We all know that flossing is something that should be a part of our normal oral health care routine, but how many of us know how to do this practice properly? The process of brushing is pretty easy (though it still requires practice to be done properly) but when it comes to flossing some patients can get pretty confused. This isn’t a cause for concern, we’ve provided a fairly comprehensive explanation of how to take care of your teeth using dental floss. Read on, and if you have any more questions, contact your dentist.
5 Parts Of A Perfect Flossing Technique
Like any other practice, flossing your teeth can take a significant amount of practice to get right. Knowing the technique is important so you can be sure you’re practicing effectively. Just follow these five steps and you’ll be able to floss your teeth like a pro.
- You should start with a piece of floss at least 18 inches long, winding it around two fingers. As you work your way through cleaning your teeth, you can move the floss to ensure that you’re always using a clean section.
- Now that it’s wound, take your floss and hold it between your thumbs and forefingers securely, making sure to keep it taut so it can do its job properly.
- Gently slide the floss between your teeth, avoiding snapping it down onto your gums. Once it’s between your teeth move it up and done between your teeth to clear out debris.
- Before moving on to the next tooth, curve it around your teeth in the shape of a c so you can be sure you’re getting as much coverage as possible.
- Be sure to clean your teeth thoroughly by taking the time to work through each tooth carefully. Move up and down the teeth while moving the floss back and forth to get every nook and cranny in your mouth.
By following these five steps you can be sure to get all the parts of your teeth where debris, tartar, and plaque live in your mouth. With a little bit of practice and a diligent routine you’ll be able to protect your teeth and maintain a beautiful smile for years to come. While we’re covering the process of flossing, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that there are multiple forms of floss you can buy, included waxed floss, unwaxed floss, and even flavored floss that can make the experience more pleasant.
If you’re looking to improve your oral health by learning how to floss properly, as well as other techniques to help protect your teeth, make an appointment with your dentist. If you’re new to the Aliso Viejo, CA area, or are just looking to find a new dentist for your family, call Dr. Marian Bradford at Premier Dental of South Orange County. This team of family practice experts will be happy to help you learn to protect your teeth through proper oral hygiene techniques.