What Type of Floss Should Your Child Use?

With so many options for floss available to your children it can be tricky to decide on the best option. There are so many different types of traditional floss with a variety of flavors that line the shelf along with water pics and a variety of other options it can be difficult to decide on what type of floss that is going to meet your child’s needs.  Here are 3 questions to help guide your thinking.

  1. Are your children under the age of 11?
    1. If they are younger than 11, their mouth may be too small to fit their fingers in to floss. If they are older than 11 and have a little better dexterity, it may be easier for them to use traditional floss because they are able to move it around in their mouth. For children under 11, you may need to be of assistance to help them floss.
2. Are their teeth close together?
a.              The floss on flossers can sometimes break if their teeth are too close together. Regular floss can help with this, because it may not catch on their teeth and break or fray.
3. Do they have good dexterity?
a.              When moving floss around to all of their teeth, if they are still developing their dexterity, it can be tricky. A flosser can make this process easier. Search out the different flossers and pick one that can easily be placed in their mouth.

Finding the right type of floss to meet your child’s needs can be the difference between your child successfully flossing their teeth and having trouble. For more information on finding the right type of floss or for more tips on how to help your child, contact Dr. Cameron Fuller and his team.


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