Brushing and Flossing for Kids

Brushing and Flossing for Kids

Written by: Romanian Dental Team

Brushing-and-Flossing-for-Kids.jpgWe all know that a good oral health starts early. This is why it is very important for parents to find creative ways to teach the little ones the importance of brushing and flossing. The specialists at our dental clinic in Bucharest are experienced in working with children and can help you solve any dental issue that may appear in children, including early orthodontic treatments.

Brushing for children

Oral health begins even before the baby has had his or her first tooth. Parents can clean the gums from bacteria and once the baby grows the first several teeth, brushing can be done with a special toothbrush for children. The child should learn to brush on his own and spit at around two years of age. Children should only use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and should be supervised.
Children should brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes with a special child’s toothbrush and toothpaste.
Parents should try to make tooth brushing fun by giving a good example and brushing together. Children who are forced to do this may develop a resentment towards dental care which can later turn into a dental phobia, especially if early trips to the dental clinic have not been pleasant.
You can make brushing fun by associating this activity with other enjoyable moments like dancing or a game. Parents can teach children the importance of brushing by giving them the best role model: themselves. Children will most likely be responsive to their parents and not a dentist who talks about the importance of dental care. 

Flossing for children

You can begin to gently floss in between the child’s teeth as soon as they are developed enough and begin to touch one another. You should start flossing your child’s teeth regularly so that he or she can become accustomed to this habit until they can do this on their own, Children will usually be able to floss on their own when they are about 10 years of age.
A dentist will be able to tell you more about fluoride toothpaste and how to use it (or not) for children. You can contact our dentists in Bucharest for more information about oral care for young patients.


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