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When to Start Your Children’s Flossing Routine

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Most children can floss their teeth without assistance by the age of ten, but to help them develop good dental care habits early, start a daily flossing routine while they still have their primary teeth. Between the ages of two and six, when teeth start to fit more closely together, flossing between them becomes even more important for maintaining dental health. As your children develop more dexterity, you can begin teaching them how to floss on their own. By the time permanent teeth erupt completely, flossing will be an integral part of their day.

To teach your children the correct flossing technique, start by choosing a soft dental floss that won’t irritate their sensitive gums or cause any damage to newly forming teeth. In the early training stages, tying the floss into small circles to fit over the child’s fingers can help ensure a good grip.

 Once holding the floss becomes familiar, teach your child to remove approximately 18 inches of floss, and then wrap it loosely around each of your child’s middle fingers, leaving about one inch of floss between them.

Show your child how to slide the floss gently between teeth while holding it taut with a thumb and index finger. Avoid snapping the floss down onto gums. Next, have your child form a C-shaped curve with the floss and move it gently up and down between each tooth and under the gum line. When it’s time to move to the next tooth, use a new section of floss. 

Don’t be alarmed if some bleeding occurs. This is common, and it should stop after a few days as gum health improves.

If bleeding continues, or your child’s gums become painful or swollen, seek advice from your dentist in St. Clair Shores as soon as possible.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in St. Clair Shores, call Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores today at (248) 850-1809 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in St. Clair Shores. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores.

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