Ripon, Wisconsin
644 W. Oshkosh St.
Ripon, WI 54971
(920) 748-6122

A Dentist's Guide to Becoming a Flossing Expert March 23, 2017

Ripon, Fond du Lac
A Dentist's Guide to Becoming a Flossing Expert, Ripon, Wisconsin

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

dentistWhen 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

dentistYou 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.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Hillside Dental Associates
How Can Invisalign® Treat TMJ Disorder?, Ripon, Wisconsin
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is a painful condition that can affect the functionality of your jaw. If your TMJ pain is caused by a misalignment of teeth, the Invisalign® sy...read more
A Dentist Explains 3 Vital Ways to Prevent Gum Disease , Ripon, Wisconsin
Would you know if you had periodontal disease? Dentists explain that gum disease is so common that nearly half of American adults are living with some form of the condition, which is...read more
3 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Invisalign® Braces, Ripon, Wisconsin
You’ve lived with crooked teeth for long enough, so now that you have Invisalign retainers, don’t let your treatment go to waste. Here are three ways to get the most out of your Invi...read more
3 Reasons to Choose Your Hometown Dentist, Ripon, Wisconsin
When you find yourself in need of a dentist, you want to see someone that you trust. By choosing to patronize your local dental office, you can be sure that the dentist you see is on...read more
A Dentist Debunks 5 Gum Disease Myths, Ripon, Wisconsin
Gum disease is a very serious dental concern. If left untreated, it can advance to the point of tooth loss, which can require more extensive procedures to remedy. In this case, the d...read more