If you are unsure of how to go about flossing with your child, your neighborhood Boca Raton Children’s Dentistry is here to help! Read on to learn all about introducing your child to healthy flossing habits.
What’s the Best Way to Floss?
Before you start your child off with flossing, it is important to know the best flossing technique. To start, wrap about 18 inches of floss around both middle fingers, leaving a couple inches of floss between them. Keeping it taut, slide the floss between your teeth with your thumb and index fingers. Then, bend the floss around each tooth in a ‘C’ shape. Continue moving the floss up and down the sides of each tooth and under the gum line for efficient cleaning.
When is My Child Ready to Floss?
Flossing helps to remove food from between teeth that can lead to tartar. That is why it is important to floss with your child as soon as their baby teeth start fitting close together. This is typically between the ages of two and six.
If floss sticks a little when placed between baby teeth, your child is ready to begin. Parents can floss for their children until they are able to do it themselves. After flossing together, your child will be more comfortable with flossing every day.
What Else Should I Watch Out For?
The floss you use with your child should be soft and flexible so that it does not hurt your child’s gums. If a little bleeding occurs, this is normal and should stop as gums become healthier. However, you should contact your pediatric dentist if there is more than a little bleeding the first few times your child flosses.
Learn More About Flossing from Your Boca Raton Children’s Dentistry
At Palm Beach Pediatric Dentistry, we believe in a wholistic approach to your child’s oral health. Flossing is just one of the many ways to keep your child’s teeth and body healthy. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about how to achieve your child’s optimal oral health!