Flossing should begin as early as the age of 2 when the mouth has become full of teeth. Brushing your teeth has many benefits, but sometimes the bristles of your toothbrush cannot reach through the crevices in-between your teeth.
These areas of your teeth are particularly susceptible to cavities because of the build-up of plaque and bacteria that take place. Flossing will remove the buildup and plaque that wars with your teeth.
You should encourage your child to floss at least once a day to remove debris from between the teeth. Childhood is a very important time to help your child get into the correct habits and routines when it comes to caring for their teeth.
Young children may need assistance with flossing to reach in-between the back teeth. If your child has gums that bleed when flossing, let them know that they are not bleeding because of flossing, but rather they are bleeding because of a buildup of plaque has made the gums inflamed. If your child is flossing effectively every day, rarely should they experience their gums bleeding.