Flossing and good oral health go hand in hand. While brushing is important, unfortunately, a toothbrush just can’t get in between the teeth to properly clean those hard to reach areas. While this is common knowledge you would be surprised the excuses people make for not flossing. Our hygienists have heard everything from “it hurts” to “my teeth are toot tight to floss” to “my dog ate my floss!” The truth is with the proper floss you will be able to dramatically improve your dental health and effectively reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease!
How To Floss Properly
1. Tear off approximately 18 inches of floss wrapping each end around both your left and right middle fingers.
2. While grasping the floss tightly between your thumb and forefinger use a “rubbing” motion to guide it in between your teeth.
3. When the floss reaches the gum line and is wrapped around the tooth move it up and down gently.
4. Repeat this motion with each tooth.
5. Make certain to change the floss several times as you go.
It is also imperative to make sure you use the proper floss.
- If your teeth are close together a waxed or glide floss will fit better;
- If your gums are recessed you can try a floss threader to get in between those teeth more easily;
- Proxy Brushes (inter-proximal brushes) also known as go-between brushes are an excellent tool to effectively clean under crowns and bridges.