How to Floss Your Teeth – Do’s and Don’ts
Flossing is just as important for your dental health as brushing, and doing it correctly it very important as well, so our Vestal NY Dentists are sharing here some “do’s and don’ts” when it comes to flossing our teeth. The bristles of a toothbrush cannot reach below the gum line or the tight spaces between teeth. Flossing is the only effective way to get rid of the decay-causing plaque in those spaces, and these tips show you how to floss your teeth the right way.
Do use about 18 inches of dental floss. Wrap the excess around your middle fingers, making the center two inches taut.
Do use a gentle up and down motion to clean between the teeth.
Do follow the contours of your teeth near the gum line. Gently form a C shape with the floss to clean around the gums.
Do use a fresh section of floss as you clean around all your teeth.
If you find it difficult to floss due to hand pain, poor coordination, amputations or paralysis, use a floss holder. These Y-shaped plastic devices allow you to floss with just one hand.
Do spend at least one minute flossing per day. A good three to five minutes is even better for removing plaque and debris.
Do keep floss on hand so you can quickly clean your teeth between meals or after snacks.
Flossing may hurt or cause light bleeding at first, but pain should stop after about a week or two. If it does not, see your dentist.
Do use a waxed floss if your teeth are spaced very close together. Using a polytetrafluoroethylene floss can also make it easier to clean between the teeth.
With many regular habits we have been doing for years, like flossing our teeth, it’s common to think what we’ve been doing is the correct way, but dentists will tell you that there’s a right way to floss and making sure you follow these simple “do’s and don’ts” will help to ensure clean, healthy gums and teeth for a lifetime.