Tips for Flossing
Brushing your teeth only does so much to prevent tooth decay. Plaque also builds up in between the teeth, in areas that cannot be reached with the bristles of a brush. We floss these areas to reduce plaque buildup and remove food debris as well as prevent gum disease.
Still, flossing is one of the most neglected areas of oral hygiene, especially with children. At Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry, we strive to educate children on the importance of brushing and flossing. It all begins with the proper technique.
The Proper Flossing Technique
It will help if you begin flossing your child’s teeth as soon as they erupt. However, it is important to remember why you are doing it. Flossing to remove plaque and food debris can help you implement the proper technique.
The basic principles include:
Common Flossing Mistakes
Our goal is to stop the spread of bacteria between and around your child’s teeth. These bacteria feed on sugars and other simple carbohydrates, causing them to produce the acids that eat away at enamel. The proper flossing technique can help keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay.
The most common flossing mistakes include:
Using a Flosser
Many children struggle with flossing. The type of floss you buy your child should be kid-friendly. Sometimes, we recommend using a hand-held flosser, which can be much easier for young children to handle at first. Just be sure your child still implements the proper technique while using their flosser.
Schedule Your Child’s Appointment
Regular checkups and professional cleanings are vital to your child’s oral health. Call 406-224-4272 to schedule an appointment now!