Even if you have the world’s best toothbrush, it won’t be able to clear plaque and food particles from the spaces between teeth or below your gum line. If plaque or food is left alone, it can result in gum disease and tooth decay. We want to help you make flossing a regular habit so that you can enjoy the healthy results of proper flossing.
It’s important to always floss at least once a day, and the time of day doesn’t matter as long as you do a thorough job, though most people prefer to floss after brushing their teeth as part of their bedtime routine.
You should choose about 18 to 24 inches of floss to ensure that you plenty to work with. Wrap it around your middle fingers until only an inch or two of floss remains, and then use a fresh section for each tooth. Use an up-and-down sliding motion between each tooth, curving the floss as you reach the tooth base to reach under the gums. Never try to force the floss so that you don’t accidentally damage your gums.
You can choose a waxed nylon floss in a variety of flavors or a single-filament floss to easily slide around your teeth without shredding. Some patients find flosse string to be too difficult and prefer to use a dental pick, water flosser, or pre-threaded flosser instead.
In addition to scheduling six-month visits to Complete Dental Care, you are welcome to call 740-229-4180 at any time if you need to ask our dentist, Dr. Alyssa Dillon, for additional tips for better flossing in Dennison, Ohio.