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5 Tips to Get Your Kids to Floss

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Get Them Their Own Tools

A long piece of floss can be difficult for kids to use, so let them first get comfortable using floss sticks.
A long piece of floss can be difficult for kids to use, so let them first get comfortable using floss sticks.
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The American Dental Association recommends using an 18-inch piece of floss wound around your two middle fingers through your teeth, then gently guiding it between your teeth. Winding a long piece of floss around a young child's finger -- and keeping it there while actually flossing -- is a tricky feat, even for some adults. Luckily, kids have way cooler options to make flossing fun and productive.

Easy to hold and use, kid-friendly floss sticks are available in a wide variety of colors and characters. They come in packs of about 50 to 100 sticks, so children have plenty to practice with. Since the sticks are on the small side, kids might need two per flossing session -- one each for the upper and lower teeth. Make sure your kids know to throw away the sticks (and any other type of floss) after each use because -- not surprisingly -- floss should never be reused.

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