As your pediatric dentist we know that teaching children to brush their teeth, and making it a routine, is a fun and easy task that prepares them for a lifetime of healthy teeth. Parents understand the importance of brushing and the role it plays, what they often forget is that flossing is just as important as brushing.
Flossing removes plaque between the teeth that brushing cannot reach, and should begin as soon as your child has teeth that touch. Young children, have not developed fine motor skills and will be unable to floss until they’re 10 or 11. It is essential that the parent floss for them. Just like brushing, establishing this routine while they’re young will enable your children to maintain a healthy smile for the rest of their lives.
Flossing little teeth may seem like a daunting task. How are you supposed to get back to the molars without gagging your child? Pre-threaded flossers may be the perfect tool for you. These cleaners will also be easier for your child to hold sooner than wrapping floss around those tiny fingers.
If you have questions about establishing dental routines with your child call our office in Maitland for assistance. Our dentists have great ideas about creating healthy habits.