Flossing is one of the most important aspects an effective oral hygiene regimen. Flossing is most effective when it immediately follows a thorough brushing session.
If you have trouble working the floss between your teeth or the spaces are simply very tight, you might want to try waxed floss. The waxy coating helps the floss slide into tight spaces, reducing the chances of injuring your gums from forcing the floss.
The ideal act of flossing is more than simply running a piece of dental floss, between your teeth. The gum line itself is a critical battleground between a healthy mouth and the rigors of chronic gum disease.
After you have finished brushing your teeth, you should cut off a section of floss roughly 16 to 18 inches long. Wrap the excess floss around your middle fingers.
You want a firm grip when holding a small section of floss between your thumb and index fingers. Work the floss around your teeth in a U shape and gently work it into the space between your gum line and the tooth. Carefully use the floss to remove any food particles or unseen plaque from the gums. Make sure to floss behind your back teeth.
Many people find that rinsing their mouth after flossing with antiseptic mouthwash helps removing loosened food particles while freshening the breath.
If you have questions about your flossing technique please feel free to call us at [phone] or ask the hygienist at your next appointment. We look forward to seeing you!