Got Dental Floss? Here's How to Do It Properly
At our Amherst, NH practice, dentist Dr. Kenneth G. Edwards frequently hears from patients that they do not take the time to floss their teeth. Others who floss once in a while often do a haphazard job, not understanding the proper flossing technique.
Because flossing is such an important part of home care—after all, your toothbrush cannot reach all the nooks and crannies that are between your teeth and gums—let’s take some time go over proper flossing technique.
What Type of Floss Should I Use?
There are myriad different flosses available, and the type of floss you should use is up to you. If you like flavored, use flavored. If you like waxed, use waxed. Use whatever makes it easier for you to stick to a flossing routine.
How Often Should I Floss?
It’s optimal to floss every day at least once, usually at bedtime right after you brush your teeth.
What Is the Proper Flossing Technique?
Many people simply go through the motions of flossing, quickly moving the floss between their teeth. But you should take some care to floss carefully, with a gentle touch, to ensure you are cleaning plaque-forming bacteria from between your teeth. Think of the floss as a squeegee as it moves up and down the side of each teeth. Gently bring it all the way to the gum line so you can remove debris that might be stuck there.
If you have more questions on how to floss properly, we are happy to demonstrate and answer any questions you might have!
Is It Time for Your Annual Checkup and Cleaning?
Call our Amherst, NH practice, and visit Kenneth G. Edwards, DDS, and his team. If it’s been a while since your last appointment, we welcome you—without judgment. We would love to help you get your oral health back on track. Give us a call today to make an appointment!