Even though baby teeth are not permanent, we stress their importance in your child’s long-term dental health. Did you know that your child’s baby teeth help guide the permanent teeth into their correct positions? Because of this, it is so important that you teach your child to brush and floss their teeth daily early on. Also, you should brush and floss their teeth for them until they can clean their teeth on their own.
To help your child become excited about toothbrushing time, consider selecting a fun flavor of toothpaste like watermelon or cherry and a toothbrush with one of their favorite cartoon characters. Before the age of two, use a rice-sized amount of toothpaste that is safe to swallow. After the age of two, about a pea-sized drop of fluoride toothpaste will be just right. Teach your child to brush his or her teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day. Make sure that your child brushes every surface of every tooth and that he or she spits out the toothpaste when they finish.
Flossing is also important for your child’s dental health, so it is important to start early. As soon as your child has two teeth that border each other, you should begin flossing them. You may use a flosser or traditional dental floss. To floss your child’s teeth, either stand behind him or her or sit with your child in your lap, facing a mirror. When your child starts flossing on their own, you may want to supervise them to ensure that they are using good technique.
We welcome you to contact our practice today to learn more and to set your child’s appointment with Dr. Suk Young Ahn. Our dentist and team in Chico, California, look forward to seeing you and your family!