Encouraging the next generation towards a healthier mouth.
The number of adults using dental floss on their own teeth is only around 20%. Unfortunately this is far too low and means that around 80% of us are exposing ourselves to a higher risk of dental issues, including periodontal diseases. It is never too late to start flossing though, and even though some damage may have already been done, it will help to reduce the future risk.
We have also been asked a few times about children, and whether they should use dental floss. The straightforward answer to this is ‘yes’ they should. That is a simple position perhaps, but food and bacteria that gets stuck will damage young teeth just as much as older ones. In addition to this, we believe that our younger Wickford dental patients will benefit greatly from starting this early and will hopefully continue to do so throughout their adult life.
Be a good role model
The first thing that we would say to anyone who asks this question is to be a good role model for your child. The vast majority of us are aware of this in our daily lives, perhaps making sure to hold doors open, say ‘thank you’ and generally being pleasant to people, partially in the hope that these habits will be picked up by our children.
The same thing should apply when it comes to your own oral care. If, for example, your young child hears you say that you can’t be bothered to clean your teeth because you are too tired, there is every chance that they will use this excuse too. Similarly, they will often pick up on the way that you clean your teeth. If they never see you use dental floss, then they are unlikely to do so themselves.
Especially when children are very young, it is a good idea to brush your teeth at the same time as them. By doing so, they will be able to observe the correct way to do it. If you are not sure about this yourself, you might find it useful to have a chat with our friendly hygienist who can offer advice on the best way to do this.
But what about flossing?