Tips for Flossing
|•||Take 12 to 18 inches of floss, and wrap a small amount around the index or middle finger of each hand.
|•||You want enough floss available to keep a clean segment in place as you move from tooth to tooth.
|•||Use your index fingers to guide the floss in between your child’s teeth gently. You want to keep about one or two inches of floss taut.
|•||While flossing, use a zig-zag motion to glide the floss in between each tooth. Be sure to contour the floss around the sides of the tooth to remove as much plaque as possible.
|•||As you move from tooth to tooth, unroll a fresh section of floss to avoid using the part of floss that already has plaque or food debris.|
|•||Moving too fast. We recommend spending about ten seconds flossing each side of the tooth. If you or your child moves too fast, you risk plaque and tartar buildup.
|•||Missing certain areas. Many people, especially children, only floss one side of each tooth. Make sure your child focuses on removing plaque from both sides of the tooth.
|•||Bleeding gums. If your child neglects to floss regularly, their gums will likely bleed during flossing. Bleeding gums is one of the main indications that periodontal disease is present. Regular flossing will stop this bleeding and reduce their risk of periodontal disease.
|•||Flossing too often. Over-flossing can damage the gum tissue. We recommend flossing once a day before bed.|
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