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The American Dental Association notes that you can start brushing and flossing your child’s primary teeth as soon as they emerge from the gums. Not only will this help prevent cavities and periodontal health problems it can also help instill the kind of good habits that will serve them well in adult life.

Encouraging children to brush their teeth twice each day is fairly easy. Giving them a toothbrush that features their favorite themes and a flavored child-safe toothpaste is usually enough to keep them encouraged to brush every morning and evening. Just make sure that any oral hygiene products you offer have earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This ensures that it meets the ADA’s high standards for quality, safety, and effectiveness.

Flossing the teeth in the back of a child’s small mouth can sometimes be challenging for adult hands. Using a small floss stick can often be convenient or you could try to spool the dental floss around your pinky fingers might help. As their fine dexterity starts to improve you can let them use the floss stick. Just be sure to floss any missed areas when they’re done.

Your child should also attend a routine dental checkup twice each year with a dentist like Dr. Greg Weeder. This very important for tracking their oral development and maintaining their healthy mouth. It’s also a good opportunity for you to voice any questions you have.

If you live in the La Vista, Nebraska, area and you have concerns about your child’s oral health and hygiene you should call (402) 932.1177 to schedule a dental checkup at Weeder Pediatric Dentistry.