Start early and floss the right way
Flossing, along with proper brushing, is a must to keep teeth and gums clean and healthy. Here’s how to do it the right way for your children:
Start flossing your child’s teeth once a day, preferably at night, as soon as two of baby’s emerging teeth touch.
Floss your child’s teeth until about age 7, when he or she develops the coordination necessary to floss properly.
Use at least 12 inches of floss. Guide the string between two teeth. Remove it and wind the used floss around one finger. Move to the next pair of teeth, using a clean section of floss each time. A floss pick might be easier to maneuver than string. If you choose a pick, you can floss your child’s entire mouth, and then dispose of the pick.
Talk to your dentist if flossing becomes difficult or painful.