Follow These Five Tips if You Want to Ensure You Are Flossing Correctly
If you floss on a daily basis, then we would like to applaud you for taking the time to care for your teeth. However, we also want to make sure that you are making the most of your flossing. Keep reading for at-home oral care tips to be sure you are doing everything right. You can then contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 for a dental cleaning and exam.
- Use 18 Inches of Floss
- Most of the Floss Should Be Wrapped Around Each Middle Finger
- Floss Up and Down Gently
- Floss Beneath the Gum Line
- Resist the Urge to Snap Your Floss
First, make sure you are starting out with enough floss. Or an adult, this should be a foot and a half of floss. This might seem like a lot, but you need enough floss to hold it and to get it through your teeth while still moving the floss to get clean areas.
Both of your middle fingers should have floss wrapped around them. There should only be about one to two inches of floss that is between your fingers. This is the floss that you will work between your teeth.
When you are flossing, you should gently floss up and down. This is to prevent injury to your gums. You do not want to go quickly or as hard as you can. You should also slide the floss across the surface of your teeth. Remember that your goal is not just to remove items from between your teeth, but to break up plaque that might be forming on your teeth.
Your toothbrush has a hard time getting underneath the gumline, yet this is where bacteria and plaque can really build up. Use floss to gently get beneath and around the gumline. This cleans out your gums and helps keep them in better shape.
When you have teeth that are very close together, you might find yourself tempted to apply extra pressure to get into these crevices. When you get in there, you will push until the floss “snaps” down toward the gums. This can damage your gums and cause bleeding. Even though it will take more time, you should carefully ease the floss down with a gentle back and forth motion to get between your teeth.
If you would like a demonstration of how to best floss, we invite you to contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 to make an appointment with us.