Manatee Dental of East Bradenton
3805 State Road 64 East, Bradenton, FL 34208

Oral Health and Your Baby-Start Flossing Early for Bigger Smiles

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You’re probably aware of how important it is to brush your child’s teeth regularly, but brushing isn’t enough. For the best oral health, you should also floss between your child’s teeth every day. Flossing removes food particles, plaque, and bacteria from between teeth where toothbrushes can’t reach. When you neglect to floss, these substances produce acids that erode tooth enamel and lead to cavities. The benefits of flossing last a lifetime, even when you start with baby teeth. Teaching kids how to floss teeth properly is setting the stage for decades of easy dental appointments and radiant smiles.

Why Should You Worry About Baby Teeth?

Although baby teeth are only around for the first few years of life, it’s important to take care of them properly. Besides being a functional set of “training teeth,” they serve as placeholders for the adult teeth that eventually replace them. Your child’s first set of teeth contributes to proper jaw formation. If baby teeth are lost too early, adult teeth may not have a large enough space to erupt. Taking care of baby teeth also prevents infections that could lead to discomfort, oral health problems, or illness in the rest of the body.

Develop a Flossing Routine Early

When two baby teeth have grown large enough to touch each other, a toothbrush is no longer adequate; it’s time to start flossing. Until your child is about nine years old, you’ll need to help. Little hands lack the coordination to floss effectively on their own. By nine years of age, most kids can handle flossing without help. Plastic flossers may be easier for children to handle when they are first learning. Because it is toxic if accidentally swallowed, don’t add mouthwash to the dental care routine until your child is at least six years old. Be sure to schedule regular dental appointments, so any developing problems can be addressed early.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Bradenton, call Manatee Dental of East Bradenton today at (941) 538-6339 or make an appointment.

Manatee Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Bradenton. With 2 affiliated practices in the Bradenton area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Manatee Dental of East Bradenton, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Manatee Dental of East Bradenton.

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