So, you think you know how to floss? Most of us have had a dental hygienist show us how to floss, but as time goes by our habits can get a little sloppy. You meant well when you started out, but now flossing is more of an afterthought than a necessary part of your oral hygiene routine.
If you brush twice a day conscientiously, you may wonder why flossing is so important. The fact is that if you are not flossing, you aren’t getting the job done completely. While brushing removes plaque from the surfaces of your teeth, a brush can’t reach into the cracks and crevices between teeth. Daily flossing of these areas is essential for good gum health.
3 Tips for Flossing Like a Pro
- Work both sides of a tooth – The proper method is to take a length of floss and hold it against one tooth so it forms a C shape, scrub, then move to the other side. Many people use the floss like a saw between teeth, but that doesn’t do much to remove plaque.
- Don't force floss into tight spaces – If your teeth are tightly placed together, it can be a challenge to get the floss into the space. In this case, you do want to use a gentle sawing motion just until you get the floss into position, then follow the steps above.
- Use clean floss after each tooth – When you finish flossing the teeth on both sides, you should move to a clean section of the floss. Since floss works by carrying away plaque, cleaning a new spot with used floss just spreads plaque you have already moved to the new tooth!
Call to Arrange an Appointment
Everyone can use a refresher on proper flossing techniques from time to time. We would be happy to arrange an appointment with our dentist and hygienist at our Hershey, PA office to show you how to get the most from your flossing efforts.