3 Reasons Your Child Needs to Floss Every Day
Flossing is vital to your child’s oral health. A toothbrush can only reach a relatively small percentage of the surface area of a tooth. Flossing gets to far more of the tooth surface by reaching between the teeth and even getting below the gumline. Here are 3 important reasons your child should be flossing every night before bed.
#1: Flossing Helps Reduce the Risk of Gum Disease
If your child’s gums bleed when brushing, this is an indication that gum disease may be on the way. The precursor to gum disease, gingivitis, can often be taken care of at home through brushing and flossing. Once the condition reaches the gum disease stage (periodontitis) the intervention of a pediatric dental professional is needed. Prevention is always the best medicine, and in this case, it’s also a whole lot cheaper.
#2: Flossing Reduces the Risk of Cavities
When a child flosses between teeth properly, the plaque is cleared away from parts of the teeth that toothbrush bristles simply can’t get to. This makes flossing a vital part of cavity prevention. Once again, prevention proves to be the better option for your child’s mouth and for your wallet. Even baby teeth need to be flossed because you don’t want damage being done to the teeth that serve as placeholders for permanent teeth.
#3: Flossing Helps to Relieve Bad Breath
By removing plaque between the teeth and below the gumline, you are eliminating some of the bacteria that causes breath to smell. Flossing is thus also important for good hygiene and cleanliness. No one wants to have a conversation with someone who has bad breath, and kids at school may come up with a hurtful nickname. Being called “dragon breath” throughout the school is a high price to pay for failing to floss.
Instilling Good Oral Health Care Habits in Children
At BRSH+FLSS, we really do believe that prevention is the best medicine and we encourage kids to maintain a proper oral care routine at home. We can help your kids to understand the value of daily brushing and flossing, and thereby save you some of the costs of dental restoration. To schedule an appointment for your little one, call 619-741-1500 today. We look forward to seeing you at our fun and state-of-the-art pediatric dental practice.