Are You Flossing Properly?

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.

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