Family Dental Group
4021 Miller Road, Flint, MI 48507

The Roles of Flossing and Mouthwash in Kids’ Oral Health


Savvy parents everywhere know the vital importance of instilling sound dental care habits into their children at the youngest possible age. Teaching kids to take proper care of their teeth and gums will bolster not only their oral health, but also their appearance, self-esteem, and perhaps even their pocketbook down the road. Though most parents know that brushing twice a day is critical, some are unsure about whether flossing and mouthwash should also be in the daily mix.

Flossing is an incredibly valuable part of maintaining oral health because of its ability to eradicate food particles, bacteria, and plaque from hard-to-reach places between the teeth. If allowed to remain, these substances have the potential to produce acids that eat away at tooth enamel, eventually causing tooth decay and gum disease. Thus, routine flossing is an integral part of sound dental care practices for adults everywhere.

The question then, is whether or not young children should be taught how to floss teeth, considering that their baby teeth are going to fall out anyhow. The answer is a definite yes! Flossing children’s teeth helps rid their mouths of bacteria that can cause not only tooth decay but also dangerous infections. While young children will surely require assistance when it comes to flossing, kids over the age of nine will be able to floss on their own. Establishing a flossing habit early on is something that will help children maintain good oral health for the rest of their lives.

Adults use mouthwash products to reduce plaque build-up, eradicate bacteria, and guard against gum disease. There are also products available that contain fluoride meant to protect against tooth decay. Not only that, mouthwash tends to freshen the breath and impart a desirable, clean feeling. Certainly, countless adults love mouthwash, but is it appropriate for kids?

Though flossing is valuable even for the smallest of children, mouthwash use really ought to wait until at least age six, according to the American Dental Association. The key is to hold off on introducing mouthwash until a child is able to stop from swallowing it, so that excessive ingestion of alcohol and fluoride does not occur. After the age of six, though, children’s mouthwash products can be effective assets in the battle against bacteria, acid, and tooth decay.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Flint, call Family Dental Group today at (810) 515-8952 or make an appointment.

Family Dental Group offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Flint. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Family Dental Group, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Family Dental Group.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Great hygienist and dentist!
Savannah E.
Excellent work!
Daniel B.
Very personable and educated staff members.
Candace L.
I have been attending Family Dental Group for many years…..probably 20 or more years…..they are the BEST in friendliness…..caring …..and professional….I can not imagine going anywhere else […]
Garnet E.
Got to get my cleaning done on day 1!
Brandy N.
Excellent staff – love Dr. Butcher
Pamela Y.
I want a 10
Ruby Y.
Shannan, my hygienist, is very thorough. She is attentive and makes my visit a good experience.
Penny V.
Excellent dentist and friendly staff. They were very helpful and courteous. They also gave some nice options to help with the cost of the dental procedure I needed, which helped tremendously to pick […]
Oliver K.
They did all my work in one day, it was very professional as well, their staff is excellent and courteous, highly recommend!
Ryan K.
I’ve been coming to Family Dental Group for 30years. I love my doctor and his staff are very good and friendly people , I wouldn’t go anywhere else for dental work.
Peggy B.
When you have a good hygienic you stay with her.
Becky C.
Decided to change dentist for my 15yr old son and super pleased i did over all seems like the best decision i made got an appointment right away fixed the problem he had been having in half hr that […]
Elizabeth W.
Friendly staff and great service
Rosie Y.
You are friendly, courteous and help relieve anxiety just by your kindness. My procedures have been painless and performed with obvious skill and professionalism. I have not been to a dentist in 20 […]
Janice G.
The people at family dental group always show me that they care and are professional in the dental service they provide for me.
Dexter G.
I was an emergency walk-in and it was a short wait. Also the dentist discussed different options with me and did what he thought was best.
Dennis H.
Very good service all around
Scott C.
The dentist in office staff were friendly and worked well with my two-year-old .
Wyatt N.
I had a crown replaced that was only a year old since it cracked while eating. It was replaced free of charge.2nd thing done was a partial for my bottom teeth. I am Very Satisfied with Dr White and […]
Cynthia Z.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
Get in touch:
  • Phone: (810) 515-8952
Our Location