Dental Tips Blog

Dec
23

When to Introduce Your Kids to Flossing

Some parents may feel that flossing is not as important as brushing, but the facts show otherwise. Introducing flossing isn’t as hard as you may think! 

Why We Floss

A toothbrush can’t reach in-between teeth. These areas are prime sites for cavity-causing bacteria to camp out in. Flossing is the only way you’re going to access these tight spots to disrupt any bacterial activity.

Here’s an important tip: if the sides of any two teeth are touching each other, they need to be flossed.

Kids and Flossing – Where Do You Start?

Even before adult teeth start coming in, some baby teeth may need to be flossed.

Give kids’ floss-picks a try. Start out doing it for your kids, and let them practice with supervision later on.

Usually at around age 8, kids can start practicing on their own with the flossing tool of their choice, such as:

  • Flossers
  • Regular dental floss
  • Water flossers

Flossing is usually easier to get done at nighttime before bed. It’s also probably best to begin the hygiene ritual with flossing to make sure it doesn’t get skipped. Brushing teeth first can leave kids with the sensation that their teeth are clean enough and it’s okay to skip the flossing.

Flossing – All in the Family!

It’s very common for even the most health-conscious adults to neglect regular flossing. Flossing has benefits for kids and adults alike, so there’s no time like the present to make flossing the next family project!

Talk with your kids dentist to get more tips on flossing and other age-appropriate oral hygiene care for your kids.

Posted on behalf of:
Atlantic Dental Partners
729 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, A 02130
(617) 390-8484

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