While flossing your teeth may feel like an inconvenience at times, it is a very important and critical part of your oral hygiene routine. Flossing removes plaque and bacteria from in between your teeth, while also strengthening your gums and freshening your breath.
Yes, you can actually develop cavities in between your teeth if plaque is not removed on a daily basis, so your Edina dentist recommends that you floss one time each day. Here are the proper techniques you should be using to make the most of your flossing routine.
Use Enough Floss
You want to use a clean piece of floss for every tooth, otherwise, you will just spread plaque and debris to your other teeth. This requires that you start with quite a bit of floss (about 18 inches) and wrap it around your index fingers on each hand. Dental floss is not expensive, so there's no need to be stingy.
Work Each Side of the Tooth
You want to make sure the floss works both sides of your teeth, moving up and downward gently in a C-shape. This ensures that you remove plaque buildup from both sides of your teeth.
Flossing too vigorously actually does more harm than good. Your gum tissue is delicate and can be injured if you floss too hard.
On the other hand, gentle flossing promotes healthy gums and protects against periodontal disease.
If you have questions about using the correct flossing techniques, our hygienist is happy to give you a demonstration at your next routine cleaning appointment. Your hygiene team at 50th and France Dental Care love educating their patients about their oral health, and they will provide you with helpful tips on how to improve your home care routine.
Give us a call today to schedule your next appointment!