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Flossing Alternatives For Kids

It’s bad enough trying to make time to floss your own teeth. How can you get your kids started on this smile-healthy habit?

Fortunately, there are some easier options if your child can’t yet manage to handle a piece of regular floss. 

Floss Picks

A small plastic handle has a piece of floss strung across the u-shaped frame at one end. This way, your child can use just one hand to scoot the floss between teeth. Some flossers are choking hazards, so check with your child’s dentist about an age-appropriate device.

Water Flosser

What if you have a stubborn teen who can’t be bothered with removing plaque from between their teeth? Ask them if they’d give floss-free flossing a try.

There are many different models of at-home water flossers on the market. These devices work by shooting a thin stream of water out of a toothbrush-like wand. Aiming the water stream between teeth and angling it along the gum line will help your son or daughter to flush away harmful plaque. There are also shower versions, to keep the mess factor down.

Orthodontic Flosser

This tool is great for kids and adults alike with braces. It looks like a floss pick but the end is a bit different. It’s designed so you can slide one end of the thread under the wire, single-handedly. An orthodontic flosser might be found by different names, but they all make flossing a snap if your child has braces. Be sure to ask your orthodontist about them!

Schedule your child’s regular dental checkup to make sure their smiles are healthy and bright! While there, ask your dentist about flossing alternatives that are right for your son or daughter.

Posted on behalf of:
Sugar Creek Family Dental
1165 Gravois Rd. Suite 140
Fenton, MO 63026
(636) 255-8325

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