What You Should Know About the Different Types of Floss

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What You Should Know About the Different Types of Floss

While flossing might not be you or your children’s favorite activity, it is important to get into the good habit of flossing early on. You might need to help your child floss until they are at the age when they can floss effectively on their own, which is usually around 10 or 11 years. Picking out a type of floss that is comfortable and works for your child’s teeth is as critical as flossing itself. Here are some of the different styles you have to choose from.

Ribbon or tape floss

Ribbon or tape style floss is one of the smoothest gliding and most comfortable types of floss to use. This type of floss is usually wider than your average floss thread and is very useful for getting in between all different kinds and sizes of teeth. You can choose floss that is either waxed or unwaxed, depending on if your child has sensitive teeth and gums or not.

Flavored floss

There is nothing like a bubblegum or fruity flavor as a yummy incentive to floss every day. Floss that is coated in a special flavoring is widely available and can help turn flossing from a chore into a fun activity. Try finding a grape, strawberry, banana or apple flavored floss to suit your child’s preferences.

Floss picks

Floss picks are ultra handy, especially for flossing on the go. If your child has good control over their hands and a good idea of how to get floss in between their teeth to remove the plaque, then consider giving them floss picks to clean their teeth. Make sure to use one floss pick for each of the four quadrants of the mouth.

No matter which type of floss you decide to use, the important thing is that you avoid tooth decay by flossing. Aim to floss at least once a day, either before or after brushing.