Proper flossing techniques can make all the difference in your oral health and is just as important as brushing. If you are studiously flossing twice per day, you are already on a good track to keeping your gums and teeth healthy. Alicia Sturn DDS, the trusted dentist for Farmington, NY, has shared her flossing techniques to help ensure you’re making the most of your time and effort doing this each day.
Proper Flossing Technique From Your Dentist
As you stand in front of the mirror, start with about 18 inches of floss in your hands. Wrap it once or twice around your middle finger on one hand, then wrap the rest around the middle finger on the other hand until you have about two inches of floss tight between your hands. Fix it between your thumb and index fingers in both hands then push it up between the teeth, starting on one side of the mouth and working your way around to the other side.
As you slide the floss up between the teeth, curve the floss into a “c” shape around the base of each tooth, then slide it up and down along the tooth as far as it will go below the gum line. You will need to curve the floss in both directions to get the teeth on either side of the crack.
As you move from tooth to tooth, unwind the floss from one hand and wind it around the other so you have clean floss to work with. If necessary, get a new piece of floss to finish the mouth. If you’re just beginning to floss, your gums may be sensitive at first and may even bleed. This is fine, but do not force the floss into the gum line further than is natural; this type of force can damage healthy gums.
Even if you brush and floss properly on schedule, a professional cleaning from your dentist is important every six months. You should also call your dentist if you experience tooth pain. Contact Alicia Sturn DDS at (585) 398-2100 to schedule an appointment. She also offers cosmetic dentistry services, such as teeth whitening, to give you a smile you’ll feel confident with.