* Flossing is an essential part of the tooth-cleaning process. It removes food particles and plaque between teeth that brushing misses.
* Flossing should begin when 2 teeth touch, typically between 2 and 2½ years of age. Some children may only need a few back teeth flossed and others may
need flossing between all their tight teeth, depending on dental spacing.
* Children usually need assistance with flossing until they are 8 to 10 years of age.
* Flossing tools, such as pre-threaded flossers or floss holders, may be helpful for children who are just learning how to floss.
* Some children may find it easier to use a loop of floss, which is created by taking a piece of floss about 10 inches long and tying the ends together into a circle. Parents (and older children) can hold the floss tightly between the thumbs and forefingers to floss.