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As a parent, it can be challenging to know when to start flossing your child’s teeth. Flossing is an essential part of oral hygiene and helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease. In this guide, Knoxville Pediatric Dentistry will provide you with all the information you need to know to determine when to start flossing your child’s teeth. 


When should you start flossing your child’s teeth? 


The American Dental Association recommends that parents start flossing their child’s teeth as soon as two teeth touch. This usually occurs around the age of two to three years old. However, it’s important to note that every child is different, and some children may need to start flossing earlier or later than others. 


Why is flossing important? 


Flossing removes plaque and food particles from between teeth and along the gum line, where a toothbrush can’t reach. Without flossing, these areas can become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. 


How to floss your child’s teeth 


To floss your child’s teeth, you will need a piece of floss about 18 inches long. Wrap the floss around your fingers, leaving a few inches of floss between them. Gently insert the floss between your child’s teeth and use a back-and-forth motion to remove any food particles and plaque. Be sure to floss both sides of each tooth and use a clean section of floss for each tooth. 


Tips for flossing with children 


Flossing with children can be a challenge, but there are several tips you can use to make the process easier: 

  • Make flossing fun by using flavored floss or letting your child pick out their own floss. 
  • Use a floss pick instead of traditional floss for younger children. 
  • Let your child watch you floss your own teeth to make it seem like a normal part of oral hygiene. 
  • Praise your child for their efforts and make it a positive experience. 


Schedule your child’s first dental appointment 


Regular dental checkups are crucial to your child’s oral health. At Knoxville Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend scheduling your child’s first dental appointment around the age of one year old. This visit will help your child become familiar with the dental office and ensure that their teeth and gums are developing properly. 



Contact us today 


If you have any questions or concerns about when to start flossing your child’s teeth or would like to schedule a dental appointment, please contact Knoxville Pediatric Dentistry today. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is here to help you and your child achieve optimal oral health.