As the saying goes, anything worth doing is worth doing right. This is true in any undertaking, but particularly applies to dental hygiene. Done improperly, you could leave behind plaque and bacteria that can damage your teeth. In some cases, improper cleaning techniques could even damage your teeth and gums. Proper brushing and flossing technique is important to ensure plaque removal, prevent cavities and also to avoid painful injuries to your teeth and gums. In this post, we’ll focus on flossing, an often neglected part of oral care.
Flossing may be a bit tricky, but as with anything, it gets easier the more you do it. You should floss at least once a day. To floss correctly, take the following steps:
• Tear off about 18 inches of floss, and wrap an end around each of your middle fingers.
• Hold the floss with your thumbs and index fingers firmly.
• Gently slide the floss down the side of the tooth.
• When the floss reaches the gumline, make a C shape to follow the shape of the tooth.
• Slide the floss up and down your tooth several time to ensure plaque removal.
• Repeat with the other tooth; ensure that you get below the gumline to the base of the tooth.
• Move on to the next tooth. Use a fresh section of floss with each tooth.
This procedure will remove plaque from the edges of your teeth, and below the gumline. If you lack the manual dexterity for flossing, or just want to try something easier, a floss holder could be the solution for you. A floss holder is plastic handle that holds a segment of floss between two prongs. This allows you floss with one hand, and is useful if you can’t floss normally for some reason. Some floss holders feature a full-sized handle with a disposable floss section. These are ideal for those who find it difficult to floss. Proper flossing will help prevent cavities and gum disease, and is an essential part of good oral hygiene, along with brushing and visiting your dentist at least twice a year. Community Dental Group is here to provide for your oral care needs. We’re looking forward to serving you and your family.