It’s National Floss Day! Tips from Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County! @HealthySmilesOC

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Today is National Flossing Day, and it always falls on the day after Thanksgiving. It is a reminder for all Americans as early as age two, or when a child’s two teeth touch, to “floss” their way to better dental health on November 29, 2013 and every day.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 41 percent of children aged 2 to 11 had tooth decay in their first teeth. That’s a staggering number, but you can help your child avoid becoming a statistic by encouraging good dental hygiene early on.

Flossing prevents cavities from forming in between teeth. Floss is a tool that removes tartar and plaque buildup, because a toothbrush cannot clean the tight spaces between teeth and the base of the teeth and the gums.



  • Wash your hands first before flossing.
  • Use about 18 inches of dental floss.
  • Use a gentle up and down motion to clean between teeth..
  • Use a new section of floss to clean each tooth.
  • Spend at least one minute flossing per day.
  • Use waxed floss if teeth are spaced close together.
  • Do floss your children’s teeth until they are able to floss well by themselves (usually around age nine).


  • Don’t wait until all of a child’s teeth have surfaced to floss; start flossing once two teeth touch.
  • Don’t worry if your child’s gums bleed at first – this should stop as gums become healthier.
  • Don’t just floss your front teeth because they are easier to do.
  • Don’t saw into your gums, you will only hurt them.
  • Don’t forget to lead by example and show children how to brush and floss.

Youngsters should always remember to brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice daily for two minutes in the morning and before bedtime. To prevent poor dental hygiene, children should attend regular dental visits once the first tooth appears and every six months afterwards, or no later than a child’s first birthday.

Also replace toothbrushes every three or four months. Child-friendly floss holders make it possible and easy to floss every day with options ranging in fun designs and smaller flosser profiles to fit into children’s mouths more easily. Lastly, but certainly not least, floss teeth daily to make this an everyday, clean habit for a healthy smile.


Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County is a nonprofit comprehensive pediatric dental health organization that serves children. First celebrated 13 years ago, National Flossing Day always falls on the Friday after Thanksgiving just like Black Friday. Liz Bear, CEO of Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County, brings 25 years of experience in the health care field and is passionate about spreading awareness on how parents can make a positive difference in their children’s oral health. For more information, please visit

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