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Promoting good oral hygiene habits in your child when they are young will go a long way towards helping them to maintain those practices as an adult. To aid in this endeavor, the American Dental Association notes that you start helping your child to brush and floss their teeth at a very early age.

The simple practice of brushing twice each day and flossing at least once a day can begin as soon as your child’s first tooth emerges from the gums. As they get older, you can let your son or daughter try brushing their teeth on their own.

Giving your child a child’s toothbrush with a special theme and a child-safe toothpaste also help to keep them encouraged to brush. Just be sure to look for the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance on the products you buy to ensure that it is indeed a safe and effective oral hygiene product.  

If you are having a hard time flossing the teeth in the back of your child’s mouth, you might try wrapping the strand around your pinky fingers. As your child’s dexterity improves, they can start to floss their own teeth. Providing your child with a simple floss stick can help them get started. Just make sure they understand not to force the floss or snap it into their gums.

If you live in the Staunton, Virginia, area, and if you have questions or concerns about your child’s oral health and development, you should call 540-885-1631 to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Justin Karrel, and the staff specialists at Justin Karrel DMD.