Flossing is easily one of the most dreaded health care procedures that we hear from our patients. While maintaining a healthy smile is something that all of our patients want to do, most of them agree that flossing is an area that they skip out on. The downfall to skipping out on flossing is the increased chance of developing gingivitis or some other form of gum disease or tooth decay. The team at Dr. Coakley & Trainor’s dentist office want to provide you with the tips that you need to ensure that your flossing is done thoroughly and provides you with long term dental care.
Step 1: Use the Right Amount
The first step to flossing properly is going to be using the right amount of floss. You are going to want roughly 18 inches of floss in order to floss properly. Wrap the floss around one of your middle fingers while the remaining floss will be wound around the exact same finger, on your opposite hand. One of these fingers will be used to pull through the floss as it picks up any food particles or plaque that is stuck between your teeth.
Step 2: Grip it Tightly
In order to get the most out of your floss, you need to make sure that you have a tight grip on both ends. This will allow for you to get down to your gums and pick up any food particles or plaque without constantly having to re grip your floss.
Step 3: Gently Guide the Floss
Once you have a good grip on your floss, guide the floss gently between two teeth. If your teeth are close together, gently work it up to your gums. At first this might cause your gums to bleed, but it will eventually make it’s way up there smoothly. Try to avoid snapping the floss directly up to your gum line.
Step 4: Move the Floss Around
Once your floss has reached the top of your gum line, move it around so that it is able to grab any of the plaque or build up around this area. This is the space that is most vulnerable to cavities and build up, so it’s important that you get it all. In order to do this, move the floss around and wrap it around your tooth a little to get the space between your tooth and gum.
Step 5: Move Up and Down
Move the floss up and down in the space to ensure that you are removing any and all particles and plaque that are stuck in the area. Doing this against the side of the tooth can get any extra build up that floss might not catch normally, which could do a great deal of good for your smile.
Flossing is one of the best things that you can do for your smile, so make sure to make the most of this practice and maintain a healthy smile. If you need any help with your flossing technique, any member of our dental care team would be happy to help. Make sure to schedule a visit at your local dentist office if you do require more help with proper flossing techniques.