Are You Frustrated When You Floss?
While it’s likely that flossing has been a part of your daily regimen for years, are you confident that you are flossing correctly, or do you become frustrated when you floss? If so, you’re not alone. However, in order to provide the best protection against tooth decay and gum disease, learning how to floss effectively is key. Here are some ways to ensure that you’re doing it right.
To begin, dentists recommend starting with about 18 to 24 inches of floss. Wind the majority of the floss around each middle finger, but leave 2 inches in which to floss with. Make sure that the floss is pulled tightly between the middle fingers for better control. Next, slide or wiggle the floss between teeth using either index fingers or thumbs (depending on which is more comfortable to you). When the floss reaches the gum line, curve or hug the floss around the tooth in order to remove plaque and bacteria. Do the same for the other tooth, and remember to move the floss beneath the gum line as well.
As you move from tooth to tooth, concentrate on using gentle flossing movements, as well as new, clean sections of the floss so that bacteria from one tooth is not spread to another tooth. While some individuals snap or force their floss between teeth, this can cut sensitive gum tissues and may also cause the floss to shred and break. Case in point: flossing is best performed with a little patience and gentle technique.
Whether your frustration with flossing is due to poor technique or rushing through your dental care routine, dentists want you to know—there’s no right or wrong time of day to floss. In addition, it doesn’t matter if you floss before or after you brush your teeth. The most important thing about flossing is that you actually do it. Thus, pick a time of day where you can devote a few minutes to flossing, and you’ll find it easy to fit it in. Keep in mind—plaque that is not removed by regular brushing and flossing begins to harden into tartar, which is a rough substance that can only be removed by a dentist.
Take Charge Of Your Dental Health
At Bayshore Dental Center, we believe that a healthy smile is a confident one. While professional dental cleanings are a vital component to your oral health, what you do at home is equally important. Therefore, if flossing leaves you a bit frustrated, give us a call. Dr. Sheehy and the team are ready to help you take charge of your dental health.
Posted on behalf of Bayshore Dental Center