It can be hard enough getting younger children to brush their teeth twice a day without adding flossing into the mix. Truth be told, plenty of adults skip flossing themselves. You might even think that flossing isn’t necessary at such an early age.
Unfortunately, you’d be wrong. It’s extremely important for younger children to commit to flossing, and here are just three reasons why.
- Flossing and Brushing Are Equally Important
Plenty of people seem to think flossing isn’t as important as brushing, but this just isn’t true. While a toothbrush does an excellent job of cleaning visible tooth surfaces, you need floss to reach interdental areas – if you’re not flossing, you’re only cleaning one section of each tooth, and that’s far from ideal.
By only teaching your children the importance of brushing, you’re reinforcing the idea that flossing is of secondary importance. If you start teaching them to brush and floss, they’ll understand the importance of getting to those interdental areas, and a child who understands the importance of flossing is more likely to grow into an adult who understands the importance of flossing.
- Baby Teeth Are Vulnerable to Decay
Baby teeth obviously aren’t designed to last as long as permanent teeth, which is perhaps why their layers of enamel and dentin, which are the first two layers of a tooth, are relatively thin. These layers protect the pulp, which is larger in baby teeth, so less enamel and dentin means greater vulnerability to decay. If your children don’t take care to floss, they’ll be more likely to require dental work.
- Baby Teeth Act as Placeholders
No parent wants to see their child go through the discomfort of fillings or even extractions due to tooth decay, but you may be telling yourself that baby teeth are at least only temporary. If one of them is lost, it’s just going to be replaced, right?
True, but baby teeth act as placeholders for permanent teeth. When one is lost, adult teeth are more likely to come in crooked.