Floss Every Day
Kids should clean between their teeth once a day, every day, with floss or flossers to remove plaque and food where a brush can’t reach. Kids’ teeth can be flossed as soon as two of their teeth touch each other.
Teach Your Kids How to Floss
- 1 Break off about 18 inches of floss (the length from a fingertip to your elbow) and use it to floss younger kids’ teeth, or teach older kids how to do it themselves.
- 2 Wind most of the floss around a middle finger. Wind the remaining floss around the same finger of the opposite hand. This finger will wrap up the used floss as it becomes dirty.
- 3 Make sure your child holds the floss tightly between their thumbs and forefingers.
- 4 They should guide the floss between their teeth using a gentle rubbing motion.
- 6 Then they should curve the floss into a C shape as it gets closer to their gum and gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth.
- 6 They should hold the floss tightly against the tooth, and gently rub the side of the tooth, moving the floss or flosser away from the gum with up and down motions.
- 7 Repeat this process for each and every tooth.