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How To Get Your Child to Floss Marietta, GA

How To Get Your Child to Floss

If you have a difficult time motivating your children to floss, you are not alone.  In fact, it can be hard just getting them to brush for the recommended two minutes, twice a day.  However, don’t let the challenge hold you back from making sure this task gets done each day.  Flossing is extremely important for the health of your child’s smile, as it cleans up to 35% of a tooth’s surface that a toothbrush cannot.  If you instill a strong motivation to floss in these early years, your child will likely grow up to be a diligent flosser as an adult.

Here are some tips on how you can get your child to floss more:

Use A Chart – Let your child help you design a fun chart so that they can actually see their success.  Getting to put a sticker on their chart each day is great motivation for small children.  You can even offer a reward at the end of the month for a job well done – just try to use a reward that doesn’t involve candy!

Make it Fun – Sing a song or play a game while flossing.  Creativity and fun can bring positive reinforcement to this oral hygiene routine.

Invest in a New Product – There are many flossing products out there that are designed for kids. You can find trendy and colorful flossing tools that make it fun and easy.

Lead by Example – Perhaps one of the most important things you can do to motivate your child to floss is to floss yourself.  Let them see you taking care of your teeth on a daily basis so they will imitate your behavior.

Remember that if you have a child that cannot tie his or her own shoe, you probably still need to do the flossing for them.  Flossing requires coordination and dexterity to be effective.  What changes can you make in your household to encourage your kids to floss more?  It may take some extra planning or time, but the health of your child’s smile is worth it!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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