As your child grows and they start to get more and more teeth, it’s time to start thinking about flossing. Parents often wonder when is the appropriate time to start flossing their children’s teeth and Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry has the answer for you, as well as tips on how to floss their tiny teeth.
When to start flossing baby teeth
You should break out the dental floss for your baby once they have teeth that touch. Touching adjacent teeth can start to collect bacteria and plaque.
If you start flossing your baby’s teeth as soon as they have two that are touching, you can help prevent them from developing gum disease, cavities, and other future dental issues. Flossing cleans the surfaces of teeth that a toothbrush cannot clean thoroughly.
Tips for flossing baby teeth
We know the thought of getting your toddler to sit still long enough to floss their teeth sounds impossible, but it’s really important that you take the time to keep their mouth healthy.
When you first start flossing your baby’s teeth, Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry recommends an adult helps with flossing, rather than the child doing it themselves. This will help prevent any trauma to the gums, as well as help your child learn how to floss.
It’s best to start simple and slow. Select an area of your child’s teeth that is easy to see and access. Only floss a few teeth to begin with, and then steadily add another tooth each night. This helps both you and your child build a patience for the flossing routine.