Studies do not show that flossing is important in preventing tooth decay in young children. Brushing and proper diet are most important. We recommend flossing for a child who continues to get decay in between their teeth even after preventative measures have not worked. If there are spaces in between your child’s teeth, there is no need to floss.

As we age through adolescence and adulthood, flossing becomes increasingly important in preventing gingivitis, periodontal infections and breath problems.