Let’s face it- getting your child to consistently commit to flossing their teeth can be a challenge. We know how important it is in preventing gingivitis, cavities, plaque buildup, receding gums in kids and other important oral issues. But when they don’t necessarily understand the benefits and remain stubborn to flossing, there are some tips and tricks you can use to get them to do it more often.
Turn it into a Game
Childrens’ imaginations are always running wild. The options are endless for what kind of story you can make up to get your child to floss their teeth. Maybe pretend that the cavities are the “bad guys” and the floss is the “superhero” and they have to floss their teeth to protect against the bad guys. Maybe instead of playing “the floor is lava”, you can play “in between your teeth are lava,” and the floss is the only thing that gets the “lava” out. Getting creative can turn flossing from a boring task to a fun game.
Use Technology to Your Advantage
There are plenty of flossing songs on YouTube and other music streaming applications that have your child floss, dance and sing along. If they love to sing and dance, this could be a great way to get them to floss. A vibrant, upbeat song can get them excited and motivated to clean their teeth. There are even some apps such as brushDJ and Toothsavers that make brushing and flossing fun for children.
Put a Reward System in Place
If your child responds well to rewards, this could be a great hack for getting them to floss more. Perhaps every time they floss they get a sticker, and when they reach a certain amount of stickers they receive a small toy or prize. If they have siblings, it can even be turned into a competition to see who can receive the most stickers the fastest. This way, children who are too young to understand the benefits of flossing will still be extrinsically motivated to do so.
Let Them Choose Their Floss Product
There are so many different floss items on the market. Letting your child choose the color, scent, brand, or type of it can make it feel personalized to them and get them excited about flossing. Actively going to the store and picking out a product can make flossing feel special, and they might be more inclined to want to use it.
Have Their Dentist Show Them How to Floss
Our dentists are expertly trained in helping children have proper oral hygiene. If you are looking for a Dentist in Irving, Fort Worth, or Farmers Branch for your child, our dentists are the perfect fit to help show your child how to floss effectively. Our fun and inviting office atmosphere will make your child feel comfortable and excited to learn more about how to keep their teeth clean.