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Caring for Your Child's Teeth

Cavities and How To Prevent Them


*This webpage is for information purposes only. It is NOT a substitute for professional dental advice.*

Fast Facts
  • Floss your child’s teeth daily.
  • Knowing how to floss properly will make flossing easier.
  • Mouthwash is NOT an acceptable alternative to flossing.

It's important to floss because your toothbrush can't clean between your teeth and under your gums. Flossing cleans where the toothbrush cannot reach.

You should start flossing your child's teeth as soon as the teeth are close together. This could be as early as 6 months.

How to Floss

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When to Floss

You should floss daily.

Difficulty Flossing

Many people find plastic floss holders easier to use than a strand of floss.

Knowing how to floss correctly will also make flossing easier.

Using Mouthwash Instead of Flossing

Mouthwash will not clean your gums and between your teeth like flossing will. Only flossing will eliminate the germs between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach.

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