How to Floss Your Teeth Efficiently

How to Floss Your Teeth Efficiently

Posted by Columbia View Dental on Mar 17 2022, 03:56 AM

Flossing has been recommended by the American Dental Association along with brushing. The right technique is important to get the best results from flossing. 

How Flossing Helps

Flossing is the practice of cleaning teeth using dental floss. It aids in removing food lodged between your teeth, hence minimizing plaque buildup in your mouth. Here are other ways flossing helps:

  • Removes Plaque From the Tooth’s Surface

Plaque develops in the mouth when food leftovers interact with bacteria. If left unchecked, plaque can harden into tartar. This can erode the enamel of your teeth. Plaque can be removed with dental floss.

  • Helps Reduce Gum Diseases

Plaques can cause gum irritation, resulting in swelling and inflammation, a condition known as gingivitis. Timely flossing can help prevent gum infections.

  • Improves Overall Oral Health

Bacteria that grow in your mouth may generate bad breath. Regular flossing can help fight bad breath. Floss can also help clean areas where your toothbrush cannot reach.

How to Floss Efficiently

Follow the directions below to get the most out of flossing. We recommend flossing gently with ample pressure to your teeth rather than your gums. Make sure to wash your hands before you reach out for dental floss.

  • Begin by removing a piece of dental floss from the container.
  • Take 18 inches of floss and cut it in half. Wrap it tightly around each of your middle fingers.
  • Wrap the ends of the thread around your fingers and thumb. Continue winding until you have roughly 5 cm of space between your fingers.
  • Make a 'C' shape with your floss between your teeth.
  • Clean your teeth by sliding the floss between your teeth in a rocking motion.
  • Repeat this process for each tooth, using a fresh section of floss.
  • Rinse your mouth after you floss.

Flossing With Braces

If you wear braces, proper flossing technique is important to avoid floss getting tangled on your brackets. In case you notice gum tenderness or bleeding while flossing, schedule an appointment with your dentist. 

When to See a Dentist

When done correctly, flossing is a painless procedure. If you face excessive bleeding or swollen gums make sure to consult your dentist. 

Contact Columbia View Dental to know more about how to floss efficiently. Our hygienist can demonstrate proper flossing techniques. Practice good dental hygiene by brushing and flossing, to keep your teeth and gums healthy. 

For more tips and comprehensive dental care, visit Columbia View Dental at 1915 E 19th St, The Dalles, OR 97058. Call us at (541) 296-5677 for appointments.

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