Here at Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we have found that many parents focus on making sure their children brush their teeth. Flossing, however, is one of those oral hygiene tasks that often gets overlooked.
We recommend that you begin flossing your child’s teeth as they begin. This way, you can help them get used to the feeling that flossing causes and remove any food particles that were missed while you brushed their teeth.
At some point, your child’s teeth will come closer together and it’ll be more difficult to reach the food particles with solely brushing. By teaching your child flossing early, you’ll show them just how essential it is to floss and help them develop this healthy oral habit.
By age 10, your child should be able to floss on their own without your assistance. Make sure you provide them with soft, flexible floss that they can easily glide between their teeth. Here are the two simple flossing tips you should teach your child:
Loosely wrap about 18 inches of floss around each middle finger.
Gently glide the floss down between the teeth with the thumb and index fingers.
Curve the floss around each tooth in a C shape and move it up and down.
If you’d like you can reward your child for remembering to floss their teeth every day. Consider creating a sticker chart and adding a sticker every time they floss. Once the chart is full of stickers, treat your child to a prize.
Contact Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
If you have further questions on when your child should begin flossing their teeth, we encourage you to call our Ashburn, VA office at 703-348-2813.