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Dr. Brian Frandsen understands that as a parent you are deeply invested in raising your child to have healthy habits when they reach adulthood. Instilling good oral hygiene habits in your son or daughter sets a good foundation that helps them avoid problems with tooth decay and gum disease.

To better help you instill good oral hygiene habits, our team offers some of the following insights.

Twice-daily brushing is often easy to encourage in a child. Providing them with a child-sized, themed toothbrush and a flavored, child-safe toothpaste is often enough to get them brushing early and often.

Flossing is also critically important for maintaining a healthy mouth yet it can often prove to be more challenging. Obviously, a child’s mouth is much smaller than an adult’s and it can sometimes be awkward to reach all of their teeth. Spooling the strand of dental floss around your pinky fingers can help you reach the teeth in the back of their mouth. Encouraging them with fun stickers or coloring as a reward afterward helps make flossing as exciting as brushing.

As their manual dexterity improves, you can let them try flossing their own teeth with a flossing stick. Many children like using floss sticks until they’re ready to graduate to using standard dental floss. Providing waxed dental floss helps reduce their chances of snapping the strand into their gums by forcing it into place. You could also try giving them dental tape if they’re further struggling.

If you have questions about how to instill good oral hygiene habits in your child, you can always call 435-884-3002 to speak to a staff member at Frandsen Dental.