The Best Ways to Teach Your Kids to Floss

Just like brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time, flossing every day is an important part of any oral hygiene routine. It is important to instill these habits in kids from a young age to ensure that their teeth develop healthy and strong.

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At Helotes Family Dental, many of our team are parents themselves and understands that sometimes, teaching children to floss can be difficult. Today, we’ve put together a list of tips to help you do so!

Start Early

As soon as your child has developed teeth that touch surfaces, it’s time to begin flossing. Take a short length of floss between your thumb and index finger and gently insert between each tooth, sliding it up and down. You’ll want to use a new section of floss for every tooth. Cleaning between the surfaces of teeth helps prevent cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. If you begin flossing when your child is young, you’ll help them grow accustomed to the process and create an easier transition when the time comes for them to begin flossing on their own.

Supervise Carefully

Once you believe your child is old enough to take over flossing on their own, you may want to supervise carefully, at least initially. Make sure your child is gentle and thorough as they floss each and every tooth.

Have Fun

While the floss dance is all the rage with kids right now, flossing teeth doesn’t have quite the same allure. You can make flossing more fun by allowing kids to choose their own floss flavors, opting for unique floss colors, or playing a fun song during floss time.

If you need more motivation to floss, remember that brushing alone misses around 40 percent of your tooth’s surface! Flossing helps clean those hard-to-reach areas where bacteria love to hide. To ask our team any questions about flossing or to schedule your next appointment to our office, contact us today!

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