Does Your Child Need to Floss? Why Brushing Alone Isn’t Enough
Brushing at least twice a day is an important part of a good oral care routine for your kids. But is brushing enough on its own? We’re going to discuss two important reasons that flossing is necessary for proper dental care at home.
#1 Flossing Covers More Surface Area
A toothbrush alone can’t reach every surface of the tooth. No matter how much the packaging claims a particular brush’s bristles are designed to get between teeth, only flossing can really clean between teeth and below the gumline properly. These are some areas of the mouth that see the most decay, and it makes it obvious whether or not a patient is flossing. Both for the health of teeth and gums, flossing every day is a must.
#2 Flossing Helps Control Bad Breath
As your children get older, breath quality becomes more and more of a concern. Brushing alone doesn’t clear up a serious case of halitosis. This is because the bacteria that leads to bad breath can flourish between teeth and below the gumline, even if it is being cleared from the exterior surfaces of the teeth on a daily basis.
A good way to back up the fact that bad breath comes from between the teeth is to have the child use unscented floss. After flossing, smell the used floss. It will smell like a case of bad breath because the floss is now covered in that foul-smelling bacteria.
Helping Kids Develop Good Habits in San Diego, California
At BRSH+FLSS, we believe in prevention over restoration. It’s cheaper for you and better for your kids’ teeth. Daily flossing is an important part of that prevention. Our board-certified pediatric dentists will be happy to help your children understand the importance of flossing daily and can also show kids how to floss properly for optimal results. Call 619-741-1500 to schedule appointments for your children today.