September 11, 2015
It’s a common question we receive from our patients and the truth is, there is a wrong way to floss teeth. Usually it consists of either not flossing outright or going through the motions. When it comes to your oral health, you shouldn’t be lackadaisical. When your oral health is suffering it can affect other areas of your body. Your overall health is closely linked to oral health, so that’s why it’s so important to first of all floss, but also do it correctly.
When you come to our office in Brampton, ON, you’ll be treated to an array of services that can help your oral health stay in great shape. Part of our dentistry services involve keeping our patients educated on dental practices. Preventive dentistry goes a long way in determining whether or not a patient’s oral health will adequately sustain over time. By practicing good dental hygiene habits like flossing, you’re doing your oral health and smile a favor. Good oral health encourages great overall health and can have you smiling confidently for years to come. Dr. Fava is the Brampton, ON dentist that families from around the area can trust to deliver excellent results.
Why is Flossing Such a Big Deal?
The point of flossing isn’t just to remove food that gets stuck between teeth – it’s important for the health of your teeth. It’s the most effective way to remove plaque that builds between your teeth. It does all of this to help keep cavities from forming between your teeth. Flossing is also vital for the health of your gums. The floss can get under the gums to remove excess plaque, food and more. A toothbrush can’t reach this area which is why it’s doubly important to floss at least once a day. If you like living a life with great oral health, it’s advised that you incorporate flossing into your daily routine.
What Is The Proper Way To Floss Teeth?
Let’s get to it, shall we? Flossing must become part of your daily routine from here on out – no excuses. We want you to enjoy a life full of great oral health, and flossing can help encourage this. Take a look at the list below on how to properly floss your teeth:
- Tear off a piece of floss that is 18 inches in length.
- Take both ends and wrap them tightly around your index fingers.
- Use your thumb for stabilization while leaving an inch or so of floss to use.
- Use a gentle zigzag motion as you make your way between each tooth.
- Be sure to use clean sections of floss after each tooth.
- Form a “C” shape out of the floss in order to cover the entire tooth while using an up-and-down motion.
- Get underneath the gum line so you can remove hidden plaque.
Following these steps will help ensure your teeth stay as clean as possible and your oral health operates at maximum efficiency.
Need Help? Schedule an Appointment
It’s okay if you need help with flossing. Our team can assist you in your flossing routine so that you can leave your teeth feeling clean and happy. Brushing and flossing can help you keep a healthy smile, but a general checkup is necessary as well. Our team can provide you with excellent and gentle service so you can enjoy a beautiful smile. Our team is ready, are you?
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