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5 Ways To Get Your Child To Floss Milton, GA
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If you are a parent, you know the battles that can arise during the bedtime routine.  It may be tempting to dismiss your child’s need to floss after tackling the bath, brushing their teeth and other nightly activities. However, flossing is in integral part of protecting your child’s smile.  Don’t let the challenge keep you from making sure this task gets done each day.

Flossing cleans up to 35% of a tooth’s surface that a toothbrush cannot reach.  It is a critical step to prevent gum disease and tooth decay, regardless of your age. If you dismiss the importance of flossing when your kids are young, they are likely to grow up to be one of the many Americans who report that they do not floss on a regular basis.

It is up to parents to initiate ways to make flossing an easier and more positive experience in their household.  Just as every child’s smile is different, your child may have a unique method that motivates him or her best. Here are some helpful tips that can get your child to floss on a regular basis:

Use A Chart – Let your child help you design a fun chart so that they can actually see their success.  Getting to put a sticker on their chart each day is great motivation for small children.  You can even offer a reward at the end of the month for a job well done – just try to use a reward that doesn’t involve candy!

Make it Fun – Sing a song or play a game while flossing.  Creativity and fun can bring positive reinforcement to a monotonous oral hygiene routine.

Invest in a New Product – There are many flossing products out there that are designed for just for kids. You can find trendy and colorful flossing tools that make the task easier and more inviting.

Let Your Dentist Do the Talking – Some children, especially if they are more mature, are better motivated by another adult.  Ask your child’s dentist to explain the consequences of not flossing and help keep them accountable.

Lead by Example – Perhaps one of the most important things you can do to motivate your child to floss is to floss yourself.  Let them see you taking care of your teeth on a daily basis so they will imitate your behavior.

Remember that flossing requires coordination and dexterity to be effective.  Therefore, if your child cannot tie his or her own shoe, you probably still need to be flossing for them.  At Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry, we are dedicated to your child’s oral health.  We are happy to help you find ways that will encourage your kids to floss more.  It may take some extra planning or time, but the health of your child’s smile is worth it!

Posted on behalf of Georgia Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry

13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004

Phone: (770) 521-2100

Mon – Fri: 8:30am – 5:00pm

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