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Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping the mouth clean and healthy by brushing and flossing to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Brushing and flossing removes plaque from teeth, and antiseptic mouthwashes kill some of the bacteria that help form plaque.
Flossing once a day helps to prevent gum disease by removing food particles and plaque at and below the gum line, as well as between teeth.
Parents do not need to initiate flossing until the child has teeth that touch each other, which normally occurs in the molar areas first.
Organize them to reflect a naturally occurring sequence - washing hands, brushing teeth, flossing, mouthwash.