Out of all the challenges that come with being a parent, inspiring your children to practice good oral hygiene can be one of them. While it might be tempting to only teach the benefits of brushing and skip flossing all-together, that would be a major mistake!
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), “interdental cleaners such as floss are an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums. Cleaning between teeth removes plaque that can lead to cavities or gum disease from the areas where a toothbrush can’t reach. Interdental cleaning is proven to help remove debris between teeth that can contribute to plaque buildup.” Additionally, it’s just advantageous to teach healthy dental care from a young age.
Here are Five Useful Tips to Help Make Flossing Fun for Kids.
1. Floss as a Family
Encourage your children to regularly floss by being their flossing buddy. When they see that you floss every night, and you both plan to floss together, everyone will be on the same schedule. Plus you’ll see their flossing technique and be able to correct mistakes early on.
2. Let Your Kids Choose Their Own GumChucks Designer Handle
GumChucks design provides a revolutionary new way to help make flossing fun and easy for kids of all ages. One part tool, and two parts toy, GumChucks increases the likelihood that kids will adopt a lifelong healthy habit of flossing. With an assortment of designer handles ranging from Argyle Pink, Camouflage, and more, GumChucks gives your kids the freedom to choose how they floss. Click Here to view a variety of GumChucks Designer Handles.
3. Floss to a Song
Similar to brushing, it’s a good rule of thumb to floss for about two minutes. While it’s important to practice proper technique, this should give your kids enough time to thoroughly floss between each tooth. By picking a 2-minute song that your children already like it’ll make the experience much more fun! If you can’t think of a good song, click here for a list of family-friendly songs to brush and floss to.
4. Use a Flossing Chart
Sometimes the best way to stay on-schedule is to actually have a physical schedule. To make things easier, we created a flossing chart that you can download, print, and hang in your bathroom. There’s also fun images on this chart that your kids can color-in, making the whole experience more interactive. Click below to download our Flossing Chart:
5. Incentivize with a Prize
If you utilized all the tips above, there should be some sort of reward system in-place so that your kids feel accomplished. Whether that’s a pack of trading cards, an action figure, or any small toy, your child will be more motivated to consistently floss if there’s something to look forward to. Additionally, we created a Flossing Certificate to mark the accomplishments of your child’s new healthy oral hygiene habits! Click below to download this Flossing Certificate:
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