When Should My Children Start Flossing?

Posted By The Szikman Dental Group, P.C. || 6-Oct-2015

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 asked questions.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Next, have your child wrap both ends of the floss around the middle fingers while keeping their index fingers inside the circles.
  3. Make sure that your child has about one inch of floss between each hand.
  4. 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.
  5. Repeat this between each tooth, careful not to tear any of the gums.
  6. 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.