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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 are aware, brushing and flossing can help you avoid a number of problems, such as gum disease, bad breath, and tooth decay. Flossing is especially useful because it can be used to reach the plaque and decay between your teeth. In other words, it’s important for your child to eventually begin flossing.

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 dentist, Dr.  Sean Ky, 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 us today at 626-792-0448. We are eager to receive your call!