We all know it’s important to floss our teeth. But are you actually flossing correctly? It might sound like common sense. However, you might be surprised to learn that there is a right way to do it. Using the right technique will remove the most plaque from your teeth to prevent disease, freshen breath, and reduce the risk of tooth decay. Below, we’ll teach you how to floss the right way.
Firstly, Choose The Right Tools
Obviously, you will need dental floss. However, there are a few different options on the market. Both traditional dental floss and dental floss picks are great options. Many people also prefer using a water flosser. These are great, but they’re not a substitute for the regular stuff. While water flossers are easy to use and less wasteful option, they cannot clean every surface of the tooth effectively. Toothpicks are also great for getting stuck food pieces out of your teeth. However, they are not a substitute for actual dental tools.
Next, Learn the Technique
If using traditional floss, use a piece about 18 inches long. Shorter pieces will be harder to work with. Wrap it around your fingers and clean in between each tooth. Be sure to clean along the gum line, holding your hands at an angle so clean the whole base. It’s also important to be gentle when sliding the floss in between your teeth. Forcing it into your mouth can hurt your gums and also cause bleeding.
Get Your Dentist’s Advice
Your dentist will be able to tell you if your home care is effectively cleaning your teeth. However, you should remember that there is only so much you can do on your own. Regular dental cleanings will clear away plaque that you miss at home. Your dentist will also check for oral diseases and provide other types of preventative care.
Royalty Dental Associates is here to provide you with friendly and affordable dental cleanings. We have two convenient locations and offer appointments six days a week. Call our office today or book online!