I don’t have any.
Mommy didn’t get me any.
It’s too hard and it takes too long.
I used it all up when I tied up the cat.
Yeah those are just some of the excuses I’ve heard when I asked the kids if they’re flossing. And when I ask that question, I already know the answer. In fact, when I ask that question it’s because I KNOW you’re not flossing.
What is about flossing that so many of us hate?
I swear that one stumps me. So y’all probably know why we do it, right? Bits of food get stuck between our teeth and if they’re not removed, those bits of food break down, attract acids which become bacteria which over time can cause tooth decay. So we brush, we floss, and if we can’t do that we rinse and swish with water until we can brush and floss.
And this is important because our teeth are the last thing you want to lose. They’re critical to our good health, our well being, our confidence. And tooth enamel is the hardest substance in our bodies, harder than our bones, even harder than most kid’s heads. So imagine how tough it is to break down tooth enamel It only happens with nasty bacteria caused by poor dental hygiene.
So y’all do me a favor and please floss. Not sure how to do it? Well have a look here.
That’s my buddy Andrew. Now to floss the teeth of a toddler or other squirmy young ones, this is the technique you’re going to use. If they’re old enough or confident enough to do it themselves, let them give it a go. Here’s how the American Dental Association recommends you floss:
- Use 18 inches of floss. Wrap most of it around the middle finger of one hand, the rest around your other middle finger
- Grasp the string tightly between your thumb and forefinger, and use a rubbing motion to guide it between teeth. Curve the floss to “give your tooth a little hug” with the floss, cleaning around the curved sides of your teeth
- When the floss reaches the gum line, form a C to follow the shape of the tooth. This is the “hug” part of flossing
- Hold the strand firmly against the tooth, and move it gently up and down
- Repeat with the tooth on the other side of that space, and then repeat the entire process with the rest of your teeth.
- Don’t forget to floss behind your back teeth, too — this is by far the place where most gum disease and decay manifests
- Use fresh sections of floss as you go
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