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Maintaining your child’s overall health and quality of life in their childhood is very important. This also extends to teaching them important life skills that can serve them well into their adult years.

Instilling good oral hygiene habits early in their life encourages your son or daughter to maintain those habits into adulthood.

The American Dental Association advises that you can start brushing their baby teeth as soon as they emerge from the gums. As they grow you can let them play at brushing their own teeth. Then you can “Take a Turn” brushing their teeth to make sure all the surfaces have been cleaned.

Many oral hygiene product manufacturers offer children’s toothbrushes and child safe toothpaste in exciting colors and flavors. This can help keep your child enthusiastic about brushing twice each day.

Just make sure to look for the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance on any oral hygiene product you offer your son or daughter. This ensures that you’re providing them with the highest products possible.

Flossing their teeth at least once each day is also important for maintaining their overall periodontal health. You can spool the dental floss around your pinky fingers or use a small floss stick if you’re having a hard time reaching their molars.

As their manual dexterity improves you can let your child use the floss stick with their own hands. In time they’ll be able to floss their own teeth.

If you live in the Rego Park, New York, area and you need dental care for your child, you should call 718-275-7300 to schedule a checkup at Dr. Jacob Avner.