Besides the obvious of brushing your children’s teeth twice a day, it is so important that you or them are properly flossing. Just like with adults, flossing is essential in keeping a child’s teeth and gums healthy.
Flossing has many positive benefits including, preventing tooth decay, gum disease, bath breath and tarter build-up to name a few. But unfortunately, many children don’t have the motivation or discipline that flossing takes to be doing it properly on a regular basis. Here are a few ways to work around that conflict:
DenTek Fun Flossers makes flossing fun for kids. This type of floss comes equipped with a wild-berry flavor to make flossing tasty and comes pre-strung with wide textured handles specifically made for small fingers. All they have to do is hold the flosser firmly between the thumb and index finger. Using a gentle back-and-forth motion, slide floss between teeth. Move up & down against tooth to clean above & below the gum line. Repeat steps for each tooth. Discard after use.
For kids over the age of 6, an alternative to typical, manual floss is the Waterpik WP-260 Water Flosser for kids. It features a simple small design that makes flossing with an oral irrigator way easy. Other benefits of the machine include a very safe, shock-proof electrical design, easy fingertip controls on the On/Off switch and the Pressure Control System. Additionally, it comes with a reservoir that can be used as a cover to keep the unit clean and includes one Orthodontic Tip for braces and one Classic Jet Tip for general cleaning. Lastly, it comes with 20 innovative and cute removable cling decals that are a fun way to personalize the flossing machine.
No matter which type of method you use, it is extremely essential and important that children are including flossing into their daily routines. To learn more about which method is the right one for your family, contact your local Gentle Dental dentist at 1-888-513-7436 and visit our Facebook page to play our Pediatric Dentistry Trivia Game Contest where you can win a $10 Publix Gift Card!