Flossing Information For Kids!
The importance of flossing is often underestimated. Many people who
are diligent brushers will neglect flossing or dismiss it as being not
quite as important as brushing. This is not the case! Flossing is the
only way to remove plaque from the areas that your toothbrush can’t
reach. The most common place for dental cavities and tooth decay to form
is in between the teeth. This makes flossing absolutely necessary for
your oral health!
You should begin flossing your child’s teeth
as soon as the teeth begin to touch one another. As the child ages, he
or she will need to learn how to brush and floss for themselves.
Teaching Kids To Floss
Below are a few helpful tips when it comes time to teach your children how to floss their own teeth:
- Gentle Floss – You
may want to purchase floss made for sensitive gums. The special coating
on this form of floss will make it gentler on your child’s gums,
avoiding the pain and bleeding that can sometimes go along with learning
- Flossers – Little fingers can sometimes
have a hard time navigating floss around the back teeth. Handheld
flossers are a small tool that holds a piece of floss in place, making
it easier for small hands to floss the back teeth.
- Amount Of Floss – Teach
your child that he or she only needs around 16-18 inches of floss each
time they floss. This is the typical measurement between the fingertips
and the elbow.
- Loosely Wrapped – Don’t allow your
child to wrap the floss too tightly around his or her fingers. If the
fingers turn dark red or purple during flossing, the floss is wrapped
too tightly. The floss needs to be taut, but not tight enough to cause
discoloration or pain in the fingers.
information on the importance of your child’s oral hygiene, or with help
teaching them to floss, please make an appointment at Firestone
Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. Our office is located in