Tips on How to Encourage Your Child to Floss

If you’re having a hard time encouraging your child to floss, we have some tips for you! If you do the following four things, your child will start loving oral hygiene more and more each day:

Show them the way
If you make flossing a family activity, your child will watch you floss and will want to be like you. Set an example and properly floss at least once a day—and have fun doing it! You can also teach your child how to floss by first flossing your own smile. Then, use a different piece of floss and floss between a few of your child’s teeth. Finally, let them try to floss themselves. Make sure they are gentle around the gums as they do so.

Praise good behavior
If your child flosses, make sure you praise them! If they feel accomplished for flossing, they will most likely floss more. You can also come up with a system that will encourage them. You can create a star chart or reward them with treats if they floss every day for a week.

Buy kid-friendly flossing products
Children love to use oral hygiene products that have their favorite superheroes or cartoon characters on them. So, let your child pick out their own floss at the store. If they pick one they would enjoy using, they will be more excited to floss each day.

Tell them about the Tooth Fairy
The Tooth Fairy is a very motivational character. She can encourage children to take care of their smiles more often than the parents can. All you need to do is tell your child that the Tooth Fairy will reward them even more if they give her a tooth that is healthy and in good condition.

Now remember, these tips can also work for brushing and rinsing. If you have any questions or if you would like to know more, please feel free to call Smiles Dental at 360.553.3271 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Sarah Barber. We are happy to help you help your child grow into the strong and healthy smile they deserve!