Baby teeth don’t usually need to be flossed. The main point of flossing is to clean the surfaces of teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach, because they’re blocked off by the sides of other teeth.
But baby teeth tend to be very widely spaced out.
Healthy Oral Hygiene for Babies
You should be cleaning your baby’s mouth with a soft cloth after each feeding, even before the first baby teeth arrive.
When those teeth do show up, switch to a soft toothbrush and fluoridated children’s toothpaste.
Flossing doesn’t need to be introduced until a bit later in childhood.
Meeting the Challenge of Flossing
Flossing is, admittedly, a rather tedious chore. It becomes an almost impossible one when you try flossing the teeth of an uncooperative preschooler. So it’s a good thing that brushing is usually sufficient for younger children!
However, flossing is still a vital part of a healthy oral hygiene routine for adults and even kids whose teeth touch side-by-side. The sooner you introduce your kids to the idea of flossing, the easier it will be for them to pick up the habit.
Try flossers or floss picks. These plastic handles have a length of floss stretched between the U-shaped frame on one end. They make it easy for small hands to safely try flossing on their own, and they also make it easy for you to floss your child’s teeth for them.
As your child’s permanent molars start to arrive, their teeth will get more crowded. These tight spaces will need regular flossing in order to ward off decay.
Talk with your child’s dentist for tips on flossing and when to start this practice with your kids.
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Feather Touch Dental Care
1175 Peachtree St. NW Ste 1204
Atlanta, GA 30361
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