Kids Dental Challenges

Teaching kids to take good care of their teeth and gums can be challenging. Beyond the challenges for parents to get their children to brush, it's an even bigger effort to get kids to floss on a regular basis - especially when many parents don't floss.

Get an Early Start

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends regular dental check-ups beginning when a child's first tooth appears. The dentist can recommend a specific program of brushing, flossing, and other treatments for parents to supervise and teach children.

The AAPD recommends that parents brush preschooler's teeth and supervise the brushing and flossing skills of school-age children until they are 7 to 8 years of age.

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Make Flossing Easier (and Fun) for Kids

When your child is ready to be more independent with brushing and flossing, you can help by supervising and encouraging a good oral health routine. School-age children may also start orthodontic treatment, making brushing and flossing more difficult.

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