If you have been to the dentist lately (or ever), you know the dental hygienist will ask if you’ve been flossing regularly. Although most of us attempt to take good care of our teeth, flossing is almost always neglected when it comes to dental care. The dental hygienist reminding you to floss at a regular check-up is good, but developing a habit of flossing starts at a young age. Most people brush twice a day, but it is also essential to floss once a day and is best to floss before brushing the teeth. Without flossing, it is impossible to properly clean between teeth and under the gums.

Importance of Flossing for Children

As soon as your child has two teeth that touch, it is a good idea to start flossing their teeth so they cultivate the habit of flossing. Baby teeth have spaces between them initially, but by age three most children will have all of their primary teeth. Flossing helps to ensure they have optimal oral health and prevent cavities in baby teeth. Even though a child’s baby teeth will eventually fall out, primary teeth allow children to chew food and speak clearly. Even though children will not develop the coordination to floss on their own teeth for a few years, helping kids learn good dental care will give them with optimal dental health, help prevent other diseases and save
money on future medical costs.