Flossing — just like brushing your teeth — is an important part of a good dental routine and overall health. Moreover, it is helpful to teach these habits at a young age. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends starting daily flossing as soon as your child has two teeth touching. Proper teeth brushing and regular dental appointments, beginning by your child's first birthday, are crucial too.
Flossing should be a regular part of your child's dental routine. In an article on Colgate's website, Dianne L. Sefo, RDH, BA, offers directions for how to teach the practice. You can mirror the following steps with your child until they're able to floss on their own:
- Use a long piece of floss, approximately an arms-length, that allows you access to the spaces between every tooth.
- Wind up most of the floss around the middle finger of one hand, and the rest around the middle finger of your other hand.
- Use your thumbs and index fingers to grip the floss, and slide it between each tooth down to the gum line.
- Move the floss against the tooth up and down before going onto the next area. "As you move from one tooth to the next, unroll and grip a fresh section of floss to avoid transferring the plaque back on to your teeth," Sefo explains.
Orthodontic treatment typically comes a little later than dental care, but it's also vital to children's health. The American Association of Orthodontists (ADA) recommends that your child has an orthodontic appointment before their seventh birthday.
At KidsBracesNYC, we specialize in Pediatric Orthodontia for children between the ages of six and 19. Dr. Vaysman and her staff offer complimentary consultations between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. most weekdays. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, please contact our office by phone (866) 222-3166 or complete the appointment request form by going here.