Flossing can be seen as a chore, especially by rambunctious kids on the go. Understanding the importance of dental hygiene and daily care can be difficult to instill at first. But, the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Association of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD), and Dr. Francis at Park Slope Kids Dental Care recommend this extra step as part of healthy dental habits.
Introduce the idea of brushing and flossing to kids during the toddler years with tasks such as learning to hold a brush and how to apply toothpaste. When they start school, they should be encouraged to focus on how long to brush, rinsing properly, and using dental floss. Whether with a string or pic, floss can actually be a fun part of the healthy teeth and gums equation. Here are a few tips from “How Stuff Works” for your little one!