Do you floss regularly only to still have sensitive or bleeding gums? It may be possible that although you are flossing regularly, you may not be flossing properly – a common frustration among our patients.
While flossing may seem like a simple enough task, many people do not floss properly or effectively. Here are a few easy tips to make the job easier:
- You should use about 20” of floss with each cleaning. This allows you to wind the floss around your fingers as you move through the mouth – ensuring you’re always using a clean area of floss between each tooth.
- Be sure to slide the floss between your teeth. This will prevent sudden popping of floss between the teeth and damage to your gums.
- Start in the same place and work your way around your smile so that you do not miss any teeth.
- Be sure to work the floss against your gums and teeth to really scrub away the debris that may reside on the sides of teeth.
- Rinse afterwards with water and a restorative mouthwash.
If you’d like to schedule your next dental check up or receive more tips regarding effective at home dental care, contact our office today.