Why do we keep asking if your child is flossing at home? Why floss before or after brushing, isn’t brushing enough? No, without flossing there is still 35 percent of the tooth that was not cleaned and your child’s toothbrush simply cannot reach those tiny spaces in between the teeth. Without flossing in between teeth, the fluoride is not able to reach the whole tooth and help build the tooth stronger and prevent cavities. One of the most common places for cavities is in between the teeth. By flossing once a day, food remnants, plaque, and debris are removed and the chance of a cavity is smaller than without flossing.
Floss does more than keep yours and your child’s teeth clean. Flossing helps with tooth appearance and keeps the teeth looking whiter and brighter rather than yellow and gritty. Flossing also helps with bad breath. Bad breath can lead to your child’s breath smelling like rotten eggs or even worse conditions such as gum disease. If your child is not flossing regularly it most likely will cause tenderness, swelling, and bleeding to happen when the gums are brushed which could lead to gingivitis, a common gum disease. All of this can be very treatable and prevented by brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing once a day.