If you have a child who is growing teeth, it’s crucial to help them develop healthy dental habits early
in their lives. While brushing teeth is seen as the primary form of dental care, flossing is also a critical
component of any comprehensive oral health routine.
It’s essential to teach your children how to floss from a young age. You will need to help them
before they develop the skills to floss on their own. Flossing can help remove unwanted food and
debris from between your children’s teeth – it can also help tackle bad breath.
When Should My Child Start Flossing?
Your children should begin flossing when their teeth start to touch one another – this is when debris
will begin to get caught within your children’s teeth. This is typically around the age of two or three.
You will most likely need to assist your children with flossing until they are around the age of eight.
If you’re not sure if your children should begin flossing, make sure to ask your family dentist.
What Are Appropriate Flossing Methods for Children?
When you’re flossing for your children, we suggest that you take about a 1 ½ feet of floss and wrap
the ends around your two index fingers. Continue to wrap the floss around your index fingers until
the remaining floss is just a few inches long. Next, push the floss gently between two of your
children’s teeth and begin smoothly moving the floss back-and-forth to displace any debris or
plaque. You should bend the floss slightly to ensure you’re removing as much build-up as possible –
the floss will likely resemble a ‘C’ during this process.
Being as gentle as possible is essential. You want to get between the teeth and the gums for
effective cleaning, but you don’t want to damage your children’s mouth or make the experience