Kool Smiles Reviews Best Practices for Flossing

Flossing is one of the most important steps of keeping a healthy set of chompers. On average, only 49% of Americans floss daily and 1 out of 10 people never floss. But, did you know that flossing is more important than brushing in preventing gum disease and tooth loss.

Kool Smiles reviews flossing techniques so that we can show kids the best way to take care of their teeth and gums.

Flossing at least once a day can help clean plaque and food out from between teeth and can also lower a person’s chances of getting cavities. Parents should begin helping children floss as soon as the child’s teeth begin to touch. By teaching children healthy habits early and cheering them on, kids should begin enjoying flossing at an early age.

The Best Way to Floss

To make sure that your children are flossing correctly, follow these flossing best practices:

  • Use about an 18-inch piece of floss wrapped around the thumb and pointer finger giving about two inches of available floss between fingers.
  • Guide the floss carefully between every tooth. Slide the floss around the gap in between the teeth to make sure that all food or plaque is removed.
  • It’s important not to be too rough when flossing or the floss could cut into the gums.

Other Tips for Flossing

Picking the right kind of floss for your children can help them enjoy the process more. When choosing between waxed or unwaxed floss, not one is better for cleaning plaque than the other, but waxed floss is typically easier to slide between teeth. Flavored floss can be fun because it leaves your child’s mouth feeling fresh with fun flavors like mint or cinnamon. Flossing sticks can also help kids enjoy flossing if they don’t like the feel of floss wound around their fingers. Thicker flosses like ribbon floss does a better job of cleaning in between teeth because they can cover more area in between teeth and can feel more comfortable on your child’s fingers.

If you would like our friendly Kool Smiles dentists to review flossing or other dental health practices with your child, call us at (855) 854- 3621 to speak with one of friendly representatives. We want your child to show off their great smile!

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Sources:

Kool Smiles Blog: http://www.mykoolsmilesblog.com/make-flossing-your-new-years-resolution-infographic/#.VmE2kK6rSCR

Colgate.com: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/your-smile-flossing