Do You Make Any of These Common Mistakes While Flossing?
Posted on 3/25/2020 by Office
Flossing every day is necessary to remove the stuck-on plaque in-between your teeth. Flossing not only promote healthier teeth, but also healthier gums.
If you don't floss for a while, you may notice your gums become irritated. This is because bacteria like to hide beneath the gum line where a toothbrush can't reach.
Because flossing is such an important part of your dental care, it's important to do it properly. We see many people at our office who floss regularly, but still have a substantial plaque buildup. To make the most of your flossing efforts, here are some ways you can improve your flossing technique.
How to Floss More Effectively
Many people who floss put the floss in-between their teeth and slide the floss up and down vertically. This method can get some of the stuck food out of your teeth, but it's not effective for removing plaque. Instead of using your floss vertically, try to make a C-shape so that it wraps around the tooth you're flossing. This will help clear stuck on plaque better.
Another tip is to make sure you're reaching below the gum line. You'll know you're flossing correctly when you see the floss go beneath your gums at the bottom of your tooth. This will help remove bacteria and plaque from the bottom of your teeth. It will also promote better gum health.
Finally, you can floss gently and still clean your teeth. In fact, flossing gently around your gum line is necessary. If you floss regularly, your gums should never bleed. Even when you get close to and under your gums, they should not bleed. If you see blood when you floss, you may be flossing too hard. For more information on flossing, please contact our office. We like spreading our dental knowledge with anyone who wants it, so ask any question you have.
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