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As soon as two of your child’s teeth begin touching, you need to start flossing them. This will happen when your child is about two years old, and they won’t be able to floss very well on their own until they turn ten. You are an essential part to your child’s dental care routine.

You may consider avoiding flossing your child’s teeth altogether because it sounds difficult and their baby teeth will fall out anyways. However, children’s teeth are more susceptible to decay, so cleaning out plaque from between them is imperative. Even though baby teeth do fall out eventually, they act as a placeholder for the permanent teeth which your child will have for a lifetime.

Flossing is important, no matter what age you are. But how can a parent successfully floss the teeth of a squirmy child? Using floss that is soft and flexible may help because it won’t hurt your child’s gums. There are also interdental cleaners and flossing tools on the market which can help you floss your child’s teeth more quickly and easily.

Teeth need to be flossed one a day and brushed twice a day. Even though flossing your child’s teeth may be difficult (and some days, impossible) you should keep trying at it. You are not only protecting your child’s health, but teaching them lifelong oral hygiene habits.