The American Dental Association notes that you should start brushing and flossing your child’s teeth as soon as they begin emerging from the gums. Consistency is very important, not only for preventing cavities and maintaining healthy gums but also for instilling the kind of good oral hygiene habits that will last a lifetime.
You should brush your child’s teeth twice per day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a child safe toothpaste with added fluoride. Try to work the head of the brush in small circles around each tooth. This should take two to three minutes.
It’s also important to look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance when shopping for your son or daughter’s toothpaste. The logo on the package indicates that the active ingredients have been tested and researched to meet the high standards set by the ADA.
A small floss stick with waxed dental floss might also be helpful for flossing their teeth in the evening. The light special coating makes it easier to slip the strain of floss into tight spaces without accidentally forcing it into your gums.
While flossing you should also focus on cleaning along their gumline as well as behind their back teeth.
If you live in the Provo, Utah, area and you are concerned about some aspect of your child’s oral health, you should call 801-615-2917 to schedule a dental checkup at Unison Dental’s clinic. Drs. Scott and Straw are here for all your oral care needs!