You can improve your oral health significantly just by improving your flossing technique. Flossing is a key part of oral health care and, like brushing should be performed on a daily basis. Dr. Isela Cantuarias and our team encourage regular flossing because it performs functions that other dental treatments cannot.
When you floss, you thoroughly clean the spaces between teeth and under the gums that brushing cannot reach. However, to fully reap the benefits of daily flossing, you must make sure you’re doing the job properly. If you are a novice at flossing or have never had a technique that you felt was efficient, we are here to help! First, make sure that your piece of thread is long enough that you can clean each tooth without using the same section twice, which means the string will need to be about 18 inches long. Wrap the ends around a finger on both hands so you can easily maneuver the floss to move up and down between each tooth, sliding gently under the gum line and cleaning behind the back teeth.
For efficient cleaning, select dental floss that is strong and safe. Look for shred-resistant floss that has the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. You are welcome to ask your dentist which products he would recommend for you. If you struggle to hold the floss and floss effectively, you may want to try a water flosser or another tool designed for interdental cleaning.