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Give the Gift of Dental Health with Good Flossing Habits

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You can begin teaching your child about proper dental care even before their first tooth emerges. Flossing should be among the habits that you teach your child. Daily flossing is as crucial to good dental health as twice-daily brushing. Flossing can improve oral health outcomes, optimizing efficacy of brushing and rinsing with mouthwash. Furthermore, flossing reduces risk of inflammation and oral diseases more than brushing alone.

Teach your child about comprehensive dental care that includes flossing and you will give them the gift of healthy teeth for a lifetime. Use these eight tips to teach your child how to brush and floss properly, and make it simple and fun for both of you.

  1. You can start cleaning your baby’s gums before their teeth even emerge by wiping them with a soft cloth or gauze after feeding. Begin cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as one emerges.
  2. Make sure your child brushes in the morning and just before bed. Two minutes should be spent brushing, concentrating a good portion of that time on the back molars, where cavities often first develop in children.
  3. When selecting a toothbrush, choose a small one designed for a child with soft bristles. If necessary, you may soften the bristles further by soaking the new toothbrush in warm water for several minutes.
  4. Until the age of two, brush only with plain water and avoid using toothpaste.  After age two, only use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and speak with your dentist in Ocala about toothpaste options.
  5. Store toothbrushes in a clean dry place and replace them every three months or when the toothbrush has become worn, whichever comes first. Toothbrushes can harbor bacteria and germs.
  6. Start flossing your child’s teeth once a day as soon as two teeth have emerged next to each another. In the early stages, floss sticks or picks can make this easier. When your child has more teeth, begin teaching them how to floss properly with string floss.
  7. You will need to assist in your child’s dental care routine until about the ages of six or seven. Teaching your child how to floss properly may require a little more time, but most children can handle flossing on their own at about the age of eight. Supervision is still necessary at these ages.
  8. Let your child see you brushing and flossing to set a good example that will improve their adherence to oral care and promote their lifelong dental health.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Ocala, call Advanced Dental Care of Shady Road today at (352) 433-4934 or make an appointment.

Advanced Dental Care offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Ocala. With 21 affiliated practices throughout Florida, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Advanced Dental Care of Shady Road, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Advanced Dental Care of Shady Road.

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