Sometimes we are caught in a rush to get out of the door, or we are ‘too tired’ to preform all of the proper steps one should have in their dental routine. One of the most commonly forgotten about steps as well as one of the most important parts to anyones dental routine is flossing.
A lot of the time we think that our toothbrush is the only step we need towards having good oral health, but we couldn’t be more wrong. When it comes to brushing our teeth a tooth brush does a great job at cleaning the seen surfaces of our teeth, but although our teeth may look clean on the outside there are many areas of the teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach. This is where flossing comes in. In order for flossing to be effective, flossing needs to be done properly.
Important Tips When Flossing:
- Make sure you’re using the right amount of floss which is about 18 inches.
- When flossing, grip is important. You want to be sure to wrap the floss around the middle fingers of both hands.
- Hold the floss tightly. To provide the best control place between the thumb and second finger.
- Make sure to direct pilot the floss down the sides using a rubbing motion for each tooth. As the floss moves closer to the gym line, form the floss into a “C” shape.
- When flossing each tooth do your best to use a fresh section of the floss.
When it comes to your oral health there are a few warning signs aside from regular checkups that you may need to visit a dentist office. These warning signs include the following:
- Sudden Mouth Pain
- Swelling in your face
- Bleeding of the gums when brushing and flossing
As usual, please do not hesitate to contact one of our 4 Trident General Dentistry locations with any questions or concerns you may have.