Your Child Should Still Floss!

flossing important for children

Recent news articles have questioned whether flossing is beneficial. If you’ve been wondering whether or not to floss, our board certified pediatric dentists want to encourage you to keep flossing!

Why is flossing important?

Flossing is important because, like brushing your teeth, it has many benefits for your child’s dental hygiene and oral health. Actually, you can think of dental floss as a toothbrush’s sidekick.

Floss is used to reach areas between teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing removes excess food particles and plaque from your child’s teeth and helps to prevent redness and soreness of the gums.

At What Age Should My Child Start Flossing Their Teeth?

Teaching your child about dental care from a young age can have a significant impact on their oral hygiene as they grow older. Once a child’s teeth start to fit closely together, parents should help children floss daily. Until your child can wrap the floss around their fingers, try flossing sticks. We recommend that you supervise your child’s brushing and flossing routine until they are old enough to do it on their own.

How Often Should My Child Floss Their Teeth

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends flossing your teeth at least once a day, before or after meals. If your child’s gums bleed a little when flossing, don’t worry, this is common. After a few days, the gums will adjust to flossing, and the bleeding should stop. However, if you notice that the bleeding persists, please contact us.

Need Some Flossing Tips? We Love to Make Kids Smile!

Schedule an appointment at one of our five convenient locations, and we’ll show you some quick, easy flossing tips. Learn more about caring for your child’s teeth in our free guide “Growing Healthy Smiles.”