Asking Us is the Best Way to Learn How to Floss


Posted on 10/10/2019 by Brandon Cooley
Asking Us is the Best Way to Learn How to FlossFlossing is an important part of your dental hygiene routine. It gets rid of food debris that your toothbrush can't reach and it also keeps your teeth clean during the day when you can't brush.

However, many of our patients don't floss correctly. If you don't floss correctly, you can run into two problems. One is that all of that flossing is a waste of time and is doing nothing to improve your oral hygiene. The other problem is that, depending on what you are doing wrong, you can either damage your teeth or you can damage your gums.

About now you are probably asking yourself if you are doing something wrong. You follow the directions on the packaging and you seem to be doing okay. Though flossing is easy, doing it wrong is also easy.

What Do I Do?
We could start with a couple of the most common mistakes and you can start with seeing if it sounds like you. First, you should use about 18 inches of floss when you do floss your teeth. This gives you enough to wrap it around your fingers and also to ensure you have a clean section for each set of teeth.

The next thing is that you shouldn't try to floss multiple teeth at a time by wrapping the floss around four or five teeth. It just doesn't work well – actually it doesn't work at all. Get your floss between two teeth, rub it aside one tooth, then rub it up and down on the other tooth. Get yourself a new section of floss and move on to the next set of teeth.

Lastly, don't rub your gums vigorously. They don't like it and it does no good. It can actually harm them. The best thing you can do is make an appointment for your semi-annual visit and we will be happy to show you the correct way to floss to ensure you get the most benefit from it.

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