Your mission, should you choose to accept it (and being parents, you already have) is to help inspire your child to brush and floss their teeth correctly. We have appropriated the best equipment for the job: a fresh toothbrush, floss, and approved toothpaste. Failure in your mission will result in tooth decay, potential gum disease, and the end of the world.
Okay, so maybe not the end of the world. But your child’s smile will certainly feel the impact. Here are some tips to help you in your mission:
Guide to Properly Flossing Your Teeth
Flossing can oftentimes be seen as a hindrance, but it is a vital step in ensuring the safety of your child’s (and your) teeth. We’ve assembled a quick step list so that you know exactly how you should floss:
- Measure out your floss
Wind a good amount of floss (around 12-18 inches) around each middle finger, with a gap of about two inches between your hands.
- Begin to slide the floss between your teeth
Gently slide the floss up and down between your teeth, ensuring that you wrap it around the base of each tooth
- Rotate the floss and repeat #1-3
For between each tooth you want to be sure that you are using clean floss
Guide to Brushing Your Teeth Well
- Position your toothbrush
Hold the brush at a 45 degree angle along the tooth surface.
- Brush along the surface
Brush up and down along the inside and outside chewing surfaces of each tooth in a circular motion. Be sure not to miss the gumline!
- Repeat #1-3 for each tooth
Your local San Antonio children’s dentists at Cute Smiles 4 Kids aspires to evaluate your child’s progress every six-months, to ensure that mission parameters are being properly followed. Good luck!