Flossing your teeth is as important as brushing them, but people are more likely to skip flossing then they are to skip brushing their teeth. Of those who do floss regularly, many may not be doing it properly, which can leave their smiles susceptible to issues like tooth decay and gum disease. To help you better protect your smile, your dentist offers advice for flossing the right way and removing the oral bacteria that threaten it.
Floss First, Brush Second
When you floss your teeth, the food and plaque particles that you pick from between them will remain where they land (on another tooth, your tongue, the inside of your cheek, etc.). Therefore, floss first, then brush your teeth to remove the particles and ensure that they don’t linger.
Be Picky About Your Floss
Not all floss is created the same. Though most operate the same way, some types may be gentler on your teeth and/or easier to maneuver between them. Ask your dentist what type of floss you should use to maximize your dental hygiene routine.
Take Your Time
Like brushing your teeth, flossing properly takes time. If you rush through it, you may skip a tooth without realizing it, or use an improper form that doesn’t effectively clean your teeth. Be sure to curve the floss carefully around both sides of every tooth, and pay special attention to the gum line between them.
Get More Advice for Flossing and Good Hygiene
Get more advice on how to floss and take care of your dental health properly by visiting your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. Schedule your next appointment by calling our dental office in Sunnyvale, CA at (408) 720-0900, or toll free at (877) 9-DENTAL.