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Many experienced parents find that instilling good oral hygiene in a child’s early years improves their chances of maintaining those practices as they age. Not only can this help your child maintain good oral health when they’re young, it could also increase their chances of preserving their healthy mouth into adulthood.

When brushing and flossing, it’s a good idea to keep the experience fun and upbeat. This will help keep them engaged and invested in good oral hygiene practices.

It’s best to provide your child with a child-themed toothbrush and child-safe toothpaste. Just please note that not all children’s toothpastes are of a high enough quality to be recognized by the American Dental Association.

It’s best to make a conscious effort to always look for the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance. This small logo printed on the package indicates that the active ingredients have been tested and researched for safe and effective oral use.

Once they are done brushing their teeth in the evening, you should help them floss between each of their teeth, as well as the gumline and behind each of the rear teeth.

If you live in the Rego Park, New York, area and you have concerns about your child’s oral health, you can call 718-275-7300 to schedule a dental checkup with Dr. Jacob Avner and his team at Great Smiles of NY’s dental offices.