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You probably know that you should start caring for your children’s teeth as soon as they erupt. Similarly, you may have been told that you should start cleaning your children’s gums even before their first tooth comes in. However, do you know when you should start flossing your children’s teeth?

As you’ve heard, flossing is an important part of anyone’s oral care. It can clean foods and bacteria that you can’t—or at least shouldn’t—with your toothbrush. This can be important because it will help you prevent gum disease and bad breath.

Some individuals argue that you should start flossing your child’s teeth immediately to help them get used to the process. However, it isn’t vital for you to start flossing your child’s teeth until their teeth begin to touch. Usually, this happens sometime between your little one’s second and sixth birthday.

However, until they’re able to brush on their own, please remember to help your child floss frequently. This will do two important things: teach your child how to floss and teach your child about the importance of flossing. To help your child learn to floss, try having them hold their own floss and try to follow your example. Also, please note that it’s normal for their gums to bleed at first, but only for the first few days.

If you have any questions about your child’s dental health, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our dentists, Dr. Bryan and Dr. Davis, and our team will gladly answer any questions you have and examine your child’s mouth. If you would like to schedule an appointment with us, please call Northwest Dental Associates at 541-779-3993. We are eager to receive your call.