Were you aware that flossing could be as important to your dental health as brushing your teeth daily? This could be one of the reasons why dentists always ask if you are flossing at home. Brushing your teeth can be great for cleaning plaque from the chewing surfaces of your teeth, but plaque also likes to gather between your teeth in places where your brush can’t reach. Yet, if flossing I so pivotal to your oral hygiene, how do you ensure you’re doing it correctly?
-Cut a piece of floss that is about 18 inches long.
-Picking a small section of floss, wrap the ends around your index fingers.
-Keep the floss taunt and gently slide it between your teeth. Start with your back teeth and work your way forward.
-When you reach your gums, gently shift your hands in an up and down motion to clean the teeth. Before going on to a new tooth, be sure that you also move on to a new section of floss.
-Dental floss should never be reused. Not only would it be unsanitary, but dental floss can become ineffective once it is used. Please, throw away the floss when you’ve finished.
While there are many different kinds of dental flosses available, you can choose whichever suits your needs best. Regardless of whether you choose floss that is flavored or unflavored, waxed or unwaxed, your floss should be certified to be effective and safe by the ADA.
If you would like to know more about flossing, or would like to make an appointment with one of our dentists, please call B. SABA DMD, PC at 508-668-1531. We happily help those who live in Walpole, Massachusetts, and the surrounding areas with their dental health needs.