What you need to know about flossing

  • Posted on: Oct 15 2022
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Most people know they should be flossing their teeth every day, but many don’t know how to properly floss or why it’s so important.

What are the goals and advantages of flossing?

Flossing removes both plaque and bacteria from in between your teeth and under your gum line, areas that brushing alone can’t reach. This helps prevent cavities and gum disease, keeping the teeth and gums clean and healthy.

How do I floss my teeth?

To properly floss your teeth, use about 16 inches of dental floss. Wrap most of the dental floss around your middle finger, leaving an inch or two to work with. Gently insert the dental floss in-between your teeth, in a back-and-forth motion. Do not scrape the floss into your gums. Curl the dental floss around each tooth in a C shape and slide it up and down against the side of the tooth.

Also, do not forget to floss behind the back teeth! Many people neglect this area, but it’s just as important as the front teeth. If you have any issues with flossing, do not hesitate to talk to your dentist at Smile Texas about your difficulties. In some instances, Drs. Rick Kline and Bret Davis may recommend the use of a waterpik or handheld disposable flosser picks that are easier to maneuver for some of our patients. Those with fine motor skill issues may benefit from these handheld picks, making it easier to floss than with traditional floss alone.

Flossing takes a little practice, but once you get the hang of it, it only takes a few minutes each day. Make sure to add flossing to your daily oral care routine! If you need a little guidance, don’t hesitate to talk to your dental hygienist and dentist at Smile Texas about your needs. Drs. Rick Kline and Bret Davis work alongside patients and families in the Sugar Land, TX area to help them achieve oral health and wellness–and keep their smiles healthy for life! Call 281-265-7645 to request an appointment with our team and learn more about the importance of flossing and brushing between dental visits.

Posted in: Dental Health, Gum Disease

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