It’s hard enough to remember to floss – but if you’re flossing the wrong way, you could actually be doing more harm than good. Flossing isn’t difficult, but it does mean that you need to take a few different steps to make sure flossing is done properly:
Bleeding Doesn’t Mean You Should Stop Flossing
One of the biggest concerns that people have when they floss is making their gums bleed. If you floss irregularly, you probably have gingivitis. One of the signs of gingivitis and gum disease is bleeding gums. It can take flossing every day for up to two weeks before bleeding goes away.
Wrap the Floss Tightly Around Your Tooth
Floss needs to be wrapped in a “C” shape around your tooth and then rubbed up and down against the tooth under the gumlines. Keeping the floss straight and jerking it up and down can cut or permanently damage your gums. The key is to clean the curves of your teeth and the pockets below your gumlines.
Chose Your Floss Picks Wisely
As noted above, you need to be able to curve the floss around your tooth. Cheaper versions of most floss picks won’t allow you to do that around your back teeth. They are usually ok for front teeth or for children, but not comprehensive adult oral hygiene. Consider getting a flosser with a “Y” shape that is easier to reach the back teeth with.
Can’t Reach? Consider a Water Flosser
Water flossers are a great, efficient alternative to traditional flossing. Although they are messy in the beginning, water flossers do an excellent job at keeping your smile clean and healthy.
Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
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