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When does flossing start for kids?

When we ask parents to begin flossing their baby’s teeth, they give us a look like, are you for real? We are. It’s not as difficult or outlandish as it sounds. Not only is it super important for dental and overall health, it’s easier to do when you start your child early.

Begin flossing when your child has two teeth that are touching. That’s typically around 6 to 10 months of age, and usually the front bottom teeth. So, how exactly are you to do this with a wiggly baby? First, choose a time when they are rested, fed and happy. Seat them on your lap, facing you, and floss between those two touching teeth as you would your own.

We hear parents say, they’re just baby teeth, so why should it matter? Tooth decay can be painful, and no one wants that for their child. About 70% of children’s cavities occur between the teeth. Cleaning between your child’s teeth with floss or a floss aid removes plaque where toothbrushing can’t reach.

Additionally, starting early with all dental care will make your lives incredibly easier as your baby ages. They’ll be accustomed to the routine and form good habits that will last them a lifetime.


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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.


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