Do I need to brush and floss my child’s teeth?

                                      child brushing

Your child’s primary or first teeth are just as important as the permanent teeth. The primary teeth are needed for your child to eat and speak correctly and they hold the space for the permanent teeth. 

Baby teeth can appear by age of 6 months and many remain in place until age 13 or 14, thus the need to take good care of these teeth at all stages. 

Dental Decay in children is common, our goal at Maple Mews Dental is to educate you as parents as early as during pregnancy to help prevent dental decay in your children’s teeth.

Even with no teeth, we recommend that you clean your baby’s mouth. This can be done simply by wiping your baby’s mouth with a facecloth.

Once the first teeth erupt, they need to be cleaned, this can be done with a small soft toothbrush or finger brush, and there are many options available.  Toothpaste is not necessary for young children, simply use water and the brush 2-3 times daily.

Flossing is also important to introduce to your child’s daily routine, especially if the teeth are close together…. if there is no space to clean between with a toothbrush, flossing is a must. Regular floss wrapped around your fingers or floss picks can be used on children.

Find a time of day morning and night that you can focus on your child’s dental care. If you find it difficult to care for your child’s teeth, we urge you to be patient.  Some children just don’t like it … that doesn’t mean you should give up.. dental care is too important to skip! 

If you need some hints how to take care of your child’s teeth, please ask us, any of our team at Maple Mews Dental will be happy to assist you!

Good brushing and flossing habits started at a young age, along with regular visits to the dentist, will set your child in the right direction for a lifetime of good oral health. Our Maple Mews Dental Team loves children and looks forward to teaming with you to care for your child’s oral health!

Maple Mews Dental Team


Do I need to brush and floss my child’s teeth?

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