Establishing good oral hygiene habits early on in life encourages the chances that your child will keep those good habits for the rest of their life. This starts with brushing teeth twice and flossing once each day. Instilling good oral hygiene habits when they are young increases your child’s chances of maintaining good oral health in adulthood.
Dr. Juan Echeverri notes that you can start flossing your child’s teeth as soon as they emerge from the gums. At first, you might need to use your pinky fingers to floss their rear molars. As your child grows and their dexterity improves they can start to floss their own teeth.
Early on, your child might struggle with spooling the floss around the fingers and maintaining a firm grip. A simple floss stick is an easy to hold to help them get started. Just make sure they understand not to force the floss or snap it into their gums.
Brushing and flossing with your child will help set an example for them to follow over the years. Try to keep your shared oral hygiene routine fun and upbeat. Having a brushing and flossing song to sing beforehand helps define expectations. Giving them stickers or gold stars to put on the calendar serves as long-term recognition of a job well done.
If you live in the Houston, Texas, area and you need advice for instilling good oral hygiene habits in your child, you can call 713-956-8767 to set up a consultation at Echeverri Dental Center.