Flossing is a vital part of oral hygiene. Not only does flossing remove
remnants of food from between your teeth, but it also reduces your chances
of developing gingivitis and can prevent tooth loss. If you are an avid
flosser and have children, you may be wondering when you should teaching
your children how to floss. To help, we have answered a few frequently
Should I Floss My Child’s Teeth if He/She is a Baby?
Yes. Research shows you should begin flossing you children’s teeth
even if they are only babies and have all of their primary teeth.
When Should I Begin Teaching My Child How to Floss His/Her own Teeth?
It is a good idea to start teaching your children how to floss once their
teeth start fitting closely together. It is important to get children
in the habit of flossing from a young age so that it will become a part
of their everyday oral hygiene regimen.
What if They Can’t Floss by Themselves?
Most children do not develop the proper dexterity to practice behaviors
such as flossing until the age of 10. It may be beneficial to help your
child floss until they have developed adequate dexterity. By helping your
child, you can prevent your child from tearing the gums or damaging the
roots of the teeth.
How Do I start Teaching My Child How to Floss?
Teaching your child how to floss can be tricky if they have not yet developed
the dexterity to do so alone. Below is a list of steps you can use to
teach your child how to floss.
- First, tie both ends of the floss string into small circles. This will
give your child room to fit their index fingers into the circles.
- Next, have your child wrap both ends of the floss around the middle fingers
while keeping their index fingers inside the circles.
- Make sure that your child has about one inch of floss between each hand.
- Have your child place the floss between each tooth, moving the floss in
a “C” shape until it goes under the gums slightly and gently.
- Repeat this between each tooth, careful not to tear any of the gums.
- Note: Have your child use a new portion of the string for every tooth.
Have More Questions? Call The Szikman Dental Group, P.C.
The Atlanta dentists at The Szikman Dental Group, P.C. believe it is important
to start teaching your child proper oral hygiene from a young age. Not
only will this help your child develop good habits, but it will also promote
a healthy set of teeth and gums. Of course, this means less problems down the road!
If you have any questions regarding oral hygiene, or would like to bring
your child in for a checkup to ensure their teeth and gums are healthy,
contact our office today! We are passionate about creating beautiful smiles.