Your teeth need to be flossed at least once a day, and this is the same case with your child’s teeth. Baby teeth are important for speaking, chewing, and acting as a placeholder for permanent teeth, so it is very important that they are kept healthy through good oral hygiene practices. However, you may find that regularly flossing teeth is difficult to do for yourself, let alone for your child. How are you supposed to do it?
Here are the basic steps to a proper floss for both children and adults:
- Pull out about 18 inches of floss.
- Wrap this floss around both of your middle fingers.
- Pinch the floss between your forefingers and thumbs, leaving an inch of space between.
- Gently rub the floss up between the teeth, being careful not to snap it against the gums.
- When you reach the gum line, curve the floss into a C shape away from the gums and gently rub it against the tooth.
These steps may seem simple and efficient until you attempt to perform them on an unruly child. Children won’t have enough manual dexterity to floss their own teeth well until they are about the age of ten. So how can a parent floss their children’s teeth until that point?
There are flossing tools and interdental cleaners which you can use that will make cleaning between your child’s teeth an easier and quicker process. Also remember that imperfectly flossing teeth is better than no flossing at all. By flossing your child’s teeth daily, you will help them learn good oral hygiene habits.