Oral care for children is just as important as adults. Getting your children to brush and floss regularly is not easy. Most children, even those who brush daily, do not floss as much as they should. While you may be tempted to bribe your children with treats or toys, there are other ways you can make flossing fun.
How to Get Kids to Floss Regularly
Your family dentist in Calgary will monitor your child’s mouth for plaque buildup and signs of cavities, but you can ensure good dental hygiene by getting them to take care of their teeth and gums. Some ways to do that include:
- Starting Early – Flossing is a habit that should be established early; just like brushing. Do not force your kids, but encourage them to make it part of their daily routine.
- Use a Flossing and Brushing Chart – Kids work great when they know there is a reward. Rewards do not have to be treats. Instead, you could use a brushing/flossing chart. It reminds children to brush and floss and when they complete a week, they can get a non-monetary reward, such as staying up late, watching a movie, a fun sticker on their chart, etc.
- Set the Example – Getting your kids to floss is easier if they see you do it every day.
- Help Them – Children under eight should be monitored while brushing and flossing. Kids have a tendency to brush along the surface, but not reach the gums. With flossing, they do not have the dexterity to reach their back molars. You can help them reach all around the mouth.
- Make it Fun – Accessories, such as character or branded toothbrushes, an app that seconds as a brushing timer, or flavoured toothpastes and floss can make flossing and brushing fun. Your dentist in Calgary may know of other accessories out there for kids too.
- Use Kid-Friendly Floss – Kid-friendly floss sticks come in all colours and characters. These are easier for children to use than traditional strings of floss, especially for small hands.
Abougoush Family Dental Care is currently accepting new patients. As your Calgary pediatric dentist, we can help monitor your child’s teeth development and gum health. Parent and child visits are welcome; we are here to make dental care fun for the entire family.