When should I start flossing my children's teeth?

Posted Jul 23rd, 2018

When should I start flossing my children's teeth?

If you've been wondering whether or not it's time to start flossing your children's teeth, look no further. We get asked this question a lot, so we decided to document this answer for our readers. 


When should I start flossing my child's teeth?

You should floss even your child’s baby (or primary teeth). Once your child’s teeth start to fit closely together, usually between the ages of two and six, flossing is an important part of their oral health.

When can children floss their teeth by themselves?

Until your child can floss their teeth on their own, you should help them floss to get them in the habit of flossing daily. Children are usually able to floss by themselves around the age of 10.

How can I help them learn to floss?

To stress the importance of flossing, and help them develop a good habit of flossing, do it for them regularly until they're able to do it themselves. You want to establish the healthy habit of daily flossing early, so that when their permanent teeth come in, they already have flossing worked into their daily routine. 

Use floss that is soft and flexible so that it doesn't hurt their teeth and is comfortable on their gums.

Flossing is so very important to have healthy gums and teeth, and it is better to start early then late.

Happy flossing!

Written by: Susan Kieswetter, Greeter


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