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When Should Children Start Flossing

Flossing just like brushing is very important for your children’s dental hygiene and oral health. The area between teeth is very hard to reach with a toothbrush and that’s when flossing comes in handy. A dental floss is a thin thread which is used to prevent irritation of the gum by removing food particles that are trapped between teeth.

The best time for a child to start flossing is when their teeth fit close together. Most commonly this happens between ages of two and six. Introduce your child to flossing as early as possible to make it a habit along with brushing.

At the age of two your child won’t be able to floss alone. Parents are encouraged to do the flossing for them.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), flossing must be done at least once a day and preferably after meals. Bleeding from gums during flossing is common. Within a week your gums will get adjusted to flossing and bleeding will stop. If the gums continue to bleed please contact your dentist.

To properly floss your teeth please follow these steps:

  • Wrap 18 inches of dental floss around your middle finger of each hand.
  • Hold the floss with your thumb and forefinger.
  • Gently slide the floss between your teeth and curve it around the bone and let it reach below the gum line. Move the floss up and down carefully.
  • Repeat the same steps for the other side of the tooth.

If you have any questions when should your child start flossing, please feel free to contact Smiles on Greatwood Dentistry at (281) 937-7530 or email us at smilesongreatwood@yahoo.com.

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