Regular use of dental floss removes plaque, helping to prevent the buildup of plaque, which can lead to tartar. Simply flossing your child’s teeth can make their teeth look brighter by removing plaque and excess food particles that you may not see in the mirror or in areas that a toothbrush cannot reach.
Daily flossing doesn’t just keep your child’s teeth healthy — practicing good oral hygiene contributes to his or her health in other ways, too.
Kidsmile found 12 fun facts about flossing that you may find useful:
1 – Flossing removes food debris and plaque that is wedged in the hard to reach areas between teeth. This plaque buildup can lead to cavities and cause bad breath.
2 – To floss properly, you need to use between 18 and 20 inches of floss. This helps ensure that you have enough clean floss to use and that it is firmly grasped while in use.
3 – Irregular flossing can lead to bleeding sensitive gums. But keep flossing! If your child flosses consistently, the bleeding will eventually stop.
4 – Did you know that you can buy floss in just about any flavor? The most popular flavors are mint, cinnamon, and bubblegum. But you can buy more obscure flavors like wasabi or even bacon! Your child will surely enjoy it.
5 – Brushing only cleans around 70% of the surface area of the teeth, leaving the cracks and spaces between teeth uncleaned. Flossing helps remove the remaining spots, and gets your child’s teeth 100% clean!
6 – There are two main kinds of flosses – monofilament, and multifilament floss. Monofilament floss is made of plastic and rubber, while multifilament is mainly composed of nylon and silk.
7 – Children and adults alike with orthodontic devices like braces can floss too! Floss threaders and proxy brushes are great ways to help people wearing braces remove food debris from between their teeth, or food stuck in their brackets or orthodontic equipment.
8 – Waxed floss is easier to slide between closely spaced teeth. If your child’s teeth are very close together, we suggest flossing with thin waxed floss.
9 – Children should start to floss as soon as they have two teeth that touch one another.
10 – Flossing every day removes plaque and bacteria, which are both shown to increase the chances of heart disease.
11 – Not flossing leaves at least 35% of your child’s teeth unprotected and susceptible to plaque. Plaque buildup is responsible for children’s cavities and tooth decay as well as other health conditions.
12 – The best time to floss is right after eating or right before bed. After eating, you are more likely to get rid of annoying food particles, while right before bed means there isn’t as much for bacteria to chew on overnight.
Lastly, one of our favorite floss facts is that it really takes no time! It is so easy to add it into your child’s nighttime routine – floss while watching that last cartoon episode on Netflix, or right before bedtime stories. For the amount of benefit it adds, it is too easy to not do it!