Flossing Tips for Parents of Toddlers

Dr Sara’s Sound Bites Blog features content about dental health for children, along with fun features, drawings and stories from our pediatric dentistry patients. Your comments are welcome.

Self portrait by patient, Ayla K.

Self portrait by patient, Ayla K.

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Until the age of six or seven, children don’t have the manual dexterity to floss or brush their teeth properly. Here are some tips on how you can help.

1) When teeth are not contacting one another, then simple brushing by the parent will do.

2) Flossing should begin only when the teeth make contact with one another. 

3) When teeth erupt and make contact with one another, (i.e., no large spaces between teeth), then the parent or caregiver must do the flossing for the toddler. 

4) Many products make flossing easier. We can help you find the right one for your child.

5) We are happy to review these techniques with our family of patients at our child-friendly Upper East Side office.