Contrary to popular belief, flossing isn’t only for adults. The American Dental Association recommends that children begin flossing as soon as they have two teeth that touch one another.
As a parent, you should floss your child’s teeth until they are old enough to floss properly on their own. In most cases, children are able to begin flossing on their own by the time they are 6 or 7 years old.
Flossing for children is essential as it can remove food particles and plaque that they’ve accumulated between the teeth. It can also prevent tartar, which can lead to cavities as well as the need for fillings and crowns down the road. In addition, flossing can fend off bad breath by whisking away odor causing bacteria.
To teach your child how to floss, begin by selecting a soft floss that won’t irritate their gums. Then wrap the majority of the 18 inches of floss you’ve removed from the roll around one of your child’s finger and wind the remaining length around the same finger on the opposite hand.
Show your child how to use a gentle, back and forth motion to glide the floss between the teeth. As the floss makes its way closer to the gum line, show them how to curve into a C shape and slide the floss into the area beneath the gum.
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