Helping Your Child Floss

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If you have kids, you know how difficult it can be to teach good brushing habits. It can take many sessions at the sink to help them learn how to hold a brush, how much toothpaste to use and how to reach all their teeth. Flossing helps polish teeth, fights the development of plaque and keeps bad breath at bay. It’s never too late to start flossing, but the earlier your kids get into the habit, the better. Flossing can actually be a fun and easy extension of your kids’ oral care routine. Read below for some great tips to keep your child flossing consistently. 

Chart Their Progress

Having a flossing chart in the bathroom is a great reminder for kids to floss at least once a day. Have your kids use their favorite stickers to count how many days in a row they floss. Use non-monetary incentives such as staying up a little later on the weekends or an extra story at bedtime as a weekly finishing line. If they see something fun at the end of the tunnel, they’ll be even more motivated to keep flossing. Download your FREE PRINTABLE TEETH CARE CHART, and hang in your child’s bathroom as a daily reminder.

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FREE FLOSSING CHART

Make it Fun!

  • Choose short, snappy songs to play during flossing time. Find a steady but slow beat (flossing back and forth too fast can damage gums) to help kids move their hands in time to the floss. In the beginning, you’ll want them to get comfortable with the floss against their teeth and gums, but as kids get used to flossing, make sure they’re using the proper technique.
  • Kids love a battle between good and evil. What better way to grab their attention than to make up an adventure story involving evil bacteria and the mighty power of floss. The best part about this story is they get to control the hero by, you guessed it, flossing!
  • Kids love to look in their mouths, so use that curiosity to your advantage. Help your children learn to count their teeth while flossing. Since little kids have 20 teeth in their mouths, flossing can help them learn to count up to what sounds like a huge number to them.

Floss Sticks

Easy to hold and use, kid-friendly floss sticks are available in a wide variety of colors and characters. They come in packs of about 50 to 100 sticks, so children have plenty to practice with. Since the sticks are on the small side, kids might need two per flossing session — one each for the upper and lower teeth. Make sure your kids know to throw away the sticks (and any other type of floss) after each use of course.

Set an Example

What better way to show a great example of health to your children than by being proactive with your own teeth? Brushing and flossing your teeth alongside your kids will reinforce good habits to them, and following up on their oral care is a great reminder to keep up with your own. Teaching them to properly care for their mouth sets the foundation for a lifetime of healthy teeth.

Don’t worry if your child’s gums bleed at first—this is quite common. After a few days of flossing, the bleeding should stop as their gums become healthier. If the bleeding persists, please give us a call or request an appointment below.

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