We all know the basic steps of daily oral care include brushing and flossing. They play an important role in the oral cleaning process because they complement each other. Flossing in particular helps remove food and bacteria from places where a toothbrush can’t reach, preventing plaque build-up and gum disease.
Don’t Forget To Floss
Brushing is simply not enough to keep your teeth clean and your breath smelling good. When food particles stay stuck between your teeth even after brushing, flossing helps remove the stubborn bits, giving you a thorough cleaning. Flossing once a day will keep your gums and teeth healthy, but it’s important to know the basic process to do it right and effectively avoid injuries that could do more harm than good.
How to Floss Properly
These are the steps to floss like a boss:
- Use a piece of floss of about 18 inches in length.
- Hold the piece stretched tight in your thumb and first finger.
- Carefully and gently curve the floss to go under the gum line of each tooth, and remember that your gums are delicate, so don’t snap it in. Try to find the right angle to slide it softly.
- Move the floss gently up and down between your teeth. Use a fresh piece as you go.
Some extra tips to keep in mind when flossing are:
- Do what’s best for you — Flossing is not limited to string. There are other tools like floss picks or electronic flossers that you can try. Choose the one that works best for you.
- Know your mouth — Some people avoid flossing because they can’t reach their back teeth or they are too close together. Strings vary in thickness and flossing aids can help you reach every corner of your mouth. Know what you need and, as mentioned before, try the alternatives and pick the perfect one for you.
At Baldwinsville Gentle Dentistry, we like to remind our patients in the Syracuse area of the basic dental care habits that will keep their teeth and gums as healthy as possible. If you have any questions on how you can maintain a healthy smile, please call our office for more information or to schedule an appointment.