As parents, it’s natural to want to keep our children’s teeth healthy and strong. One of the most important steps we can take to promote good oral hygiene is teaching our children to floss. Flossing helps remove food particles and plaque from areas that are difficult to reach with a toothbrush alone. But when is the right time to start flossing? 

Baby Teeth and Beyond: When to Start Flossing 

Many parents wonder when they should start flossing their child’s teeth. According to the American Dental Association, parents should start flossing their child’s teeth as soon as two teeth touch. This typically occurs around the age of two or three. It’s important to floss your child’s teeth at least once a day to help prevent cavities and promote good oral hygiene habits. 

Tips for Flossing with Children 

Flossing with children can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips to help make the process easier: 

  • Use floss picks: Floss picks are easier for children to handle and can be more effective than traditional floss. 
  • Make it fun: Encourage your child to floss by making it a fun and interactive experience. Consider playing music or making a game out of flossing. 
  • Lead by example: Show your child the importance of flossing by flossing your own teeth in front of them. 
  • Be patient: Flossing can be a difficult skill to master, so be patient and encourage your child to keep trying. 

Schedule Your Child’s First Dental Appointment 

In addition to starting good oral hygiene habits early, it’s important to schedule your child’s first dental appointment as soon as their first tooth erupts or by their first birthday. At Sutton Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics, we specialize in pediatric dentistry and can provide the care and attention your child needs to keep their teeth healthy and strong. Contact us today to schedule your child’s first appointment. 

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