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It’s important to note that you can start brushing and flossing your child’s teeth as soon as they emerge from the gums. Not only is this important for maintaining the health of their mouth, but it is also an essential first step toward instilling the kind of good oral hygiene habits that last a lifetime.

While your child performs their daily oral hygiene regimen, it’s a good idea to keep the routine practices fun and upbeat. This will help keep your child engaged and excited about the process of cleaning their teeth.

Making dental are fun might also work if you provide your son or daughter with a child-themed toothbrush and specially formulated, child-safe toothpaste. Just keep in mind that not all brands of children’s toothpaste have been approved by the American Dental Association.

You should always look for the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance when buying children’s toothpaste. This small logo printed on the package indicates that the active ingredients have been tested and researched for safe and effective oral use.

Once your child is done brushing their teeth in the evening, you can help them floss between each of their teeth, and around the gumline. It’s also important to clean away the bacterial deposits that can build up behind each of their back molars.

If you live in the Topeka, Kansas, area, and if you have concerns about your child’s oral health, you can call 785-267-6301 to schedule a dental checkup with our dentist, Dr. Bruce Speake, and the staff at Bruce Speake DDS PA.