HOW TO PROPERLY BRUSH & FLOSS
Here at A Childrens Dentist, we know and understand the importance of good preventive care. Part of this includes your child brushing and flossing his or her teeth properly. Good dental preventive care is really important to ensure a healthy mouth with healthy gums and teeth.
It is always important to set a good example for your children. They are great at following your lead so you should brush and floss regularly while they are watching. They need to learn from you how important good dental care is. If your children are interested, give them a toothbrush and teach them to brush their own teeth. You will still need to help, but at least they are showing an interest. Most children are able to brush their teeth properly by the time they are six or seven years old.
It is important for your child to brush his or her teeth at least twice daily to help remove plaque and food particles that get stuck to the teeth. It is recommended that your child brush his or her teeth for at least two minutes, though most people rush through this time.
We suggest you make brushing fun. You can try different flavored toothpastes and different brushes with special characters on them. Maybe you can sing a special song while brushing to help your child want to brush longer.
You need to make sure your child reaches every side of each tooth, including the inside and outside. To help keep your child’s breath fresh, you should also encourage brushing the tongue.
The American Dental Association recommends that you floss your teeth at least once daily. Flossing is done to remove plaque and food particles that get stuck in between your child’s teeth. It also gets rid of any plaque that the toothbrush missed or just can’t get to! Children that don’t floss, will have more problems with tartar, cavities, and even gum disease.
Though many people hate doing it, flossing is really necessary. You can use dental floss or even a pick that is specially designed for flossing. Though flossing shouldn’t be painful, it can feel different and awkward, but it is important to keep at it. After a few days or weeks, it will become part of your child’s dental routine.
If you have any questions about brushing your child’s teeth, flossing, or anything else about home care, please contact us today at (702) 255-0133.