Developing good oral habits and a consistent oral hygiene routine when your child is young increases the chances your child will keep those good habits throughout adulthood. Along with brushing and regular trips to the dentist, flossing is one of the cornerstones of an effective oral hygiene routine.
Ideally, to maintain proper gum health, you should start flossing your child’s teeth as soon as their first teeth emerge. When a child can start flossing their own teeth really depends on their fine motor skills and their overall attitude towards oral hygiene.
Brushing and flossing with your child helps set an example for them to follow later on when they are ready to floss their own teeth. Try to keep things fun. Having a brushing and flossing song to sing beforehand helps define expectations. Giving them stickers or gold stars to put on the calendar serves as long term recognition of a job well done.
A simple floss stick with waxed floss can also help children that are struggling with the fine motor skills needed to get a firm hold a piece of dental floss. The stick is a easy to hold and helps them feel comfortable and confident with the process.
If you have questions about how or when to introduce your child to flossing, please feel free to call us at 270.282.0909 or ask about it at your next appointment. We look forward to seeing you!