To celebrate National Children’s Dental Health month, we are posting one healthy dental tip each week in February. Last week’s tip was to make sure you and your children brush your teeth twice a day.
Tip #2: Floss at least once a day
Brushing alone cannot fully clean your teeth because it is difficult for the bristles to get in-between to remove excess food and plaque. If this plaque remains, it can both cause cavities and harden to form tartar – a hard mineral deposit that can cause gingivitis.1 This is why you need floss! By flossing daily, you help to remove any excess debris and plaque that remains between teeth and avoid tartar buildup. It’s important to begin flossing your child’s teeth as soon as there is contact between two teeth and continue to floss for them until they can floss well on their own. For more information about why and how you should floss your child’s teeth, visit our other blog posts!
Make sure to come back next week when we release healthy tip #3! Happy National Children’s Dental Health month!
1. American Dental Association. Floss and Other Interdental Cleaners. Date Accessed: January 13, 2014. http://www.ada.org/1318.aspx.