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Parenting can come with a wide range of challenges, including protecting your child from harm, preserving their health, and helping to prevent cavities. The American Dental Association recommends notes that you can start brushing and flossing each of your child’s primary teeth as they develop and emerge from the gums.

During these times it can be helpful to make their oral hygiene routine fun and upbeat to help keep them encouraged. In time the habit of brushing and flossing might become something they look forward to.

To aid in this effort many oral hygiene manufacturers create toothbrushes and toothpaste with exciting graphics and child-pleasing flavors. Yet you should also note that not all of these products have earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance.

So, it’s important to always check the packaging for the ADA logo. It indicates that the product has been researched and tested for safety and effectiveness.

Fortunately, the ADA maintains a comprehensive index of all approved products on their website. This can help you identify your brand options before presenting a new oral hygiene product to your child. This will help them feel empowered by being able to make their own choice, while also ensuring that they are using a truly effective oral hygiene product.

If you live in the Kimball, Michigan, area and you have a question about your child’s oral health, you should call 810.985.3301 to schedule a dental checkup with Dr. Scott Ferguson and the team at Scott J. Ferguson, D.D.S.’s clinic.