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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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
As an adult, you’re asked at every dental cleaning appointment whether or not you’re flossing your teeth. What about your children? Do their teeth need to be flossed as well? It can be very difficult for your child to floss their teeth to begin with, but there are some things you need to know when it comes to preventing tooth decay in your child’s teeth.
#1 – If the teeth are touching, they need to be flossed
Fortunately many baby teeth will have wide spaces between them. This is nature’s way of helping preserve space for adult teeth that will erupt in the future. Some children will experience crowding in their primary teeth, causing them to be tight together. As a rule of thumb, if the teeth are touching, then they need to be flossed (because a brush can’t clean between them!)
#2 – Baby teeth decay much quicker than permanent teeth
That’s right…it’s a lot easier to get a big cavity in a baby tooth than it is in a permanent tooth. By the time you can see it, it’s pretty big, and may compromise the health of the entire tooth. Think of flossing as an important piece of dental insurance for your child’s future.
#3 – Help your child floss their teeth at least until they can tie their own shoes.
It’s never a bad thing to help your child with their oral hygiene, but it can be a bad thing if you don’t. Younger children don’t have the dexterity that they need to do a truly thorough job when it comes to brushing and flossing. Help your child clean in-between once a day at least until they know how to tie their shoes.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Lawrenceville Family Dental Care, P.C.
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