When you should begin flossing
Pediatric Dentistry of Pleasant Hill knows the importance of flossing and encourage everyone to floss daily. Did you know that if you are brushing alone you are only cleaning 60% of your teeth? That means you are missing 40% of your teeth’s surface. YES 40%!
Flossing is crucial because it gets food particles and plaque between the teeth that brushing misses. You should begin flossing your child’s teeth as soon as they have two teeth that touch. By the time your child reaches 10 years old, they should be able to floss on their own.
Your child may feel a little discomfort when you first start flossing, but it should not be painful. With daily brushing and flossing, the discomfort should ease within a week or two. If it continues to be painful, please give us a call at (925) 947-1188.
Benefits of flossing:
- Decreased risk of gum disease
- Better breath
- Removes plaque between teeth
- Polishes tooth surfaces
If you find it difficult to floss, consider a different flossing method. There are several different interdental cleaners on the market such as a wooden plaque remover, dental pick, or a pre-threaded flosser. It could also be that you simply need to try another type of dental floss – waxed, unwaxed, thick or comfort floss. Ask your dentist how to use them correctly to avoid injuring your gums.
Don’t give up, you are well on your way to a healthy mouth.
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