Saturday, January 5, 2013

New Year's Resolution: Floss Daily

It's time to make a New Year's resolution for your child's mouth. 

Brushing alone can not get all the plaque and food off your child's teeth. Food easily gets stuck between teeth. Flossing is a great way to get what brushing missed but your child can't do it alone.  AAPD President Dr. Rhea M. Haugseth said, "Children younger than eight or nine-years- old usually don't have the manual dexterity to brush or floss properly, so plan to keep a hand in the process for at least that long." 

Make a resolution to floss your child's teeth each day. 
You should start flossing as soon as your child has two teeth that come into contact. If you are unsure how to floss your child's teeth, a trip to your child's pediatric dentist is a great way to learn. The hygienist and dentist will teach you how to properly brush and floss. They see children every day and are specifically trained on how to treat children's teeth. They will be able to guide you on how to keep you precious little ones teeth sparkling.