Although it often gets overlooked, flossing is just as important as brushing. While brushing can get rid of most dental plaque, there are some places that a toothbrush simply cannot reach. That’s where flossing comes in. Flossing can remove food particles and plaque from areas of the mouth that the toothbrush is unable to get.Our pediatric dentists recommend that your child begins flossing between the ages of 2 and 3. During this time, they’ll need your guidance as they’re too young to floss properly on their own. Once they turn about 7 or 8, they should have no problem flossing on their own and your supervision will no longer be necessary.

Some parents have recently asked us if flossing as a child can be harmful. We’ve explained that as long as your child is at least 2 and 3 and has been cleared by a dentist for flossing, it is safe. Flossing can only be harmful if it is done before the recommended age range or done incorrectly.

Here at Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we make it a priority to show each parent how to floss their child’s teeth gently. We encourage gentle flossing and discourage placing a great deal of pressure in your child’s mouth during this activity. You’ll find that the finger-wrap method or circle method ar ideal for young children.

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For more information on flossing for young children, don’t hesitate to call our Ashburn, VA office at 703-348-2813. We look forward to hearing from you!