Hello Friends!

So obviously we all know that flossing is important, right?  But did you know that it is essential for young children as well?  As soon as your child has two teeth that touch, flossing should start.  Here’s some great reminders from Delta Dental of Michigan:

While a toothbrush does a good job cleaning most parts of the tooth, the bristles can’t always get those “hard to reach” areas between the teeth.  This is where flossing makes a big difference.

There are many types of floss to choose from, so check the type and find out what works best for your child.

Dental floss can be:

Waxed or unwaxed

Flavored or unflavored

Regular or wide 

Floss even comes pre-threaded on fun, colorful animal shapes that are easy to handle.  These may appeal to kids who have difficulty working with traditional floss.

Reminders:

* Dental floss should be used at least once a day

* When flossing, kids should start in the same place in the mouth and work their way around so no spots are missed

* If there is soreness or a bit of blood at first, kids shouldn’t give up.  The bleeding will go away the more a child flosses.  This will be a sign that the gums are getting healthier.  If bleeding doesn’t stop, see a dentist.

Brushing teeth twice a day is a great way for your kids to keep their mouth and teeth healthy.  Dental floss can work hand-in-hand with their toothbrush to get the job done.

There are lots of fun ways to teach your kids about oral health.  Visit http://www.deltadentalmi.com/teachingtools for books, videos, coloring pages and science activities.

As always, if you have any questions or would like more information, stop in or give us a call at 734.878.3167.

Have a great day!

Your friends at Brunner Family Dental

http://www.brunnerfamilydental.com

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