At What Age Should Kids Start to Floss?

father and young son floss together in front of a mirror

Flossing is the key to a good oral hygiene routine. However, introducing flossing into your child’s oral hygiene routine can be tricky. At what age should kids start to floss? What technique should they use? Like many parenting questions, the answer is “It depends.” We’ve put together this helpful guide to help your family decide at what age your kids should floss.

Why Is It Important to Start Flossing Early?

Just like tooth brushing, establishing a flossing habit early is a great way to set your kids up for a lifetime of oral health. Children who start flossing when they’re young are more likely to continue the habit as they age. Healthy baby teeth set the stage for healthy adult teeth!

When Should My Kids Start to Floss?

In general, Dr. Sekhon recommends that kids start flossing once their teeth fit closely together. Practically, this tends to happen between the ages of two and six. If you’re unsure whether your child is ready to start flossing, our team can help you decide.

How Can I Teach My Kids to Floss?

When your kids are very young, you’ll need to floss for them. Once their motor skills are more developed and you’re confident they can handle it, you can pass off the task to them. By age 10, many kids are capable of flossing on their own.

Is It a Bad Sign If My Child Bleeds the First Time They Floss?

Many kids will experience some bleeding from their gums when they first start flossing. That’s normal – their gum tissue just isn’t used to stimulation. With proper flossing, the bleeding should stop within a week or so. However, if the bleeding continues or your child complains about pain, it could be an early sign of gum disease.

To ask our team any questions about flossing or to schedule your next appointment, call our office today!

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