Parents and teachers should take positive action to encourage their children to adopt good methods of oral healthcare, it has been suggested.
According to the Las Cruces Sun-News, children are more likely to respond effectively to positive encouragement about dental techniques.
This advice comes after an American filmmaker created an entertaining movie to encourage pupils to floss their teeth regularly.
Todd Thompson produced a 17-minute film about a young boy who brushes his teeth three times every day and enjoys attending dental appointments.
Dr Kathleen Cordova revealed that considering the personality of the child regarding what kind of approach to adopt is the most effective way to encourage oral hygiene.
She added: "Every person is different, but positive motivation is best."
Previous research into the act of regular flossing has revealed a number of wider health benefits.
The risks of developing heart disease, diabetes or having a stroke are significantly reduced in people who maintain good oral habits.