You know brushing your teeth twice a day is essential to maintaining proper dental hygiene, but if you’re not flossing daily, you could be leaving behind harmful bacteria that can cause cavities and, eventually, periodontal disease. Make your dentist proud at your next visit with this handy guide to becoming a flossing expert.
Choosing the Right Equipment
When it’s time to buy dental floss, you’re confronted with a mind-boggling array of choices at your local pharmacy. Waxed and unwaxed floss will remove food particles from between your teeth with equal effectiveness, but you might find one more comfortable than the other. For instance, you may find waxed floss slides between tight spaces more easily, especially if your teeth are very close together.
You can also find holders that are pre-strung with floss. If you struggle to reach the spaces between your molars with traditional dental floss, these will extend your reach. They’re also great for flossing when you’re away from home. Keep a few in your purse or your desk drawer at work to floss after lunch.
Proper Flossing Technique
You should floss at least once a day, but the time of day is up to you. If you’re tired at night and sometimes forget to floss, don’t wait. Do it right after dinner to remove those annoying food particles and ensure you don’t forget later.
If you’re using traditional dental floss, use 18 to 24 inches, and wrap the ends around your fingers. Slide it gently between your teeth, taking care not to pull too hard and hurt your gums. Once it’s between your teeth, slide the floss up and down your teeth, as well as back and forth. Again, be gentle. Don’t saw at your gums with the floss. If you’re using a floss holder, the same technique applies. To remove the floss, bring it back down between your teeth rather than releasing one end and pulling it through.
Hillside Dental Associates is Ripon, WI’s hometown dentist. This locally owned and operated practice offers compassionate, friendly care for your preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry needs. The dentists and hygienists use the latest advancements in technology to offer their patients the finest oral health care in the area. Call (920) 748-6122 to schedule your appointment today, or visit the Hillside Dental Associates website to see a list of services.