Do You Floss Your Child’s Teeth?
The topic of flossing has been under debate in recent years, especially after some studies questioned its effectiveness. Let’s delve into what this means for your child’s dental health.
Understanding the Flossing Controversy
In August 2016, The Associated Press reported a lack of concrete evidence supporting the effectiveness of flossing. Similarly, a Cochrane review, highly regarded in evidence-based medicine, found only weak evidence of its benefits. So, what does this mean for dental care?
Floss Your Child’s Teeth To Prevent Dental Plaque Buildup
It’s crucial to understand that dental plaque is the primary cause of cavities and gum disease, and it can start forming within 24 hours. The mechanical removal of plaque, traditionally achieved through brushing and flossing, is essential, especially in hard-to-reach areas between teeth.
The studies highlighting weak evidence for flossing don’t necessarily imply it’s ineffective. Instead, they reflect the challenges in conducting definitive dental health studies. Despite this, flossing remains a recommended practice by many dental professionals.
Alternatives to Traditional Flossing
For those looking for different methods to clean between teeth, options like Waterpik Water Flossers, Sonicare AirFloss, or interdental brushes are available. However, it’s important to note that these alternatives also have limited evidence backing their effectiveness.
Our Recommendation for Your Child
At Playtime Pediatric Dentistry, we continue to advocate for flossing, especially for children with tightly spaced teeth. Flossing is a safe, low-cost method to maintain oral hygiene. Combined with regular brushing, a healthy diet, and dental check-ups, flossing plays a vital role in keeping your child’s mouth healthy.
Do You Still Have Questions?
Navigating the world of dental health can be complex, but we’re here to guide you through it. If you have questions about your child’s dental care routine or need advice on flossing techniques, don’t hesitate to contact us. Schedule your next appointment to ensure your little one’s smile stays bright and healthy.