Flossing is an important part of proper home care for your teeth; it’s important to ensure that you’re doing it properly to get the most out of your flossing time.
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Proper Flossing Techniques
The techniques you use for flossing your teeth have a large impact on the effectiveness of your flossing.
To properly floss your teeth:
- Take a piece of floss about 12 inches in length
- Wrap both ends of floss around your two index fingers
- Place your thumbs on the floss strand so that you are “pinching” the floss
- Pull the floss tight and taut so there is no slack
- Holding the floss tightly, press it between the teeth and drag it up and into the gumline, removing all signs of plaque or food debris that have accumulated
- Repeat this motion on the adjacent tooth
- Move on to the next space and repeat
Ensure that you are applying enough pressure to remove the plaque or food debris, but be careful not to apply too much pressure; this can lead to bleeding or soreness in the gums.
What Kind of Floss Should I Use?
There are various different kinds of floss available for purchase; it can be a bit difficult to determine which is best for you.
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Most people choose between traditional string floss or a floss pick, sometimes known as a dental flosser. This device is designed to make flossing easy and simple, providing about an inch of taut floss on a plastic handle which often doubles as a toothpick.
Whether you choose to use traditional string floss or a floss pick, it’s recommended that you opt for wax floss, which is much more durable and less likely to shred or rip while you are flossing your teeth.
Here at Robstown Smiles, we are dedicated to helping our patients maintain their healthiest and happiest smiles possible. For more information about proper flossing techniques or to get scheduled in our Robstown, Texas dental office, give us a call anytime at 361-933-0124.