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Children's Dental Care: Flossing

AM Hopkins

Although brushing is the focal point of your child's daily dental routine, flossing is just as important. Flossing helps to remove the food particles and plaque that build up between the teeth and gumline that a toothbrush typically can't reach. Incorporating flossing into your children's dental care routine should start once their teeth are in contact with each other. Establishing healthy habits early on is a prelude to a lifetime of good dental care practices. Here are few tips to get your child excited about flossing.

Create a Progress Calendar

Most children love having a visual reference of their achievements. A creative way to display the achievements of your children's dental care routine is to create a progress calendar. Create a calendar that you can hang on the bathroom wall and allow children to place a sticker on it each day after flossing. To make it even more exciting, offer an award for an entire month of stickers, a movie night or later bed time are great motivators.

Lead by Example

The best way to stress the importance of flossing is to make sure that it's a part of your daily dental care routine. Flossing in front of your children helps emphasize the necessity of practicing healthy oral hygiene habits. Remember, the skills you incorporate into your child's dental routine today set the foundation for a lifetime. Learn more about the proper way to floss in the Colgate Oral Care resources section.

Consider Kid-Friendly Floss Options

Most dentists recommend using an 18-inch piece of floss to properly clean your teeth. However, for smaller hands, this can sometimes prove to be difficult. Floss holders for children also referred to as Kids Flossers are a great way to introduce children to flossing because they are much easier for their smaller hands to maneuver. Kid's Flossers are available in a variety of colors and styles.

Have Some Fun

Flossing routines transformed from a duty to a fun-filled event can make it an enjoyable experience for your child. Make up a story about the nasty and evil bacteria that live in their mouth and the awesome floss hero that has come to save the day. This will allow your child to have a good time while still focusing on something important.

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