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6 Helpful Tips to Introduce Flossing to Children

Flossing—it’s part of the oral hygiene ritual that many adults skip, let alone children. However, flossing is important to get at the plaque buildup between teeth where a regular toothbrush just can’t reach.

It’s one thing to show a child how to brush, but quite another for them to let you put dental string into their mouth without a fuss. However, like most routines, starting earlier can help make it easier later on. Here are ways to have floss-friendly kids in time for National Flossing Day on November 25, 2016 (it always falls the day after Thanksgiving, and what better time than after eating all that good food?)…

1. Make Flossing a Game

MyKoolSmiles.com actually lists 3-activities you can try with your little one to get them to floss. Keep in mind that kids love things that are fun, so if you can somehow convince them that flossing is not a monotonous task, they’ll be more likely to take the initiative.

The source recommends turing a flossing lesson into three games: Egg Carton Mouth, Sing a Song, and Peanut Butter-Rubber Gloves Game. For the first game you’ll need an egg carton and white paint, to be shaped into a “mouth” with playdough as the “plaque”. Have your child use floss to lodge it free. Singing is fairly straightforward (make a flossing song to the melody of “Row your Boat”), while the latter game involves trying to remove peanut butter from a rubber glove using a toothbrush and floss.

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