When Should Your Child Begin Flossing?
As a parent, your child’s health is constantly on the top of your mind. Whether it be what they eat, activities that benefit their health, and even your child’s dental health. Once your baby’s first tooth makes its appearance, the knowledge of brushing comes with it.
But when is it time to begin flossing your child’s teeth? The answer, once their teeth start to closely fit together. This will usually happen between two and six years old.
Flossing their teeth regularly will help stress the importance of flossing. It’s recommended to use floss that is soft and flexible so that it feels more comfortable on your child’s gums.
What Steps Should I Follow When Flossing My Child’s Teeth?
When the time comes for you to begin flossing your child’s teeth, try to follow these simple steps:
• Begin with taking roughly 18 inches of floss and wrap most of it loosely around each middle finger. Leave about an inch of floss between.
• Using your thumb and index fingers, hold the floss tightly and gently slide it down between your child’s teeth. Try to avoid snapping it down onto the gums.
• You want to begin to curve the floss around your child’s tooth creating a “C” shape. Begin gently moving the floss up and down each side of each tooth. Be sure to include under the gum line.
• Once that area is complete, unroll a new section of floss and move to the next tooth.
If you notice bleeding when you first begin flossing, don’t worry, this isn’t unusual. The bleeding should stop after a few days of flossing. But if you notice that the bleeding continues, consider talking to your dental professional. Are you looking for a family focused dental team, call Dentistry at Rea Village today 704.846.1401!