Our pediatric dentist and team are aware that your child’s baby teeth are not here to stay. However, we stress their importance in your child’s long-term dental health. Did you know that if a baby tooth is lost too early, issues may arise? As a result, it is so important that you teach your child to brush and floss their teeth daily early on. Also, you should brush and floss your child’s teeth until he or she can clean them without assistance.
Choose a small toothbrush for your child that can easily reach all areas of his or her mouth. To help your child become excited about toothbrushing time, consider selecting a fun flavor of toothpaste like strawberry or orange. 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 two minutes. Make sure that your child brushes each surface of each tooth. You or your child should brush his or her teeth at least twice a day.
Flossing is also imperrative for your child’s dental health, so it is important to start early. As soon as your child has two teeth that are beside 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, looking in a mirror. When your child starts flossing by him or herself, you may want to supervise them to ensure that they are using proper technique.
We invite you to contact our office today to learn more and to schedule your child’s appointment with Dr. Amirani. Our pediatric dentist and team in Wichita, Kansas, look forward to helping your child’s smile!