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Portsmouth Dentist: Do Kids Need to Floss?

» Posted on Feb 11, 2013 in Pediatric Dentistry, Portsmouth Children's Dentist, Preventive Dentistry


For both children and adults, flossing helps remove food particles that become wedged between teeth. But how soon should you begin flossing your little one’s teeth? In today’s blog, your Portsmouth children’s dentist, Dr. Trey Weis, explains when to start helping your child floss.

Flossing for Children

Typically, a child’s baby teeth begin arriving at around age one. Once several teeth erupt and begin touching one another, parents should begin flossing their child’s teeth. Initially, use a plastic flossing tool instead of regular dental floss. Very gently floss up and down each side of the tooth. Floss at least once a day, preferably before bed. Without flossing, bacteria break down the food particles caught between teeth. This process increases the presence of oral acids, which can weaken tooth enamel and leave your teeth vulnerable to tooth decay. If left untreated, tooth decay can lead to infection and eventually, tooth loss. Don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Weis if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s flossing routine.

Preventive Care

Dr. Weis knows that preventive care provides the best means of protecting your little one’s smile. In addition to flossing, parents need to brush their child’s feet at least twice a day. For young children, always use a small drop of non-fluoridated toothpaste. Fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel, but too much exposure at a young age can stain teeth. Don’t forget to attend regular checkups and cleanings with your Portsmouth children’s dentist. Checkups allow Dr. Weis to watch for the warning signs of serious dental issues. By catching these problems early, Dr. Weis can prescribe an appropriate treatment plan to help safeguard your child’s dental health. Together, you and Dr. Weis can help ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Portsmouth Children’s Dentist

To reserve an appointment with your Portsmouth children’s dentist, or to discuss steps for maintaining your child’s dental hygiene, call Weis Pediatric Dentistry, located in Portsmouth, Virginia, at (757) 484-8262. We proudly serve the communities of Portsmouth, Hampton Roads, Tidewater, Suffolk, Southside, Churchland, Western Branch, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Franklin, and Smithfield.