A simple way to show children how to floss is to demonstrate the proper technique using an upside-down egg carton and piece of yarn.
egg carton = teeth
yarn = floss
Once your child knows how to floss, you can show him/her why it's important to floss using:
- rubber glove
- more yarn!
- Put the glove on your hand and coat it in your child's favorite color paint.
- Wipe the paint off your hand with your fingers held tightly together- this represents brushing your teeth!
- Show your child ALL the paint left in between your fingers that brushing alone doesn't reach.
- Then have your child practice flossing between your fingers with yarn.