Even the best teeth brushers sometimes struggle with flossing properly — and regularly. Often, this is because people do not always know how to floss the right way. Brushing alone won’t remove all the food particles, plaque, and bacteria between the teeth, so flossing is particularly important. Take this advice on flossing from an experienced dentist in Suwanee and keep your teeth healthy and strong in between dental visits.
Which Type of Floss to Choose?
Feel free to get the type of floss you like. Waxed, unwaxed, flavored, or unflavored — it all does the job just fine if you’re using it properly.
How to Hold Your Floss
Pull off about a foot and a half (18 inches) of floss. Wind the majority of the floss on each middle finger, leaving about two inches of floss in between your fingers to use. Wrap just a small part of the floss around one middle finger and the rest of the floss around the other. Now you are ready to floss!
Positioning the Floss
Insert the floss in between your teeth and then curve it around the base of your tooth. Avoid snapping the floss or pushing it in if your teeth are too tight — you may bruise or cut your delicate gum tissue. Be sure that the floss goes beneath the gumline — this is where you need to remove plaque and food particles from, because a toothbrush won’t reach.
How to Floss
Slide the floss gently around the tooth and use a back and forth motion while pulling the floss up from in between the teeth. The floss may have a small amount of debris on it — this is a good thing and it means you are flossing well. Roll the used floss around the middle finger that has the least amount of floss and unroll a new two-inch section from the middle finger that has more floss wrapped around it. Use a new section of floss for each tooth.
It is possible to spread bacteria from tooth to tooth or from one area of the mouth to the other. For example, you may have periodontal disease in the upper right quadrant but not any other part of your mouth. If you use contaminated floss, you could spread the infection and end up with periodontal disease in most areas of your mouth. It’s very important to use clean floss for each tooth. This is why floss sticks are typically not recommended for proper flossing. You would have to use a new floss stick for each tooth, which can amount to a lot of floss sticks for one session of flossing.
When to Floss
Your dentist in Suwanee recommends brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day. However, flossing more certainly is not going to hurt you.
Book Your Teeth Cleaning Today
Brushing and flossing is an important part of your daily oral care routine, but you still need professional cleanings from a dentist. Book your cleaning appointment today at Suwanee Center for Family Dentistry by calling (770) 224-0140.