Do Kids Really Need To Floss?
In our last blog, we looked at how children need to brush properly to protect kids from cavities and gingivitis. But in addition to cleaning the surfaces of their teeth, kids need to clean between them too. In today’s blog, your Dallas, TX, pediatric dentist talks about tips for better flossing.
The Dangers of Not Cleaning Between Your Teeth
Even if your child brushes his or her teeth daily, this doesn’t reach between the teeth to remove trapped bits of food, especially those also lodged in the gum line. Bacteria will then consume the particles, a process that elevates oral acidity and coats the teeth in plaque. This buildup is linked to bad breath, stained teeth, and yes, a higher risk of tooth decay and gingivitis. Which is why steps need to be taken to reach these portions of your smile.
Choosing The Best Flossing Option
Teeth need to be cleaned between as soon as they sit side-by-side. There are a number of options available. For toddlers and young kids, a pick is often easier for them to use. As they grow older, they can graduate to tape once their dexterity improves. You can also purchase water flossers as well. The point is to clean up and down each side of every tooth, and dip below the gum line in a “c” motion, reaching and removing what has become trapped.
Helping Your Kids
You will need to do this for babies and young toddlers, and as your kids grow, you may monitor them to ensure they clean properly. You brush and floss with them, or download a fun app or song to make the process fun and keep them from rushing through it. Starting at a young age could help them continue to floss in adulthood, a time in which lack of cleaning in between the teeth could mean gingivitis, gum disease, and even tooth loss if periodontitis forms.
See Us Soon!
To make sure everyone is caring for their smiles as they should, and to keep an eye out for possible areas of concern, kids need to undergo a checkup and cleaning every six months. If your child has undergone one yet in 2022, then schedule their next visit today! We would love to help your little ones enjoy good oral health and bright smiles. If you have any questions about protecting little smiles from home, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Any Questions About Caring for Your Smile?
We would like to help your children avoid poor oral health and enjoy a smile free of tooth decay and gingivitis. Set up an appointment with us by contacting your Dallas, TX pediatric dentist, Dr. Marr, by calling (214) 321-4880.
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