Should Kids Floss Their Teeth Too?
In our last blog, we offer a few tips for proper brushing to protect children from cavities. But kids also need to floss, and much earlier than you may assume. In today’s blog, your Dallas, TX, pediatric dentist talks about how to help your children floss, and how to properly clean little smiles each evening!
The Impact of Foods Caught Between Teeth
When kids eat and drink, particles from their foods and beverages could become trapped between the teeth. If these are from sugary foods and drinks or starchy meals, they could be broken down by harmful oral bacteria. This process not only elevates oral acidity, but also coats the teeth in plaque buildup. The buildup then weakens outer enamel and allows cavities and even dental infections to develop! Even if your child brushes twice a day, this may still leave behind particles in between the teeth. Which is why flossing is so important!
Helping Them Floss
As soon as teeth start to sit side-by-side, they need to be flossed. For babies and toddlers, you can do this for them with a floss pick for easy maneuverability. As they grow older, they can use an age-appropriate pick themselves. You may monitor them to ensure they clean properly! Finally, older kids can use tape as their dexterity has improved. The tape should run down each side of every tooth, and dip below the gum line to remove trapped particles. This should happen every evening without exception! Doing so not only helps fight cavities, but limits the risk of gingivitis and gum disease as they grow older.
Cleaning Their Teeth
In addition to brushing and flossing at home, your children should have a professional cleaning every six months. We suggest starting these visits at around age two. Essentially, we will use an ultrasonic scaling device and manual tool to break down and remove buildup from the surfaces. Brushing and flossing limits buildup accumulation, but only a cleaning removes it completely! This takes only a few minutes, and is essential for fighting cavities, gingivitis, infection, bad breath, and even teeth stains.
If you haven’t scheduled their first 2022 visit yet, then consider making one soon! We would love to see your family and help your children enjoy good oral health, and a better understanding of their own smiles. If you have any questions or if you want to schedule a visit, then give us a call today.
Your Dallas, TX, Pediatric Dentist Offers Good Oral Hygiene Tips
Our team wants to help your little ones avoid poor oral health due to food caught between their teeth. If you would like to learn more about helping kids enjoy good oral health, then contact your Dallas, TX pediatric dentist, Dr. Marr, by calling (214) 321-4880.
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