Flossing is an incredibly important part of proper dental care, but many kids either forget or entirely skip this step. Even if baby teeth do eventually fall out, it’s essential to reinforce good dental habits earlier on. Although you may think that it is not necessary to emphasize dental habits until adult teeth begin to come in around age six, baby teeth act as placeholders for the permanent teeth, and damage to them can cause dental diseases later. Use these tips to help your kids learn to floss properly so you can set them up on a path to good dental health.
As soon as your children’s teeth start to grow in, they could be at risk of developing dental diseases. Kids should begin flossing as soon as they have two teeth that have grown in next to each other, and ideally, they should be able to floss independently by age six or seven.
When your kids first start learning how to floss, they may struggle with properly holding floss in a way that will still be effective. Look for pre-strung dental floss picks if you notice your kids having a hard time with flossing. These picks are disposable and often help kids know when they need to move onto a new one to avoid the spreading of germs.
Sometimes, kids can want to skip on important preventative care methods like regular brushing and flossing because they see it as boring. To help them, make flossing fun by letting them pick out their oral hygiene products, and getting them excited for their dentist visits. If you’re able to make flossing a fun and exciting part of your kid’s daily routine, eventually you won’t have to remind them to floss at all. They’ll be able and willing to do this regular task on their own without needing to be reminded nearly as frequently.
Flossing is an important part of your children’s daily hygiene, and using these tips can get them started on the right path earlier on. For more information on flossing tips and tricks to help your kids take care of their teeth, talk to your local dentist.