Flossing can be a difficult task for children, which can make oral hygiene very discouraging for them. However, there are four things you can to do help your child finally become excited to floss, and those four things are:
Show them the way
Be an example for your child and show them the way of flossing. First, floss your own smile and demonstrate how to clean between each tooth. Then, floss between a few of your child’s teeth and let them look in the mirror to see how you are doing it. Finally, let them floss their own smile and guide them along the way. Make sure they are gentle along the gum line.
Praise good behavior
If your child flosses, praise them and make sure they feel accomplished! You can also reward them if you would like. You can create a star chart for them or you can even reward them with treats if they floss every day for a week. No matter what you decide to do, just make sure your child knows you are proud of them each time they floss.
Buy kid-friendly flossing products
If your child’s flossing product has their favorite cartoon character or superhero on it, they will most likely enjoy flossing. So, take your child to the store with you and have them pick out a flossing tool of their choice.
Tell them about the Tooth Fairy
The Tooth Fairy is very motivational. Tell your child that the Tooth Fairy will reward them even more if they turn in a healthy, clean tooth that has been frequently flossed. This will give them the motivation to deeply clean their smile every chance they get.
If you do these four things, your child will enjoy flossing more and more each day. If you need additional tips or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give our Smiles Dental team a call at 360.727.6976 at any time. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to your call!