30 Sep 2019
September 30, 2019

5 Tips for Highly Effective Flossing

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Flossing is an important part of your oral hygiene routine. Many people prioritize brushing their teeth over flossing, even though flossing can remove a significant amount of the hard to reach plaque between your teeth. If you’re looking to improve how you floss your teeth, here are five tips.

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Use Enough Floss

Patients may not be using a large enough piece of floss to effectively clean their teeth. Every time you floss, you need to use a piece of floss that is 18 inches or longer. This enables you to reach in between each tooth with enough tension to scrape away plaque and for you to be able to rotate the floss to a new, clean piece of the floss for each tooth.

Curve Around Base of Tooth

You don’t want to simply wipe away any plaque or buildup that exists between teeth. You want to scale what’s on top of the tooth and just under the gum line. You can accomplish this by gently curving the floss into a “C” shape to wipe away what’s just under the gum line. Just be gentle with your gums, as you don’t want to accidentally cut or bruise them.

Buy Floss Picks or Interdental Brushes

If you have a difficult time cleaning between your teeth with traditional floss, consider purchasing floss picks or interdental brushes that can be easier to maneuver. For seniors and children, floss picks or interdental brushes can make it possible for them to floss their own teeth without assistance from others. In an ideal situation, you would use floss picks and interdental brushes as a complementary tool to floss to promote good dental hygiene.

Floss Twice a Day

You should floss your teeth twice a day, just after you brush your teeth. By always flossing after brushing, it is easier to make it a habit that you reliably stick to. Plus, once you floss regularly, you won’t have to floss away stuck on plaque and tartar. It will make the whole process faster and more comfortable.

Carry Floss With You

The great thing about floss is that it’s portable. You can easily keep a roll of floss in your car, purse, or pocket to use when you eat something that gets stuck in your teeth. Removing food particles from your teeth as soon as possible can alleviate tooth discomfort and keep your teeth in better shape.

Flossing is an important part of your daily dental hygiene routine. It will make a difference in the feedback you get from your dentist and dental hygienist. You may even find that regular cleanings take less time as a result.

Ready to Get Started?

At Family Dental Care of Bellevue, we are committed to providing quality dental care to our patients and their families. We are proud to have been voted one of the best dental offices in Washington State. If you are ready to take the first steps toward improving your dental health, we invite you to call 425-643-5778 today to make an appointment for your initial consultation.

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