Most Americans understand how important flossing is in theory. This oral health practice defends your teeth against cavities and protects against gum disease. What you may not know is that regular flossing is as important for children as it is for adults. Flossing teeth keeps the area between the teeth clean from food and other debris. It helps to remove the bacteria between the teeth and reduce the risk of gingivitis.
As soon as your little one's teeth grow in, you should try to integrate flossing into his or her dental routine. Unfortunately, infants cannot understand the importance of flossing. When introducing your baby to this practice, do not floss his or her entire mouth in one sitting. Start with only a couple of teeth at a time. Babies need time to adjust to the feeling of dental floss, so you can build up how many teeth you floss each time.
Starting with your baby early helps create a habit. Not only do your kids learn that flossing should be a part of the daily routine, but it also teaches the parents to prioritize oral health.
For older kids who can floss independently, you have to pick which flosser to use. Some kids prefer traditional floss, whereas others may like flossers with handles. Teach kids to use dental floss correctly by showing them how to hug the tooth with the floss and avoid snapping the floss against the gum line. Children who experience pain and discomfort are less likely to continue flossing.
Flossing teeth can make a major difference in your children's overall oral health. It should happen at least once a day for all people, including children. Learn more about how to care for your child's oral health and contact our office today!