Your Guide To Flossing

dentalflossmeasuringJust like any other technique in preventive dentistry, it’s extremely important that you’re flossing correctly between visits. First and foremost, don’t allow the idea of “best flossing” to get you down – if you think you may need to make some changes to your daily dental hygiene, they will be quite simple to put into effect. Even more exciting? Even tiny alterations to your typical flossing approach may provide you with a greatly improved ability to keep your smile in excellent, beautiful condition.

Choosing the Right Floss

If you’re worried that you’ve been using the wrong floss all this time, chances are you good you’ve been doing no such thing. Choosing the right dental floss for effective dental hygiene typically just requires that you use floss – the particulars are all up to you. Which flavor should you choose? The one you like. Waxed or unwaxed? It’s up to you – waxed is often easier to slip between teeth. Wide or thin? Again, your choice – wide is often gentler than thinner floss.

Steps To Optimal Flossing

As for how you manipulate your floss and address your smile, the details are extremely important. Consider the following tips for effective daily dental hygiene:

  • Use Enough Floss: If you don’t use enough floss, you will have to reuse certain portions over and over, which may drag bacteria through your mouth. Instead, begin with a strand measuring around 18 inches in length and use a new segment as you go.
  • Use Easy Wrapping: Don’t just wrap the floss around two fingers. Carefully wind it around your middle fingers and then guide it through your smile with the help of your pointer fingers and thumbs.
  • Bend To The Side: Gently bend the floss to the side, so it lies firmly against your tooth. Drag the floss along one tooth border then the next, so you remove accumulated plaque or debris and repeat through your smile.