When it comes to caring for and preserving your oral health, you’ll want to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss between them (and around the gum line) at least once a day (preferably right before you go to bed for the night). This daily habit, combined with twice-yearly dental cleanings and exams, will help you and your family’s smiles last a lifetime!
Flossing Tips for Kids
Try these tips and tricks to get your kids to floss:
- Motivate them with a sticker chart in the bathroom to help them track how many days in a row they flossed.
- Reward them with an additional bedtime story, allowing them to stay up later on the weekend and make up stories with flossing adventures (how evil oral bacteria are vanquished by the flossing hero).
- Flossing your own teeth with your child while they floss theirs sets a good example and makes this time fun for you both!
- Praise their efforts and successes to keep them motivated along the way.
- Provide them with flossing tools they have the dexterity to use and like using so it’s fun.
Kid-Friendly Flossing Tools
Kids like using floss picks because they are easy to use and can come in fun shapes like zoo animals and sea creatures. If your child is old enough, a water flosser is also a great way to irrigate between teeth and around their gums to get rid of that sticky biofilm (plaque) and trapped food particles. A water flosser cleans the hard-to-reach areas of the mouth, even getting rid of plaque below the gum line.
Adult Flossing Tools
-Classic string floss comes in gauzy or glossy: As a monofilament, it won’t shred, rip or tear while using it. Nylon floss is popular and available in different thicknesses and flavors and can be waxed or unwaxed. Spongy or Super Floss is perfect when you are wearing braces, bridges, or have wide gaps between teeth. These are great to use when spaces between teeth are tight.
-Flosser sticks: These are a small, single-use flossing tool that is easy to use, having a plastic body with a curved tip and a short string of dental floss. Hold the stick-end with your index, middle, and thumb finger and guide the floss between the areas you want to floss, moving it gently up and down between tight spaces.
-Flosser sticks with soft, dental picks: These are gentle picks that offer access to more areas in your mouth. They are good if you tend to avoid flossing or have interdental spaces that are bigger because of lost periodontal support, bridges, or implants.
-Water flosser: These oral irrigators use a stream of pulsating water to clear away plaque and food particles stuck between your gums and teeth. These are great for reducing gingivitis and they are ideal if you have sensitive teeth.
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Whichever option you choose for yourself or your family, make sure that the flossing tool of choice comes with the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of acceptance. This means the product is safe to use and actually does what it claims to do so you know it is reliable. If you have any questions or concerns about flossing or dental care in general, please give our Sierra Oaks Dental Team a call in Sacramento, CA, at (916) 481-2000!