Flossing Tips | Trident General Dentistry | Charleston SC

Tips To Follow When Flossing

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.

Dental Facts & Your Pets

Did you know by three, most dogs and cats already have early-stage gum disease? Left untreated it causes bad breath, loose teeth, trouble eating and pain. What else didn’t you know about your pets dental health? April 11th is National Pet Day. As it approaches, let’s make a decision to learn more about our pets’ teeth and gums.

1. Gum Disease Is an Immune Response
When you, or your dog, let plaque on the teeth and under the gumline, it harbors lots of bacteria. Your immune system sees these bacteria as foreign invaders. The immune system uses inflammation to try to kill it and flush it out. But, overwhelmed, that inflammation causes a lot of pain, lost teeth and often other health problems in the heart, sinuses, joints and more.

2. They Won’t Tell You They’re in Pain
Your pet’s ancestors lived in the wild where crying in pain would draw in predators. Most dogs and cats try to hide their pain unless it’s overwhelming.

This makes it hard for you to know they need to see the vet.

3. You Can Identify Pet Dental Problems
Be aware of the warning signs:

Trouble picking up food
Bleeding gums
Loose teeth
Blood in the water bowl
Bad breath (No, it’s not just normal!)

4. Prevention is Key
Brush their teeth. Start early if possible. But if you’re gentle, you can teach an older dog or cat to enjoy brushing. Feed them hard food unless gum disease is already advanced. Give dogs plenty of toys to chew on. Take your furry friend for regular dental screenings at your vet and while you’re at it, don’t forget to schedule your own.

We love every member of our family at Trident General Dentistry. While we don’t see pets we do provide great dental care for all those humans in your life. Call today to schedule your dental care appointment or learn more about our special offers here.