teaching them how to floss properly with string floss.
  • Until the ages of six or seven, you will need to assist and supervise your child’s dental care routine. Teaching your child how to floss properly may require a little more time, but most children can handle flossing on their own at about the age of eight. Supervision is still necessary at these ages.
  • Brush and floss with your child. Let your child see you brushing and flossing to set a good example that will improve their adherence to the habit and promote lifelong dental health.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Sarasota, call Advanced Dental Care of Sarasota today at (941) 306-1818 or make an appointment.

Advanced Dental Care offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Sarasota. With 21 affiliated practices throughout Florida, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Advanced Dental Care of Sarasota, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Advanced Dental Care of Sarasota.

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