Flossing is important for children who would like healthy gums and teeth. It can help your child reach areas between teeth that a toothbrush simply cannot reach. It removes plaque and excess food particles from your child’s teeth. In addition, flossing helps prevent redness and soreness of the gums as well as bad breath.
Your child should begin flossing their teeth regularly as soon as their teeth begin to fit closely together. This is usually when they are between the ages of 2 and 3. Since they may be too young to floss effectively on their own, it’s your job as a parent to help them. Until your child is old enough to wrap the floss around their fingers, we suggest using flossing sticks.
According to the American Dental Association, flossing should be done at least once a day. Don’t be alarmed if your child’s gums bleed a bit when they floss as this is perfectly normal. Once your child’s gums adjust to flossing, their bleeding should stop. In the event it persists, we encourage you to contact our office.
As your child gets older, they can add a water flosser into their dental routine. This device uses pulsating water around the mouth to remove plaque and debris and may be a good option if your child has metal braces or struggles with using traditional string floss.
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