Proper Brushing and Flossing Techniques
Proper brushing removes plaque from the inner, outer and chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth. When you teach your child how to brush their teeth at home, place their toothbrush at a 45-degree angle in their mouth. Start brushing along gum line with a soft bristle brush in a gentle circular motion – continue to brush the outer surfaces of each tooth, upper and lower. Repeat the same method on the inside surfaces and chewing surfaces of each tooth.
Finish by brushing the tongue to remove bacteria and, as a result, help freshen their breath!
What About Flossing? Flossing removes plaque between the teeth where a toothbrush usually cannot reach. Flossing should begin when any two teeth touch. You may wish to floss the child’s teeth until he or she can do it alone. Use about 18 inches of floss, winding most of it around the middle fingers of both hands. Hold the floss lightly between the thumbs and forefingers. Use a gentle, back-and-forth motion to guide the floss between the teeth. Curve the floss into a C-shape and slide it into the space between the gum and tooth until you feel resistance. Gently scrape the floss against the side of the tooth. Repeat this until all teeth are properly flossed.
Another Pro Tip:
Don’t forget to floss the very back four teeth in your child’s mouth. These surfaces can be tricky to reach, thus often missed!