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When Should Children Floss?

LilSugar Community: When Should She Floss?

This post was submitted by Betty Wayne in The Mommy Club group.

My four year old is good at brushing; I give her teeth a quick brush myself if she's had lots of sweets, but mostly she does it on her own. My concern now is flossing. Her mouth is too small for me to stick my fingers in there and really teach her how to do it; I give her a piece of floss to play with and run between her front teeth just to get her used to the idea of flossing. Any suggestions for how or when I should go about teaching flossing? Am I waiting too long? Also, can anyone recommend a good mouthwash for children? Any advice on children's dental hygiene would be appreciated. Thank you!

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cupcakedreams cupcakedreams 7 years
my child loved to floss her teeth.. she wanted to do it 3 times a day at age 5 lol
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
Using one of those flosser sticks is a great idea, misssushi! I'm going to ask my ped at my girl's next appointment.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
My ped suggested flossing as soon as they have teeth next to each other. My daughter is two and we are just now doing it because teeth brushing was a pin her down situation that was mandatory to be done well becuase we have a family medical history of porous teeth. Shortly after turning 2, she became much more cooperative and interested in teeth brushing and we are slowly introducing flossing. I use a mini flosser stick, the kind with a pointy end (after you break off the side) and a piece of string between two plastic things. Its the only way i could get it done, MY mouth is too small for me to fit my fingers in properly to floss with string floss, much less her teeny tiny little mouth. It works very well for both of us.
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