When we mention the fact that we would like to review a few flossing reminders to make dental hygiene easier for you and your kiddos, this may sound like music to your ears. You know, of course, that your children need to floss (and that adults need to floss, too). You are already aware that flossing should be thorough and should take place once daily. However, in some cases, it’s not always that easy. It makes it tempting to let your kiddos skip a session every now and then, to get creative with other methods, and more. Good news: Our Dallas, TX team has some help on the way to clear up any confusion and to make this sometimes challenging part of smile protection simpler and more effective!
#1: Remember That Brushing Isn’t Enough
You will notice during cleanings and checkups that we remove plaque from your children’s teeth, we brush them, and we floss them, too! The reason we do so? Brushing isn’t enough. So, don’t suggest to your kids that if they are very thorough with brushing during dental hygiene that they can skip flossing. Don’t reward your little ones with a chance to skip out on flossing either! While it may seem that occasional missed flossing sessions are no big deal, they can actually lead to serious consequences (and bad habits).
#2: Go Ahead And Use Child Flossers
Having some problems using traditional dental floss, as you try to floss your child’s smile? Does your little one have some trouble managing this part of smile care? Perhaps you also wish you had an easier way to let your kiddos floss when you’re out and about but tearing off a long strand of floss isn’t really that convenient. Enter: Child flossers! Also referred to as floss picks, they are small, plastic, disposable devices that stretch a single strand of floss across one end. They come in fun colors and flavors, often include fluoride, and are extremely easy for parents and kids to use during dental hygiene! We encourage you to check them out!
#3: Make Flossing With Braces Easy: Use A Water Flosser!
One of the bigger concerns we find parents facing in regard to flossing? Children wearing braces often deal with quite a challenge when trying to floss. Not only do your kids have to try to floss their teeth but they are also up against food and debris stuck around and between brackets and beneath wires! We suggest you think about introducing a water flosser into the dental hygiene experience. By relying on a powerful yet safe stream of water to dislodge food and plaque, your child can much more easily navigate his or her smile, while working toward a clean grin and optimal oral health. This means problems like tooth decay, gum disease, and more are far less likely to occur during this otherwise exciting time!
Promote Best Dental Hygiene Practices
Doing your best to introduce the right products and ideas to your kids when you’re striving for optimal dental hygiene can feel a bit tricky at times! As a result, we invite you to ask for help whenever you need it! Schedule a visit with your Dallas, TX children’s dentist, Dr. Marr at Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda by calling 214-321-4880. We proudly welcome patients from Dallas, TX, and all surrounding communities, including Casa Linda, Lakewood, Lake Highlands, and more.