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Helping Your Children Learn to Floss Properly

Young child flossingMany people underestimate the value of flossing every day, but it is a vital part of any oral hygiene routine. This is because flossing is the only way to remove food debris and plaque buildup in between the teeth. Your toothbrush is unable to reach these areas between the teeth, meaning that if you’re not flossing daily, you’re missing around 33% of your tooth enamel.

Children should be flossing as soon as they have teeth that touch. Initially, you’ll have to floss and brush for your child, but as they get older they can take on this responsibility themselves.

Teaching Children to Floss

Below are a few tips on helping your children learn how to floss:

  • Consider using floss made for children or for sensitive gums. This floss has a special coating that helps to make it gentler on your child’s gum tissue. This will help your child avoid bleeding and pain that can sometimes go along with flossing.
  • Consider using floss picks with pre-strung floss or teach your child that no more than 16 inches of floss need to be used each time.
  • Teach your child how to wrap most of the floss around one finger and then winding the rest of the floss around the same finger of the other hand. This is the side that will collect used floss. Floss should be held tightly, but not so tight that the fingers discolor.
  • Floss should glide between the teeth in a back and forth rubbing motion. The floss should be rubbed up each side of the tooth before moving to the next tooth.

For more information, or to make an appointment for your entire family to receive dental cleanings and exams, please contact Balota Family Dentistry. Our general dentist’s office is located here in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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