You want me to floss?

It is common knowledge that every dentist recommends daily flossing, but most people rarely ,if ever, floss. My father used to joke that he flossed his teeth twice a year–when the hygienist cleaned his teeth.

So what’s the point? Why and when do I need to start flossing my child’s teeth? There is no particular age in children when a parent needs to start flossing. The appropriate time is when there are no spaces between the teeth. Once the teeth are in contact, the toothbrush can no longer effectively clean between the teeth. Floss helps break up the food and bacteria that collect between the teeth that can cause cavities and gum disease. Flossing is the best way to reduce the occurrence of cavities between the teeth!

If your child is too young to floss on his or her own, then it is necessary for you to help him or her floss. Our office recommends waxed floss picks to parents that have difficulty flossing in their child’s small mouth. Please don’t avoid flossing on your young child as it is very important for oral health. Baby teeth are very susceptible to getting cavities between the teeth because of the shape of the contacts.

Call our office today to schedule an appointment or ask any questions you may have about flossing. We will be happy to show you flossing tips at your next dental appointment.

Dr. Herrin

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