Your child needs to brush their teeth twice each day. Along with flossing once each day, it constitutes the effective daily oral hygiene routine they need to maintain a healthy mouth.
You can start brushing and flossing each of their primary teeth as soon as they start to erupt from the gums. Ideally, you want to make brushing experience fun and upbeat to help keep them engaged in the process of cleaning their teeth.
While there are several different brands of child safe toothpaste available in stores, not all of them have earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. The small ADA logo on the packaging indicates that the product has been researched and tested for safety and effectiveness.
It might be helpful to identify the brands that have been approved by the ADA before presenting options to your son or daughter. This will help them feel empowered by being able to make their own choice, while also ensuring that they are using a truly effective oral hygiene product.
Flossing a small child’s mouth can also prove challenging for large adult hands. If you’re struggling to reach the teeth in the back of their mouth, you might want to try using a small floss stick. As your child’s manual dexterity improves they can take over the act of flossing their own teeth.
If you live in the Orem, Utah, area and you have a question about your child’s oral health, you can always call 801-788-4922 to schedule a dental checkup with Dr. Alexander Larsen and the dental specialists at Gentle Dental Arts.