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Best kind of floss to use on a two year old? is there any kind of floss out there that makes it easier to floss a toddler's teeth? between my hands, his small mouth and his obvious distaste for the whole process, i'm worried that he's not getting anywhere

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Dr. Vidhya Sampath
Dentistry 22 years experience
Let : Let me start by commending you for the health care you are offering your child. That's excellent! keep it up! now, to answer your question. You can try "glide" floss by crest. It's a floss tape and it easily slides between the teeth. It's for sensitive gums so it might work perfectly for your child. As he gets older, floss picks/sticks for kids will help tremendously. They come in different colors and are fun oral hygiene adjuncts. If you haven't already taken him to a dentist, please do so. At least for a "happy visit". That way he gets used to the dental environment and gets an understanding of what to expect. Hope this helps! good luck! :).
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 50 years experience
FlossSpan: Try one of the flossing devices that can be used with one hand. They look something like a slingshot with a forked end that has floss between the two forks. The other hand can be used to hold the tongue or cheeks and lips away. Also, some types of floss are 'flavored' to improved patient acceptance.

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