We’re not talking about that silly dance that was popular a few years ago.
Many parents are surprised to learn that 70% of children’s cavities occur between the teeth. Cleaning between your child’s teeth with floss or a floss aid removes plaque where toothbrush bristles can’t reach.
Begin flossing when your child has 2 teeth that are touching next to each other. It’s important to remember to floss every night for them after you’ve helped them brush their teeth.
Research has shown that children don’t have the dexterity to brush their own teeth effectively until they are age 10, or there-abouts. They are also unable to floss on their own until 10 or 11 years of age. That means parents must floss for their children until that time.
Handheld flossers work very well and are the easiest way to access the back molar area. For the environmentally conscious parent, simply rinse off the flosser and use it as many times as the floss allows.
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Dr. Erin Estep is a board-certified pediatric dentist who owns Treehouse Kids Dentist in Springfield. She and her staff are committed to making sure your child has an amazing, safe, memorable dental experience.