Help your child floss

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February 9th, 2022

Flossing is an important part of any good oral health routine, and one that is often missed. Building positive oral health habits with your children at a young age will help them throughout their life.

Q: When should you start flossing your child’s teeth?

A: Typically, between the ages of 2 and 6, your child's primary teeth will come in closer together. Once the teeth are close together or touching, you should start flossing them. This will not only help keep their teeth healthy, but also get them used to flossing from a young age.

Q: How should you floss their teeth?

A: Take 18 inches of floss and wrap it around each middle finger—leave an inch of floss between. Then slide the floss between your child’s teeth. Carefully move it up and down the sides of each tooth and keep moving to new sections of floss as you switch teeth.
Illustration of 3 teeth smiling and wrapped in floss

Flossing can be tricky for kids, so it’s important to help them as they learn to do it on their own. As a general rule, once your child can tie their shoes on their own, it’s usually a good time to have them learn to floss on their own as well.

Flossing is key to strong oral health, so make sure you help your kids form healthy habits early in their lives!

Published: September 5, 2019

Revised: February 1, 2022

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