For areas between the teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach, dental floss is used to remove food particles and plaque. Dental floss is a thin thread used to reach below the gum line and clean between teeth. It is very important to floss between your child's teeth every day. For toddlers and patients with limited dexterity or disabilities we suggest the use of floss handles to simplify the process.
Instructions for flossing:
- Pull a small length of floss from the dispenser.
- Wrap the ends of the floss tightly around the middle fingers.
- Guide the floss between all teeth to the gum line, pulling out any food particles or plaque.
- Unwrap clean floss from around the fingers to ensure the floss is used from beginning to end.
- Floss behind all the back teeth.
Floss at night to make sure teeth are squeaky clean before bed. When you first begin flossing, the gums may bleed a little. If the bleeding does not go away after the first few times, let us know at your child's next appointment.