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Maintaining a healthy mouth is an important element of maintaining a good quality of life. As a parent, encouraging good oral hygiene habits in your child’s early years sets a standard that can last a lifetime.

You can start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as their first teeth emerge from the gums. Buying a soft-bristled toothbrush and a child-safe toothpaste that are approved by the American Dental Association allows safe and effective brushing. Make sure all the faces of their teeth have been brushed.

Flossing in a small mouth can prove challenging for large adult fingers. You can try spooling dental floss around your pinky fingers. Another alternative is to use a small floss stick. As their manual dexterity improves, your child can try flossing between their own teeth. Giving them waxed dental floss makes flossing easier. The waxy coating allows the strand to slip between teeth with little risk of snapping the floss and potentially injuring their gums.

Attending their twice-annual dental checkup with their dentist, Dr. Jing Yang, is also important in maintaining their oral health. Try to keep visiting the dentist as an upbeat experience. Seeing the dentist should never be used as a form of punishment.

If you have questions about good oral hygiene in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, you can always call 717-274-5613 to speak to someone at Brighter Smiles Family Dental.