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Cavities and gum inflammation in childhood are often the result of inattentive or inconsistent oral hygiene practices. Treating these oral health problems in the pediatric years can have an effect on the alignment and condition of emerging permanent teeth.

It’s also worth noting that by encouraging good oral hygiene habits early in their life, your child is more likely to maintain those habits in adulthood.

To aid in this important endeavor, the American Dental Association advises that you can start brushing your son or daughter’s teeth as soon as they emerge from the gums. As they grow, you can let them play at brushing their own teeth. When they feel that are done, you can make a quick pass with the brush to make sure all the surfaces of their teeth have been cleaned.

Providing your child with a themed toothbrush and child-safe toothpaste can help keep your child enthusiasm about brushing twice each day. Just always be sure to look for ADA’s Seal of Acceptance on any oral hygiene product you offer them. This ensures that you’re providing them with the highest products possible.

It’s also important to floss their teeth at least once each day. If necessary, you can spool the dental floss around your pinky fingers or using a small floss stick, if you’re having a hard time reaching their molars.

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

If you live in the Rexburg, Idaho, area and you have a concern about the health of your child’s mouth, you should call 208-356-3012 to schedule a dental checkup with Dr. James Thomason and the team at North Fork Dental Care’s clinic.