Tips to Get Your Kids Flossing

Get your child to floss 

If you thought your dental insurance provider exclusively covered dental expenses, think again. Of course, EMI Health has you covered, but we are also here to pass along priceless nuggets of information about how you can lower your dental costs, and more importantly, how to wrangle those little ones who may struggle with things like flossing consistently.

Do your kids resist flossing their teeth?

We've all been there--struggling to instill healthy dental habits in our kids--on our knees begging those precious little souls to brush and floss their teeth. Below are a few ways you can give your kids a reason to smile when it comes to their dental habits by making flossing a positive and fun experience. With some encouragement and a little effort, kids might come to enjoy flossing. There are some simple things you can do to help your kids develop good dental habits. 

Start early

Flossing should be a habit, not something you have to force kids to do, so start the habit early. If your kids brush and floss their teeth right before bed, and they have for as long as they can remember, it will more likely become a habit. 

Let your kids pick out the floss

The next time you go to the store, take them along and let them pick out their own floss. This can make them feel excited about the purchase, which will help encourage them to use it. They will be more likely to follow through if you make them a part of the planning. Some types of floss have flavor to them to help make the experience more enjoyable. Let your kids pick their favorite flavor.

Find ways to make a game out of flossing

  • Competition can be a great motivator.
  • You can assign points and keep score between parents, children, and siblings.
  • Teach kids about germs and have them play the good guy that flosses every day to get rid of the "bad guy."
  • Sing songs or make up a silly dance--whatever keeps their interest.

Floss together as a family

It is always more fun to do difficult things with other people. Whenever they floss, you can floss with them. Show your kids that you are actively flossing your own teeth. Now both you and your child can receive those compliments about your clean teeth and strong gums from your dentist. 

Reward your kids

Be sure to reward kids for good brushing and consistent flossing. It can be easier for kids when they know there is a reward at the end.

  • Use a chart and their favorite stickers to count how many days in a row they floss. Rewards can be staying up a little later on a weekend or an extra story at bedtime.
  • Give them a small prize for flossing each day of the week and a larger prize for flossing for a certain number of days each month.
  • Take them to a movie, a sports game, or whatever they like as an incentive. 

Flossing isn't always regarded as a fun activity, but it is an important one. Be sure to give your kids plenty of positive reinforcement, and they will be less likely to avoid flossing each night.

Flossing is an important way to prevent tooth decay below the gum line and gum disease. This will lower your overall dental costs and set your children up for healthier mouths for the rest of their lives. 

Contact EMI Health today to learn more about our individual dental plans

EMI Health offers individual dental plans in Utah and individual plans in Arizona. They're affordable and they cover a range of dental procedures to cover your needs. If it's been a while since you've been to the dentist, you can fix that by getting our dental coverage today.

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