Kingsport Pediatric Dentistry

ON THE LONG list of things parents need to teach their kids in childhood is proper flossing, but plenty of adults don’t know the best techniques themselves! We’re here to help. Daily flossing should be a priority for anyone with two teeth that touch each other because brushing alone cannot remove the plaque and food debris in those spaces. The longer it remains and builds up, the more it contributes to gum disease, cavities, and worse.

Helping Your Child with Flossing Daily

Parents should floss their child’s teeth for them until they have the dexterity to do it themselves. Make it part of the daily routine. Explain that flossing matters for keeping their smile healthy, and flossing is something big kids do like tying their shoes. Floss picks can also make the process easier instead of using just string floss.
Many adults do not follow this healthy habit. Statistics say that 4 in 10 adults floss daily. And even 20 percent of Americans never floss at all. Help your child built healthy habits so that when they are grown, they fall into that healthy group of adults.

The Proper Flossing Technique Makes a Difference

Good flossing technique starts with pulling out about a foot and a half of floss and wrapping it loosely around the middle fingers, with an inch or two left in the middle to slip between the teeth. Don’t just snap the floss down onto the gums, curve it around each tooth in a C-shape and gently work down. Then rotate the floss along so that it’s always clean floss being used for each new gap. Dirty floss won’t clean teeth!

Flossing with Braces Can be Tricky

It’s very important to continue the healthy habit of flossing once your child gets braces. Food can not only get stuck between the teeth, but it can also get stuck around the brackets. Help your child build the skill of threading the floss between the main wire and their teeth so that they can properly floss between each tooth. This is easiest when using waxed dental floss. Carefully move from tooth to tooth being sure to not pull on the wire. No one wants the wire to pop out of the brackets. If a wire pops out, a lose end can cause quite a bit of discomfort poking at the gums. Move slowly during this process being sure to get between each of the teeth. This process can take 10-15 minutes as your child is building the flossing skill.

The Dentist Can Help!

Incorporating proper flossing techniques into your child’s daily routine is essential for their long-term oral health. If you’re unsure about the correct flossing method or want a demonstration, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. We’re dedicated to ensuring your child learns to floss effectively and confidently. Let us guide you through the process and make flossing a seamless part of their oral care regimen.

Together, we can train a new generation of effective flossers!

Kingsport Pediatric Dentistry provides dental services for children and adolescents in the East Tennessee Area. We strive to provide a fun, caring, and child-friendly environment. We are here to help your children form healthy oral hygiene habits and help them take care of their teeth. We are conveniently located in Kingsport at 1741 Moreland Drive. To make an appointment with one of Kingsport Pediatric Dentistry‘s doctors, please call: 423-247-1994.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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