Flossing is an important part of your oral health routine. It can help remove food particles stuck between your teeth and gums and can help clean out bacteria that you miss when brushing your teeth.
It is something that you need to include in your daily routine, but you also need to make sure you are flossing with the correct technique. If you don't, you may not get the benefits you want from flossing or you could end up causing more damage to your teeth and gums than flossing helps.
How to Floss
The first step to knowing whether you are flossing properly is learning the right way to floss. It starts with a piece of floss about 18 inches long.
Wrap the ends of the floss around the two middle fingers of your hands. This will allow you to take up the floss as it gets dirty. You need to hold the floss between your thumb and forefinger and slide it back and forth between the teeth. Form the floss into a C and use it to clean the space between the tooth and gums. Find a clean piece of floss as you move on to the next tooth.
Signs Your Flossing Correctly
One of the first signs to look for is blood. Your gums should not bleed except for the first few times you start flossing. Bleeding is a sign that you are flossing too hard. A second thing to watch is how long it takes. Once you are experienced at flossing, it should take about 5 minutes to do properly. A last thing to remember is the order of your oral health routine. Floss before you brush for the best results.
Once you learn how to floss, your teeth and gums will benefit. Knowing how to tell if you are doing it right is just another step in the learning process.
For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
Century Dental Dr. Jefferson Call, DMD & Dr. Dix Densley, DDS