Edmond Dentist Asks; Are You Flossing Properly?
Let’s be honest, flossing properly is actually a bit more tricky than you’d think. Are you doing it properly? Many people wonder whether they are flossing correctly, often enough, and with the correct flossing instrument. If you’re tired of feeling ashamed and getting lectured by your dental hygienist at every dental appointment, this post is for you! It may seem like a daunting task to get your hands all the way in the back or to apply a proper technique, but with some help you may be able to pull it off. Our Edmond dentist is here to provide you with flossing tips!
Edmond Dentist Tip # 1: Grab about 18-24 inches of floss. This is how much is recommended by the ADA. Put the ends around your index and middle fingers.
Edmond Dentist Tip # 2: Get the floss between the teeth and all the way up to the gum-line. Do not shove the floss as this can cause injury to your gums. Be kind to yourself! Gently “wrap” your tooth with the floss in a “c” shape. Use an up and down and back and forth (or zig-zag) motion to get all those surfaces.
Edmond Dentist Tip # 3: Once all of your teeth are squeaky clean, rinse your mouth very well. After all, you did just clean out a lot of bacteria from under your gums.
This sounds easy enough, right? Our Edmond dentist knows that not everyone can handle standard floss and if you’re one of those types know that there are lots of other options out there to help you achieve your flossing goals. You may need to consider using handheld flossers, instead.
The technique with these flossers are similar, but it gives you the luxury of not having to struggle getting around those back teeth and hard to reach places. Additionally, all of the major dental companies have created water flossers or air flossers as well. The water and air flossers are easy to use, gentle and incredibly effective. If you have a lot of bridge, crown work, or braces there is a special floss to get around those wires to keep your gums healthy!
Remember, flossing is the most effective way to keep plaque out of your gum tissue and off of your teeth in between your dental cleanings. Research your options and start flossing!
Of course, we love making sure patients have clean teeth with a thorough flossing to finish. If you’re looking to get your teeth cleaned professionally, please feel free to contact us for an appointment by clicking here.