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Flossing your kid’s teeth is not only imperative to their overall dental health and preventing unpleasant trips to the dentist in the future, but it also makes the act of flossing a habit. Making flossing a habit will ensure that they continue to maintain this important step in their oral hygiene routine throughout life.
Parents should begin to floss their children’s teeth as soon as two visible teeth begin to touch. Here are some tips on how to get the best flossing results.
- Floss Every Day: Be Consistent.
It is important to send the message to your children that flossing is something that needs to be done every day – doing so is imperative to their dental health. Flossing only occasionally sends the wrong message.
- Use Floss Sticks Instead of Traditional Floss.
Floss sticks are generally much easier to use than traditional floss, however, traditional floss works well, too. Both types usually come in fun colours that your children will love, which will get them excited to floss their teeth. Even better, let them pick out their own floss the next time they are at the store with you.
If you do use regular floss, you will need 12 or more inches of it – always use a clean part of floss as you make your way through your child’s teeth. For regular floss, wrap the majority of the floss around your two middle fingers, allowing your index fingers mobility to guide the floss between your teeth. Leave an inch or so of it in between, and gently glide the floss between teeth, massaging the gums as you go.
- Use The “C” Shape.
Direct the floss around your children’s teeth in a “C shape,” moving the floss up and down around the tooth, not simply back and forth. Your children’s gums may bleed but do not be alarmed: this is normal for the first 2-3 weeks until their gums are used to it.
- Pay Special Attention to the Back Molars.
The back teeth have a tendency to collect a lot of food particles – ensure that you don’t miss them.
- Use Yourself as an Example.
Keep in mind that children aren’t ready to brush and floss their teeth by themselves until the age of 6 or 7. In fact, allowing children to floss by themselves is a very common mistake that parents make. Until they are of the age where they can floss by themselves, always make sure you help them and floss in front of them. This will not only guide them but will instill the importance of flossing as well.
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