Do toddlers really need to floss their teeth?

Do I really need flossYour 1-year-old may seem a little young for flossing, but cavities don’t know how old teeth are! Teeth can get cavities as soon as they erupt into the mouth. If your toddler’s teeth are touching one another, food and plaque can get stuck between them, and cavities can form.

The importance of flossing is one of the reasons that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends taking your child for his first dental appointment at age 1. At this visit, the dentist can help determine if your child’s teeth are ready to be flossed, and she’ll show you how to properly brush and floss them. (This will be your job for a long time; most children aren’t ready to brush and floss on their own until they are 8 or 10 years old.)

Nighttime brushing and flossing are the most important, so make sure you do it every night before bed. And remember: Nothing to eat or drink except plain water after you’re finished!

About the Author

Dr. Shari Kohn has been practicing Pediatric Dentistry since 1992. In 2004 she established her private practice – Dentistry for Kids - in Hunt Valley, Maryland. In May of 2011, Dr. Kohn was elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She currently lives with her husband and two teens in Lutherville, MD


2 Responses to “Do toddlers really need to floss their teeth?”

  1. Ajit Das says:

    I also agree with you about the toddlers also need to brush their teeth. If they are sincere from childhood then they will be able to keep their teeth strong and healthy very easily.

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