A+ Dental

Houston Pediatric Specialists

At A+ Dental, we know how important flossing can be.

Brushing alone will not be able to remove all the food debris and bacteria that can be found in between a child’s teeth.

In fact, as soon as children are toddlers and their molars begin to contact each other, it is important to start flossing. Flossing is a good supplemental activity to teach a child in order to keep their mouth clean and free from tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. We recommend flossing at least once a day, ideally at bedtime.

Instructions on how to floss are as follows:

  • Cut off about 18 to 20 inches of floss;
  • Wrap each end of the floss lightly, several times around each of the child’s middle fingers and use the thumb and forefinger for control
  • Form a “C” shape with the floss held on one side of the tooth, and gently slide up and down below the gumline. Repeat for the other tooth and rest of mouth.

These days, the simplest way to get children to floss is by using commercially available floss picks. These have a small amount of floss on a stick and can be easily slipped into the proximal surfaces of each tooth.

Children may be able to floss on their own, however, many lack the proper hand skills to properly complete the task. Parental supervision is very important during the years that they are starting to learn how to floss on their own.