Childhood Flossing: When should they start?

Flossing is only necessary once your child has two teeth that touch. This usually first occurs with the last two molars (around age 2). To tell whether your child needs to floss, try this simple test: If you can’t see a space or see the gums between a pair of teeth, slide a piece of floss between them. If it sticks a little you know the teeth are touching and it’s time to floss.

At first you’ll need to help your child, since she won’t have the dexterity to floss on her own. As a general rule, when your child can start to learn cursive (around second or third grade), she’s skilled enough to floss solo. Some children are ready to go it alone sooner, but you should supervise at first to be sure they can reach their back teeth and are doing a thorough enough job to take over this important responsibility. Flossing gets rid of bacteria and plaque buildup that can lead to inflammation and gum disease over time.

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We Look Forward To Welcoming You And Your Child…

You will find our office to be a pleasant and caring environment. We know a positive experience can set the tone for your child’s future dental health. That is why our office has been designed to be “kid friendly”. Even more importantly, our pediatric dentists and professional staff have dedicated their careers to helping children. We establish trust with your child by creating a safe and happy place for them to be. The latest in dental technology is combined with genuine compassion and concern.

We are open Monday through Saturday and offer appointments as early as 7:30am

The first checkup is recommended at the first birthday. Our patients generally stay with us until they graduate high school. We are proud to say we are now seeing the children of former patients, as the practice was established in 1973 by Dr. Robert Harmon.

We have 24 hour coverage for our patient’s dental emergencies. There is a pediatric dentist on call at all times. Should you need after hours advice or emergency care, simply dial our telephone number and our message will direct you.

Are we accepting new patients? Yes, absolutely! We are happy to welcome new patients to our practice and we appreciate your referring your friends and family to us.

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