Teaching My Kids About Flossing

I have been working on teaching my kids to floss properly.

For any parents out there, you know there may be some resistance to this.

Especially with my son... his idea of brushing his teeth is spending 10 seconds rummaging his brush around his mouth. SO you can imagine how flossing is going so far 🤣 

Anyways I found this step by step flossing procedure guide online which was really helpful. Here's some of the tips:

how to floss

To receive maximum benefits from flossing, use the following proper technique:

  • Starting with about 18 inches of floss, wind most of the floss around each middle finger, leaving an inch or two of floss to work with
  • Holding the floss tautly between your thumbs and index fingers, slide it gently up-and-down between your teeth
  • To remove the floss, use the same back-and-forth motion to bring the floss up and away from the teeth
  • Use clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth

What Type of Floss Should I Use?


There are two types of floss from which to choose:

  • Nylon (or multifilament) floss
  • PTFE (monofilament) floss

Nylon floss is composed of many strands of nylon, which may sometimes tear or shred as you floss.

Single filament (PTFE) floss slides easily between teeth, and is very tough (mean its difficult to tear/shred).

When used properly, both types of floss are excellent at removing plaque and debris. As long as you use the correct technique, both types of floss are effective at preventing tooth decay.

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