Flossing and My Childâ€™s Teeth
Find out when your child should start incorporating flossing into their oral care routine.
Knowing how to properly care for your child’s smile is important to maintaining a healthy mouth for the rest of their lives. Of course, by the time they turn one or by the time their first tooth comes in, they should be seeing their Decatur, IL general dentists Drs. Chad and Natalie Corley routinely (that means every six months). Of course, at-home care is just as important. Find out more about flossing and your little one.
When should my child start flossing?
You should start flossing your child’s teeth the minute their baby teeth start to come in. Baby teeth may not seem important since they will fall out eventually, but these teeth are necessary for developing speech at the proper time and to help chew food so that your little one gets the nutrients they need to grow up big and strong.
Once enough of your child’s teeth start to grow in next to each other (this usually happens anywhere from two to six years old), it’s important to start them on a flossing regime every day. Of course, you’ll want to floss their teeth for them until they develop the dexterity to do it by themselves (usually around 10 years old). If you are unsure how to start flossing your child’s teeth, you can always ask your family dentists in Decatur, IL for advice.
How do I teach my child to floss?
In the beginning, you may want to tie small loops on both ends of the floss so that your child can place their fingers in there to get a better grip. Then have them wrap the floss around their middle fingers and show them how to carefully glide the floss between each tooth using their thumb and index fingers. Make sure that they also carefully remove the floss from between the gums (they should next force or snap the floss upwards).
Once they get the floss between each tooth, they will want to wrap around the tooth and move the floss up and down along the side of the tooth, as well as get under the gum line. It may take some getting use to, but once your child starts to get the hang of it this habit will get much easier.
Do you have questions about your child’s flossing habits? Do you need to schedule your child’s next cleaning? We can do it all at Corley Family Dental in Decatur, IL. Schedule your little one’s next appointment with us.