Flossing removes plaque between teeth in areas where a toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing once a day is an important part of overall oral hygiene. As soon as a child’s teeth start to touch, it’s time to start flossing. Due to the skill required, parents often need to assist or supervise a child’s flossing.
Conventional flossing requires a length of approximately 18 inches. The floss is wound around the middle fingers of both hands. The index and middle fingers can then be used to guide the floss between teeth. The floss is curved into a C-shape and slid against the sides of each tooth.
Another flossing option is available using Plackers™. By offering an easy grasp handle, Plackers can serve as a great way for younger kids to develop flossing habits on their own. The floss is guided between the teeth’s contacts as with the conventional method. At cleaning visits we demonstrate the different flossing techniques first hand. A Plackers pack is also given to kids to use at home.
Fluoride is a mineral found naturally in water sources. Fluoride in its topical form can prevent cavities as well as repair the early stages of tooth decay. Fluoride works by strengthening enamel and making it more resistant to the acid that causes tooth decay. Fluoride is an ingredient in most toothpastes, some mouth rinses, and in the protective varnish applied at the dental office.
The next blog will discuss dental sealants and mouth protectors. Please contact our office with any questions and for your free infant dental kit. We are located in Bloomington near the College Mall, next to Goodwill.
Matthew L. Rasche, DDS, MSD
Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Dentistry
Southern Indiana Pediatric Dentistry
(812) 333-KIDS (5437)