Q: When should I start flossing my child's teeth?
A: As soon as they have two teeth that touch.
This is a very common question from parents of young children. Once children have two teeth that touch, that means that bacteria and plaque can get stuck between those teeth. Since some children have ample spacing between their teeth, they may not have teeth that touch until their primary molars erupt (average age 1.5 to 3 years old). However, even children who have ample spacing between their teeth can still benefit from daily flossing, since it will help them get used to the sensation and routine.
Parents can use traditional string floss, but some may find it more helpful to use floss handles initially to help navigate around tiny mouths. Whichever method you use, your child will need your help with flossing - as well as brushing - until they are about 8 years old.
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