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Alongside brushing at least twice a day, dental floss cleans hard-to-reach places between children’s teeth and gums, which toothbrushes can’t reach. Teaching your children how to floss their teeth is a good habit to get into at an early age, as part of their daily dental routine.

Starting flossing is advised when two of their teeth begin to touch, usually between the age of 2-3. Introducing the concept of flossing young, helps make form good oral habits – the earlier healthy habits start, the better!

Be patient when you introduce flossing – you can use traditional dental floss or floss picks – and always remember to be gentle. Your child may initially complain that flossing is uncomfortable, but their gums will become healthier and less sensitive the more consistently you floss.

It can help letting your child watch you floss your own teeth – and over time children will learn to do it themselves independently.

Removing food particles between teeth helps prevent cavities, bad breath, and gum disease, as food trapped between teeth is a breeding ground for bacteria.

Taking proper care of baby teeth through brushing and flossing lays a strong foundation for a healthy smile and teaches healthy habits for a lifetime.


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