Even the smallest mouths can benefit from making flossing a part of their regular dental care routines. And the earlier you can introduce healthy habits to children, the better. This is especially true for anything that has to do with their bodies or if you have a child who tends to resist anything new. Brushing your teeth is great , but it only get 60% of all food stuck in between their teeth which causes tooth decay.

Starting and practicing good habits now can help keep their teeth and gums healthy for decades to come.

When should a child start flossing?

To keep a child’s mouth healthy, parents should do the flossing until the child can do it on his or her own.  It may take a while for children to develop the skills to do it well, so starting early is key.

You do not need special floss, although the smooth type is usually easier to use. You may also want to try floss picks. These can be helpful if your child tends to squirm or resist flossing. The picks are also easier for the child to manage on his or her own, but some are too big for kid-sized mouths. If your child is calmer and doesn’t fight it too much, try using regular dental floss. It does a slightly better job because it can be wrapped around each tooth.

When flossing, be very gentle and thorough. Don’t be alarmed if your child’s gums bleed during flossing. This is quite normal and will likely happen more than once.  Just remember not to use too much force and the bleeding will eventually lessen or stop altogether.