Our team at Phillips Ranch - Family & Cosmetic Dentistry can help parents educate their young children on the importance of establishing healthy oral habits that preserve their teeth for a lifetime. Building a good foundation of oral care can help your child avoid gum disease, tooth decay and other serious dental problems.
To help you promote oral hygiene for your child, we are happy to provide tips on proper brushing and flossing for children. Children are more likely to brush their teeth twice a day if they use a child-sized toothbrush that they love and brush with a flavored toothpaste whose taste they enjoy.
Another important skill for oral health is flossing, which many children find to be challenging due to limited space in their mouths and a lack of manual dexterity that makes reaching their back teeth difficult. You can assist your child with proper flossing by winding the floss around your pinky fingers so that it’s easy to floss around the back teeth. Using fun stickers to mark your child’s progress in their oral care habits can provide the encouragement they need to keep going.
As your child grows and develops, they can start to take over their teeth cleaning, though they may not be ready for traditional dental floss and may do better with tools like floss sticks that are easier to hold. The use of waxed dental floss can help your child floss between teeth without having to force the string down into the gums, which can cause irritation and damage.
We invite you to contact our office at 909-860-0321 today and schedule a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Howard Glassman, if you would like to learn more about pediatric oral health in Diamond Bar, California.