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Get children into lifelong habits of brushing and flossing properly each day
Updated: 1/13/2011 2:59:51 PM
 

Getting children in the habit of flossing and brushing on their own early on can prove essential for their dental health. The importance of emphasizing careful dental maintenance starts young. Most children gain their permanent teeth at age 6, according to the Mayo Clinic's website. Parents are then tasked with teaching their children how to brush and floss their teeth on their own. 

As soon as they feel their children have the proper facility, parents should instruct them on proper brushing techniques. A report on Healthnews.com gives tips on how to do so.

Parents can demonstrate to children how to position their (soft-bristle) brushes - at approximately 45 degree angles to the tooth. They will then press their brushes against the fronts and backs of two to three teeth at a time with a rolling, up and down motion, until each tooth has been covered.

For many children, learning about dental care may be emphasized in school or as part of community initiatives. For example, last week nearly 240 first graders in Texas received tooth decay kits. Masonic Lodge members gave the students comprehensive dental health lessons as part of the Fantastic Teeth Fan Club, reports the Dallas Morning News.

Acclimating your children into the good habits of flossing and brushing on their own, and early on, may be imperative for their lifelong dental health.

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