When Should My Kids Start Using Dental Floss?

Should your children be using dental floss? Yes. Flossing is just one healthy dental habit your kids can develop early and keep with them for life. You should help your kids begin to floss between the ages of 2 to 6, or when their teeth begin to fit closely together.

Learn More About Kids and Dental Floss

If you don’t know what to do with your kids when it comes to flossing, here are some important tips:

  • Start helping your children floss as soon as their primary teeth come in. 
  • Children can usually do the flossing themselves by age 10.
  • You can teach your kids to floss yourself, but your family dentist can do a better job teaching them how to get in between each tooth. Kool Smiles dentists are experienced in teaching kids about their teeth and can properly show your kids the best flossing methods.

Flossing is an important part of avoiding cavities. If cavities are left untreated, they can cause a lot of pain and other problems in your child’s mouth.

Untreated cavities in baby teeth can also lead to problems in adult teeth because the infection can spread to the adult teeth that are still forming underneath the gums. The infection can even spread into the blood which can be especially dangerous if it reaches the brain or heart. By helping your children floss, you can help them can avoid these problems. 

Kool Smiles Dentists Teach Healthy Dental Habits

To learn more about your kid’s dental health and how you can help keep his or her teeth clean, visit your local Kool Smiles office today. You can call us at (855) 854-3621 to make an appointment at one of our many locations around the country.

We accept Medicaid, Tricare, SCHIP and many other forms of insurance, and we have fun, brightly decorated waiting rooms for kids to relax and play in. Kool Smiles makes kids happy while keeping their teeth healthy!

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Sources:

Oral B: http://www.oralb.com/topics/when-to-start-flossing.aspx