Flossing is often harder to get kids (and parents) to do regularly than brushing. However, when it comes to preventing gum disease flossing is just as important if not more important than brushing. Here are a few tips we highly recommend for kids of all ages to improve their flossing.
When you floss, you should floss gently. And you should not snap the floss. Normally as you floss between two teeth you will feel some resistance at the point where your two teeth touch. If you use to much force the floss will snap and can hurt your gums. Instead, you should ease the floss towards your gum line. Conversely, some kids don’t floss past the point where they feel the resistance, it is important to get all the way up to the gumline to get plaque and food that are stuck in your teeth.
Another common mistake made when flossing is to floss too quickly. Many kids pop the floss between their teeth and then remove the floss without actually cleaning their teeth. Whenever you floss you should follow these motions. First, place the floss in the gap between two teeth, then press gently until the floss is touching your gumline. Then rub the floss forward against one tooth and then back against the other tooth. Make sure to always floss both sides of every tooth even in there is a gap between your teeth.
The most important factor in your child’s flossing habits is if they have a good role model in the home. When your kids are young it is helpful to floss with them and see that it is a part of your daily habits. By flossing and brushing regularly you can encourage your children to do it as well. More importantly, flossing with your kids can help you notice if your kids are flossing properly or not. Make sure they floss all of their teeth, use the right length of floss, and floss gently.
All Pro Dental is a pediatric dentistry in Revere, Massachusetts. We see hundreds of kids every year and help them develop better brushing and flossing habits. We know that one of the most important things you can do for a kid is to demonstrate proper brushing and flossing. That is why our hygienists always help kids learn more about proper oral care. If your child needs a dental cleaning please contact us to set up an appointment.